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Daniels Spectrum Summer Series Street Team Member

Position Type: Part-Time/ Hourly at approximately 2 – 4 hours/week
Start Date: Monday, June 6, 2016
End Date: Friday, August 26, 2016
Application deadline: Friday, May 20, 2016
Salary: $14/hour

Now in its fourth 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 10 different local organizations, collectives and artists from June to August for this year’s Summer Series program. Activities will include outdoor film screenings, visual art installations, recreational games, cultural festivals, and community and food events.

Artscape is looking for 2 to 4 youth (ages 14 – 24 years old) to join the Daniels Spectrum Summer Series Street Team on a 3-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 Outreach & Program Coordinator.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Outreach

  • Promote the Summer Series with enthusiasm at community events and high traffic areas throughout the community from June – August 2016
  • 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
  • Approach community members in an outgoing, friendly and professional manner
  • Distribute appropriate materials for each shift including but not limited to the Daniels Spectrum Summer Series monthly flyers, Outreach & Programs Coordinator’s business cards, etc.

Administration / Miscellaneous

  • Log hours worked each week using the log template provided by the Outreach & Programs Coordinator.

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 or a portion of it
  • Debrief with the Daniels Spectrum Outreach & Programs Coordinator on any important community or marketing issues identified during employment period

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Friendly and outgoing personality
  • Strong communication skills
  • Flexible schedule
  • A good understanding of the Regent Park community
  • Experience working customer service or public speaking is an asset
  • Promotions background is an asset

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 12:00 pm on Friday May 20, 2016

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:

Attention: Outreach & Programs Coordinator
Daniels Spectrum
Artscape Office
Suite 260, 585 Dundas St. East
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

Via email: careers@torontoartscape.on.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.

Regent Park School of Music Sets Eyes (and Ears) on the Future

Written by: Karen Whaley
Photo provided by: Regent Park School of Music

The past five years have been a time of massive expansion for the Regent Park School of Music (RPSM), a non-profit that provides highly subsidized music lessons to youth-in-need. Since 2010, they have increased their capacity from 290 students in the Regent Park community to more than 1,700 students across the city, with satellite programming in the Parkdale and Jane and Finch neighbourhoods. But do higher numbers necessarily equal higher impact? As RPSM enters a new phase of growth with the release of their 2016-2020 strategic plan, the emphasis remains on quality over quantity.

 
At the core of the school’s vision is a diverse, student-led curriculum that values youth engagement over musical excellence. “95% of parents who walk through our door want to put their children in private piano or violin lessons,” says Director Richard Marsella. RPSM students must spend at least two years in group lessons before they can be considered for private instruction. “Our model for music education is a journey that lasts from age 3-18 and involves a lot of ensemble time,” Marsella explains. Kids get to experiment with a range of instruments and modes of musical expression, including DJing and steel pan. Classes may consist of throwing ping pong balls at a drum kit.

Another initiative moving forward is working with community partners to deliver programming to kids who face more than financial barriers, such as children with disabilities and teens in the youth justice system. A recent partnership with the First Nations School of Toronto has introduced more than one hundred K-8 students to RPSM’s unique brand of music education.

Now in its 17th year, RPSM has seen a generation of youth grow up in its programming. Some former students are even faculty. “It’s hard to quantify the exact impact that the organization has had on the community but we’re excited to tell those stories,” says Marsella. An upcoming documentary, Changing Keys, tells the story of RPSM against the backdrop of dramatic neighbourhood upheaval of the Regent Park Redevelopment.

On April 20, RPSM hosts its annual fundraiser, Crescendo 2016, in Ada Slaight Hall at Daniels Spectrum, featuring Andy Kim, Reuben and the Dark, Devin Cuddy, Alex Pangman, Karl Wolf and more. Tickets are available online at www.rpcrescendo.org

Daniels Spectrum Summer Series Community Partner Call for Submissions

Artscape is looking to partner with five to eight organizations or individuals to deliver free, outdoor arts & cultural programs, events and/or installations in Regent Park this June through August. We invite you to read this call and submit an application by Friday, February 19 at 12:00pm to become part of an initiative that aims to bring fun programming and activities to the streets of Regent Park, engage and inspire youth and families and provide meaningful training and employment opportunities.

