Assistant Curator of Engagement
Length of Assignment: July to November 2020 – 17 weeks
Salary: $20 per hour
Hours of Work: 25 hours per week
Deadline for applications: Friday, July 17, 5:00 p.m.
Submit a cover letter and resume to:
Acting Executive Director/Curator of Contemporary Art
Campbell River Art Gallery
1235 Shoppers Row
Campbell River, BC V9W 2C7
Reporting to the Curator of Contemporary Art, this position is accountable to design and deliver all public outreach activities over 16-weeks that will engage new audiences in a conversation about contemporary art. The activities to be developed in concert with the Curator of Contemporary Art, include facilitating virtual artist talks, artist panel discussions, specialized workshops, facilitating take home and virtual Super Saturday family art activities, leading online guided tours and school tours for the community. There will be special focus on adapting outreach programming for online environments while still engaging communities.
The Assistant Curator of Engagement will also act as a mentor to the student positions such as the Curatorial Assistant, guiding them in engagement, outreach, and their role as an ambassador for the Gallery. All programs require authorization before they are considered approved. Priorities for the contract include: developing virtual school programs and meeting goals for student outreach and engagement. All studio classes must be re-imagined for the new situation and need to break even financially in order to operate. Workshops and exhibition outreach programs are funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and are integral to core programming; they must be re-imagined with intent and inclusion in mind. The position will also be accountable for future research for the 2021 programming season and onward.
- Attend bi-weekly staff meetings;
- Provide a land acknowledgement before every event, as per staff protocol;
- Submit timesheet bi-weekly;
- Ensure the safety of all participants in events (Safety Policy new as of May 2020);
- Maintain contact and manage relationships and expectations with educators and community partners;
- Maintain CRAG Studio space (cleanliness; supplies; program materials and workflow.
- Keep clear and useful records, including instructions and samples, of past activities and recommendations for future alterations.
- Develop and test online School Tours. Develop targets for the number of students to reach in concert with Gallery leadership;
- Assist and support with content and outreach on grant opportunities;
- Create and support content for online Guided Tours, Artist in the Schools, and exhibition-related programming;
- Ensure feedback is collected from teachers, and necessary adjustments are made to programming;
- Lead the creation of Super Saturday take-home kits and live video creation sessions on a bi-weekly basis;
- Introduce and facilitate all workshops and classes;
- Introduce and facilitate and (at times moderate) Artist Panel Discussions;
- Ongoing research into future programming, especially with a youth focus;
- Develop new and innovative ways to reach our visitors through online platforms;
- Develop new and innovative ways to stay connected with the remote communities we serve across North Vancouver Island.
- Maintain timely communication with gallery staff, participants, artist and contractors;
- Manage bookings and maintain programming schedule in global calendar;
- Maintain records of work (program statistics; emails, shared drive);
- Manage student Bursary applications as needed and liaise with Financial Manager to convey information;
- Ensure timely invoicing for all programs and liaise with Financial Manager to convey information;
- Maintain up-to-date school district contact lists;
- Maintain communication with community partners and educators to increase rate of return tours and visit frequencies;
- Provide program details to Operations Manager for communication and event planning purposes;
- Create viable photographic documentation of events for communication and archival purposes;
- Liaise with the Executive Director as needed regarding insurance and liability issues for events and programming in phase 2 and 3 of the BC Health and Safety Plan.
- Degree in Studio Arts, Art education or a related discipline; a combination of relevant education and related experience will be considered
- Broad knowledge of contemporary art and artists in Canada and beyond;
- Flexible hours are required in support of Gallery public events;
- 2 + years of experience delivering programming in a professional museum or gallery context
- Public speaking;
- Research skills;
- Coordination and logistics skills;
- Understanding of the techniques related to contemporary art practice;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills;
- Good visual acuity and aesthetic judgment abilities;
- Ability to work and thrive in a small team environment;
- Interpersonal skills, combined with the capability to inspire others;
- Time-management skills with the ability to work towards completing multiple tasks.