Volunteer Exhibition Docents

Discovery Category: Volunteer Opportunities
Start Date: Oct 03, 2019
End Date: Dec 31, 2019
Format: In-Person
Venue Name: TO Live - Meridian Arts Centre
Address: 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Provider: TO Live


TO Live is seeking volunteer Exhibition Docents to assist in guiding visitors through the touring exhibition, Mandela: Struggle for Freedom. The exhibition was created by the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in partnership with the Apartheid Museum in South Africa. Meridian Arts Centre (formerly Toronto Centre for the Arts) will open the exhibition in Toronto on October 10th.

TO Live is seeking volunteer Exhibition Docents to support visitor experience through interpretation and encouraging dialogue in order to facilitate better understanding of the exhibition themes and content for a positive visitor experience. Exhibition Docents will be trained to support visitors of various and diverse abilities to understand, interpret and experience the exhibition.

Exhibition Docents will be available to answer visitor questions and may occasionally offer short tours throughout the exhibition.

Exhibition Docents should have a general knowledge of African-Canadian History, Indigenous Canadian and South African History. A background in museum studies or past work experience in a museum setting is considered as an asset. Exhibition Docents will need to be able to communicate with visitors on sensitive subject matters. A background in knowledge about accessibility and customer service experience are also considered assets.

The responsibilities of the volunteer Exhibition Docent are listed below but not limited to the following:

• Acting as an Ambassador for the presenting exhibition, and providing excellent customer service to visiting patrons
• Keeping track of metrics of patrons and visitors who view the exhibition
• Maintaining an organized and neat appearance of the exhibition
• Developing a familiarity of the exhibition as well as TO Live, Meridian Centre etc. as organizations so as to give tours and information to the public as needed
• Providing a welcoming, friendly and inclusive atmosphere to patrons and visitors of the exhibition
• Assisting in giving visitors a deeper understanding and appreciation of the exhibit
• Accommodating accessibility needs, requirements and requests of visitors and patrons to the best of the Docents’ abilities as needed

Training will be provided to ensure all docents are knowledgeable on exhibition content.

Exhibition Hours
The exhibition runs from October 10, 2019 to January 5, 2020.

Volunteers should be available for shifts at the following times:
Tuesday to Wednesday: 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Thursday to Sunday: 10:00am to 6:00pm

Please note that Exhibition Docents may opt to be available for a half day shift as well. Exhibition Docents will take adequate breaks between their full day or half day shifts.

About Mandela: Struggle for Freedom
Mandela draws from the decade-long exhibition at Johannesburg’s Apartheid Museum and reimagines it with a Canadian and global context. Created by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in collaboration with the Apartheid Museum, the exhibit draws attention to the numerous Canadian who joined the struggle for equality and mobilized against apartheid, inviting reflection on our own civic and global engagement. TO Live is the first institution after the CMHR to present this powerful exhibition.

Mandela looks at Nelson Mandela and the movement that formed around him. It follows Mandela into hiding after he is declared an outlaw, and then joins him inside a replica of the prison cell that was his home for 18 years. It shows the bittersweet joy of his release after 27 long years of imprisonment. Finally, it bears witness to South Africa’s first democratic elections and shows Mandela’s efforts to rebuild a nation shattered by racism and injustice.

How to Register:

Please send volunteers.mandelaexhibition@gmail.com the following information if you are interested in applying to be a volunteer Exhibition Docent for Mandela: Struggle for Freedom:

• Resume or CV
• Other languages you may speak
• Your availability throughout the exhibition hours
   o The exhibition hours run from October 10, 2019 to January 5, 2020 as follows:
       ▪ Tuesday to Wednesday: 1:00pm to 6:00pm
       ▪ Thursday to Sunday: 10:00am to 6:00pm
          ▪ Note: You must be available to volunteer for at least five half days shifts or three full day shifts
• Any accessibility accommodation requests you might have

*TO Live is an equal opportunity organization and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), TO Live will work with all applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the selection process.

About TO Live
Previously known as Civic Theatre Toronto, TO Live is the city’s largest multi-arts organization operating three iconic venues and presenting a full range of performing arts, theatrical and concert events in both downtown and uptown Toronto at Meridian Hall, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, and Meridian Arts Centre. With two hubs of creativity and content creation in both uptown and downtown Toronto, TO Live has a unique place and perspective in Toronto. The mission of TO Live is to activate creative spaces by inspiring local and international artists, connect audiences and to be the nexus for new ideas, elevate artistic potential, and be the catalyst for creative expression that is reflective of Toronto’s diversity.

Contact Info:

Email: volunteers.mandelaexhibition@gmail.com