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Curatorial & Collections Intern

Application Deadline: August 7, 2017

Position Length: Full Time, Contract
Rate of Pay: $14.00/hour
Hours: 35 hours per week
Start and End Date: September 18, 2017 to March 30, 2018
Location: City of Woodstock

The City of Woodstock is a dynamic and growing community of 38,000 located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of highways 401 and 403.  The City’s progressive actions have made it a leader in the region for conservation, environmental initiatives and long-term commitment to managed growth.  Woodstock has roots in both agriculture and manufacturing; as the recognized Dairy Capital of Canada and as home to Toyota’s second Canadian manufacturing facility.  With a skilled workforce, affordable housing and a new community hospital, Woodstock truly is a growing city with a lot of rural, small town charm.

To be considered for this position, applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • Degree or diploma in Art History or Museum Studies
  • Demonstrated strengths in research and writing
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity and experience using Access or other database programs, and knowledge of database management would be an asset
  • Experience handling art, and knowledge of Canadian art would be beneficial
  • Prior experience working or volunteering in a public gallery, museum or library
  • Priority will be given to candidates who wish to pursue further academic or curatorial work, in addition to work in museums or galleries
  • Must be able to work with minimum supervision

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Artist Instructor: Adult Programmes

Application Deadline: August 8, 2017
Position: Part-Time Contract 
Location: MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie

Reporting to the MacLaren Education Officer, the Artist Instructor is a practicing visual artist who works on behalf of the Gallery to deliver weekly studio-based programmes for adults at the Gallery from September to June. The main area of responsibility for the Artist Instructor is to teach adults a variety of approaches to art making, employing a wide range of media while drawing inspiration from MacLaren exhibitions. In this capacity, the Artist Instructor functions as an ambassador for the MacLaren Art Centre as well as these long-standing adult programmes. Learn More

Collections Assistant (Intern)

Application Deadline: August 14, 2017

Position: Collections Assistant
Position Length: 6 months (27 weeks)
Rate of pay: $14.00/hour
Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday through Friday
Suggested Start and End Date: September 18, 2017 to March 23, 2018*
Location: MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie

The MacLaren Art Centre is seeking a recent graduate of a curatorial study, art history, library and information studies or museum studies programme to assist with various tasks associated with the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection. Working closely with the Associate Curator/Collections Manager, the intern will assist with collating documentation related to the long-term preservation of the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection. The intern will also assist with researching and rehousing the Sovfoto Archive, a collection of 23,116 vintage Soviet press prints, in advance of exhibitions looking at circumpolar issues using this collection. In addition to these duties, the student will assist with: the installation of artworks in temporary exhibitions; labels and signage for exhibition displays; compiling research materials on collection works; and other duties as assigned. All applicants must be registered with Young Canada Works and meet all eligibility requirements for their Building Careers in Heritage program. Learn More

Apprentice Artistic Directors/Producers

Application Deadline: August 12, 2017
Start Date: Sep 15, 2017
Salary: $15,000/ 10 months (Part Time)
Location: Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Newmarket, Aurora, Stouffville, Markham, some Toronto

Shadowpath’s mission is to have a highly functional creative team comprised of five female theatre practitioners that wish to enhance their career path with artistic direction and producing. Develop and share skills with Shadowpath’s programming, proven models, partnerships and community initiatives. Shadowpath's Artistic Director will share tips, tools and templates for successful management, creation and producing.

This is a 10 month apprenticeship, $15,000/apprentice, with weekly in person meetings, industry workshops, assigned tasks and projects and frequent communication with Shadowpath’s Artistic Director.

Hours required per week:

This position is intended for those in the performing arts or with a performing arts background or focus.  The Apprenticeship is based on tasks accomplished and meeting deadlines not hours worked.  Attendance at a weekly in-person or a google hang out meeting is required. Some meetings are more mandatory than others. Apprentices manage their other tasks and hours contributed with their own schedules and have the freedom to request projects and areas of focus.  The Apprenticeship is best suited for independent contractors and those who have some flexibility in scheduling and are not bound to 9-5 full time employment.  The Apprenticeship is a slightly different experience for everyone.  You will work your strengths and delve into areas you wish to improve on for your career.


