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Panel opportunities

Arts Midwest welcomes individuals from across the United States who are interested in joining our panels for Shakespeare in American Communities and NEA Big Read!

Panelists for Arts Midwest programs play a central role in reviewing applications for funding. We rely on panels composed of individuals who represent a broad range of artistic and cultural viewpoints, as well as wide geographic and ethnic diversity, to provide advice about the artistic excellence and artistic merit of proposals. Our panels are composed of both arts professionals and knowledgeable laypersons. Most panelists are arts professionals who are qualified by their activities, training, skills, and/or experience in one or more art forms. Every panel also includes a layperson – someone knowledgeable about the arts but not engaged in the arts as a profession either full- or part-time. This is a great professional development opportunity as well!

Current opportunities


Seeking individuals with experience in administering community-wide programming ranging from festivals to multi-partner events in a variety of community spaces over a few weeks/months. Ideally, panelists would be knowledgeable about budgets for community-wide arts events, effective partnerships, impactful programming, and dynamic advertising. Individuals from organizations intending to apply for the next NEA Big Read application would not be eligible as this would be a direct conflict of interest. Learn more about the program.



Seeking artistic, managing, and education staff members of nonprofit theater companies with a background or interested in the works of Shakespeare, knowledge of partnering with schools, and/or background in financials. This would include those working for a nonprofit theater company in the United States not interested applying to the 2022-2023 Shakespeare in American Communities: Schools, as this would be a direct conflict of interest. Learn more about the program.



Seeking theater practitioners or people with knowledge and understanding of arts programming for youths within the Justice System. Some knowledge in theater or Shakespeare would be of interest. This would include those working for a nonprofit organization supporting this type of programming or a practitioner whose company or organization not interested in applying to the 2022-2023 Shakespeare in American Communities: Juvenile Justice program, as this would be direct conflict of interest. Learn more about the program.


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What does being a panelist involve?

If selected to join the panel, panelists receive hardcopy and digital application materials in the Spring for individual review then gather virtually to discuss applications a few weeks later via Zoom. Scoring is completed in our online panelist portal.

Technology requirements

A tablet or computer with an internet connection that is capable of reviewing files, participating in online meetings, and visiting websites.

Time commitment

Panel opportunities take place in the Spring of each year from around February to early April. Depending on the program you are interested in paneling for, this timeframe can vary by a week or two. In consideration of the time required for orientation, individual review, online deliberation, and scores submission, total time for participation can be as much as 24 hours total.

Honorarium

Honoraria are issued once scoring is completed in the amount of $500 per panelist.