Curator

Curator

Job Description

Position: Curator

Reporting to: Centre for Performance & Creativity Coordinator

Location: 716 Water Street / 40 Quidi Vidi Road

Summary

First Light is a registered non-profit organization that serves the urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous community alike by providing programs and services rooted in the revitalization, strengthening and celebration of Indigenous cultures and languages in the spirit of trust, respect, and friendship. First Light Centre for Performance and Creativity is a Social Enterprise; a professional arts centre with the goal of supporting and promoting Indigenous Arts, while acting as a resource centre for all local/professional artists by providing affordable, accessible, and well-resourced professional arts spaces, and quality equipment. 

The Curator will be responsible for hosting First Lights first Digital Exhibition as part of Spirit Song’s 2022 festival programming. The Curator will also lead a collaboration for the establishment of a new Indigenous Artists Collective including, but not limited to the creation of an art collective website where the digital exhibition will be hosted. The curator will be responsible for initiating and nurturing effective working relationships with artists, while representing the organization in a positive and professional manner. The Curator will also take measurable steps to enable meaningful participation in the greater arts community for Indigenous artists.

Core Skillset

  • Facilitation
  • Computer proficiency and familiarity with Google Suite, Adobe Suite, Canva, Html/CSS/JavaScript 
  • Organization and record keeping
  • Teamwork
  • Adaptability
  • Understanding and appreciation for Professional/Indigenous Arts and Culture
  • Knowledge of visual arts including galleries, funding opportunities, best practices, portfolios, and exhibitions.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Manage the planning and launch of the Indigenous Artist Collective.
  • Manage the planning and launch of the digital exhibition as part of Spirit Song 2022.
  • Develop and manage a master schedule to keep the exhibition and collective on track to a one-year deadline.
  • Schedule meetings, prepare talking points, assemble presentations, and prepare meeting materials for artists, board members, staff. 
  • Develop an outreach strategy that ensures effective engagement of Indigenous Artists from across the province. 
  • Engage with artists to ensure the Artist Collective priorities remain in line with research previously conducted, and determine how they would like to be engaged moving forward. 
  • Develop an engagement strategy that reflects the needs and wants expressed by the collective that will become the foundation of a membership structure in the future. 
  • Create Policies and Procedures for the Collective including membership details, services, and terminology, as well as all communications for the members, website, public, and media.
  • Report regularly on progress and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Other duties as required

Qualifications

  • Minimum 3-5 years experience in a similar role
  • Experience in visual arts practices and procedures
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Experience with website design and website management is considered an asset
  • Deep knowledge of Indigenous culture
  • Diploma and/or degree preferred

How to Apply

Please email your resume to Natasha Blackwood. You can find her contact information below.

First Light celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for all members of our team. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of Indigenous identity or status, national or other origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, or other characteristics. We’re committed to supporting candidates throughout the application process by accommodating any disability-related requests.