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Part-time Summer Job Opportunity – Join Our Street Team!

Position: Daniels Spectrum Summer Series Street Team Member

Position Type: Part-Time/ Hourly at approximately 3-5 hours/week

Start Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017

End Date: Friday, September 1, 2017

Application deadline: Thursday, June 29, 2017

Salary: $11.50/hour

Now in its fifth year, the Daniels Spectrum Summer Series is a series of free arts and cultural outdoor programs, events and art installations taking place in and around Daniels Spectrum in the Regent Park community. Thanks to the support of two anonymous donors, Artscape will partner with 9 different local organizations, collectives and artists from June to August for this year’s Summer Series program. Activities will include circus workshops, games nights, photo walking tours, visual art installations, music & cultural festivals, and community and food events.

Artscape is looking for youth (ages 14 – 24 years old) to join the Daniels Spectrum Summer Series Street Team on a 2-month, part-time contract. As a Street Team member, you will be responsible for helping to promote the Summer Series throughout the Regent Park community.  Street Team Members will report to Daniels Spectrum’s Curator.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

Outreach

  • Promote the Summer Series with enthusiasm at community events and high traffic areas throughout the community from July – August 2017.
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of the various programs, events, installations and cater “pitches” according to your audience
  • Answer any general questions the public might have about the Daniels Spectrum Summer Series and Daniels Spectrum or refer them to the appropriate Artscape staff member in a positive, helpful tone
  • Distribute appropriate materials for each shift including but not limited to the Daniels Spectrum Summer Series monthly flyers, business cards, etc.

Administration / Miscellaneous

  • Log hours worked each week using the log template provided by the Curator.

All members of the Summer Series Street Team will:

  • Approach community members in an outgoing, friendly and professional manner
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of all the Summer Series programming (including but not limited to dates, times, locations, etc.)
  • Represent Daniels Spectrum and Artscape with a high level of integrity
  • Wear the Daniels Spectrum Summer Series t-shirts during all shifts
  • Provide at least 48 hours advance notice if you cannot make your shift
  • Debrief with the Daniels Spectrum Curator on any important community or marketing issues identified during employment period

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Flexible schedule
  • Responsible, reliable and punctual
  • A good understanding of the Regent Park community
  • Self motivated, Energetic and outgoing personality
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working customer service or public speaking is an asset
  • Promotions background is an asset

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 12:00pm on  Thursday June 29, 2017

TO APPLY: Please respond with:

  • A resume
  • A cover letter is recommended

 

Artscape is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all its work. We work proactively to be fair and equitable in practice and to build diversity into our teams, creative communities, programs and services.

Applications will be received in confidence by mail or email and should be forwarded to:

Via email: careers@artscape.ca  (please note Daniels Spectrum Summer Series Street Team in the email subject line)

All email submissions will receive a message confirming receipt. No phone calls please. Artscape thanks all applicants, however only those being considered for an interview will be contacted directly.

 

Attention:

elle alconcel, Curator

Daniels Spectrum

Artscape Office

Suite 260, 585 Dundas St. East

Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

 

 

ABOUT ARTSCAPE

Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities.

For more information on Artscape, please visit www.artscape.ca

 

ABOUT DANIELS SPECTRUM

Daniels Spectrum, a cultural hub in Regent Park, is a 60,000 square foot purpose-built platform for creative exchange and expression that is rooted in the rich cultural diversity of the local community and open to the world. A key element in the social and community development goals of the Regent Park revitalization, Daniels Spectrum has played an important role in creating an inclusive, liveable, healthy, safe and vibrant neighbourhood since it opened in September 2012.

 

 

5th Annual Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program Collaborative Showcase

ASYAMP_Flyer_IdentifiedPlease join us on May 31st for the 5th Annual Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program Collaborative Showcase at Daniels Spectrum. This event features original works in a variety of disciplines including, spoken word, music, fashion, photography, visual and culinary arts from a lineup of young, emerging artists from Regent Park and the surrounding area.

