The Art Gallery Educator is responsible for the planning, creative design, implementation and evaluation of the education programming at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Programming is provided throughout the year for schools, community groups and the general public.
Primary Areas of Responsibility
School Tour/Workshop Program
This core education program exposes students to current exhibitions of regional art, the work of contemporary Indigenous artists, and national travelling exhibitions. The program provides opportunities for students to respond to artwork directly, through observation and active experiential activities.
The Art Educator:
Researches, plans and executes Gallery tour activities and workshops for school-age children and high school students;
Communicates with teachers through various channels to market the tour/workshop program;
Provides support to teachers seeking to expand their understanding of the Art Gallery as a learning environment;
Recruits and trains Gallery Guides and Workshop Assistants for the program;
Prepares reports for submission to board of education partners.
Public Tours/Visitor Engagement
Public tours of the exhibitions are offered throughout the year for community groups, post-secondary students, youth and seniors, as well as the general public. Tours are usually booked, but can be given on an impromptu basis at the request of gallery visitors.
The Art Educator:
Researches the artists, mediums and intentions of the exhibitions to design ways for touring visitors to interact with the art on display;
Orients the Gallery Guides to each exhibition, providing opportunities for informative presentations from curatorial staff and artists;
Works in conjunction with the Public Programming Coordinator to plan and execute community-based activities that draw visitors to the Gallery.
Art Making Programs
The Art Gallery offers a robust program of art classes, workshops and camps to engage all age groups in creative experiences.
The Art Educator:
Develops an annual program of art education to be implemented on a quarterly basis in response to the seasonal interests/needs of families and community members;
Plans activities for March Break Camp, PA Days, and Summer Art Camps;
Plans a program of children’s art classes to support development of skills;
Plans a program of adult art workshops which reflect interests identified through feedback and/or surveys;
Recruits artist instructors working in the community or visiting from the region to participate in the education program;
Carries out evaluation of the program as a guide to planning.
Liaise with the Communications and Marketing Coordinator to prepare class/workshop/camp descriptions and capture program highlights for promotion;
Use communication channels, including social media and an e-newsletter, to provide teachers and community groups with information about art programming;
Manage and monitor class/workshop registration;
Provide mentoring to Art Class Assistants, volunteer Gallery Guides and Co-op students as they participate on staff;
Collaborate with other staff members to meet the Gallery’s goals for audience development and engagement with art programming.
A university degree in visual art, art education, or art history;
Minimum 2 years teaching and/or leading various age groups in an art education context;
Experience working at a public art gallery is an asset
Each year, the Gallery hosts about 20 exhibitions, drawing from our permanent collection, shows of solo artist and group work, and touring exhibitions. The Art Gallery enriches the cultural life of Thunder Bay (population 110,000), through its programs and partnerships. The Gallery is planning to move to an exceptional new facility on the city’s waterfront by 2020. This newly-designed space will allow for expanded art programming in a highly-visible location.
Submit a cover letter and resume by email to:
Assistant to the Director
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
PO Box 10193
Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 6T7