We Are Here: Edmonton Queer History Project
Assistant Exhibit Curator
The Edmonton Queer History Project is looking for assistance with curating a multimedia exhibition at the Art Gallery of Alberta June 4th-19th, 2015. Specific duties include developing presentation materials, documentation, editing, set-up, and the transfer of exhibition materials to the appropriate archives. The Assistant Exhibit Curator will work with our project team to ensure archival material is coordinated prior to and presented at the exhibition with appropriate descriptors and displayed according to Art Gallery of Alberta requirements. This is a short-term contract to be paid hourly in the range of 150-250 hours with potential for further work.
Project Activities and Deliverables:
The Assistant Media Editor will assist with collection, preparation, curration, display, and transfer of exhibit materials.
Minimum Skills Required: Demonstrated experience with exhibition curatorial work, multimedia presentation, or digital design. Graphic design experience is not necessary, but advantageous.
Candidates should have access to a vehicle.
Hours of employment: Flexible, depending on other work commitments. Candidates should have excellent time management skills and be comfortable working independently.
Period of employment: March 2015 to final task completion by June 2015.
Salary: $20-$25/hr depending on experience.
Project Supervisors: Dr. Kristopher Wells, Director of Programs & Services, Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, University of Alberta and Michael Janz, Project Assistant, Edmonton Queer History Project.
This position is open to current University of Alberta students and members of the general public. Please send your cover letter and resume with a sample of your curatorial work to Michael Janz firstname.lastname@example.org. Please direct further questions or clarifications to the same email.
Applications are due March 13th, 2015 by 4:30pm.
Background on the Project:
This community history project endeavors to celebrate and share lived stories, historical artifacts, and recorded media in a multi-media exhibition at the Art Gallery of Alberta to be held during the Edmonton Pride Festival (June 2015). The Edmonton Queer History Project is a collaboration between the Edmonton Pride Festival Society (EPFS) and the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) to coincide with the 35th anniversary of Edmonton Pride in 2015.
The project is supported by a grant from the Edmonton Heritage Council, the Edmonton Community Foundation, and by in-kind contributions from the EPFS and from iSMSS.
The overall goals of the project are to (1) shed light on the early origins of Edmonton’s queer (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, and Queer) communities; (2) document the contributions that LGBTTQ Edmontonians and related groups have made to the City over the last half century; and (3) identify key LGBTTQ events and experiences that eventually led to a sense of an “Edmonton Gay Community,” particularly those exemplifying ongoing civic impact. The project will build on existing resources, such as Darrin Hagen’s and Michael Phair’s annual Edmonton Pride Bus trips that tour around points of interest (buildings/homes/businesses/institutions) that “tell” stories of Edmonton’s queer history, and the preliminary research and timeline developed by iSMSS on Edmonton’s Gay Pride Parades, available online at www.dipity.com/ismss/history-of-pride.