Complete high school volunteer hours doing stuff in the arts

Students explore at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Students explore at the Strathroy

High school students in Ontario must complete 40 volunteer hours to graduate. So, you might as well do something you already love. Here’s how to get a sweet volunteer gig in the arts:

          1. Big galleries you’ve probably already visited are looking for teen volunteers.

Two of the biggest galleries in the GTA, the AGO downtown and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Vaughan, have volunteer programs for high school students.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is looking for high school student volunteers for its Family Sundays. Volunteers help studio art instructors with materials and prep, give directions to AGO visitors and help children with arts, crafts and games.

“Without the assistance of hard working and devoted youth volunteers who are passionate about art, programs such as this would not be possible,” says the AGO's Jane Lott.

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is looking for volunteers for its Youth Team. On the second Saturday of the month, volunteers help out with things like art-making workshops, outdoor nature programs and gallery tours.

“Supporting teenagers to volunteer at the McMichael is important as it exposes them to Canadian art, culture and history, and provides experience in a gallery/museum setting, while fulfilling a student's community service hours,” says Daniela Travierso-Galati.

          2. Local galleries around Ontario are interested in taking high school volunteers too.

There are tons of galleries across Ontario — find one close to you and ask if they’re looking for volunteers.

Museum Strathroy-Caradoc is just one example.

“We know the value of hands-on experience in the professional cultural sector and are happy to provide students with the chance to develop their skills and knowledge base. I was a museum volunteer in high school, and that training opened so many doors for me in university and beyond. I’m thrilled to provide students with the same enriching experience,” says Christian Julien Siroyt, exhibits and programming coordinator.

          3. Check out your local volunteer centre.

 You should visit the volunteer centre closest to you.

“The best way to get started in volunteering is simply to start! It’s up to you to make the first move. Organizations love to work with dedicated, motivated volunteers,” says Volunteer Toronto’s Ainsley Kendrick.  

Our website has between 600 to 1000 opportunities listed at any given time, so there are plenty of listings to choose from. Then all that’s left to do is reach out! Contact the person listed on the posting. You can phone or email, leave a few days for them to respond, then follow-up. Finding a volunteer position is a lot like looking for a job. You may need to submit a resume or application, attend an interview, then an orientation session. The whole experience is an incredible way to prepare you for the work force, so stay open minded and focussed.” 

Every school board in Ontario has a list of pre-approved volunteer activities that count towards your 40 hours. If you’re not sure whether the place you want to volunteer at will follow the rules, talk to your teacher or principal first. 

How to complete your high school 40 volunteer hours by doing stuff in the arts

Students explore at the AGO.
Students explore at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
Students explore at the Strathroy.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 6:00pm

High school students in Ontario have to complete 40 volunteer hours to graduate.  So, you might as well do something you already love.  Here’s how to get a sweet volunteer gig in the arts:

          1. Big galleries you’ve probably already visited are looking for teen volunteers.

Two of the biggest galleries in the GTA, the AGO downtown and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Vaughan have volunteer programs for high school students.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is looking for high school student volunteers for its Family Sundays. Volunteers help studio art instructors with materials and prep, give directions to AGO visitors and help children with arts, crafts and games.

“Without the assistance of hard working and devoted youth volunteers who are passionate about art, programs such as this would not be possible,” says AGO's Jane Lott.

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is looking for volunteers for its Youth Team. On the second Saturday of the month, volunteers help out with things like art-making workshops, outdoor nature programs and gallery tours.

“Supporting teenagers to volunteer at the McMichael is important as it exposes them to Canadian art, culture and history, and provides experience in a gallery/museum setting, while fulfilling a students’ community service hours,” says Daniela Travierso-Galati

          2. Local galleries around Ontario are interested in taking high school volunteers too.

There are tons of galleries across Ontario – find one close to you and ask if they’re looking for volunteers.

Museum Strathroy-Caradoc is just one example.

“We know the value of hands-on experience in the professional cultural sector and are happy to provide students with the chance to develop their skills and knowledge base. I was a museum volunteer in high school, and that training opened so many doors for me in university and beyond. I’m thrilled to provide students with the same enriching experience,” says Christian Julien Siroyt, exhibits and programming coordinator.

          3. Check out the Volunteer Toronto Youth Expo (or your local volunteer centre)

Saturday, October 24 is the Volunteer Toronto Youth Expo at the Reference Library with almost one hundred non-profits looking to volunteers. If you’re not in Toronto, you can visit the volunteer centre closest to you.

