LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Curator, Exhibitions

Employment type
Full Time
17 days ago
Los Angeles

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes serves the public by providing educational experiences through exhibitions that celebrate the rich history and cultural heritage of Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and all Latinos in Southern California. LA Plaza opened to the public in 2011 in two renovated buildings located in the downtown Los Angeles historic core. Established by the County of Los Angeles, LA Plaza operates as a non-profit foundation governed by a board of directors and is funded through the County’s cultural arts program. LA Plaza is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate.

LA Plaza seeks a dynamic, and creative curator to provide leadership and vision within its mission. Working with the curatorial team, the curator will conceive, implement, and oversee ambitious exhibition programs for permanent and temporary exhibitions, ranging from pre-Columbian to contemporary issues; with a focus on local and untold histories. Regular duties will include researching and proposing new exhibitions, maintaining permanent exhibitions and gallery spaces, conducting research for temporary and permanent exhibitions, securing object loans for temporary and permanent exhibitions, transporting and condition reporting objects, working with curatorial staff, designers, and vendors on exhibition development and installation, conducting tours, and coordinating with education, programming, development, and marketing staff as needed. The position interacts with all staff members in creating coordinated, comprehensive programming that drives museum attendance. Curator will report directly to the Senior Curator.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in History, Ethnic Studies, Humanities, Art History, or related field required
  • An advanced degree in History, Ethnic Studies, Museum Studies, Humanities, Art History, or related field preferred
  • 2-4 years’ experience in a museum setting preferred.
  • Knowledge of professionally accepted collections management practices and procedures including art handling and storage, archival materials, and condition reporting
  • Fluency in Spanish is highly desired A demonstrated interest and passion for local history
  • Must be highly organized, able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Must be a hands-on, active team member
  • Independent thinker and worker
  • Strong research skills
  • Highly motivated
  • Ability to communicate clearly, timely, and accurately in person and in writing
  • Commitment to LA Plaza's goals and mission
  • Sensitivity to a variety of personalities and cultural backgrounds
  • Must be a team player with ability to interact in a positive manner with others

Physical Demands

  • Ability to carry up to 30 pounds
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time


LA Plaza offers a competitive compensation package that includes:

  • $50,000 to $60,000 salary range
  • Individual health, dental and vision care
  • 401K non-matching
  • Free parking


LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To apply

Please send resume and cover letter, demonstrating your interest and qualifications, and at least three references to [email protected]