Date Posted: Nov 26, 2019
Application Deadline: Dec 20, 2019
Start Date: Jan 13, 2020

Hourly From: $10/hr To $15/hr
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Requests for Proposals
Career Level: Doesn’t apply

Organization Description

Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre is a leader in providing internationally renowned artistic, educational and recreational programming across a stunning ten-acre site at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. For more than 45 years, Harbourfront Centre has celebrated the best in Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from around the world by curating thousands of events annually across its ten-acre site from music festivals to contemporary dance, to craft and design, to sailing lessons. There is something for everyone at Harbourfront Centre, year-round.

Job Description

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery’s (TPP) Power Youth program delivers contemporary art programming for youth ages 12 to17 at four off-site locations in Toronto.
This Call for Proposal is for the Boys and Girls Clubs (B&GC) of Weston-Mount Dennis location.
TPP seeks proposals from working artists, experienced with community engagement, for creative and meaningful projects inspired by contemporary art for youth in priority neighbourhoods.
We are currently seeking to fill 1 Artist-in-Residence position for the Winter 2020 Power Youth term, comprising 14 weeks from mid-January to late April 2020.
The first round of interviews will be conducted by TPP and B&GC staff. A second round of interviews – including a short, hands-on activity – will be conducted by youth so they may select their Artist-in-Residence.
Reporting to the Power Youth Coordinator, Artists-in-Residence will:
  • Design a curriculum for the term, approximately 14-weeks based on their artistic practice. Practicing artists in any medium are encouraged to apply, including Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture, Video/New Media, Spoken Word, Dance, Music, Theatre, and more.
  • Facilitate one weekly session at an off-site location, providing group leadership, individualized mentorship, brainstorming and ideation of projects, instruction in uses of materials and techniques. (One week is a visit to TPP with the youth, in lieu of a regular program session.)
  • Assist youth in planning and executing a project to be exhibited and/or performed at the annual Power Youth Spring Exhibition / Showcase in May 2020. (AIRs are expected to attend the exhibition reception.)
  • Work primarily independently to deliver programs with on-site support from the Power Youth Teaching Assistant and/or Power Youth Coordinator.
  • Maintain weekly communication with Power Youth Staff to discuss program curriculum and material/equipment needs.
  • Optional: Attend a curatorial tour of TPP’s current exhibitions at the beginning of the season.
NOTE: This AIR opportunity does not provide personal studio space.
For more information about Power Youth:
  • Website: http://thepowerplant.org/ProgramsEvents/Programs/Power-Youth.aspx
  • Instagram: @poweryouthto
  • Twitter: @poweryouthto


Ideal Candidates:
  • Working artists with a strong body of work.
  • Experienced with community engaged art practices.
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience in afterschool programs for youth and/or as a teaching artist in classrooms.
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with the ability to use independent judgment.
  • Ability to resolve conflicts among youth, and work collaboratively with youth participants and staff (TPP & B&GC).
  • The ability to receive feedback and implement changes to the program plan.
  • Knowledge or experience in contemporary art and/or arts education.

Additional Info:

Successful candidates will receive a total fee of $4,650 for the entire term. (This fee is calculated based on CARFAC minimum fee schedule.)

How to Apply:

To apply:
Email jobs@harbourfrontcentre.com with the following materials – saved in ONE MS Word or PDF file, and with subject “Power Youth AIR Winter 2020” – by Friday, 20 December 2019 at 5 pm:
  • Letter of Interest
  • Résumé or CV focused on your work with youth
  • A sample proposal (1 page maximum) rooted in your personal artistic practice.
  • 10 images of your work and/or past workshops (or provide URL to audio and/or video)
  • Biography (100 word maximum, to be used for promotion if selected as AIR)
  • Headshot (to be used for promotion if selected as AIR)
 Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Suitable accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process.


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