Accepting Applications:

ArtWaves Executive Director Position

ArtWaves seeks a dynamic, personable, tech-savvy, full-time Executive Director to lead the organization forward into the future. 

Our new Executive Director will oversee programming; engage in grant writing and fundraising; handle all contracting, scheduling and advertising; manage finances; work with artist instructors; maintain a presence on social media; ensure that the ArtWaves campus in Town Hill is clean and safe; and chart a course as outlined by the ArtWaves Strategic Plan.

The ArtWaves campus is home to three art and one dance studio along with gardens, a parking lot, and outdoor classroom space. The Executive Director is expected to live within 45 minutes of ArtWaves and to work from the ArtWaves campus.

This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to bring the ArtWaves mission and vision to life with the support of the ArtWaves Board. The ideal candidate is passionate about building community through the arts and can see the big picture as well as follow through on details; has experience with nonprofits; and has excellent communication and organization skills. 

ArtWaves is an equal opportunity employer, celebrates diversity, and is committed to creating a positive, inclusive space for art making and dance, where everyone can celebrate, learn and communicate through the arts.  ArtWaves strives to be a place where all participants feel comfortable and welcome.

This is a full-time year-round position. Weekend and evening hours will be required. 

Does this sound like a good fit for you? Please email a resume and cover letter to Julie Meltzer, President of the ArtWaves Board, at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

ArtWaves 2020-2021 Annual Report

ArtWaves 2022-2025 Strategic Plan

ArtWaves, Your local community arts center

Our Vision:  To provide a community art center with an accessible, affordable, and dynamic art and movement experiences for residents and visitors of Mount Desert Island and the surrounding area.
Our Mission: The mission of ArtWaves is to serve as a center of learning and community where people at every age and skill level can create and engage with the arts year round.

Our History: In 2015, local artist Liz Cutler came up with the idea of ArtWaves MDI -- and others agreed that it was a great idea! In 2017, ArtWaves became a 501C3 nonprofit organization. ArtWaves was able to purchase the 1.75-acre campus in December 2019 thanks to Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and a local benefactor. 

Our Programs: ArtWaves is currently home to three visual arts studios where people of all skill levels can dabble, or hone their skills, in sculpture, figure drawing, or painting, mosaics, printing, fiber arts and more. Classes and workshops allow participants to learn techniques from artist instructors in the area and beyond. Our state-of-the-art dance studio offers a variety of movement classes for expression, fitness, and fun.  ArtWaves offers both in-person and online classes.   

 ArtWaves is about fostering a vibrant arts community on Mount Desert Island, sustained through your support. 

Do you want to be a Volunteer at ArtWaves?  

Great! ArtWaves Volunteers help staff create a positive, creative, productive, and community-building experience for participants in classes, workshops and events. There are lots of ways to help!

1. You can be a Studio Monitor! Studio Monitors act as a host on behalf of ArtWaves. You will be trained to assist before, during and after a specific class, (usually 3 to 5 weeks); for a specific workshop; or for ongoing weekly Open Studio and Figure Drawing sessions. 

2. You can be a Campus Supporter! Campus Supporters assist the ArtWaves Team to maintain and improve the ArtWaves campus so it is welcoming, beautiful, clean and well-organized. Campus Supporters can sign up for a repeating weekly or monthly task, or help out with a one-time project for 2-3 hours.  There are weekly Friday and Saturday organizing sessions where we sort and put away art supplies, assemble art “kits,” sort glass for mosaics, etc. You might also help put up or take down a large tent or do spring cleanup. 

3. You can be a Mission Supporter! Mission Supporters assist the ArtWaves Team with community outreach activities and serve as a goodwill ambassador. You might install or remove works of art for monthly shows at MDI hospital; distribute monthly calendar flyers around town; and/or greet people at special events like our 3 “Show and Sell” art pop-up sales. 

ArtWaves Volunteers meet and work with people of all ages and levels of experience in art, crafts, writing, poetry and dance. For every 2 hours you volunteer, you earn one hour towards a class, workshop, figure drawing or open studio session. (Redeemable for up to one half of the total time of the workshop or class.)

NOTE:   All ArtWaves Volunteers participate in an on-site orientation to inform them about ArtWaves’ mission; establish clear goals; safeguard against common mishaps; help ArtWaves learn more about those who want to volunteer; and answer your questions. 

Interested? We hope so! Please email Barbara McLeod, the ArtWaves Volunteer Coordinator, at We would love to hear from you!

Your tax-deductible donations help support ArtWaves, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Our mission is to make art accessible to the Mount Desert Island and surrounding communities.
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