VSA Seeks Writers for Newsletter Contracts in Three Areas of Expertise

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Office of VSA and Accessibility is seeking writers to help produce monthly electronic newsletters in three content areas: Arts Makers, Special Education, and Cultural Access. Each contract will be for a year period, starting with the January 2019 issue. Work may be completed remotely. See below for full descriptions of each contract.

Please send cost estimate, resume, and writing sample to nmsmith@kennedy-center.org by September 30, 2018.

Art Markers

The purpose of the newsletter is to highlight insightful trends, topical issues and best practices in performance and art making for, by, with and about people with disabilities.

Monthly VSA Art Makers electronic newsletter tasks:

  • Develop editorial calendar for 12 issues of an electronic in consultation with VSA staff.
  • Identify appropriate subjects/contributors from around the world and write and/or edit text for all sections of the newsletter each month. In general, the newsletter sections consist of:
    • From the Office of VSA and Accessibility introduction
    • Upcoming deadlines and events
    • Lead article related to work in art making for, by, with and about people with disabilities
    • Five tips on a topic related to the lead article or upcoming webinar topic
    • Resources of the month
    • What’s happening at the Kennedy Center
    • Opportunity of the month
    • News and notes of interest
    • From the field
  • Identify subjects for main articles, conduct interviews, and write articles.
  • Identify subjects and writers of tips article (related to main article). Contract writer with assistance of VSA staff.
  • Build and publish lead article and tips in VSA’s WordPress blog (the blog supports newsletter). Build newsletter in MemberClicks to be published.
  • Create an editorial calendar every 6 months, complete with topics and due dates.

Qualifications

  • 3-4 years’ experience in writing, editing, and producing newsletters.
  • Experience in the fields of best practices in art making for, by, with and about people with disabilities.
  • Understanding of writing in people first language.
  • Applicant must be eligible to work in the United States.

Special Education

The purpose of the newsletter is to highlight insightful trends, topical issues and best practices in arts education for arts, general and special educators of students with disabilities.

Monthly VSA Special Education electronic newsletter tasks:

  • Develop editorial calendar for 12 issues of an electronic in consultation with VSA staff.
  • Identify appropriate subjects/contributors from around the world and write and/or edit text for all sections of the newsletter each month. In general, the newsletter sections consist of:
    • From the Office of VSA and Accessibility introduction
    • Upcoming deadlines and events
    • Lead article related to work for students preK-grade 12 at the intersection of arts education and special education
    • Five tips on a topic related to the lead article or upcoming webinar topic
    • Resources of the month
    • What’s happening at the Kennedy Center (in education programing)
    • Opportunity of the month
    • News and notes of interest
    • From the field
  • Identify subjects for main articles, conduct interviews, and write articles.
  • Identify subjects and writers of tips article (related to main article). Contract writer with assistance of VSA staff.
  • Build and publish lead article and tips in VSA’s WordPress blog (the blog supports newsletter). Build newsletter in MemberClicks to be published.
  • Create an editorial calendar every 6 months, complete with topics and due dates.

Qualifications

  • 3-4 years’ experience in writing, editing, and producing newsletters.
  • Experience in the fields of professional development for arts, general and special educators in arts educations and arts integration for students with disabilities with a familiarity of trends, programing, and resources that would be of interest to readers working at the intersection of these fields.
  • Understanding of writing in people first language.
  • Applicant must be eligible to work in the United States.

Cultural Access

The newsletter is for accessibility managers, visitor services managers, exhibition designers, box office and house managers, ADA/504 coordinators and more to address insightful accessibility issues, current trends, new technologies, and best practices for
accessibility in cultural institutions for visitors and patrons with disabilities.

Monthly Cultural Access electronic newsletter tasks:

  • Develop editorial calendar for 12 issues of an electronic in consultation with Office of VSA and Accessibility staff.
  • Identify appropriate subjects/contributors from around the world and write and/or edit text for all sections of the newsletter each month. In general, the newsletter sections consist of:
    • From the Office of VSA and Accessibility introduction
    • Upcoming deadlines and events
    • Lead article related to accessibility work being done by cultural institutions
    • Five tips on a topic related to the lead article or upcoming webinar topic Resources of the month
    • What’s happening at the Kennedy Center (theatre for accessibility)
    • Opportunity of the month
    • New and notes of interest
    • From the field
  • Identify subjects for main articles, conduct interviews, and write articles.
  • Identify subjects and writers of tips article (related to main article). Contract writer with assistance of VSA staff.
  • Build and publish lead article and tips in VSA’s WordPress blog (the blog supports newsletter).
  • Build newsletter in MemberClicks to be published.
  • Create an editorial calendar every 6 months, complete with topics and due dates.

Qualifications

  • 3-4 years’ experience in writing, editing, and producing newsletters.
  • Experience in the fields of cultural institutions and disability with a familiarity of trends, programing, and resources that would be of interest to readers working at the intersection of these fields and from a variety of countries.
  • Understanding of writing in people first language.
  • Applicant must be eligible to work in the United States.
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