Panel Assistants

Volunteer Note Takers for BAC Grants Panels

Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), an arts service organization and presenter based in the dynamic DUMBO arts district and working throughout the borough, seeks individuals to assist with the administrative aspects of our grants review panels.


Ideal candidates will have an interest in Grants Policy, as well as a desire to observe the funding process from a different angle. Opportunity is perfect for students currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, an Arts Administration higher learning program. Individuals who have applied unsuccessfully for grants in the past are also encouraged to volunteer for a better understanding of the process.


Panel Assistants will support the panelists and panel facilitators by keeping detailed and confidential notes throughout funding deliberation meetings. They will assist the facilitator in any set up or break-down required for the event. Panels are scheduled to be held throughout November, into early December.

This is an un-paid volunteer position available to multiple individuals. Panel Assistants will work under the supervision of the Grants Staff. Hours will likely include evening and weekend events, but no more than a one-day commitment is necessary. 


Send resume and letter of interest, indicating your current studies or areas of inquiry and preferred artistic discipline to Ester Kwon, Grants Assistant at, with "Grants Panel Assistant" in the subject line.

Be sure to include your evening/weekend availability between 11/01-12/13 (excluding holidays). All items above are required. No calls or faxes. Applications accepted until positions are filled.

BAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and strives to build a staff, board, and volunteer base that reflect the cultural diversity of New York, the constituencies and neighborhoods BAC serves.


Every year, Brooklyn Arts Council distributes over $350,000 to help fund hundreds of projects by Brooklyn artists and organizations in all artistic disciplines through BAC Community Arts Grants. BAC's grants are supported by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). BAC grants are available to individuals and organizations with Brooklyn residency. All funding is project-based (i.e. no fellowships, general operating support or unrestricted funding) and must support projects that engage a Brooklyn audience and take place in Brooklyn. Supporting projects in Brooklyn communities underserved by arts programming is a funding priority. BAC Grants also functions as a professional development service, providing seminars, workshops and networking events that are free or low-cost and open to all. Our most recent program, Creative Coalitions, assists artists and cultural organizations in specific Brooklyn neighborhoods in forming and sustaining coalitions aimed at achieving their collective goals. 

BAC gives grants, presents free and affordable arts events, trains artists and arts professionals, teaches students, incubates new projects and promotes artists and cultural groups across our borough. As Brooklyn’s cultural anchor since 1966, BAC has also been the catalyst helping the arts community grow. 

We continually evaluate and evolve what we do to meet the changing times, and keep our commitment to community engagement, diversity and inclusion when it comes to the arts in our borough.