We require exceptional communicators who are enthusiastic, ambitious, have a positive, assertive attitude AND who have a high regard for punctuality. Easy and reliable access to York Region locations is required.  Familiarity to York Region is an asset. 

This creative team will be comprised of women with skills in the following:

Arts admin
Audience development
Grant writing and editing
Proposal writing
Relationship building
Artistic direction
Community initiatives
Budgeting and finance
Volunteer Coordination
Board development
Research and development
Making something out of nothing

Additional Info:

Shadowpath is a site-specific charitable arts organization founded in 2002 that transforms everyday spaces into creative places. We are excited to expand our creative team by inviting 5 PAID female apprentices to train as Artistic Directors and Producers. This initiative will extend Shadowpath’s reach towards new demographics including senior and youth communities while nurturing and building audiences and partnerships with our current programming.

Shadowpath aims to empower the next generation of female theatre leaders!

How to Apply:

Please send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


A THREE minute video answering THREE (your choice) of the following:

1) Explain one skill you have to contribute to this Apprenticeship and one skill that you expect to learn and improve on.
2) What’s the most difficult goal you’ve set? Walk me through the process and purpose.
3) Name an industry that could benefit from experiencing live theatre and describe the benefits.
4) What is something you'd be happy doing every single day for the rest of your career?
5) Describe the most creative project you’ve been involved with.
6) What are your two most significant accomplishments?
7) What is something you really want to accomplish and could if you had more money?
8) If you could choose another career path outside of the Arts, what would it be and why?
9) If you were a brand, what would be your motto?
10) Describe a live theatrical performance you’ve experienced and what made it great.

Video Instructions:

Record and edit your three minute video with your camera phone/video camera, etc.

Post your video:

a) to Youtube as an unlisted video or
b) by sending it through a file sharing service (such as Dropbox)

Youtube Instructions:

  • If you don’t have a Youtube account already, you’ll have to create one
  • Sign into your Youtube account
  • Click the upload button near the top right of the YouTube Page
  • Select your video and click upload
  • There is a dropdown menu that will allow you to choose “Public” “Unlisted” or “Private.” Choose the UNLISTED option. This will allow only those with a link to the video to view it.
  • Copy the link to your new video and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternate Instructions:

If you have a Dropbox account or another file sharing service, you can send a link to your video to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Those who are shortlisted will be contacted for a second round of Apprenticeship consideration in Richmond Hill on August 16.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Join our Youth Art Council!

Meeting Wednesday, August 16, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
The Latcham Gallery, 6240 Main Street

We've got some exciting opportunities for youth coming up at The Latcham Gallery. Be a part of the action by joining our Youth Art Council!

  • Want to know what the Youth Art Council is all about?
  • Want to help design and build the structure for our massive community art project?
  • Want to learn how you can earn your volunteer hours at the Gallery?
  • Want to help plan youth-oriented events?

Come to the Youth Art Council meeting for more info! Wednesday, August 16, 4:00 - 5:00 pm in the Gallery. Snacks provided! 

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Become a Volunteer at the Latcham Gallery!

We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for adults and teens. Work with a great group of volunteers and contribute to the vibrancy of the arts in your community! Volunteer opportunities include: Art Instructor's Assistant, Gallery Attendant, Special Event Volunteer and Fundraising Committee. Learn More

McMichael Canadian Art Collection is looking for new Docents!

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is seeking motivated individuals to serve as Volunteer Docents. The ideal candidate is people-oriented and enthusiastic about introducing school groups and adults to Canadian art and the McMichael Collection. Learn More

Volunteer with the Robert McLaughlin Gallery

The RMG values the importance of volunteerism and makes it a priority to ensure all volunteers have an enriching and satisfying experience as they help to fulfil the needs of the gallery. Learn More

Volunteer with the Newmarket Music Festival

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Volunteer with the York Region Arts Council

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Volunteer at the Aurora Cultural Centre

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Volunteer with the Markham Museum

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Volunteer with the Varley Art Gallery

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Volunteer with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

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Volunteer with the Ontario Association of Art Galleries

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York Region Arts Council, YRAC

1310 Kerrisdale Blvd., Unit 200
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 7B3

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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