Artist Fellow (Holland Community Opera Fellowship)
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Status: Full Time, Salaried
Reports to: Community Opera Fellowship Manager
Salary: *$42,000 annually + benefits
WHO WE ARE + WHAT WE DO
Opera Omaha, a non-profit performing arts organization, is a growth-minded, high energy, and innovative
company with a demanding mission: producing opera performances in multiple formats and styles and cocreating artist-led programs for a variety of community service organizations. We believe the power of
opera is transformational, and as a result supports the creation of an inventive, creative, empathetic and
inclusive community that inspires joy, self-discovery, kinder discourse, and opportunity for all.
HOW YOU’D FIT IN + STAND OUT
Opera Omaha is seeking teaching artists to join the Holland Community Opera Fellowship Team. Artists of
any discipline who have an interest in impacting community and an understanding of how their art may
engage with opera are encouraged to apply. This program is not only for singers and programming is
focused on creativity and inspiration with the art form of opera as a toolbox, not teaching opera.
The Fellow will join Opera Omaha in building on a radical program that redefines how an opera company
serves its community. Launched in 2017, the Holland Community Opera Fellowship (HCOF) leads the
opera field in civic practice – building deep relationships outside of the performance venues. A team of
Holland Community Fellows are engaged each season to bring their skills as artists and trained civic
practitioners in service to individual creative growth within partner organizations, through a combination
of long- and short-term co-created programs.
YOU ARE AN IDEAL CANDIDATE IF YOU ARE:
• Excited to create an impact in and with community
• An engaging creative looking to deepen your artistry by developing and teaching arts programming
for individuals with disabilities, seniors, immigrants and refugee populations, incarcerated youth,
adults experiencing homelessness, and youth
• A highly motivated team player with a desire to collaborate who is also comfortable working
• An adaptable leader skilled in emotional intelligence, relationship management, and facilitation (Inperson and Virtual)
• Organized with a strong ability to prioritize workload
• Excited to learn and grow in a collaborative environment
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES + EXPECTATIONS
• Conceive and realize projects rooted in your art while contributing and managing creative
programming that supports partnering organizations’ objectives and goals
• Serve as a teaching artist for collaborative programming in community-based partnerships
• Develop and maintain relationships with community members, artists, partners and leaders
• Research, coordinate, and execute artistic needs related to civic and community engagement
• Illustrate and promote the value of creativity in both the arts and non-arts sectors
• Collaborate with team members to support the creation of an inventive, empathetic, and inclusive
community that inspires joy, self-discovery, kinder discourse, and opportunity for all
• Professional experience will be considered in lieu of an academic degree
• Experience working with and/or teaching diverse populations
• Experience developing and teaching arts programming for community audiences including adults,
youth and/or families
• Demonstrated experience developing and managing independent projects and highly self-motived
• Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated characteristics of
curiosity and initiative, openness to vulnerability, compassion and empathy
• Sense of fun and playfulness
• Benefits – Medical, dental, and life insurance as part our commitment to investing in the health and
wellbeing of our employees. Upgraded or alternative benefits are an additional cost to the
• Retirement savings plans: 403b savings plan with Company Retirement Contribution (companypaid) and no employee match requirement
• Flexible time off and holiday pay
• Professional Development Stipend
*This full-time position will be for the 2023/2024 season. Fellowship contracts are twelve months July to
June, however, programming and certain duties associated with this position will not commence until midAugust, 2023 and will end mid-May, 2024. Fellows are only expected to be in Omaha during that time.
The position may be renewed for the 2024/2025 season. The typical length of a Fellowship is two years.
Racial equity centered strategy development and implementation is a top priority of Opera Omaha
because we value and promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. We seek applicants from ALL backgrounds to join our teams and encourage our employees to bring their authentic, original, and best selves to work.
Opera Omaha is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
national origin or nationality, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran
status or any other category protected by law.
We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system
contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.
Join Our Team!
Apply online here.
Application Deadline: January 1, 2023
Necessary Documents for a Complete Application Include: Resume, Essay Questions, and Artist Work
Samples. More details about what these documents should include, and Fellowship FAQs are available on
Please note, certain program partners may require a background check.