Join the Lower East Side arts community by becoming a volunteer at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space! Through monthly artist/curator discussions, visitor engagement, and community outreach, our volunteers develop their interest and understanding of the non-profit local arts organization, while providing general operative assistance for our artist and curator-centered gallery.
Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space is dedicated to supporting and strengthening the careers of emerging and underrepresented artists and independent curators. Uniquely situated inside the Essex Street Market, Cuchifritos’ position outside of the borders and confines of traditional art venues compels artists, curators, and audience members to interrogate, study and analyze questions of ethics, immigration, ecology, and power amongst the orderly chaos of the market space. Cuchifritos responds to and reflects the environment it inhabits, preserving the collaborative artistic spirit of the LES. Our dedicated team of volunteers team serves an integral role in ensuring we continue to meet this mission.
Commitment: 3 months during which volunteers choose their own schedule (Tues-Sun 12-6)
Duties include gallery sitting, familiarization with the work on-view, and engaging visitors and answering related questions. When possible, volunteers are also invited to assist artists and curators with install/de-install, update social media accounts, promote gallery programming in the local community, and document installations and exhibition-related events.
To become a Cuchifritos volunteer, please introduce yourself using the following form:
1. What motivates you to volunteer at Cuchifritos? Select up to 3 options (underline your options)
a. Personal satisfaction
b. Being part of a community
c. Acquire new skills and experiences
d. Increase employment prospects
e. Social and professional networking
f. Apply and share existing capacities and skills
g. Want to better understand the non-profit or gallery world
h. Other (write in)
2. Please describe any previous volunteer experience. Including Institution/Organization name, position, tasks performed and dates.
3. List other activities, organizations, clubs, blogs or groups in which you belong/participate.
4. What makes your volunteer experience at Cuchifritos more fulfilling?
5. What is your current profession and/or professional aspiration? A brief description will help us evaluate how to better engage you in the gallery, if it is of interest to you.
6. Availability to volunteer at Cuchifritos. Select all that apply. (Underline your options)
a. Tuesday 12-6pm
b. Wednesday 12-6pm
c. Thursday 12-6pm
d. Friday 12-6pm
e. Saturday 12-6pm
f. Sunday 12-6pm
Thank you so much for your interest. We cannot wait to meet you!
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space
120 Essex Street, inside the Essex Street Market, New York, NY 10002, US
Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space is a program of Artists Alliance Inc (AAI), a 501c3 not for profit organization located on the Lower East Side. We provide exhibition opportunities to hundreds of independent curators and emerging underrepresented artists. The gallery's location inside the Essex Street Market creates a distinct opportunity to directly engage with the local community about contemporary art. AAI is interested in promoting contemporary artwork in all media, to be shown within a local community setting, though we do not promote community-based art. We seek exhibitions featuring the work of emerging and underrepresented contemporary artists and the curators who seek to exhibit these artists work in a clear and concise context. In addition, we are particularly interested in exhibits that may relate to the Essex Market or Lower East Side area.
Cuchifritos operates by inviting independent curators to submit proposals. In addition, anyone wishing to submit a proposal may do so by following the submission policy and guidelines listed on our website. Each Spring a curatorial advisory committee composed of curators and arts professionals from diverse backgrounds choose exhibits from the submissions. Cuchifritos presents contemporary art exhibits featuring the work of emerging or under represented artists, and exhibits involving a clear conceptual theme structured to put the work of these artists in context. The gallery's location is designed to underscore the community value of The Essex Street Market by provoking interaction and debate between the multi-cultural local community and the artwork presented.
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88 Essex Streetinside the Essex MarketNew York, NY10002