Come celebrate the talent in Regent Park and the achievements of our participants: Aphiraa Nirmalarajah, Anne Vo, Dawet Solomon, Delina Estifanos, Kidus Yoseph, Matthew Worku, Saffron Francis, Saron Ogabu, Yonatan Fasil and Zaki Tsihirai.  In the last five months, these young creatives worked with some of the best artists in the city including, Bryan Brock, Charlie Lindsay, Kamillah Apong, Tara Muldoon, Wade Hudson, Yasin Osman, Zahra Siddiqui, as well as talented mentors from their chosen artistic fields, and now they are presenting their work and artistic growth to the world.

Keeping with tradition, the showcase will be held in Ada Slaight Hall at Daniels Spectrum and hosted by the wonderfully talented Zaki Tshirai. We promise you an evening of amazing artistic talent and community. Doors Open at 6pm, Show starts at 7!

Refreshments will be provided courtesy of our friends at The PaintBox Bistro. See you there!

This event is a component of the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program which provides youth access to arts and cultural experiences, educational workshop and opportunities to explore careers in the arts.

 

 

How Raising Artists is Encouraging Creativity and Imagination

Raising Artists is an art program designed for children and parents held in SKETCH at Artscape Youngplace and the Centre for Social Innovation (Regent Park) at Daniels Spectrum. We spoke with CEO and founder, Alessandra Moretti, to learn more about how Raising Artists nurtures creativity, imagination and self-expression.

 

Artscape: How did Raising Artists come to be?

Alessandra: One day, I was challenged to think about how I could combine my two dearest passions: children and art. I thought about the environment I was raised in and how art was part of that, and had a lasting effect on my life. Then, I thought about children who are denied opportunities to experience art, and an idea emerged. What if we created a parent-and-child based program, where all participants could experience the joy of the creative process?

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How do you see the vision of Raising Artists in action?

We have had the pleasure of meeting many students and parents; they come to our workshops and return home with myriad new art techniques. Parents tell me all the time how their child uses our class techniques and set-up at home when they paint. This warms my heart and really hits home that what we are doing in the studio is being absorbed by the children. I see them develop confidence in their art and continue to explore their creativity at home. These are skills they can take with them forever.

“We breathe inspiration into each project and let them run wild with it. The end product is one which inspires awe in all of us.”

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Raising Artists clearly believes in the transformative power of creativity. Can you speak more about that?

Deep inside of each of us is a still pool of creativity.  Raising Artists attempts to create a whirlpool in that still pool by promoting imagination as a guiding force, suggesting ideas and teaching the participant to transfer the intangible onto canvas. In this environment we do not allow self-criticism, encouraging artists to hit the reset button on how they see themselves and interpret beauty.

How has Raising Artists been a tool of self-expression or creativity for your team?

The budding artists at Raising Artists have taught me to approach art and life from all angles. There is no one route to beauty; there is no one way to create; there is no one method of design. It is not a one-size-fits-all world, but it is a world that fits all sizes.

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What risks have you taken to establish Raising Artists? Do you have any advice for starting a creativity-oriented business for other entrepreneurs and small business-owners?

Personal time, personal finances and personal advancements were all at risk when I created Raising Artists. But it was the best investment of my life! To other creative entrepreneurs I’d say don’t give up. Every day is a struggle; remember that if being an entrepreneur were easy, everyone would be doing it.

Also, be open to everything! We all have our practices, habits, sequences and schedules.  Throw that book out the window. Be flexible and embrace the unknown and unusual and find beauty in that. There are no rules to creativity, only inspiration.

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What do you think blocks children’s creative development?

A child deprived of experience is a child barred from creativity. Each experience is a seed of creation: galleries, books, magazines, interaction with others, foods, smells, sounds.  We learn from everything we see, hear, eat, touch; this is a physical world.

