Job Opening: Artist Community Organizer

Position Summary

Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA) seeks a dynamic person with the talent and skills to lead the engagement of Twin Cities Asian American artists to create an artist community and to support the development of artist entrepreneurs. The ideal candidate is committed to AEDA’s vision of artists, arts and culture occupying an important role in community economic development.

About AEDA

The Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA), a growing 501c3 community economic development organization, was formed to increase economic opportunities for low income Asian Americans in the Twin Cities. Our strategic approach to achieve this mission involves an array of transformative and culturally-appropriate activities which lift Twin Cities’ lower income Asian American populations, mainly Southeast Asians who experience poverty at rates higher than the state average, out of poverty and achieve economic stability. We employ innovative people, place, and policy-based strategies to increase economic opportunities while simultaneously working to reduce key barriers to economic opportunities. These include transformative and culturally-appropriate small business development; financial capability education and access to capital and credit; creative placemaking and physical revitalization which achieve more socially and economically vibrant neighborhoods; community building and organizing, civic engagement, leadership development, and advocacy for greater racial equity and economic inclusion. Our organizational values are social and economic equity; innovation in community economic development; art and culture as community building foundation; integrity and accountability; and collaboration and partnerships.

Primary Duties of the Artist Community Organizer:

  • Artist Engagement: engage and collaborate with artists, performers, cultural creators and entrepreneurs to participate and support AEDA’s creative entrepreneur development and creative placemaking.
  • Planning: develop programs and plans with clear objectives and goals that meet the mission of AEDA’s Little Mekong creative placemaking initiatives
  • Programming: manage, coordinate and implement all aspect of related programming activities, including coordinating large public events and festivals
  • Partnership: develop and maintain effective collaborations and partnerships that strengthens AEDA and its programs
  • Budgeting: manage program budgets and expenses as well as support fund raising.
  • Collaboration: work in team settings and collaborate with AEDA staff and external partners
  • Reporting: provide timely progress reports on program activities
  • Communications: act as AEDA’s creative placemaking spokesperson, giving presentations, communicating, and engage key stakeholders, including funders, public officials, and the public.


  • Currently an active artist with extensive experience collaborating with other artists
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in program development, planning, and coordinating or management as a staff with a nonprofit organization
  • Demonstrated successful experience in a leading role managing projects from conception to completion in a collaborative environment
  • Excellent written, interpersonal, and public communication skills
  • Knowledge of the histories, cultures, and economic needs of the Twin Cities Asian American and immigrant communities.
  • Bachelor or higher degree preferred

Salary and Benefits:

AEDA offers a salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include generous health and dental, paid time off, and other benefits.

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled.

How to Apply:

Email a cover letter, instructions to access your most current artist work samples, and a resume to: hiring committee at Telephone, email, and other inquiries will not be accepted.