London Arts Council - Cultivating Allyship Seeds of Knowledge Internship
Job Description and Submission Process
Would you like to work with some of the leading arts organizations in London? Apply for Cultivating Allyship - Seeds of Knowledge Internship program (paid positions) offered by the London Arts Council today and you could have the summer of your life!
These positions offer a unique opportunity to work with leading arts organizations/festivals on several interesting and diverse projects. This year, our host organizations include the London Arts Council (2 positions, reporting to the Curator, Public Programs and Learning), Sunfest (1 position, reporting to the Executive Director) and London Symphonia/Aeolian Hall (1 position, reporting to the Executive Director, London Symphonia and Marketing Manager, Aeolian Hall). To learn more information about the host organizations, please see the [appendix 1] down below.
In these roles, we are looking for youth and young adults aged 18-30 who will engage with administration, event planning and programming, and who are excited to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the arts sector.
These Internship positions are made possible through a generous investment through the Canada Summer Job Program of Employment and Social Development Canada.
About London Arts Council
The London Arts Council (LAC) works with public, private, and community partners to build and sustain Londoners’ awareness of, involvement in, and support for all artistic disciplines across the city.
Our programs in education, health, and community provide paid opportunities for professional artists to create and deliver artworks as well as, support arts organizations in London, ON.
Cultivating Allyship - Seeds of Knowledge Internship
The London Arts Council is committed to confronting systemic racism and inequity that exist in London today. LAC works with many artists/creators from diverse equity seeking groups in support of equity, justice, and human rights.
The Seeds of Knowledge component of the London Arts Council’s Cultivating Allyship Program is an organizational internship program for emerging and established artists/arts administrators from equity seeking groups, including individuals who identify themselves as Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPOC) between the ages of 18 and 30, providing them hands-on industry specific learning, experiences, and networking opportunities through placements within arts organizations.
The participants placed through the Seeds of Knowledge Internship component will gain an understanding of the not-for-profit arts sector, its challenges, issues, and role within the community, such as:
experiencing the organization, governance, fund development and planning matters involved in a not-for-profit art organization.
being part of the implementation of organizational plans and projects.
gaining first-hand experience in developing effective client service. communication skills (oral and written) with their mentor and members of the organization’s team as well as the professional artists involved with the organization and the organization’s membership/audience.
gaining skills in the use of digital systems and applications such as Word, Excel, potentially box office ticketing systems and fundraising database applications, if applicable.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Interns will be required to:
participate in planning and coordination meetings where organizational direction and programming opportunities are discussed and developed.
carry out administrative tasks as required to facilitate an efficient working environment
participate in check-in meetings and surveys as per Cultivating Allyship -Seeds of Knowledge Internship component requirements
assist the team with operational tasks
provide excellent customer service
bring your enthusiasm and passion for the arts everyday
Due to the nature of arts organizations, Interns may be asked to work weekends or outside regular business hours.
Who should apply?
Cultivating Allyship – Seeds of Knowledge Internships, supported through the Canada Summer Jobs Program, is open to youth and young adults aged 18-30. Canada Summer Jobs provides quality work experiences for youth and young adults; provide them with opportunity to develop and improve their skills; and respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers.
The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, organized, and possesses interpersonal, communication, and computer skills. They enjoy playing a crucial supporting role in a collaborative team but are also comfortable working independently and taking ownership of their projects. They have an unquenchable thirst for the arts and enjoy organizing events and interacting with audiences.
We encourage applications from all qualified applicants, including Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPOC) and other equity-seeking groups.
Working hours: 30 hours/week for 9 weeks
Compensation: $15/hour + 4% vacation pay
Location: Hybrid (work from home and office)
Optimal Start Date: Monday June 6, 2022, or TBD
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume in a single PDF document via the following submission form. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
We are looking to fill these roles as soon as possible so selected interviewees will need to be available for virtual interviews.
Should you have further questions about this opportunity or require assistance filling out the application form, please do not hesitate to contact:
London Arts Council - firstname.lastname@example.org - 519-439-0013 Please provide a current resume or curriculum vitae, and cover letter.
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Only those candidates who are considered for the position will be contacted.
Aeolian Hall – www.aeolianhall.ca
The Aeolian believes in universal access to music and in building better, stronger, and more inclusive communities.
On the stage: by producing local, national, and international productions featuring the spectrum of emerging artists to world renowned musicians. In the classroom: by providing free, afterschool music education to children and youth through El Sistema Aeolian. In the community: by bringing together male-identifying individuals with a passion for music and fellowship through the Pride Men’s Chorus. In our hearts: through our love and support of all people with strong relationships with and advocacy for black and indigenous people of colour and the LGBTQ2 community.
London Arts Council – www.londonarts.ca
London Arts Council Seeds of Knowledge Interns will directly assist the Curator, Public Programs and Learning in the delivery of London Arts Live and Culture City X.
The London Arts Live Program of the London Arts Council is temporary performance based public art. Popping up in public spaces across the Forest City, LAL provides Londoners of all ages and backgrounds with entertaining and educational artistic experiences. London Arts Live showcases London’s artistic talent across all performative disciplines—dance, multimedia, music, theatre, visual arts, and more. Catch the magic of the moment today!
Culture City X provides curated live performance enhancing events or get-togethers in a unique and artistic way. In a variety of genres and styles, the London Arts Council can customize a live performance to suit clients’ needs and interests. Curated live performances can be enjoyed as a feature presentation on center stage, or as an accent on the side. The possibilities are endless!
London Symphonia – www.londonsymphonia.ca
London Symphonia is a professional symphony orchestra committed to performing vibrant and bold musical experiences for London and the region. With a core of 30 players, our versatile group meets the community's needs for quality programming by presenting well-known symphonies, Canadian premieres, and collaborations with some of Canada's finest singer-songwriters. Our vision includes a commitment to artistic excellence, music education, and strong community partnerships.
Sunfest – www.sunfest.on.ca
TD Sunfest is Canada’s Premier celebration of World Music & Culture, which is held each July in beautiful Victoria Park, London, Ontario. This FREE ADMISSION festival is held every July.
Every summer since 1995, Sunfest has brought together thousands of people of all ages and cultures for four days of exemplary music, dance, crafts, and cuisine from around the globe. This unique, high profile event features over 30 top professional world music & dance, and jazz ensembles based in Canada and abroad. Over the years, Sunfest has showcased international headliners from nearly every region of our planet, including Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and First Nations territories.
During the rest of the year Sunfest presents the World Music & Jazz Series at London's historic Aeolian Hall and other venues in London, Ontario.