Artist Support Worker

Date Posted: Jan 08, 2021
Application Deadline: Jan 29, 2021
Start Date: Jan 08, 2021

Hourly From: $20/hr To $20/hr
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: York
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Contract
Career Level: Doesn’t apply

Organization Description

Shakespeare in Action

Shakespeare in Action is a professional theatre company that aspires to enhance the arts and education through exploring and performing Shakespeare's plays. We have operated continuously for 28 years, inspiring audiences of all ages to discover Shakespeare's universal truths in our everyday world.

We think it is vital to create theatre that reflects our contemporary world and as such we are a multicultural company committed to providing the highest quality theatre at affordable prices. We believe Shakespeare should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their socio-economic background. For many young people, studying Shakespeare can be an alienating and daunting experience; we strive to help young people make connections with Shakespeare's timeless themes, and our work promises to awaken a passion for Shakespeare!

Job Description

Shakespeare in Action (SIA) is looking for artists, arts workers and/ or creatives to support the following placements and organizations for their Artists Supporting Community Initiative (ASCI) program, please see below:

1st ASCI Support Placement:
Placement: Unison Health and Community Services 
Location: 1651 Keele St, York, ON M6M 3W2
Role: Volunteer Supervisor for food bank delivery 
Support for the supervisory role must be: Reliable, a leader and most of all, anti oppressive and must be understanding to harm reduction. Volunteers for the program can have trauma, triggers and/ or live with mental health conditions

Responsibilities include: Contacting and communicating with volunteers before each shift to check-in that they will be available to support; unloading and organizing food and other items for weekly distribution from a large delivery bundle during each shift with 4-5 volunteers; monitoring volunteers to ensure COVID safety measures are being taken and to ensure each task is completed before sign out; providing PPE, garbage bags and other supplies to volunteers for work safety; and signing out volunteers
Training: One hour of training will be required with a focus on PPE

Start date and schedule: Every other Tuesday, starting Jan. 19th until Mar. 30th
Support hours: 9 AM to 1 PM for a maximum of 55 hours 
Please note: This is a strict schedule
Fee for Service: $20/ hour

2nd ASCI Support Placement:
Placement: The Community Place Hub
Location: 1765 Weston Rd, York, ON M9N 3P7
Role: Looking for two artists, arts workers and/ or creatives to support meal delivery driving
Please note: You must have a valid driver's license and access to a vehicle
Responsibilities include: Meal pickups Mondays and Wednesdays from Progress Place (576 Church St, Toronto) and meal pickups on Fridays from Kitchen24 (100 Marmora St., North York)
Training: One hour of training will be required with a focus on PPE
Start date and schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting as soon as possible; Tuesdays and Thursdays starting as soon as possible
Training: Support for training to learn the meal delivery route is given by the Community Place Hub staff
Support hours: 11:30 AM to 2 PM on M, W and F for a maximum of 55 hours; 12 PM to 2 PM on T and TH for a maximum of 55 hours
Fee for service: $18/ hour for up to 55 hours, plus a prorated supplemental transportation fee of $5/ hour for up to 55 hours for a maximum total of $275

3rd ASCI Support Placement:
Placement: Kitchen24
Location: 100 Marmora St #200, North York, ON M9M 2X5
Role: Looking for two artists, arts workers and/ or creatives who will support Kitchen24 with meal prep and packaging 
Start date and schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays starting Jan. 18 and Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Jan. 19th
Support hours: 10 AM till 3 PM for a maximum of 55 hours
Fee for service: $20/ hour



Additional Info:

SIA is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to building an organization that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities; Two-Spirit, non-binary, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people; disabled people; youth; and members of other equity seeking groups. SIA is also prioritizing artists, arts workers and creatives who live in and around York South-Weston.

The Artists Supporting Community Initiative (ASCI) is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Toronto Foundation.

For more information:

How to Apply:

For artists, arts workers and/ or creatives interested in any and all of these placements, please send a headshot and arts CV to the Artist and Outreach Coordinator, Tamara at Please put in your subject line, ASCI Support.

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