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MAMANAW PEKISKWEWINA | MOTHER TONGUES ASSISTANT CURATOR

JOB CALL: MAMANAW PEKISKWEWINA | MOTHER TONGUES ASSISTANT CURATOR 

Eyelevel is seeking applications from Indigenous artists and arts-workers from across Mi'kma'ki to work in collaboration with Truck Contemporary Art’s Curatorial Resident to develop the Halifax iteration of the project Mamanaw Pekiskwewina | Mother Tongues. This is a short-term contract position funded by Canada Council.  

DEADLINE TO APPLY: MONDAY, MARCH 22ND @ MIDNIGHT (your local time)

CONTRACT TERMS 

  • Length: 8 months (April 7 - November 30)

  • Hours: Part-time (17 hours per week) from April - July, Full-time (35 hours per week) from August - November

  • Salary: $1,562.50/$3125 per month (part time/full time salary)

  • Benefits: Medical benefits (dental, vision, etc), 8 paid sick days, 1 week paid vacation

  • Location: Within Mi’kma’ki (Atlantic Canada) - from Eyelevel’s office or remotely/from home

The Mamanaw Pekiskwewina | Mother Tongues Assistant Curator is an 8-month contract position at Eyelevel Artist Run Centre specifically designated for a Mi’kma’ki-based emerging Indigenous curator. The assistant curator will assist in the researching and designing of community-centred arts programming to accompany the exhibition Taskoch pipon kona kah nipa muskoseya, nepin pesim eti pimachihew | Like the winter snow kills the grass, the summer sun revives it—curated by Missy LeBlanc and presented in partnership with Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery and Truck Contemporary Art. 

The assistant curator will work in partnership and under the mentorship of Missy LeBlanc to develop ancillary programming that centres community and relationship building and explores the theme of Indigenous languages in Mi’kma’ki. This project, supported by the Canada Council, has a limited but flexible budget which can be used to develop programming such as gatherings, talks, community art builds, and/or small publications. Although it would be an asset, previous curatorial experience is not required for this position as it is designed for an emerging Indigenous cultural worker.

The assistant curator will have access to Eyelevel’s administrative resources, including use of a laptop and office space and will receive logistical support including support with promotions, communications, accessing resources and community relationships from Eyelevel’s Artistic Director. A small technology stipend is available in the event that the successful applicant opts to use their own computer and phone. This position reports directly to the Artistic Director in an advisory capacity. 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing a timeline for research and project milestones in collaboration with LeBlanc 

  • Researching histories and understandings of Indigenous language in Mi’kma’ki in conjunction with LeBlanc’s own research

  • Communicating with fellow nonprofits, local artists, band offices and community organizers to build relationships leading to program development

  • Designing programs in collaboration with LeBlanc that fit within Eyelevel’s project budget and timeline

  • Providing progress updates to Eyelevel’s Artistic Director and Programming Committee on a regular basis

  • Working with the Artistic Director to carry out programs, including any volunteer recruitment, promotions, artist communications, writing/editing and event logistics/planning as determined by the project’s design

  • Working with the Artistic Director to carry out closing tasks and wrap up the project

  • Working in collaboration with LeBlanc to develop any project writing/descriptions/branding, etc. 

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Of Indigenous descent with close ties to Mi’kma’ki (ancestral ties to Mi’kma’ki are not required, but applicants should reside in Mi’kma’ki and have existing relationships and community connections here)

  • An intimate knowledge of contemporary art, particularly contemporary visual art in Mi’kma’ki

  • A working knowledge of Indigenous art practices and/or a willingness to learn

  • Some skills related to curation (though prior curatorial experience is not required)

  • Prior research experience (personal/artistic research or in an academic context)

  • Any experience with event planning or community organizing will be considered an asset

  • Excellent writing and communications skills

  • Organized and able to set their own tasks and deadlines

  • Creative, adaptable and eager to work in a collaborative environment

HOW TO APPLY

To be considered for this job, please email the following in a single PDF to director@eyelevel.art with the subject line “Job Call: Mother Tongues Curator” by MARCH 22ND @ MIDNIGHT

