/Opportunities and support
The Stride Art Gallery Association is grateful to its many Members for their support of the gallery. This crucial support helps us to provide excellent professional development opportunities to contemporary Canadian artists, and play a significant role in Calgary’s vibrant arts and culture community.
With your donation of $20 (or $10 for students), you will receive a year-long Membership with Stride, which includes invitations to our exhibitions and special events, access to our archives and resources, and special notices about what’s happening here at the gallery. We’re always working to develop meaningful ways to thank our Friends for their support. Please contact the gallery for more information on how to reap the rewards of a Friendship with Stride.
To become a Friend of Stride, simply download and complete the form available here and return it to the gallery with your contribution. You can also submit your $10 (Students) or $20 (Regular) Friendship contribution by clicking on the Canada Helps icon below and selecting the applicable “Friendship Purchase” from the drop down Fund/Designation menu. If you process the payment online, please be sure to include your name in the message box, and send your completed Membership form to the gallery.
Donations in any dollar amount are gratefully accepted at any time and go directly towards the gallery’s programming operations. This kind of financial support has the added benefit of helping us demonstrate our community’s investment in Stride’s programming for our funders and other partners.
If you wish, you can dedicate your donation to a specific area of our operations. To learn about opportunities to sponsor Stride’s programming or special events, please contact the gallery directly.
Donations can be made by cash or cheque (made out to Stride Gallery), or by credit card via CanadaHelps.org (link below). Stride will issue a tax receipt for any contribution exceeding $20, tax receipts for donations processed online will be sent directly from CanadaHelps.org.
Stride has recently developed the Sustained Giving Program as a way to let our more budget-conscious supporters make valuable contributions a little at a time. Using the CanadaHelps.org interface, you can set up a regular donation of as little as $5 or $10 per month for as many months as you wish. A small monthly donation of this nature will have a low impact on your pocketbook each month, but over the year it will add up to major support for Stride. All funds received through the Sustained Giving Program will be directed to Stride’s programming budget.
Here’s how to do it:
Click the CanadaHelps.org link below to arrive at the donations page for Stride.
Enter your ideal donation amount and select “repeating donation” to indicate your preferred start and end dates.
From the drop down Fund/Designation menu, select “Sustained Giving Program.”
In the message box, tell us your name, and write us a little note, if you wish. You can also dedicate your donation to someone special.
Click “Continue” to enter your credit card information and complete the transaction.
Stride is grateful for the support of a strong network of volunteers. Opportunities to get involved with the gallery as a volunteer include jobs like assisting with exhibition installation and tear-down, administrative tasks in preparation for exhibitions or special events, bartending or taking photographs at openings receptions, and helping with our fundraisers events and casinos. Volunteering at the gallery is a great way to learn about artist-run culture and gallery operations, meet other artists and arts professionals, and gain hands-on experience working in your chosen field.
There’s always something to be done, and anyone interested in getting involved is invited to complete the web form below to be added to our volunteer list. When we have need of help, we’ll send emails to everyone on the list describing what we will be working on and usually specifying when we want to tackle the job. Most volunteer roles are filled on a first-to-respond-gets-the-gig basis.
If you would like to be added to Stride's volunteer email list, please submit the following information:
Stride offers semester-long internships for students of the Alberta College of Art + Design’s in conjunction with the FINA 400 Practicum Course. This program allows students to develop crucial hands-on administrative and programming experience while obtaining school credit and supporting the gallery’s programming and administrative staff.
Please contact the Alberta College of Art + Design for information on the FINA 400 course.
Interships for students in other programs are condsidered on a case-by-case basis, please contact the gallery Director to set up a meeting.
/CALL FOR APPLICANTS - SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AT STRIDE GALLERY
POSITION: CULTURAL EQUITY LIAISON
TERM: 30 hours per week for 9 weeks, starting on May 30 (projected) to July 29.
WAGE: $15 per hour
DEADLINE: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11:59pm
APPLY: Please make your subject heading ATTN: Stride Gallery Hiring Committee Please send your applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stride is a non-for-profit artist run centre that values experimental, risk-taking art work, and fosters community conversation and participation.
It will be the responsibility of the Cultural Equity Liaison to conceptualize, strategize, and realize new ways to engage Stride Gallery with members of the community that self identify within minority groups. The individual hired for the position must retain a personal relationship to cultural diversity. It will be the responsibility of the Cultural Equity Liaison to construct an effective work plan and timeline for the development of a culturally significant public program. Both gallery staff will provide mentorship throughout this process to assist the Cultural Equity Liaison in the creation of successful programs.
/MAIN JOB TASKS
•Work with gallery staff to determine priorities and set goals in relationship to a timeline
•Engage in open dialogue with gallery staff to implement effective strategies related to diversified programming
•Provide regular updates to gallery staff regarding progress and findings
•Work with the Director to develop long-term planning for the continued development of inclusionary actions and plan public programs.
/EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND ASSETS**
•Interest in cultural equity and ability to engage in dialogues regarding diversity
•Confidence to address issues of inclusionary practice
•At least two years of post-secondary education in Visual Arts, Art History, Arts Administration, or Archival Studies.
•Some experience with artist-run centres and non-profit organizations
•A solid understanding of contemporary visual culture
•Working knowledge of Mac software and Microsoft Office Suite
•Communication skills, both written and verbal
•A mature attitude and ability to work independently in a collaborative environment
•Excitement to learn and benefit from a new experience
/APPLICATION PROCESS Interested candidates can submit an application (including a Curriculum Vitae) in confidence to the email address listed above. Cover letters should not exceed two pages, and should include a brief description of the applicant’s knowledge of Stride Gallery, interest in artist-run culture, and detailed understanding of the position. Applicants may also submit a writing sample of 500 words or less. LATE, MAILED, OR FAXED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED
**PLEASE NOTE: This position is posted pending available public funding. Under the terms and conditions of this funding, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria: be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year; be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act 3; and, be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant legislation and regulations.
Stride gallery is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.