usdac REgional Envoys


The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is a people-powered department—a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. We envision a society that affirms the right to culture; welcomes each individual as a whole, creative person; values each community’s heritage, contributions, and aspirations; promotes care, reciprocity, and open communication across all lines of difference; and dismantles all barriers to love and justice. To advance this vision of cultural democracy, the nation’s only people-powered department instigates serious play at every level, from local organizing to national actions.

REgional Envoys

BE A CATALYST FOR CREATIVITY, EQUITY, AND COMMUNITY IN YOUR REGION. Through National Actions and local organizing, USDAC values are spreading across the U.S. To branch out even more, we're seeking people who are excellent connectors, communicators, and catalysts to grow regional networks.

We are embarking on a new model of local organizing to seed and connect more USDAC-minded hubs, outposts, action partners, and national action participants. Over the next two years, we are developing a cohort of 12 highly creative and strategic leaders who will serve as the public face of the USDAC in their regions. These leaders, known as USDAC Envoys, will help to shepherd and activate the USDAC’s regional networking and collaboration strategies and actions across multiple states. Through a week-long, intensive training, regular check-ins with USDAC Office of Instigation leaders, and a yearly retreat, USDAC Regional Envoys will have the opportunity to master and enact multiple approaches to engaging individuals, organizations, agencies and/or public sector entities in their regions. To begin, we're hiring the first three Envoys.

A welcome message from Deputy Secretary Norman Beckett.

USDAC Regional Envoys join a learning community with USDAC national leadership, exploring the context and practical skills that will support them in reaching out in their regions and expanding on their own networks and knowledge of the regional arts, activist, and changemaking landscapes. Building on the concentrated community-level work of local USDAC Cultural Agents, Regional Envoys will help link the people-powered department to artists, organizations, and communities across the U.S., spreading dialogue and enacting creative strategies to advance equity and belonging. 



Regional Envoys requirements:

  • Alignment with USDAC values and experience in cultural organizing
  • Ability to work well with and build community partnerships between many different types of people: race, gender, orientation, urban/rural, arts practice, disability, etc.
  • Experience with community-based arts and organizing
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills, including facility with public speaking
  • Facilitation/holding space skills
  • Strong collaborator in dispersed team environments
  • Ability to deliver technical assistance in planning, cultural organizing, communications, promotion
  • Experience and comfort using an array of new digital communication tools and platforms. 
  • A flexible self-starter
  • Ability to track multiple deadlines and needs
  • Excellent follow-up / Prompt on email
  • Experience in a fast-moving start-up or organizational setting
  • Must be able to attend (Nov. 17-19) and a training session from Dec. 8-13, 2016.

USDAC Regional Envoy's task include but are not limited to:

  • Engaging people/organizations throughout the region in learning, action, and networking that connects them to each other and the USDAC through regional convenings.
  • Developing a USDAC welcome workshop to present throughout their regions.
  • Responding to queries, information requests from individuals and organizations that would like to get involved with the USDAC but don’t know how.
  • Reaching out to people in the region who are involved in cultural organizing and acquainting them with the USDAC.
  • Helping individuals and groups within the region to take part in USDAC National Actions and other initiatives (e.g. Citizen Artist Salons).
  • Providing assistance in planning and implementation to groups in the region that want to develop local USDAC-aligned cultural organizing initiatives or a USDAC Field Office or College Hub.
  • Sharing their experience with the wider USDAC network through social media, blogs, newsletters, and taking part in national convenings.
  • Identifying and co-creating proposals to regional funders for USDAC activities.

Compensation: 12-15 hours/week. $10,000/year. $1000 budget for travel and materials per year.

To apply send the following application materials to USDAC Chief Instigator, Adam Horowitz: adam[at] by Monday, September 5th, 2016. 

  • Send a 1-2 page cover letter that:
    • Summarizes your experience with and capacity for this kind of work
    • Describes your vision for the role and the potential this opportunity holds for you and your community/region
    • Includes the phone and email contact for two references who can attest to your abilities and qualifications. 
  • Send a resume or CV.
  • Create a video introduction of no longer than three minutes. Don't worry about production quality!

Finalists will be selected to take part in a creative mission phase of the selection process. 


Don't worry, there are plenty of ways to get involved with the people-powered department! Check out the volunteer roles available on our Action Squad and stay posted on all opportunities by enlisting as a Citizen Artist.