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SEEKING COMMUNITY BOARD MEMBERS

For Public Distribution: Open Studio is seeking Community Board Members

Open Studio, Toronto, is an Artist-Run Centre (ARC) dedicated to contemporary print. We offer accessible, inclusive and affordable printmaking facilities, programs and service­­s for artists and the public from across Canada and abroad.

Open Studio is at a critical point in its history. We are working towards becoming a more equitable, diverse and inclusive organization, and we would like you to be a part of this change! Open Studio is currently seeking candidates to join our Board of Directors.

Open Studio is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. As an artist-run centre, a minimum of 50% of the Board is comprised of artists, and the other half is made-up of Community Board Members. Community Board Members represent the wider community, and Open Studio relies on them for expertise in development, finance, programming and marketing. Please note that it is not required for Community Board Members to have an arts background or prior knowledge of printmaking.

Every autumn, the membership elects the Board at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Board members will work with the Executive Director and staff to steward Open Studio as we move forward.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Engage in meetings that involve high-level discussions about strategic goals and conversations about operations
  • Provide guidance and oversight to advance Open Studio’s mission and strategic plan
  • Review and approve organizational governance policies and procedures. 
  • Attend eight Board meetings per year and serve on the Board for a two-year term, and may be re-elected for a second two-year term if they choose
  • Serve on one or more committees (Fundraising; Governance; Programming; Marketing; Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Health & Safety; etc.)
  • Guide and assist the staff through the Executive Director
  • Yearly review of financial statements from the Executive Director
  • Act as passionate advocates for Open Studio

We support artists in the creation and exhibition of contemporary print in an open-minded, safe and collaborative environment. Our vision is to shape the exploration of print as essential, dynamic, and relevant to contemporary culture and creative thought. Open Studio is a non-profit, charitable organization.

Open Studio is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and strongly supports and values diversity in the workplace. Open Studio is committed to equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusiveness in all its practices. We respect the right of applicants and employees to fair and equitable treatment according to the Ontario Human Rights Code. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome, and individuals from equity-deserving groups are encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Please provide a brief cover letter outlining your relevant experience, interests, and résumé / CV by Monday, May 9th (11:59 pm EST) to board@openstudio.ca, with the subject header as “Community Board Member Application.” Please make sure to submit your files in PDF format.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Teaching Instructors

Open Studio offers printmaking classes throughout the year. Our education program is open to everyone with or without printmaking experience. We provide small class sizes to accommodate different learning styles and offer a personalized experience. We also provide one-on-one / private instruction.

Pay rate: $35/hr, part-time/contract
Term: contract based on class/workshop schedule
Application Deadline: Applicants are considered year-round.

Job Brief: Teaching Instructors
Open Studio’s Education Committee is currently looking for dynamic teaching instructors to deliver hands-on* printmaking courses. Open Studio typically runs 4-week courses (12 hours) and weekend workshops (10-12 hours). We are looking for instructors in the following print techniques:

• Introduction to Screenprinting
• CMYK Screenprinting
• Letterpress
• Etching (copper plate)
• Linocut/Woodcut (relief printing)
• Lithography
• Monoprint

Have an idea for a print workshop? Pitch your idea to us!
*In-person, may involve some virtual/remote work.

Key Duties and Responsibilities
• Teach in a collaborative, open and safe environment
• Orient students to the studio equipment and techniques
• Order and prepare class materials 
• Assist in developing short course and workshop outlines 
• Work with the Technical Director to plan education schedules and provide suggestions for materials

Skills & Experience
• Demonstrated skills in printmaking – for example, screenprinting, lithography, intaglio, relief etc.
• Be familiar with studio equipment, use and printmaking health and safety procedures
• Some experience teaching– this can be within a formalized setting, a community organization, or another environment. We welcome all experiences and perspectives
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated skills to collaborate and work in a team environment

Physical Working Considerations
Please note that a typical workday consists of more than 3 hours of moderate physical effort for activities such as, (but not limited to): standing for extended periods, providing demonstrations and assisting with hands-on printing in the studio.

Additional benefits
• Studio access for the duration of your teaching contract(s)
• Access to a community of instructors and printers to collaborate with
• Possibility of paid collaborative printing opportunities

Application Process
Email cover letter and resume to studio@openstudio.ca with the subject line Call for Instructors. We are grateful for all applications, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted; no phone calls, please. If you are contacted for an interview, please advise us of any accommodations needed to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES

Throughout the year, Open Studio also has many volunteer and work exchange opportunities made available. We also host academic internships through accredited institutions. Please email us for more information, including the type of opportunity you’re inquiring about in the subject line: example, “Volunteer Opportunity” or “Work Exchange Opportunity.”

The Open Studio Work Exchange program is an excellent opportunity for artists to become involved in the studio community, supporting the growth of their artistic practice, and gaining professional experience in various areas, including arts administration, education programming, marketing and studio technical support. The program runs for three to six months with a requirement of 5 hours per week. Each Work Exchange assistant receives free studio rent or education access in return for their time. All printmakers and non-printmakers are encouraged to apply.

Equity & Inclusion

Open Studio is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and strongly supports and values diversity in the workplace. Open Studio is committed to equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusiveness in all its practices. We respect the right of applicants and employees to fair and equitable treatment according to the Ontario Human Rights Code. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome, and individuals from equity-deserving groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are contacted, please advise us of any accommodations needed to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process.