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FAO Schwarz Fellow at the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution, and its mission is to promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture. 

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is an intensive, transformative two-year experience in the world of social impact. Fellows work at leading nonprofit organizations in Boston, New York City and Philadelphia. Each organization is deeply valued in their communities and has a strong record of delivering high-quality services that address critical issues of social inequity and producing consistent results. The Fellowship is a two-year commitment that pays $40,000 in year one (includes $2,000 start of Fellowship bonus) and $45,000 in year two (includes $3,000 end of Fellowship bonus). Benefits include professional development, health insurance and annual subway passes.

The FAO Schwarz Fellow will focus on engaging young people, children, and their families through the Barnes’s Community Engagement and Family Programs department, with a focus on the Barnes Teens project and pilot Community Connectors Corps for high school/college students, contributing to the success of all museum programming. 

The Fellow will:
  • Initiate a new program to engage high school and college students in connecting Barnes resources and arts experiences with community partners. 
  • Help recruit and engage 30 Philadelphia middle/high school teens each school year and provide them with quality arts learning and experiences that generate critical thinking skills and social/emotional growth.
  • Coordinate and instruct afterschool teen arts classes. 
  • Assist Barnes Early Learner Summer Pods, a summer program in public parks and neighborhood daycare centers for toddlers ages 5 and under; and Summer Imaginariums, art workshops with Philadelphia Parks and Rec summer camps for children.

The FAO Schwarz Fellow will develop future programming opportunities for Community Engagement and Family Programs tailored to upcoming exhibitions and curatorial department work.

 The Fellow will:
  • Learn more about the Barnes’s Curatorial research and resources—including guest speakers, curators, panelists, and cultural presenters, with the goal of programming at least one special curatorially-based program annually.
  • Support public programs such as “First Friday!,” a monthly evening event filled with performances, films, and discussions; “Young Professionals Night,” a social gathering for young art aficionados; and “PECO Free First Sunday Family Day,” a monthly event offering free access to the Barnes collection and exhibitions, along with performances and activities.
  • Contribute to Social Impact workshops and community initiatives with Barnes partners including People’s Emergency Center for “Barnes West,” Puentes de Salud for “Puentes a las Artes,” Interim House for “Paint Parties,” and collaborations with Sunflower Philly in North Philadelphia and with Parks and Rec senior centers.  
The FAO Schwarz Fellow will work in Philadelphia, with office space at the Barnes. The Fellow will invest 45% of his/her time in direct service work with the Community Engagement and Family Programs (CEF) department; 45% in special project work with the CEF/Public Programs/Curatorial departments; and 10% with FAO Schwarz Fellowship responsibilities. CEF Programs and Public Programs are part of the Barnes’s Audience Engagement Division (AED), generating a breadth of enriching art and culture experiences that draw upon the legacy of Dr. Barnes and his vision for art, education, and social justice. The Fellow will work with these programs onsite at the Barnes and within Philadelphia communities, in partnership with community-based arts, civic and social service agencies, and cultural organizations.  

Applicants must be college seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the two-year Fellowship.

For more about what we are seeking, please see our application page. Please visit this website for more information about the Barnes Foundation.

To apply, visit our website where you’ll see detailed instructions. You will be asked to answer several short questions and to upload your resume and a cover letter by February 10, 2022 11:59 EST. 


In your letter, please describe your interest in working at Audubon Mid Atlantic and your responses to the following questions:

Question 1: What interests you about the mission of this organization? 

Question 2: What background and experiences would you bring to the direct service and special project discussed in the Fellowship description? 

Question 3: Why are you interested in being an FAO Schwarz Fellow?

We will review each application carefully and select our Fellow by the end of April. Thanks for your interest.

Successful applicants for employment with the Barnes Foundation must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire as a condition of employment, subject to requests for accommodation.

The Barnes Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we are committed to diversity and equal opportunity in our recruitment and hiring. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply for this position. Employees have rights under other laws including, but not limited to, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act. We participate in E-Verify.