Indigenous Visual Art Instructor

Job Posting
Indigenous Visual Art Instructor
Part-Time Contract Position
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie

The MacLaren Art Centre seeks an Indigenous practicing visual artist to work on behalf of the Gallery delivering programmes to children as part of the “MacLaren VanGo Programme” in schools throughout Simcoe County. In this capacity, the artist instructor functions as an ambassador for the MacLaren Art Centre as well as this innovative outreach programme. The main area of responsibility for the artist instructor is to provide the effective delivery of Indigenous-based VanGo studio programmes to children enrolled in elementary schools from Kindergarten to Grade 8.


  • Sound knowledge of Indigenous culture in Canada
  • BFA candidate or college-level diploma in the Visual Arts
  • At least one year in-class teaching experience with children
  • Familiarity with the Ontario Curriculum in the Visual Arts
  • Sound understanding of contemporary visual art and artistic practices
  • Punctuality, flexibility and problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to function as a team player and to work within a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to travel
  • A valid driver’s license and on-going access to a working vehicle
  • A current criminal record check and vulnerable sector screening
  • First Aid Certification is an asset
  • Ability to teach programmes in French is an asset

The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

This is a part-time contract position for the 2017/18 academic year from Tuesday, September 5, 2017 to Friday, June 29, 2018. The Artist Instructor is expected to be available to work weekdays up to twenty-four (24) hours per week, as agreed and scheduled.

The MacLaren Art Centre is an equal opportunity employer serving our diverse communities. Although we appreciate all applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The successful candidate will be required to supply a current criminal records check and vulnerable sector police screening before work can commence.

Please send a personalized cover letter and curriculum vitae in confidence to: Christina Mancuso, Education Officer, MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, ON L4M 3M2 or email to:


About the MacLaren Art Centre

The MacLaren Art Centre is the regional public art gallery serving Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. Housed in an award-winning building, the Gallery has a permanent collection of 27,400 artworks and presents a year-round programme of world-class exhibitions, education activities and special events. As a cornerstone of culture for the region, the MacLaren is a central meeting place for residents, a destination for visitors from across the province and a catalyst for downtown revitalization. The MacLaren offers a dynamic work environment that supports opportunities for professional growth, encourages creativity, fosters teamwork and rewards excellence. Employees enjoy a well-organized, stable organization and a collegial culture that emphasizes mentoring, coaching and skills development.

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