Art Workshop Facilitator

Organization Details
Organization Name: Studio Central Urban Arts Centre
Address: Unit 251A Portage Place Shopping Centre
Winnipeg MB  R3B 3H6
Website: http://artbeatstudio.ca/studiocentral/
Organizational Description: "Healing and empowerment through creative endeavor"

Studio Central is a project of Artbeat Studio Inc. Programming at Studio Central aims to facilitate the production of art as a means of inspiring personal passion, connecting generations, bridging diverse groups, and serving as a catalyzing symbol of the people as a community.

Studio Central is located on the second floor of Portage Place Shopping Centre, primarily serving the Central Park and North Portage area. Its programming is offered to those aged 18 or older (though teens may attend along with an adult.)

Vision: To enable consumers of mental health services to engage in artistic expression that promotes recovery, empowerment and community.
Mission: To provide studio space, community and opportunity for creative initiative to facilitate mental, spiritual and economic health.

The objectives of Studio Central are:

To create opportunity for the alumni of Artbeat Studio's core program to gain career path momentum by participating in the implementation of a comprehensive community-based arts program.

To provide residents of Central Park and North Portage area with professional mentorship in art related occupations, a safe space to work on projects, an opportunity to participate in a range of social activities and to deliver an art program that encourages dialogue and development of a cultural fabric comprised of diverse communities.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: Studio Central offers barrier-free, creative programming for adults living in Downtown and Central Winnipeg neighborhoods.

Daily art-making workshops (Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri between 1-3 PM) aim to inspire personal passions, promote mental wellness, and invite folks into a supportive artist community.

'Creative Technique' workshops provide a space for amateur and trained artists alike to develop their artistic process as well as opportunity to explore different medium's capacities. The emphasis of the instruction is to remain on learning and exploration of the process, not specifically the final product.

Categories of Creative Technique sessions:
-Drawing (sketching, graphite, conté, pastel, ink, etc.)
-Painting (acrylic, watercolor, gouache, encaustic, etc.)
-Sculpture (woodcarving, clay, mosaic, jewelry, plaster, etc.)
-Printmaking (linocut, mono-print, stenciling, masking, etc.)
-Textiles (felting, weaving, dyeing, batik, sewing, etc.)
-Design Principles, Elements of Art, Photography, etc.


Duties required:

- Develop a unique "lesson plan"/workshop structure that is equally engaging and satisfying to varying skill levels. Discuss and submit workshop plans with Art Program for approval.
- Take inventory of what materials are required for the lesson plan and arrive 20 minutes early for set up preparation.
- If additional/unique materials are required for the class that is not in the studio's inventory, you may be required to source these yourself.
- Present workshop to participants (class size varying from 2-6 artists) in an engaging and approachable manner, be open to further explanations and demonstrations as required throughout.
- Encourage engagement of community members to join in the class, and be mindful of participants who may want to work on their own art quietly.
- Commit to a minimum of twice a month workshop schedule.
Skills Required: - Is engaging and has a passion for community and art.
- As a drop-in program, facilitators may require some amount of flexibility on participants' attendance and punctuality.
- Is knowledgeable about the technique (materials, tools, applications) being presented.
- Maintains confidence speaking and demonstrating the technique to a small group, as well as facilitating individual participants' exploration of a specific medium.
- Experienced at working with diverse groups and creating a safe, inclusive, empowering space.
- Must have a strong interest in helping facilitate a supportive community space.
- Must be understanding of the stigmas and challenges faced by folks living with mental illness, receiving support from social services, and to folks affected by other systemic injustices.

*At this time, Studio Central requires that all participants, staff, and volunteers for their drop-in center programming show proof vaccination status. We value our community's health and wellbeing, and this extra step allows us to help further house a safe, creative space.*

*We value our BIPOC and 2SLGBTQAI+ community members and strongly encourage folks who identify as either or both to apply and visit our space! Our studio is wheelchair accessible and has electronic sit/stand-style studio desks. If you are requiring additional needs or supports, don't hesitate to reach out to us by email for any other questions! You can visit our website for more accessibility info.
Skills Gained/Related Careers: Workshop Facilitator
Artist
Community Support Worker
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Daytime
Workshops are scheduled Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Commitment is required to arrive 20 minutes early for set up and be sure to assist in cleaning up following the class. Single session or multi-part series can be implemented, dependent on availability.
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: General Populace
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
Evaluation
Supervision
Training/Orientation
How to Apply: Email: marissa@artbeatstudio.ca
Phone: 204-943-8290
In Person
Online: artbeatstudio.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Volunteer-Information-and-Agreement-2019.pdf
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