Allentown Art Museum is seeking an experienced Story Interpreter/Conversationalist to serve as an integral part of a residency in conjunction with the Roots exhibition, June-August 2021. The Story Interpreter/Conversationalist will play a key role in the programmatic initiative, The Threads We Share. This season-long program will consist of both in-person and virtual quilting circles, in which this individual (with the assistance of an artist) will guide conversations around a central theme while sharing and gathering stories from the group while they create quilting squares. This program will culminate in a community quilt and an exhibition in the Museum’s Community Gallery which will highlight the stories shared in these circles and the experiences that connect us.

The Museum is searching for applicants with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and experience engaging others in a productive conversation and a demonstrated commitment to education and community building. The successful candidate will have an established record of working with people of all ages, experience, and ability levels and a comfort working in both museum and community settings. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups and must be open to critical dialogue about arts activism, identity, and diversity.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that meetings will occur both in-person and on a virtual platform, and any physical interactions will strictly adhere to social distancing and hygienic measures as mandated by the Pennsylvania State policy.


The successful candidate must possess advanced skills in interpersonal communication, including an ability to facilitate dialogue, coordinate group projects, or build communities. Candidate must have experience working in educational settings and possesses knowledge, sensitivity, and understanding of the social, political, personal, and cross-cultural needs of participants. The candidate must also demonstrate familiarity with working in a virtual format.

English fluency required. Spanish fluency preferred, but not required.


The residency is a 3-month (June-August 2021), 1099 contracted position, consisting of 17 total quilting circle sessions. Each session will require between 2-3 hours work for a total of between 35-55 hours. The amount of compensation for the residency is $3,400 which will be paid to the individual–half after signing the contract and the remainder after the completion of the project.

Application Instructions:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants must supply all of the following materials in order to be considered for this position:

  1. A letter of interest outlining how the candidate’s qualifications and experiences align with the position description
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. The names, emails, and phone numbers for 3 references. All materials should be sent to with the subject line “Moderator in Residence Application.”

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the Allentown Art Museum.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Allentown Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

About Allentown Art Museum:

Founded in 1934 and incorporated in 1939, the Allentown Art Museum (AAM) is the premier public visual arts facility in northeastern, PA. The Museum strives to be an inclusive regional resource that uses arts and culture as a catalyst to drive interaction, education, experimentation, and social change by offering exhibitions and programs that inspire, teach, transform, and engage our Valley–one person, one idea at a time. Our vision is to stimulate the active exploration of the arts and provide access, education, and engagement. Our goals include developing innovative programs to ensure that we can listen, respond to, and serve our community effectively. The Museum maintains a collection of 20,000 works of art in a 54,000+ sq. ft. facility, enjoying 60,000-70,000 visitors annually.