  • a resume

  • short cover letter (1 page max)

  • contact information for 2 references (phone numbers preferred)

If submitting a written application is a barrier, you can pitch your interest in this position and provide a synopsis of your experience in a zoom meeting which will be recorded. Eyelevel’s board also has limited availability to support applicants with writing cover letters and CVs. If you would like to be referred for application support, please contact director@eyelevel.art 

We welcome all kinds of questions! If you would like more information, or to discuss this position please contact:

Sally Wolchyn-Raab, Artistic Director, Eyelevel Artist-Run Centre

director@eyelevel.art | (902) 425 6412 (call or text)

ACCESS AND EQUITY NOTES

Eyelevel Artist-Run Centre is committed to employment equity, and we welcome and encourage applications from those who identify as women, trans or gender diverse, 2SLGBTQIA+, and/or Persons with Disabilities. Eyelevel is working to intentionally facilitate a supportive community of Indigenous arts workers for the successful applicant to enter into, and we welcome any feedback and requests for additional support or accommodations in order to remove barriers to succeeding in this position and applying with ease. 

Eyelevel’s office and bookstore are wheelchair accessible, and we offer a flexible work environment with negotiable hours and work-from-home options as needed. Our office and bookstore is housed at 2482 Maynard Street, a low-stimuli, scent-free environment housing non-gendered washrooms, artist studios, a quiet room, shared kitchenette, and the lovely community arts organization Wonder’neath. 

Eyelevel studios on Gottingen Street is only accessible by climbing a full flight of stairs (with a railing), and some studios are located up a spiral staircase with a railing. Eyelevel’s Studios have one non-gendered washroom and are located alongside Radstorm, a collective sharing Eyelevel’s principles of community equity. Please let us know any accessibility needs and/or allergies and sensitivities in your application.

 

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Mamanaw Pekiskwewina | Mother Tongues was first conceived as an offsite exhibition at the Calgary Central Library from October-December 2019. It was presented in concert with Taskoch pipon kona kah nipa muskoseya, nepin pesim eti pimachihew | Like the winter snow kills the grass, the summer sun revives it, an exhibition at TRUCK Contemporary Art in November/December 2019. The original iteration of Mamanaw Pekiskwewina brought together emerging artists from the four Indigenous language groups of the Treaty 7 region—Nakoda, nēhiyawēwin, Nitsiipowahsiin, and Tsuut’ina—who incorporate their ancestral languages into their practice. The exhibition gave space back to the First Nation communities of the area, while asserting that the Indigenous lands that we occupy carry specific language traditions that root us to this land and still flow through us.

For the tour of Taskoch pipon kona kah nipa muskoseya, nepin pesim eti pimachihew | Like the winter snow kills the grass, the summer sun revives it across so-called Canada, the relationship between the exhibitions had to be reimagined; rather than a specific offsite exhibition, Mamanaw Pekiskwewina has been adapted to act as a framework of engagement for right relations to the localities of each of the tour locations. Each of the host organizations will utilize the Mamanaw Pekiskwewina framework—aided by an Indigenous Assistant Curator who has ties to the region—to develop programming that engages with the local Indigenous community and their language revitalization efforts. The definition of ‘local’ for this project has moved away from civic borders and the colonial understanding to one that is more region based and defined in consultation with the Indigenous people that currently and historically reside on the land the host organizations occupy. 

One of the main intentions of the Mamanaw Pekiskwewina is for the host organization to engage with the local Indigenous community and be responsive to their needs when it comes to supporting language revitalization efforts through art. The hope is that this engagement will spark long-term institutional change with the host organization by supporting Indigenous cultural workers and artists as well as building a dialogical, reciprocal, and sustainable relationship with the Indigenous community at-large while taking into account the specificity of the language traditions of the land. 

Find out more about Eyelevel here: http://eyelevel.art/about

Find out more about TRUCK here: http://www.truck.ca/about