Job Title: Children's Program Art Assistant
Positions Available: 1
Position Dates:June 3 - August 2 (9 weeks)
Compensation: $12/hr for 37.5 hrs/week
The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is looking for a motivated individual to join our team over the course of this summer to work on the Summer Children’s Program. The student will assist the Art Educator in preparation and implementation of the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba’s annual Children’s Art Program (July 3 – 27, 2018), which provides an enriched arts learning environment based in storytelling through painting, drawing, sculpture; utilizing a wide range of media from clay to digital technologies. This program also integrates the AGSM’s exhibitions in the Main and Community Gallery as learning opportunities to explore how artists use their materials to express an idea or tell a story. The Summer Children’s Art Program is currently operating at capacity; each year, 160 students age 6 – 12 take 16 different classes. A team of up to 10 instructors leads the courses under the supervision of the AGSM’s Art Educator.
Working closely with the Art Educator and the eight to ten instructors that teach different art techniques throughout the month, the student will begin his or her term by learning the many policies and guidelines that underpin the program including safe work practices, proper studio set-up & clean-up, classroom management techniques, facility opening and closing, and proper communication protocols for children, parents/guardians, and instructors.
Following this orientation the student will assist with promotional activities for the program; registration; organizing, securing or ordering art supplies; liaising with instructors on course content; and identifying and addressing the needs of participating children before the classes start. Once the program gets underway, the student will assist the Art Educator, facilitating communication and organization between the gallery’s facilities team and the two class groups. Over the course of the program, the student will be asked to document the classes through photographs, collect feedback from children, instructors, and parents on an ongoing basis, and identify and suggest solutions for potential improvements. The assistant will also work with the instructors and Art Educator through assisting with programs in the art studios. With supervision, the instructors will work closely with the instructors to help classes run smoothly; assist individual children with their art projects and offer educational support, especially to children with special needs, learning differences, physical or cognitive challenges, and EAL/ESL students. They will also supervise the children’s breaks and lunch program.
At the end of the program, the student will be tasked with collecting and sorting feedback and documentation, work with the Art Educator to discuss ideas to develop the program, and finally design a display with a selection of photographs and artwork that represent the highlights of the program.
This position is funded through the Young Canada Works program. In accordance with YCW guidelines, to be eligible, students must:
- Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
- Have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
- Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
- Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Chris Cooper at [email protected] subject line: Children’s Art Program Assistant