Indigenous Curator

Organization:

BC Alliance for Arts + Culture

Deadline:

Mar. 31, 2019

Organization Description:

The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture is a nonprofit provincial organization that works to advocate, inform, connect and serve BC's Creative Community. Our members include organizations, professional associations, not-for-profit groups, artists, and cultural workers throughout British Columbia.

Website:

https://www.allianceforarts.com

Job Description:

The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture is committed to supporting and promoting Indigenous cultural practices and protocols for the purpose of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people both within the cultural sector and beyond. 

We are seeking applications for an Indigenous curator to develop and deliver the content of our Annual Conference in the Fall of 2019.  

The conference will take place over two days and cover a broad range of perspectives about the relationship between the arts and wellbeing. The purpose of the conference will be to champion engagement in the arts (or creative activities) as a path to improved health, healing and wellbeing.  Some of the goals of the conference include:

  1. To build bridges between arts organizations engaged in professional artistic practices and those engaged in creative and cultural practices for social change

  2. To bring together arts organizations with the health and social justice sectors to inspire collaboration and research; to investigate the important contributions the arts are making to health care, education and social justice programs

  3. To explore how the arts can provide alternative solutions to tackle personal, social and environmental issues that affect the wellbeing of individuals, populations and the evolution of our social, educational and healthcare systems that can make the arts and culture sector more sustainable

  4. To include media and cultural policy experts to promote the connection between arts and well-being to the public at large

  5. To address the importance of arts education and its impact on youth

  6. To create spaces, platforms and frameworks for discussing, describing and sharing the many ways that arts and health intersect to affect mental health, healing and wellbeing

  7. To explore how artists and cultural workers are susceptible to mental health issues and to address the need for understanding and support

Responsibilities:

The Indigenous curator will take the lead on developing the program to bring an Indigenous perspective/experience to the conference alongside experts from both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous sectors. They will work in collaboration and with the support of the executive director and staff of the BC Alliance.  

The successful applicant will begin work on a part-time basis with a flexible schedule beginning April/May 2019 (approx. 6-8 hrs/wk. for 5 months) increasing to approx. 20hrs/wk. in the 5 weeks leading up to and including the conference. Conference date TBD. 

Qualifications: 

The skills and experience that will be considered an asset for this position include:

  • Strong knowledge of Indigenous culture and protocols in BC

  • Existing relationship with Indigenous communities/people in BC

  • An understanding of the value of arts and creativity to well-being

  • Leadership skills - comfortability speaking in public

  • Ability to engage participants in a playful way

  • Familiarity with other sectors including health, social justice, education

  • Strong communication / writing skills

  • Ability to work within time-lines

How to Apply: 

To apply, or for more information, please contact or send your resume and expression of interest to executive director Brenda Leadlay at the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture – brenda@allianceforarts.com by March 31, 2019.

Remuneration:

$12,000 (268 hrs @ $45/hr)

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