Employment Opportunities


The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery is seeking proposals for creative projects that provide meaningful engagement between youth in priority neighbourhoods and contemporary artists.
As an extension of our mandate The Power Plant has launched a new program (Power Youth) aimed at youth ages 13-18 in partnership with St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club of Weston Mount Dennis. The opportunity exists for a contemporary artist, for whom community engagement forms a central part of their practice, to conduct a 15 week studio art workshop for youth aligned with Power Youth program goals and St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club core values www.stalbansclub.ca.

• The opportunity is open to artists living and working in the Toronto area.
• The residency aims to connect teaching artists with high priority youth by engaging youth with contemporary art.
• Over the course of 15 weekly sessions, from January to May 2015, the Artist in residence will lead youth in studio art activities and collectively produce a contemporary art project inspired by youth interests. Programming is delivered at St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club Humber Club House at 121 Humber Blvd on Monday evenings from 6-8pm.
• The Artist in residence will provide opportunities for youth to explore issues impacting their lives, demonstrate new tools and strategies for creative self-expression, and encourage community collaboration.
• The Artist in residence will uphold the core values of The St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club and deliver programming that emphasizes inclusion and opportunity, respect and belonging, empowerment, collaboration, and speaking out.
• The Artist in residence will be supported by the Power Youth Program Coordinator in cooperation with The Power Plant.
• The Artist in residence will attend all sessions of Power Youth and maintain communication with the Power Youth Program Coordinator between sessions as needed
• The residency does not provide personal studio space.

• Produce a project plan with a curriculum framework that addresses concepts in contemporary art that is socially relevant, providing opportunities to reflect on issues and ideas impacting the lives of youth while supporting creative thinking, skill development and, when relevant, connecting to current exhibitions at TPP
• Submit weekly lesson plans outlining activities, goals, and material needs
• Deliver programming to youth ages 13-18 one evening per week for 3 hours, including preparation and clean-up time
• Participate in a field trip to The Power Plant
• Help youth mount a final exhibition of the finished project for friends and family

• The Artist in residence appointment for Winter/Spring 2015 has an honorarium of $5,000 total that will be allotted in three payments over the course of the program cycle.
• The Artist in residence is not responsible for project expenses, supplies and promotion and will submit material needs to the Power Youth Coordinator.
• Artists are encouraged to propose projects that do not exceed an estimated material budget of $1,500.

• Applicant is a Toronto area artist with a professional studio practice and experience teaching youth ages 13-18 from diverse backgrounds
• Proven experience collaborating and engaging with communities through artistic practice
• Strong oral and written communication
• Energetic, enthusiastic and outgoing personality

Please submit the following items by October 28, 2014 at 5pm. Incomplete packages will not be considered.

• Contact information (name, email address, phone number, mailing address)
• Statement of interest
• Proposal: description of a possible project (maximum 2 pages), including material requirements and how the project will engage youth
• A summary of your teaching philosophy (maximum 500 words)
• 10-20 images (.jpg format) of your artwork or past workshops/website link
• Curriculum Vitae including education, teaching, and exhibition history
• The names of three references with contact information

The Power Plant appreciates the interest of all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Send submissions by email only in attachment (.doc or .pdf) to erodgers@thepowerplant.org

*Please note Power Youth Artist in Residence in the subject line*

Elyse Rodgers, Power Youth Coordinator
Email: erodgers@thepowerplant.org
Address: The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON
M5J 2G8
Phone: (416) 973-4949


Volunteer Opportunities

Please note that our volunteer roster is currently full. Please check back again in Winter 2015, when we will schedule our next orientation session. We are happy to continue to accept applications during this time.

Share your unique set of skills and gain valuable experience at one of Canada’s leading contemporary art galleries. Volunteers perform a variety of roles at The Power Plant, including greeting and interacting with patrons, ensuring the security of works in the gallery, photographing and videotaping lectures, assisting with events, and more.

A volunteer at The Power Plant is:
• reliable and professional
• outgoing
• a team player
• enthusiastic for contemporary art
• committed for a minimum of six months

• meet new people
• develop new skills
• reimbursements for TTC transportation costs
• complimentary tickets to selected events

How to volunteer
Send your application form and résumé to info@thepowerplant.org.

The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay W
Toronto ON M5J 2G8