Community Engaged Indigenous Artist/Educator

Position: Community Engaged Indigenous Artist/Educator
Funder: Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Training & Employment
Contract: June 15 – September 11, 2020 (13wks)
Wage: $18/hour (35 hours/week @ 13 weeks)
Application Due: June 15, 2020

Please note this position is only open to those of Aboriginal, Métis or Inuit ancestry as per position funding requirements. Successful candidates must be eligible for and registered with Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training (Aboriginal, Métis or Inuit, or Non-Status). This position is subject to government funding.

Since 2013 Clay and Paper Theatre has been working in partnership with Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Training and Employment to provide paid, hands-on training, mentorship and work opportunities to emerging indigenous artists, performers, producers and arts administrators. This summer, we are providing an opportunity for 3 post-secondary Indigenous students to join our 2020 summer Apprenticeship program as “Community Engaged Artists/Educators,” from June 15th to September 11th.

In direct response to COVID19 and the health and safety of our employees, audiences and communities across Toronto, Clay and Paper Theatre has created a new complimentary digital stream for our arts programming this summer, offering an online community space and art services to residents in the city. Therefore, this summer we will be working remotely and online, so that together we can welcome communities to participate in the Third Eye Virtual Community Festival of Animated Storytelling.

From the 2019 Apprenticeship in Public Space Program, Wasena Joyal in Pigeon Pie, 2019.

About Your Role

This summer’s Apprentices will work remotely and online to assist with the development and presentation of Clay and Paper Theatre’s Third Eye Virtual Community Festival of Animated Storytelling. This program centres on art-making and storytelling activities for communities through the creation of short, DIY (Do-It-Yourself) miniature paper theatre shows. You will:

  • Assist with the creation of resources for community creators (e.g. short video tutorials, written or illustrated guides and examples)
  • Help with the setup and facilitation of digital community and/or one-on-one community member workshops
  • Remotely coach and attend community member building sessions and rehearsals
  • Help community creators rehearse and prepare for the virtual festival
  • Participate in the production of the online virtual festival
  • Help document the process of the program
  • Scheduling is variable and includes some Zoom workshops and online community rehearsal sessions in the evenings and on weekends.
Performance in Public Space Apprentices, 2014. From left to right: Sara Ahmadieh and Darla Contois in a scene from Animal Nature

About the Applicants

  • You are of Aboriginal, Métis or Inuit ancestry as per position funding requirements.
  • To be a successful candidate, you must be eligible for and registered with Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training (Aboriginal, Métis or Inuit, or Non-Status).
  • You must also be returning to a post-secondary education program in fall of 2020
  • You have experience and enjoy working directly with communities, e.g. children, seniors, youth, families
  • You have experience or training in one or more of the following areas: visual arts, performing arts, digital arts or education
  • You have strong communication and listening skills
  • You enjoy and value working in a collaborative environment
  • You are dependable, organized and a self-starter
  • Experience with Adobe Design Suite, audio recording/editing or animation are all assets

About Your Application

Please send your cover letter and resume to by June 15. Zoom or Skype interviews will be on a continuous, rolling basis i.e. As soon as we receive your resume we will try and schedule an interview in the next day or two. Also, please feel free to call us directly if you have any questions at 416-708-3332.

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Sandra Mannila is a queer and Métis emerging artist, writer, and theatre professional. She is a new addition to the Toronto scene after a lengthy stint in Ottawa where she completed her BFA at the University of Ottawa (2013) and began her post-academic career in the arts. Sandra has worked with various creative companies and organizations in a wide range of capacities such as photographer, production coordinator, writer, and artist. These organizations include Arboretum Festival, Herd Magazine, CARFAC, Ravenswing Craft Fair, and, most recently, Clay and Paper Theatre. Sandra is currently working on new bodies of work in drawing, sculpture, and writing.