Employment Opportunity: Constituent Curator

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Employment Opportunity: Constituent Curator

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CONTEXT

The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada is building a one-of-a-kind inclusive cultural catalyst. More than just a new physical space, it will be a participatory vehicle where artists and audiences can step into a wider world of contemporary art, and be part of a global creative moment defined by new ideas and new forms. The expanded Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada will realize its vision through bold and innovative programming including three lead exhibitions per year, complementary activations, print and web publications and integrated educational opportunities such as workshops, talks, screenings and much more.

The evolution of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada is made possible through a unique alliance with Castlepoint Greybrook Sterling Inc., public sector funders, private donors, members, sponsors and a network of cross-sectoral partners.


POSITION SUMMARY 

Closing on: April 10, 2017
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: Immediately
Employment Type: Full-Time

The Constituent Curator – Communities and Engagement will be MOCA’s most prominent voice and activator in fostering relationships and developing engagement between the museum and its constituents, with the prospect of encouraging social and cultural change as explored through art. The role will have primary accountability to realize MOCA’s ambition to engage collaboratively with communities to produce programming that’s specifically composed to be a platform for social engagement, accessibility, and when appropriate formed in dialogue with, or actively responded to, by those who use the museum.

This role is informed by research that attempts to imagine what a Constituent Museum of the future would be. A museum that takes the visitor not as a passive receiver of predefined content, but as a member of a constituent body, who facilitates, provokes and inspires it. This approach rethinks the standard educational model of museum practice, by putting users at the center of the conversation and by creating a bridge between exhibitions and events, and communities that operate in the wider social-political context of the city.

The Constituent Curator will be working to directly involve members of the local community in both short term and long term program strands. Reporting to the Director of Programs and working in dialogue with MOCA’s program team, the Constituent Curator will research, develop and action elements of the team’s exhibition, performance, parallel workshop and educational programs, as well as bring new ideas to the table. Working in partnership with the Junction Triangle community, sociopolitical organizations, under-represented and temporary communities in Toronto, this position will be activated in large part within the community rather than in the office.


MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES 

Conceptualize and implement innovative programming that extends MOCA’s reach into diverse and new communities.

  • Promote and influence the development of a MOCA culture of inclusion and respect for diversity by seeking ways to engage with constituents and stakeholders that reflects the social and demographic mix of the communities we serve.
  • Actively participate as a member of the program team by supporting programs in place and by suggesting socially engaged integral or additional activities for all exhibition programs.
  • Maintain and develop relationships with the local Junction Triangle community, with art groups, sociopolitical organizations, under-represented and temporary communities in Toronto.
  • Present ways to share authorship and give MOCA’s constituencies a voice.
  • Seek to enhance the role of MOCA as one constituent within many, both locally and globally.
  • Research and develop new terminologies and ways of describing the socially engaged attitude of MOCA to promote fresh institutional thinking and policy.
  • Be prepared to find creative solutions for unusual participatory activities.

Community development and deliverables

  • Establish good relations and institute a sustainable structure between hosted partners, artists in residence, MOCA and MOCA’s users.
  • Represent MOCA within the greater community of the Junction Triangle and Toronto at all times working as an advocate of the programs being run by the organization.
  • Develop relationships with community groups, organizations and individuals over time that can aid MOCA’s mission and community relevance.
  • Develop opportunities for invested participation from local schools and universities; ensuring that students gain access to programs with dedicated support from the MOCA team, while also creating long-term exchange models.
  • Reach out beyond MOCA’s walls to initiate research groups, community garden activities, food and environmental projects, and urban re-imagination workshops, among other initiatives. Such activities not only draw upon the vibrant culture of Toronto, but also aim to link art and artists to local movements for social change.
  • Seek new constituents to invite into MOCA and in particular connect with members of the public who have not yet experienced MOCA or museums in general.
  • Be prepared to work with all different age groups and demographics, adhering to an environment of equality and diversity.

Program development and deliverables

  • Prepare detailed reports on MOCA’s constituent network and create graphics and other modeling to share when appropriate.
  • Prepare detailed budgets and forecasts for ongoing engagements that grow and adapt over time.
  • Actively seek unusual in-kind and financial support opportunities that may not be usually earmarked for art programming.
  • Prepare written and tailored briefing papers as needed to support grant applications.
  • Maintain an awareness of and share other institutional approaches to public engagement.
  • Implement strategies that make others aware of MOCA’s accessibility record and community spirit.


SKILL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to think outside the box and be open to questioning and debate.
  • Be adaptable but with strong organizational and planning skills.
  • Desire and capability to work with people from all age groups and demographics.
  • Ability to work closely with artists, meeting their needs and requirements while angling their engagement towards more accessible modes of thinking and practice.
  • Talent to respond to the trends and urgent issues of the day through precise and relatable programming.
  • Capacity to maintain good relations and be in constant communication with the Director of Programs and all other MOCA staff as appropriate to ensure that programming activities are fully supported across the board and excel in all areas.
  • Faculty to accept constructive criticism and negotiate program details when required to fulfill the artistic vision of MOCA.
  • Ability to work with tight schedules, imagine spontaneous opportunities while at the same time being aware of budget implications.


EXPERIENCE

  • At least three years working within an educational and social outreach capacity, or similar, preferably within a community activism structure or a cultural organization.
  • Can demonstrate a good knowledge of contemporary art programming and activities in Toronto and an understanding of international artistic practices and presentation.
  • Experience implementing socially engaged projects for diverse communities within the urban realm.
  • The ideal candidate will be well connected to various socio-political networks, under-represented and temporary communities in Toronto, and believe that contemporary art and cultural production can inspire individuals to help create social cohesion and mutual understanding.
  • French, or another second language desirable.

Submit applications to: humanresources@museumofcontemporaryart.ca 


Interested candidates are invited to submit their cover letter and current CV as one document in pdf format to: humanresources@museumofcontemporaryart.ca

We thank all applicants in advance. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada advocates equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and is committed to diversity in the workplace.