Job: Community-Engaged Artist

Deadline: November 9

Deadline: November 9
Job: Community-Engaged Artist

Arts & Health: Healthy Aging Through the Arts seeks an artist (any discipline) interested in facilitating community-engaged arts practices with older adults.

2020/21 is Arts & Health’s 15th year of community-engaged arts programming with seniors and Elders in the Lower Mainland, on the traditional, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. At each project site, an artist works with a group of older adults to co-create art. The creativity, knowledge and life experience of each participant is acknowledged and their contributions to the project develop through collaboration. The facilitating artist brings their arts expertise and facilitation training to this multitude of voices to challenge group members and to ‘lead from beside’ in a collaborative arts practice. To learn more and see examples of current and past projects visit www.artsandhealth.ca

Arts & Health has run in-person projects at Carnegie Community Centre based in contemporary dance, storytelling through plants, and improv theatre. To help us reach increasingly isolated seniors unable to visit the centre due to covid19, including those without home internet access, this pilot project will use the conference call as a medium for group connection and artistic collaboration.

We are looking for:
● an artist to lead one telephone-based community-engaged arts project in partnership with Carnegie Community Centre.

The project will run from December 2020-June 2021, with potential for an extension through August 2021. The project includes:
● Participation in outreach planning and project design, December 2020
● Leading weekly telephone-based arts workshops January-June 2021
● Participation in minimum one Arts & Health showcasing/community sharing event/activity
● Participation in Arts & Health professional development activities

Artists will be supported by the Carnegie Seniors Worker, a language Translator during workshops (as required), and Arts & Health’s citywide Coordinator. Supplies, if needed, can be delivered to participants, and using letter mail (Canada Post) as an additional creative construct is also an option (if desired). Artists will also take part in a community of professional practice, gathering for shared learning with other Arts & Health artists and staff.

The fee, which must include professional artist fees and all supplies, is a maximum of $4000 (final fee will be determined with staff, according to project proposed). Artists are paid additional fees for participation in professional development activities.

Applications will be assessed through a juried selection process involving artists, staff, and community members.

This project is made possible by: Vancouver Coastal Health – SMART Fund, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Carnegie Community Centre

To Apply:
We encourage interested applicants to visit www.artsandhealth.ca to learn more about our work in creative aging. To download an application visit: http://artsandhealth.ca/call-for-artists-carnegie-2020/