“The best way to get started in volunteering is to simply start! It’s up to you to make the first move. Organizations love to work with dedicated, motivated volunteers,” says Volunteer Toronto’s Ainsley Kendrick.  

Our website has between 600-1000 opportunities listed at any given time, so there are plenty of listings to choose from. Then all that’s left to do is reach out! Contact the person listed on the posting. You can phone or email, leave a few days for them to respond then follow-up. Finding a volunteer position is a lot like looking for a job. You may need to submit a resume or application, attend an interview then an orientation session. The whole experience is an incredible way to prepare you for the work force so stay open minded and focussed.” 

Every school board in Ontario has a list of pre-approved volunteer activities that count towards your 40 hours. If you’re not sure the place you want to volunteer at will follow the rules, talk to your teacher or principal first. 

Look Again: Colour Xerography

Black and white image of a group of visitors to the 1976 exhibition in Walker Court
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 4:00am to Friday, April 17, 2015 - 4:00am

The work of Barbara Astman will be exhibited as part of the Art Gallery of Ontario's new installation "Look Again: Colour Xerography - Art Meets Technology at the AGO".

In the mid-1970s several young Canadian artists embraced the cutting-edge technology of the colour Xerox machine. Six of them - Robert Arn, Barbara Astman, Flavio Belli, Michael Bidner, Michael Hayden and Jaan Poldaas - joined forces with curator Karyn Allen during an exciting two-week exhibition at the AGO in the fall of 1976. As an art medium, xerography made it possible to produce inexpensive copies of virtually any image or object. It allowed artists to play with images from the mass media, recombining or altering them for their own use. Visitors today will recognize this art form as a precursor to the pervasive circulation of digital images today.

This installation draws upon our rich archival holdings of Astman and Bidner from the 1976 exhibition.

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Ontario / Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario 317 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON
Website: 
http://www.ago.net/look-again-colour-xerography
Phone: 
Call us at 1-877-225-4246 or 416-979-6648
Cost: 
This exhibition is included with general admission.

AGO First Thursdays

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:00am to 4:30am

Guest-curated by OCAD U MFA Criticism and Curatorial Practice Students

Excerpt from AGO News Release:

OCAD U teaches AGO how to party with an Art Spiegelman–inspired First Thursday

Toronto electro-pop artist Lowell headlines March art party dedicated to comics, zines and illustration

TORONTO — March comes in like a lion at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) as First Thursdays returns on March 5, 2015, with a fierce lineup of artist projects, live music and pop-up talks, all inspired by the work of groundbreaking comics artist Art Spiegelman. Party-goers at this 19+ event will see the AGO transform into an after-hours artistic and cultural hub from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Guest-curated by OCAD U MFA Criticism and Curatorial Practice students, this special edition of AGO First Thursdays promises an exciting lineup of young and emerging talent, including a performance by Toronto’s own electro-pop lioness Lowell. Praised by the CBC for releasing one of the top 20 albums of 2014, her first album, We Loved Her Dearly, debuted in September to rave reviews on and off the dance floor. Lowell takes the stage in the AGO’s Walker Court at 10 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at www.ago.net/firstthursdays. Regular-priced tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Admission for AGO members is $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Party-goers can purchase $22 advance combo-ticket packages to see Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time. The exhibition will be open until 10 p.m., with the last entry at 9 p.m. AGO members enter the exhibition for free but are encouraged to book tickets early. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended as First Thursdays consistently sell out and tickets are not held back for at-the-door sales.

The March First Thursday lineup also includes:

Art Spiegleman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective
Visitors are invited to explore the work of Pulitzer Prize–winning New York artist Art Spiegelman on view on the second floor of the AGO. A tireless innovator, Spiegelman creates work that references politics, the Holocaust, Cubism and hard-boiled detective fiction among other subjects. Representing the breadth of Spiegelman's career, the exhibition features 300 works on paper ranging from trading cards to magazine covers, including rarely seen works from Spiegelman's teens and 20s, original drawings for In the Shadow of No Towers (2004), illustrations for a 1994 edition of the Flapper Age epic poem The Wild Party and original manuscripts of his award-winning graphic novel Maus, rarely exhibited due to their fragility. The exhibition will close March 15.

Pop-Up Talks
Join AGO curator of Canadian Art Andrew Hunter, curator and critic Dr. Matthew Ryan Smith and Toronto artist Nina Bunjevac for a trio of pop-up talks beginning at 8 p.m. in the McLean Centre for Canadian Art. Hunter will discuss Speigelman’s influences, while Dr. Smith will explore autobiography in art and literature and Bunjevac will speak about her installation Out of the Fatherland, currently on view.

