Work at VIVO Media Arts Centre
Education: Mentor Assistant
Application deadline July 20. Position runs September – December 2017.
About VIVO Education
The Satellite Video Exchange Society/VIVO Media Arts Centre (vivomediaarts.com) is a Vancouver-based, non-profit, artist-run media arts centre that encourages and directly supports the creation, production, education, exhibition, distribution, and appreciation of media works by independent artists and alternative, community-based producers and activists. We provide a dynamic artistic program that includes exhibitions, performances, lectures, workshops, residencies, historical archives and access to contemporary research materials. We are dedicated to exploring the potential of new technologies in art and examining current technological evolutions in a critical context.
Through a variety of hands-on workshops, mentorships, study groups, and public events, VIVO’s education department offers ways of enriching our understanding and creating media art, including video editing, sound design, projection mapping, electronic art, and media installation.
VIVO’s education department is looking for a Mentor Assistant to help run VIVO’s youth mentorship project, The Reorganized Organ (details at vivomediaarts.com/education). The Mentor Assistant will work closely with the mentors, assisting them in carrying out the project through such tasks as sourcing materials, communicating with participants, running workshops, undertaking outreach & promotion, as well as identifying requirements for mounting the final public presentation of the project and helping to resolve issues encountered in doing so.
About the youth mentorship project
The Reorganized Organ is a collaborative musical instrument-building project, taking place over twelve sessions in the Fall 2017. With the help of mentor-artists George Rahi and Marc St. Pierre, ten participants (18-24 yrs) will collaborate to take apart and repurpose a discarded electronic organ, and other wasted electronics, to invent and create an orchestra of experimental musical instruments and other sound-making devices. The project culminates in a performance at VIVO Media Arts Centre presented with the help of Vancouver New Music. This project is funded by the BC Arts Council, and also partners with Free Geek Vancouver and MakerMobile.
The Mentor Assistant position is a great opportunity to learn about developing educational programming in a critical media arts context, communicating and strategizing in a non-profit institution, and successfully facilitating a youth-oriented project that challenges participants conceptually, materially, and socially.
- Work with the artist-mentors and participants to finalize the 12 dates of the project’s workshop sessions
- Assist in locating specific electronic components and other materials sought for the project
- Assist in strategizing public engagement events (field trips, artist presentations, talks, etc.) related to electronic waste, to happen along side the youth mentorship project
- Assist in carrying out promotion of final performance event and other public engagement events related to the project
- Assist with general communication with participants
- Assist the artist-mentors with logistics of carrying out 12 workshop sessions
- Assist the artist-mentors in facilitating the 12 workshop sessions
- Assist in coordination of project documentation
- Strong interest in experimental media arts, including sound/audio art, performance art, and kinetic sculpture
- Strong interest in working with artist-run centres, collectives, or community-based organizations
- Interest in public relations and developing partnerships with educational and arts organizations
- Proficiency in word processing and spreadsheets
- Excellent organizational, verbal, written and interpersonal communications skills
- Personal commitment to some form of creative cultural practice
- Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated, set and meet deadlines, work under pressure, and exercise sound judgment in setting priorities
- Experience electrical soldering an asset
- Experience with sculptural methods (carving, welding, casting, modelling, etc) an asset
The majority of hours will be spent assisting mentors during sessions.
The Mentor Assistant position pays $15 per hour, for 58 hours over approximately fifteen dates, from September to December, totalling $870. The 58 hours are made up of twelve 4-hour sessions, plus 10 hours of preparation.
Please send as a single PDF document your resume and cover letter outlining suitability to the position before 5pm (PST), Thursday, July 20 to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Satellite Video Exchange Society is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from self-identified members of underserved communities as well as visible and invisible minority groups. We thank all who express interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be held the week of Jul 24; position start date is anticipated for the week of September 5.
Interested in being an instructor at VIVO? We are always accepting proposals for media arts workshops in technology, theory, process, or whatever might be relevant to media artists in Vancouver. Please email VIVO’s education coordinator (email@example.com) with the subject: Workshop Proposal to find out if there is a potential fit.
Internships / Volunteering (ON-GOING)
VIVO is committed to providing training opportunities in the various aspects of media arts as it relates to artist-run culture. We are a training ground for the cultural workers of tomorrow, and thrive on the creative energy of people wanting to know more about getting involved in the cultural sector. There is currently no funding for paid internships, although we are always in need of loyal volunteers to work closely in specific departments. Volunteers that commit to a regular weekly schedule for a minimum of 3 months earn Video Bucks and a Basic Producer Membership.