Public Programs Producer

New York, United States · Programming


Public Programs Producer

18-month freelance agreement

The High Line is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 to save the historic, elevated rail line from demolition. After a significant and successful campaign the organization converted the rail line, which is owned by the City of New York, into a vibrant public park in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. With an annual visitorship of nearly 8 million people to its park, the High Line strives to provide an essential, accessible public space for the residents of New York, as well as to be a community asset that benefits our surrounding neighborhood.

For the last ten years, the High Line has organized a considerable roster of public art and community engagement programs that serve New Yorkers of all ages. Working with emerging and established artists across genres-- from sculpture and video to performance and spoken word-- the High Line has been a site of creative experimentation and a commissioner of new works by exciting voices in contemporary art. As we near our 20th anniversary, we want to strengthen this work by creating a more dynamic set of opportunities for the diversity of our audiences and constituents to engage with the artists, projects, and ideas that our public art programs put forward.

The Opportunity

The High Line seeks a freelance Public Programs Producer to help curate and organize a calendar of dynamic experiences throughout 2019 that allow audiences to connect with the themes of our anniversary season and its established schedule of artist-led projects. Those themes span from the liberated black body, to the interrogation of monumentality and memorializing history, to the possibility for radical joy and healing. The Public Programs Producer will be charged with creating multiple pathways for a diverse public to engage with the artist projects that reflects these (and other) ideas. These pathways should be insightful, enlightening, and fun. It is particularly important that resulting programs and materials are culturally, intellectually, and physically accessible whether onsite, offsite, or online. The Producer is to bring a compelling curatorial vision for interpretive programs with an equal capacity for excellent execution.

The role will report to the Vice President of Public Engagement and will collaborate with other members of the High Line’s Program Division (as well as our Communications, Operations and Production teams) to collectively realize all events.

This engagement would be structured as an 18-month contract to allow time for the planning, execution, and debrief of the inaugural season of interpretive programs. The contract will specify a more precise scope of work along with key deliverables and due dates. Creative freedom is granted as public programming can take the form of workshops, conversations, audio tours, podcasts, panel discussions, installations, screenings, or some other compelling format.

The following is a broad sketch of the responsibilities of this role:


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