Artist Projects
Toronto artists Fiona Smyth and Alexandra Mackenzie (a.k.a Petra Glynt) will bring the AGO’s Fleck Gallery to life with a series of large-scale projections celebrating Toronto female artists. Entitled The Walk, Smyth’s silent six-minute film tells the of story of woman’s life from birth to death, while Mackenzie’s drawings come to life in the video Propaganda, a video work inspired by her song of the same title from her 2014 album Petra Glynt. In the Edmond G. Odette Family Gallery on the first floor illustrator Ness Lee surprises with a series of life-sized figures and scenes, entitled Head in the Hole. In Walker Court, from 7 to 10 p.m., En Masse, a live drawing collective with members from Toronto and Montreal, will gather to create art.

Zine Lounge
Brooklyn-based Canadian artist Jason McLean invites visitors to pull up a chair and explore Soapbox Pillow, an installation of more than 20 zines, culled from his own extensive collection. Featuring collaborative publications from the 1990s to the present, this temporary library will be on display in the Reuben Wells Leonard Memorial Gallery on the first floor. As part of the project, McLean invites visitors to submit a title for his new book.

Fake Injury Party
Merging performance, comedy and improvisation, Derrick Guerin, Scott Leeming and Paul Tjepkema are Fake Injury Party, a three-man artist collective. Join them at 8 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. on the fifth Floor of the AGO’s contemporary tower as they present Men of the Rose, an interactive performance.

Art Making
Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in three different art-making projects during First Thursday. Button-making stations will be set up in Galleria Italia, and on the fifth floor of the contemporary tower, visitors can take inspiration from Spiegelman’s Garbage Pail Kids trading cards and make their own. In the shadow of the Group of Seven, visitors are also invited to participate in illustrated storytime, as they draw to the sounds of live storytellers. Art-making activities run all evening.

Music
DJ Donna Lovejoy will be spinning tunes all night long in Galleria Italia and DJ Barbi will get the crowd going in Walker Court from 7 to 10 p.m.

Additional local artists, speakers and interactive projects will be announced in the coming weeks at ago.net/FirstThursdays. The evening will also feature an Out of the Vaults exhibition of rarely seen works from the AGO collection, as well as delicious food and drinks (cash bar; ID required).

For all the latest details on First Thursdays programming, visit www.ago.net/FirstThursdays and follow #AGO1st on Twitter and Instagram.

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas Street W, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1G4 Canada
Website: 
http://www.ago.net/firstthursdays
Cost: 
Tickets are on sale now at www.ago.net/firstthursdays. Regular-priced tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Admission for AGO members is $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Party-goers can purchase $22 advance combo-ticket packages to see Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time.

Aimia | AGO Photography Prize: Call for Submissions

Aimia logo
Monday, February 2, 2015 - 5:00am to Monday, March 2, 2015 - 5:00am

We are pleased to announce that OCAD U has been invited to participate in The 2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program.  This scholarship program invites 16 schools across Canada to propose one representative be considered for a $7000 scholarship.  To be eligible, you must be a full-time student  going into your final year of study.   Submissions are accepted from February 2nd and will close on March 2nd, 2015. 

2014 Winners include:

Marvin Luvualu Antonio (OCAD U)

Kristiane Church (University of Manitoba)

Paige Lindsay ( Ryerson University)

 

Website: 
http://www.aimiaagophotographyprize.com blog.ocad.ca/wordpress/photo/2015/01/scholarship-announcement/ 
Email: 
jlong@faculty.ocadu.ca

AGO’s 2015 Artists-in-Residence announced

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 6:00pm

Two artists with OCAD U connections have each been named Artist-in-Residence at the AGO. Lisa Meyers and Meera Margaret Singh are among four artists chosen to create unique experiences for gallery visitors over the upcoming year.

From the AGO news release: “The Artist-in-Residence Program fosters connections between the AGO and Toronto-based contemporary artists, encouraging new forms of expression and audience engagement. Artist projects may take various forms, including performances, events, talks, pop-up installations and gallery interventions.”

Meera Margaret Singh is a Winnipeg born, Toronto-based photographer who has taught at OCAD U. With a background in anthropology and art history, she first became interested in photography as a documentary tool. While pursuing her degrees in Fine Art, Singh began to explore the tension between documentary and fiction. She further seeks to represent fluidity (of culture, of gender, etc.), challenging the viewer to ask questions of her work. Through a succession of photographic series and more recently video works, Singh has questioned and interrogated cultural, physical, geographical, and emotional ideas of displacement and suspension.

