Are you invested in engineering ecosystems of care and systemic change through the arts? ArtsPond is seeking creative individuals from diverse backgrounds to join our board of directors for renewable one- or two-year terms. Women from Indigenous, racialized, disability, 2SLGBTQ+, and other equity-seeking communities anywhere in Canada are encouraged to apply.
Board members help guide our efforts to empower increased social cohesion and bolster social, spatial, economic, ecological, digital, and accessibility justice with, by, and for equity-seeking groups in arts and culture. Annual responsibilities encompass participation in four governance meetings, including one Annual General Meeting, plus an annual visioning retreat and committee meetings as required in finance, marketing, fundraising, governance, and strategy. The current board consists of members with expertise in technology, urban planning, arts, marketing and development.
We seek individuals with knowledge and experience in the artistic, cultural, and creative industries, information technology, urban planning and design, law, finance, marketing, fundraising, and strategic planning. Specific topics of interest include community-engaged arts, social innovation, collective impact, social purpose real estate, creative placemaking, cultural land trusts, housing cooperatives, live-work spaces for artists, Indigenous reconciliation and right relations, Land Back, Black Lives Matter and anti-racism, open source software development, social finance, impact investing, UN’s 2030 Global Sustainable Development Goals, platform cooperativism, pandemic recovery, caring economy, mutual aid networks, non-profit, cooperative, and charitable governance, and more.
Join our team and play a role in advancing equity justice in Canada. ArtsPond is a changemaker and a caregiver of a different sort. Our mission is to nurture healthy ecosystems that strengthen the vitality and well-being of human, digital, and natural life through the wisdom and creativity of arts and culture.
Fed by equity-minded worldviews, our mandate is to grow the potential of community-engaged artistic expression to cultivate social cohesion by boosting spatial, economic, ecological, digital, and accessibility justice, and other urgent systemic issues in under-served communities across Canada and beyond.
ArtsPond was established in 2014 and federally incorporated as a non-profit in 2016. Our major activities include:
- Groundstory (collective impact effort on spatial precarity and gentrification in the GTHA, including scoping of a cultural land trust);
- DigitalASO (national effort building knowledge, ecosystems, and technologies for the equitable transformation of Canadian digital arts services, including three editions of Digital Arts Services Symposium 2017, 2019, and 2023);
- Hatch Open and Artse United (open source arts management and impact investing software and platform cooperative);
- I Lost My Gig Canada (national knowledge seeking and mutual aid network on pandemic recovery for gig workers in the artistic, cultural, tourism, and creative industries);
- Access Art (accessibility mapping of public art and spaces as a part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art);
- Together There (national digital justice knowledge-building and creative thought residency led with, by, and for Indigenous, racialized, disability, outside the core, and other equity-seeking arts workers).
For more information on our activities, please see our annual reports.
To apply, please submit a brief letter of introduction and a curriculum vitae to:
Jessa Agilo, Founder, President & CEO
ArtsPond / Étang d’Arts
38 Abell Street, Studio 225
Toronto, ON M6J 0A2
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