NextNOW Fest Student Curator

Position Summary

Get involved in the performing arts at Maryland and join the NextNOW Fest team! The Clarice is looking for 2 student curators for NextNOW Fest 2018. These curators will be responsible for designing a festival experience targeted towards students and creating marketing methods that will drive student attendance to the festival.

About NextNOW Fest
NextNOW Fest is the university’s creative welcome and welcome back to new and returning students, as well as an open invitation to our friends and community. Started in 2014, the multi-day, multi-arts festival of fun and discovery features music, theatre, and dance performances, as well as immersive, technology-driven installations by artists from around campus and the country.

With attendance growing to 5,500, NextNOW Fest provides an exciting environment for students to build community, socialize with each other and engage with the arts on campus at the beginning of the school year. By offering memorable artistic experiences for students, The Clarice hopes to inspire involvement in creativity and the arts throughout their time at UMD and beyond, regardless of their major or focus of study.

NextNOW Fest 2018 marks the festival’s fifth year, and it takes place at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Its planning and execution is supported by The Clarice’s staff.

About The Clarice
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is building the future of the arts by educating, training and presenting the next generation of artists and creative innovators. Unique among performing arts centers, The Clarice breaks through traditional boundaries in art-making and audience development through creative-based partnerships that nurture and sustain artists and the creative radius of communities surrounding the University of Maryland. The Clarice’s artistic partners are the School of Music, School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, the Artist Partner Program, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and The DeVos Institute of Arts Management.

Student Curators will:

  • Collaborate with the Associate Director to curate a set of artistic experiences at NextNOW Fest on September 7 & 8, 2018
  • Build partnerships with UMD student-focused organizations to present events at the festival
  • Collaborate with The Clarice’s Marketing & Guest Experience team to create and implement a workplan of effective grassroots, digital and other marketing strategies to promote the festival to UMD students 
  • Collaborate with the Creative Director and NextNOW Fest graphic designer to create a brand identity for NextNOW Fest 2018 that is translated amongst promotional materials and the festival experience
  • Draft event descriptions, festival manifesto and other copy for marketing and promotions purposes
  • Serve on the festival operations team as on-site producers

Availability & Payment
Candidates must commit to the project from February 2018 through October 2018. A total honorarium of $1,000.00 will be awarded in intervals throughout the commitment:

Spring Semester (February-May 2018)

  • $350 awarded in May 2018 upon completion of satisfactory work, including the following deliverables & involvement:
  • Participation in weekly programming and marketing meetings
  • Clearly articulated vision for the impact of NextNOW Fest 2018
  • Finalized festival schedule in collaboration with UMD student-focused organizations and the Associate Director
  • Creation of a festival marketing workplan to promote the festival before the spring semester ends, over the summer and after the start of the fall semester
  • Involvement in the implementation of the festival marketing workplan
  • Creation of the festival’s brand identity in collaboration with the NextNOW Fest graphic designer, Creative Director and Associate Director

Summer Semester (June-August 2018)

  • $300 awarded in August 2018 upon completion of satisfactory work, including the following deliverables:
  • Participation in weekly programming and marketing meetings/calls
  • Aid in ongoing logistical preparations
  • Written artist and event descriptions for promotional purposes
  • Gathering of artist & event photos for promotional purposes
  • Continued involvement in the ongoing development and implementation of the festival marketing workplan

Fall Semester (September-October 2018)

  • $350 awarded in October 2018, after the festival upon completion of satisfactory work, including the following deliverables:
  • Participation in weekly programming and marketing meetings
  • Continued involvement in the ongoing development and implementation of the festival marketing workplan
  • Aid in logistical preparations
  • Serve as on-site event producers at the festival
  • Participate in debrief meetings following the festival



  • Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at UMD through the fall 2018 semester
  • Must be available to work on the days of NextNOW Fest (September 7 & 8, 2018)
  • Enthusiasm for creating community through shared arts experiences
  • Ability to collaborate with partners on creative projects
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills; ability to adhere to deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Responsibility, dependability and flexibility


  • Interest in exploring arts management as a career
  • Past participation in and attendance of arts events
  • Experience in event production and management

To apply

Complete this application and attach a resume in the Attachments field. Applications are due Thursday, February 15 by 11:59PM.

Type of opportunity: 
Best Consideration Date: 
Thursday, February 15, 2018

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.