Lisa Myers (MFA, Criticism & Curatorial Practice, 2011) grew up on a farm in Milton and is of Anishinaabe ancestry from Shawanaga and Beausoleil First Nation. Myers uses a range of media and materials including printmaking, sewn structures, film and surfaces often involving video projections, audio and the assemblage of materials such as food, seeds, canvas and beads. In addition to being an artist, she is a curator, musician and chef who works and lives in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario.

The 2015-16 lineup of artists begins this spring with FAG Feminist Art Gallery (Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue), followed by Meera Margaret Singh through the summer, Lisa Myers in the fall and Jérôme Havre next winter 2016.
 

 

AGO Artist-in-Residence: Meera Margaret Singh

Photograph of Meera Margaret Singh
Monday, June 8, 2015 - 4:00am to Friday, July 31, 2015 - 4:00am

Meera Margaret Singh is a Winnipeg born, Toronto-based photographer. With a background in anthropology and art history, Meera first became interested in photography as a documentary tool. While pursuing her degree in Fine Art at OCAD University (Photography), Meera began to explore the tension between documentary and fiction. She further seeks to represent fluidity (of culture, of gender, etc.), challenging the viewer to ask questions of her work. Through a succession of photographic series and more recently video works, Meera has questioned and interrogated cultural, physical, geographical, and emotional ideas of displacement and suspension. Meera has been selected as a scholarship winner and participant in the Magnum Workshop with international photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti and as a selected artist in an international residency with German photographer Thomas Struth at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts in Florida. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions and festivals throughout Canada and the United States

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas Street West
Website: 
http://www.ago.net/meera-margaret-singh

AGO Artist-in-Residence: Lisa Myers

Photograph of Lisa Myers wearing an apron and stirring a pot
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 4:00am to Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:00am

Lisa Myers' work as an artist is influenced by the many years she worked as a cook and by her family stories and history from the Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario regions. She grew up on a farm in Milton and is of Anishinaabe ancestry from Shawanaga and Beausoleil First Nation. Lisa experiments with walking and cooking as ways to think through the ideas in her work. She uses a range of media and materials including printmaking, sewn structures, film and surfaces often involving video projections, audio and the assemblage of materials such as food, seeds, canvas and beads. The tactile nature of working with these materials is similar to the creative process of cooking. Each ingredient has a story and its origin or cultivation contributes to the meal, as do the materials that Lisa brings together in her artwork. In addition to being an artist, Lisa is a curator, musician and chef. Lisa earned her Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University. She has exhibited her work in venues including Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Peterborough Art Gallery (Peterborough), MacLaren Art Centre (Barrie), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). Lisa works and lives in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario.

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas Street West
Website: 
http://www.ago.net/lisa-myers

George Whiteside Talks Photography

Black and white image of flowers
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:45pm

After graduating from OCAD in 1979, George Whiteside started his career as an artist showing regularly in galleries across Canada and internationally. He was a founding member of YYZ gallery in 1979. By 1981 commercial work began taking up the majority of his time, contributing to most major magazines and fashion advertising campaigns in Canada as well as the U.S. He has also managed to continue exhibiting personal work for the last 4 decades and in the last 5 years began focusing again on fine art. He is in the permanent collection of the AGO and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.

The Faculty of Design has entered Scotia Bank Contact as a celebration of Photography and the work of the students in the Faculty of Design.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Auditorium, Room 190  

Student Marvin Luvualu Antonio featured in AGO exhibition

Photograph by OCAD U student Marvin Luvualu Antonio on display at AGO
Marvin Luvualu Antonio flanked by Aimia AGO scholarship recipients
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 7:00pm

OCAD U Photography student Marvin Luvualu Antonio is one of three recipients of the Aimia | AGO Photography scholarship currently exhibiting at the AGO. Antonio’s work will be on display in the Weston Family Learning Centre Community Gallery through the end of January 2015

Part of the prestigious Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, this inaugural $7,000 scholarship will be applied towards tuition for Antonio's final year of undergraduate studies at OCAD U. He is joined by Kristiane Church from the University of Manitoba and Paige Lindsay of Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts.

 

Photo credit: Art Gallery of Ontario

Bottom photo from left to right:

Sophie Hackett, Associate Curator of Photography, AGO; Alden Hadwen, Director of Community Engagement, AIMIA; Paige Lindsay, Recipient Scholarship, Ryerson University; Marvin Luvualu Antonio, Recipient Scholarship, OCAD University; Kristiane Church, Recipient Scholarship, University of Winnipeg; Kevin O’Brien, Chief Commercial Officer, Aimia ;Judy Koke, Chief, Public Programming and Learning, AGO.

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