Interactive Design Fellowship
Friends of Historic Downtown Louisville, the parent organization of The Fire House Gallery, offers one residential fellowship to a recent college graduate. This hard-working professional invests a year of his or her life in one of the most fun, rewarding jobs imaginable – making a tremendous difference in the life of the community while challenging him or herself personally and professionally.
The non-profit Friends of Historic Downtown Louisville (Friends) was founded in 2004 to bring arts-based revitalization to the small rural community of Jefferson County, Georgia. Friends operates two tightly integrated programs:
Under Friends, these programs enjoy the pro-bono professional management of two executive directors. Its programs are staffed through the annual residential fellowship that engages a talented, community-minded college graduate who brings particular strengths to his or her responsibilities.
Friends’ Interactive Design Fellow works collaboratively in a team environment with the Gallery executive directors. The Fellow has experience working with children and a demonstrated commitment to making a difference in the community. The Fellow specializes in an area that enhances Friends’ delivery of its core programs, such as video or graphic design. Friends remains open to reassessing responsibilities based on the interests and talents of the selected Fellow. The basic breakdown of responsibilities includes the following:
The Fellow serves as managing producer of FTP, directing and producing short films for video series such as Jefferson County Goods (five to ten minute documentaries capturing the rich spirit and history of our community) and Artist Profiles (lively short interviews with future FHG exhibitors on location in their studios).
The Fellow is responsible for designing the Gallery's exhibition publicity materials including postcards, posters, and banners. The Fellow also is responsible for maintaining the Gallery's brand throughout all media and for maintaining the Gallery's website and social media.
Exhibition Coordinator and Curator
The Arts, Digital Media & Design Fellow runs the FHG, coordinating exhibition planning with participating artists and installing each of the shows.
Educational Outreach Program Coordinator
The Fellow develops and executes Friends' educational outreach programs, including:
Managerial, Operational, and Financial Responsibilities
Friends looks for a college graduate committed to leadership, community service, and the arts, who possess a special combination of personal and professional attributes, including strong communication skills, mature judgment, sensitivity (particularly in the small town setting), and demonstrated creativity, initiative, and work ethic. Friends considers candidates in all major fields of study.
While all candidates should demonstrate an aptitude for basic business management (including proficiency in use of Microsoft Word and Excel) and experience with programs involving children, the Arts, Digital Media & Design Fellow should also have demonstrated competence in video production (including proficiency in use of applications such as Adobe Premier Pro and/or Final Cut Pro) and graphic design (using tools such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, ideally with a digital or studio arts emphasis). Successful paid or volunteer work experience in community development, the arts and arts education, youth programs and/or business management is desirable.
FELLOWSHIP STIPEND AND LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS
The Friends’ Fellowship is volunteer community service and career development opportunities. In addition to a $500 monthly stipend for living expenses, the Friends’ Fellow is provided with rent- and utilities-free use of the newly restored, fully modernized apartments above the 19th century fire station that houses the FHG. This spacious one-bedroom apartment occupies former city offices on the second floor of the building and features vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls, and stylish furnishings, including a fully equipped kitchen, walk-in closet, and a washer/dryer unit. Other perks include membership in the gym at the Jefferson Hospital Wellness Center, and a team environment that includes frequent, exceptional gourmet working dinners. In addition, Friends offers two weeks of summer leave, a week off at Thanksgiving, and two weeks’ vacation over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday period.
ABOUT LOUISVILLE AND JEFFERSON COUNTY
Louisville is situated in east central Georgia, by car approximately 45 minutes south of Augusta, two hours northwest of Savannah, and two and a half hours east of Atlanta. Louisville’s population is 65 percent African American and 35 percent white, with a small but growing Hispanic community.
The first designated “Permanent Capital” of the state of Georgia, Louisville served as Georgia’s capital from 1795 through 1806. Located near the Ogeechee River in the vicinity of a prehistoric Native American trading center, Louisville has a long history and tradition as a rural cultural center.
In recent decades, the agricultural and industrial forces that formerly drove the Louisville economy have faltered, and as a result no significant growth for the city is projected over the next decade. Nevertheless, the Louisville economy remains relatively stable. Located in an important cotton producing area, Louisville is also home to a leading regional bank and an award-winning community hospital.
Among Louisville’s most charming features is its historic downtown, which boasts the Gallery, a movie theater, a thriving independent bookstore, a growing variety of restaurants, gift and antiques shops, day spa and a locally-owned pharmacy. Downtown is surrounded by a lovely historic residential neighborhood. In all, Louisville has the look and charm of a nearly picture-perfect Southern town. Louisville has produced many notable jurists, educators, and business people. It was the birthplace of Willis F. Denny, one of Georgia’s most famous architects. Louisville buildings designed by Mr. Denny include the stately 1904 Jefferson County Courthouse, several commercial buildings, a church education building, and several residences. Eli Whitney resided in Louisville when he completed his work on the design of the cotton gin and mailed the patent application for the design from the Louisville post office.