DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 31!
We are currently looking for volunteers who are interested in sitting on our program committee.
WAHC’s program committee consists of diverse representatives from four areas: arts and culture, labour history and heritage, community and labour movement.
The role of the program committee is to act as a body that can provide overall guidance for multi-disciplinary programming, identify and set the issues, campaigns and labour history to be addressed in programming in any given year and bring to bear relevant knowledge, skills and networks that can add value to emerging ideas, proposals or submissions. The committee should be able to make links to unions, community groups, artist networks and historical threads that can support all programming. The committee will identify any and all relevant labour history moments to commemorate and build programs around. Program Committee members will act as WAHC ambassadors — they should see it as an extension of their responsibilities as a committee member to help foster interest in WAHC, and help promote our programs in order to raise attendance. WAHC’s program committee works in partnership with staff and to support their programming efforts.
Programming committee members commit to:
- attend at least 6 meetings a year, about 2 hours in length each
- attend and promote WAHC programming and exhibition openings
- provide and share relevant networks and make connections
- at times take on some additional work between meetings
- adhere to WAHC’s equity policies
If you are interested in sitting on the committee, please submit a brief cover letter about why you are interested in the committee and WAHC, and what relevant experience you bring to the committee, accompanied by a resume. Please ensure that your contact information is on the cover letter, and email it as one document to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 11, 2016.
WAHC is committed to equity in everything we do, and as such encourages those who have experienced discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, class, gender, ability and other systemic forms of oppression to apply and self-identify if they wish to do so.
About WAHC and Our Programming Vision
The Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, located in Hamilton, is Canada’s national community museum dedicated to preserving, honouring, and promoting the culture and history of all working people through historic exhibitions and contemporary and interdisciplinary art. We are located in the Custom House heritage building in Hamilton’s creative hub of James Street North. We support and encourage artists working in traditional artistic mediums as well as new media, installation, interdisciplinary and community engaged arts. WAHC also has a small collection of labour history and ephemera.
We are especially interested in cultural production that engages with community, initiates critical dialogue through the production of politicized/socially conscious art making and questions/expands the boundaries of cultural production within a gallery/museum context. All our programming needs to address our mandate and contemporary issues relevant to workers and labour, and make connections to the past; engage community and bring different communities together; take a broad view of work and workers that can be as inclusive as possible; foster labour arts and foster the production of new and emerging artists; work with unions and other labour/workers’ groups to develop projects.
Within this framework, WAHC’s programming consists of a Main Gallery exhibition program; Community Gallery exhibits; children and youth programming; school visits program for elementary and secondary schools; and multi-disciplinary event-based programs.