How can parents and caregivers encourage children to be more creative at home?

By talking, describing, sharing ideas, designing together, group interactions with extended family and friends, and undertaking silly projects, grand projects, small projects, large projects, funny projects, household item projects, pieces-of-the-environment projects, investigations of the natural world together. The potential to create is all around us.  Parents and caregivers need to recognize this before they can encourage children to embrace their potential.

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What do you enjoy about hosting Raising Artists in Artscape buildings?

Raising Artists in Artscape buildings… could it be any more ideal? Artscape buildings are environments that inherently foster creativity through their involvement in local communities. Combined with the boundless young creativity at Raising Artists, Artscape spaces come alive.  The fact that I can carve out a little niche in Artscape for my budding artists tells me there is a place in this world for everyone.

Learn more about Raising Artists at www.raisingartists.ca and follow them on InstagramTwitterFacebook.

Florida Highwaymen Exhibition at Daniels Spectrum

Florida Highway Men

For the month of February, Daniels Spectrum is celebrating Black History Month by mounting a major selection of original paintings from the historic and celebrated Florida Highwaymen. The exhibit will be supported by 26 commissioned portraits of each of the Florida Highwaymen, created by contemporary Canadian contemporary artist Peter Shmelzer. Together, their work represents the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship and personal and civil resilience.

An Opening Reception for the exhibition will be held at Daniels Spectrum on Thursday, February 9 from 6pm to 10pm. The exhibitions are open to the public daily (Mon–Fri 8 am – 9pm, Sat–Sun 10am – 6pm) from February 9 – March 12, 2017 in our Hallway Galleries.

The exhibition brings together 30 original pieces created by the Florida Highwaymen, a group of 26 self-taught African-American landscape painters that formed during the mid-1950s in Fort Pierce, Florida. Their careers took shape during the violent social conditions of the Jim Crow South, where pursuing a career as an artist presented an alternative to working in citrus groves and labor camps. The name “highwaymen” stuck because their work was originally shunned by local galleries during segregation, forcing these entrepreneurs to sell their art from car trunks along Florida’s highways and door-to-door. To keep costs down, the artists used Upson board for their canvases, and window moldings for their frames. Between 250,000 and 400,000 of these paintings were sold, typically for no more than $35 each.

The artists developed a mode of impressionism with an undeniable and necessary social consciousness. The remarkable use of colour, interpreted as a form of escapism from the racial tensions of the time, give each seemingly neutral image a spectacular, almost ethereal quality. Each work becomes an emblem of longing, looking towards nature to envision a new American life.

All works in this exhibition have been generously loaned to Daniels Spectrum by Tony Hayton, an Ottawa-based Canadian art collector who was introduced to the Highwaymen in 2000.  “I call them the last great American art movement of the 20th century”, Hayton says in admiration. “I believe that people are going to look back on these artist 50 years from now and say that was a special period of time.”  Hayton and the only female Florida Highwayman, Mary Ann Caroll, will be present at the at the opening reception.

From his collection of 80 original Florida Highwaymen paintings, Tony has lent individual works to a number of small shows and exhibitions, but longed for an opportunity to show to a larger group. His persistence caught the attention of Vicki Heyman, wife of current US ambassador to Canada and an enthusiastic patron of American art. The opportunity manifested itself into two widely received exhibits at the Montreal Art Centre (May 2016) and the SAW Gallery in Ottawa (February 2016).

We thank Mr. Hayton for his dedication to the preservation of the legacy of the Florida Highwaymen and are honoured to have been chosen as the final Canadian stop for the exhibition. Daniels Spectrum’s Hallway Galleries aims to support and showcase underrepresented artists and artists of colour from a variety of disciplines. The exhibition intentionally coincides with Black History Month as a means to encourage cross-cultural dialogue on topics that range from black history, contemporary racial politics, and strategies for social justice in the future.

 

 

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