Position: MPCAS Curator
Project: Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen
Reporting to: Programming Team
Hours: 15 hours per week. Occasional evening and weekend work. Flexible schedule. This is a 1 year contract position.
Start date: July 1, 2023
About the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen and grunt gallery:
The Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen (MPCAS) is a 7m x 4m outdoor urban screen located at the intersection of Kingsway and Broadway in Vancouver on the side of the Independant building, a mixed use commercial and residential tower. The screen is maintained and programmed by grunt gallery, and aspires to enrich and engage the public through the presentation of media art that reflects the diversity, historical richness and creative capacity of the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.
Through an annual submission call, commissions, co-productions and partnerships, the screen features works for and about Mount Pleasant and the people who live here alongside programming that connects these local issues to global practices, ideas and concerns. The MPCAS is a place for media and interactive content both home-grown and far-flung, presented through the distinctive lens of the neighbourhood.
grunt gallery has been a part of the Mount Pleasant community since 1984 and has seen tremendous changes over this period. During the past 40 years the area has gone from one of Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhoods to one of its richest. This transition hasn’t been easy and the social costs of thirty years of gentrification have been intensifying, particularly with the Broadway Plan and incoming skytrain stations reshaping the area. MPCAS has been born of this tension and we seek to acknowledge both the Mount Pleasant that is being forced out and the new communities coming into being.
General Description of the Position:
The MPCAS Curator works with the grunt programming team and Program Director, as well as community partners to develop contacts and strengthen relationships between the MPCAS and its partners in the community.
The MPCAS Curator is a planner, implementer, and relationship builder who is responsible for maintaining existing programming and developing new initiatives that reflect the multiple and diverse communities in Mount Pleasant. They will take the lead in the curatorial vision of the screen, coordinating our annual submission call while cultivating partnerships with other art organizations and local festivals year-round. We expect this to take the shape of developing new projects and applying for funding opportunities to support them and in in-kind exchanges with community partners.
We are looking for a candidate who prioritizes developing local relationships and familiarizing themselves with the neighbourhood’s history, businesses, community organizations and art communities. They will work with grunt staff to develop strategies that bring community content to the screen, promote visibility and encourage broad access.
The MPCAS Curator is expected to work independently, but will play a key role in the grunt programming team, alongside the Program Director, curatorial staff and the technical manager.
- Work with staff and committees to develop strategies and enhance contacts within the Mount Pleasant community in conjunction with the MPCAS’s vision for programming and the neighbourhood.
- Design and implement a curatorial vision that builds strong, long-term, and loyal relationships with audience members, supporters and communities.
- Develop programming for the MPCAS engaging heritage and cultural communities as well as community groups, seniors, youth and more.
- Continue to develop relationships with partners and collaborators from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as well as the wider Indigenous communities of Vancouver.
- Collaborate and communicate with neighbourhood organizations to develop activities that promote the MPCAS’s presence (eg. community events and festivals such as Car Free Day, and organizations such as the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, Tonari Gumi, the Native Education College and many others). Previous partnerships have included limited run screenings with the Capture Photography Festival, VQFF, Room Magazine and other community based programming.
- Create content around programming and community engagement for the MPCAS’s social media and website. Collaborate with grunt’s Communications Manager as required.
- Update the MPCAS website and internal content management system.
Required Skills and Education:
- Awareness of and experience working within the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.
- Strong knowledge and commitment to bridge-building within diverse community frameworks.
- Strong written and oral communication skills; ability to target outreach materials to varying audiences and age groups; ability to listen, and bring strong awareness of interpersonal/ intercultural dynamics.
- Good understanding of artist-run culture.
- Ability to (or interest in developing skills to) write grants, and find alternative funding support for innovation.
- Post-secondary education or experience in community engagement, public programming, communications, activist organizing or arts-related disciplines is an asset.
- Some knowledge of media art practices and production requirements.
- Familiarity with Media and Video Arts.
- Some knowledge of public art (and public messaging in relation to art in the public realm) an asset.
- Some experience with social media content creation and CMS/Wordpress.
- Familiarity or interest in project development and management.
- Ability to perform well in a team environment and collaborate with others.
- Strong organizational skills, able to identify and prioritize tasks with minimal supervision, work independently, and take initiative.
- Resourceful, hands-on and pro-active.
- Proven ability to act in an assertive but professional manner and to represent oneself and an organization in a positive manner.
- Ability to work flexible hours.
Ethics and the Workplace:
- The MPCAS curator must be invested in open communication and collaboration.
- Acknowledging that most accepted definitions of professionalism have racist origins, the MPCAS curator will be able to be present and engage in their work in a manner that is dedicated and as consistent as possible.
- We envision this role as one best served by working artists and creatives with their own on-going practices to consider this role; we hope to develop a working relationship wherein artists can exist both as artists and arts workers, and will be in conversation with the successful applicant on what grunt can do to support their on-going career.
- As a junior position, we strongly encourage emerging artists and curators to apply.
To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Whess Harman by email at email@example.com
Application Deadline: May 26, 2023 @ 5:00 pm PDT