Successful applicants will:

  • Receive a maximum of $10,000 to run their initiative
  • Receive some in-kind staffing and equipment from Artscape
  • Benefit from capacity-building workshops in event management, reporting and marketing and promotions
  • Receive supplementary marketing and promotional support as part of the overarching Summer Series marketing plan
  • Become part of a growing initiative that engages and inspires Regent Park residents through free outdoor arts and cultural programming

Daniels Spectrum Summer Series launched three years ago thanks to the generosity of anonymous donors to the Artscape Foundation. Their donation have enabled Artscape to support and partner with several community partners to produce free outdoor summer programming, events and installations in Regent Park, the majority of which are targeted at youth. Examples of funded initiatives have included outdoor film screenings, drop-in dance and drama programs, interactive street art installations, outdoor concerts, weekly community block parties and much more. This year, Artscape is looking for community partners to animate the public spaces near Daniels Spectrum (with an emphasis on programming on Regent Park Boulevard), in the midst of the third and largest phase of the Regent Park revitalization.

Priority will be given to applications made by Regent Park individual and organizations; however this call is open to organizations based outside the Regent Park community, provided they collaborate with a Regent Park organization or community member (Artscape defines a Regent Park community member as a person who is currently active in the Regent Park community, e.g. a current or former resident, or a staff or volunteer working with a Regent Park based organization). Please be sure to include the contact information of the partnered Regent Park organization or community member on your application (under “Secondary Contact”).

Lisa Smart, Outreach & Programs Coordinator at Daniels Spectrum would be happy to help applicants unfamiliar with the Regent Park community identify potential local community partners, however it is the responsibility of the applicant to contact those local community partners to develop partnerships. Lisa can be reached via email (lsmart@artscape.ca) or by phone at 416-238-2453 x 105.

Applications for indoor programming will be considered provided a strong case is made for the need to host the initiative indoors.

Events or activities of a religious nature or those that include the proselytization of religious beliefs will not be considered eligible for funding under the program.

HOW TO APPLY

Please answer the following questions in the application form.

You will also be required to complete and submit a budget and marketing strategy template for your proposed program.

If you have any questions about this process, do not hesitate to contact Outreach & Programs Coordinator, Lisa Smart via email (lsmart@artscape.ca) or by phone at 416-238-2453 x 105.

NEED TO KNOW MORE?

Please review the Daniels Spectrum Summer Series FAQ for additional information

The Deadline for Submissions is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016 AT 12PM

Applicants will be notified on their participation of the Summer Series by TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016.

Thank you for your interest in being a part of this program!

 Photo: Regent Park Film Fesitival
Artheart’s Christmas Dinner: Celebrating Creativity And Community
 Written by Karen Whaley | Photos provided by ArtHeart Community Art Centre

Christmas can be a dark time for people living on the margins. For guests of ArtHeart’s annual Christmas dinner, a holiday feast is more than a meal—it’s a lifeline.

ArtHeart is well-known in the Regent Park community as a place for free-of-charge arts programming for children, youth, adults and families. Less known is that they are one of the only drop-in programs in the neighbourhood that is open on Christmas Day. Every year on December 25, participants from the adult program and a group of dedicated volunteers gather together in the ArtHeart studio at Daniels Spectrum for a turkey dinner with all the fixings.

The Christmas dinner was first celebrated twelve years ago when Tim, ArtHeart’s Studio Manager, realized that they were losing people to suicide over the holidays. Many of their adult program participants struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues and extreme poverty. “Christmas is a vulnerable time for depressed people,” says Tim. “All the talk about family and presents just crushes them.” When a group of Muslim youth from ArtHeart’s Youth Employment Program approached him looking for something to do on Christmas Day, Tim saw the opportunity to create a new holiday tradition.

This year, more than 35 people gathered together in the ArtHeart studio to enjoy a relaxed and festive dinner, which takes the volunteers days to cook. All the food is donated by Second Harvest and the Daily Bread Food Bank. At the end of the night, each guest left with a generous helping of leftovers and a goody bag filled with food, gifts, and warm gloves and hats.

ArtHeart’s annual Christmas dinner has come to mean more than food to the participants, just as their daily programming is about more than art. “It’s a community,” explains Tim. “A lot of our adults here are living with a disability. Some are living on the streets or in shelters. We give them a place to go where they have a sense of family.”

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