With all best wishes,
I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well. We’ve received such positive feedback on the weekly newsletter that we’ve decided to continue with that format for the time being. We are so glad that in some small way we can continue to serve the community. Each week I connect with presenters across Canada and though there are many challenges we are all looking for ways to stay relevant and serve the communities in which we live.
With all best wishes,
Executive & Artistic Director
Our stellar maintenance crew is making hay – from safe distances of course – while the lockdown remains in place. Erin and Nikki have been taking advantage of this pause in normal routines to give several sections of the building a refresh. The results are impressive. We can’t wait to have you back to see for yourselves.
A poem about the pandemic by Kitty O’Meara
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Unforeseen circumstances can get in the way of any event. To say COVID-19 was unforeseen may be an understatement. This is to let you know that, sadly, ArtSpring’s annual and much-loved Treasure Fair has been cancelled for this year. Read more
After a large production – such as the recent dance performance by Montreal’s Tentacle Tribe – the lighting rig in the ArtSpring theatre needs to be rehung. Salt Spring photographer Seth Berkowitz filmed a mornings-worth of work showing our technical crew – director Malcolm Harris, with Harley Dunn, Alan Coombes and David Crone – in action.
ArtSpring is looking for a Project Coordinator to oversee the 2020 Treasure Fair fundraising event (July 16 – 18).
Date Posted: January 28 2020
Application Deadline: February 28, 2020
Start Date: March 16, 2020
End Date: August 14, 2020
Salary: honorarium tbd
City/Town: Ganges, Salt Spring Island
Term: See description below
Description of ArtSpring
ArtSpring is a collaborative and respectful work environment. The ArtSpring volunteers and staff are as diverse as the events and the audiences. Our staff members work toward a common goal: creating a welcoming and inspiring arts centre on Salt Spring Island. ArtSpring is a multi-use performance facility and gallery space for touring professional artists and community arts groups. Approximately 250 events per year occur at this facility and 75% of them are created and performed by community artists. ArtSpring is owned and governed by the Island Arts Centre Society (ArtSpring), a registered charitable organization. In 2019 ArtSpring celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Description of Treasure Fair
Treasure Fair is a silent and live auction and one of three-yearly fundraising events for ArtSpring. Community support is essential to the success of ArtSpring and all of its fund-raising efforts. Ticket sales and theatre rentals amount to 42% of ArtSpring’s very tight operating budget. Accounting for half of ArtSpring’s fundraising efforts, Treasure Fair is extremely import to the financial health and stability of this organization. The work leading up to Treasure Fair starts many months in advance and relies heavily on the work of approximately 120 volunteers. Donations are recruited and received from individuals, business, and corporations who give items, skills, and experiences that become part of the TF auction. But, mostly, it’s just a lot of fun with great people and fantastic results! Treasure Fair dates for 2020 are July 16 – 18.
Treasure Fair – Project Coordinator, ArtSpring
The Project Coordinator reports directly to the Executive/Artistic Director and works in collaboration with other team members including the Communications Manager, the Operations Manager, the Box Office & Volunteer Manager, Social Media Manager, and the Building & Grounds Manager.
The Project Coordinator will work collaboratively with the Treasure Fair volunteer team to organize, execute, and oversee the Treasure Fair fundraising event.
This is a part-time position with a flexible schedule of approximately 20 hours per week from March through to mid-August with the understanding that hours will increase to full time for the four weeks that lead up to and during Treasure Fair.
The successful candidate will have:
• Strong interpersonal and oral/written communication skills
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment with multiple deadlines
• Excellent time management, organizational and administrative skills
• Ability to take initiative and work both independently and as part of a team
• Professionalism, maturity and sensitivity to confidential information
• Computer literacy (including Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel) with the ability to design and maintain internal systems
• Proficiency in the professional use of social media tools (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
• Passion for the performing arts
o Post-secondary degree in related field, and/or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
85% Treasure Fair – Project Coordinator
• Oversee the running of Treasure Fair and Lobby Art Auction programs
• Works collaboratively and collegially with and in leading a large group of volunteers
• Work collaboratively with the Communications Manager and Social Media Manager to create, plan, and possibly write marketing materials for Treasure Fair.
• Other duties as required
15% Documentation and Reporting
• Create a work plan and maintain a calendar of project deadlines
• Prepare regular summaries, progress reports, and final report of Treasure Fair for the Executive/Artistic Director.
How to Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications is 5:00PM Friday February 28, 2020.
No telephone calls or faxed applications please. We thank everyone who expresses an interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Remuneration: honorarium tbd.
Morna Edmundson of Vancouver’s Elektra Women’s Choir will be running a three-day Choral Festival for women’s and men’s voices at ArtSpring. Morna works with choirs of all levels and enjoys conducting the classics of the repertoire to the latest contemporary music, with an emphasis on Canadian repertoire. Thank you to Debbi P. Toole and Paul McManus for their generous sponsorship.
Thursday March 19 – 7pm-8pm – rehearsal
Friday March 20 – 9am-5pm – voice works, rehearsals, sectionals
Saturday March 21 – same as Friday, plus 6:15pm-8pm – concert run-through
Sunday March 22 – 1:15pm-3:30pm – call time and concert
Early bird starts JAN 6 $130, after FEB 6 $160. Registration closes March 12. Includes music packet and one ticket to Sunday show plus Saturday dinner and snacks.