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Art Care Facilitator at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital – Job Posting

Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) is seeking an artist to facilitate Art Care at St Martha’s Regional Hospital beginning in January 2020 for 12 months. Art Care supports healing for those in hospital through alleviating anxiety and loneliness. This position is a contract position for 20 hour/week, with at least 12 hours spent in direct contact with those staying in hospital. Remaining hours are spent in preparation, reporting and giving presentations.

Major Responsibilities and Commitments:

  • Create and implement Art Care programming, both individual and group, using creativity as a tool to alleviate anxiety and loneliness
  • Liaise with care staff to identify needs of those in hospital
  • Evaluate programming ongoing, report regularly to AHA! and position funders
  • Available 20 hours/week, of which at least 12 must be in daytime hours, Monday-Friday.

Requirements:

  • Trained artist; experience in caregiving will be considered an asset
  • Ability to articulate the health-related benefits of engagement with art
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and reflections of practice and to submit records in a timely manner
  • Understand and respect participant confidentiality
  • Able to work independently and with a team
  • Responsibility and accountability for actions and decisions
  • Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registration Check required prior to beginning employment; other requirements, as needed, for all hospital volunteers

Email letter of interest, resume and contact information for two references to: artshealthantigonish@gmail.com by Friday, November 15, 2019.

 

 

 

Spellbound by Nature Program Facilitator

Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) is hiring!
Spellbound by Nature Program Facilitator

AHA! is seeking an enthusiastic artist who loves the outdoors, to facilitate ½ day nature-based ‘playshops’ with youth. Taking place at various Antigonish outdoor locations, this position will support 12-18 hours weekly during the summer, with the possibility of more hours later in the summer and into the fall. Based on ‘The Lost Words’, AHA! hopes to foster a love of nature through encouraging keen observation and descriptive reflection to ‘conjure’ the natural world.

This position is supported by AHA! in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and facilitate about 13-15 ‘playshops’ over the summer of 2019, for youth of all ages and groups of varying sizes
  • Evaluate the playshops, making adjustments as necessary throughout the summer; coordinate evaluations from participants, parents, volunteers, support staff
  • Report regularly to AHA!
  • Coordinate with AHA! a celebration of the artwork created
  • Available Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings throughout the summer, last Tuesday in July and first Tuesday in August. Preparation and evaluation hours will be required and compensated, but can be at applicant’s convenience.
  • Prepare a final report with best practices learned from this pilot project

Requirements:

  • Experience working with groups of children from diverse backgrounds, having unique individual needs
  • Must have Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check; documentation required
  • Artist of any genre is preferred for this position
  • Experience in outdoor education, nature knowledge, biomimicry, indigenous knowledge of the land, other related fields, will be considered assets
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain accurate reflections of practice and to submit records in a timely manner
  • Able to work independently and with a team
  • Responsibility and accountability for actions and decisions
  • Access to reliable transportation

Email letter of interest, resume and contact information for one reference to: artshealthantigonish@gmail.com by noon on Friday, June 28th.

 

 

 

AHA! Sound Installation Request for Proposals

Statement of Purpose:

Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) seeks a sound artist (“the artist”) to create a sound installation using “field sounds” such as voices, hand clapping, toe tapping, song, laughter, chatter, excerpts of poems or stories, from Arts Canopy sessions with participants who are living with dementia. The artist will unify these sounds into a complete, artistically realized vision. The intent is to inspire and engage the community in re-envisioning how we see people with dementia, especially in terms of appreciating how the arts give meaning to the lives of those who still have much to offer.

Background Information:

AHA! is a non-profit collaboration between local artists, health care workers, and educators, which began at the Sustainable Antigonish table in 2013 with an exploration as to how culture contributes to community sustainability and resilience. Since 2013, AHA! has lived its mission of ‘fostering creative expression for community health’, creating about 20 arts-based programs over a five-year period. AHA! is particularly interested in helping those in our community with less access to the arts, those in transition, isolated, ill or vulnerable in other ways: youth, seniors, immigrants, those in hospital and in long term care facilities.

Arts Canopy was created by AHA! in 2016 with the goal of focusing on the abilities and capacities of those living with dementia, rather than on their deficits. Between 2016 and 2018, AHA! will have offered 29 x 10 week arts-based programs, in music, poetry, visual arts, movement, dance, pottery and storytelling, all facilitated by professional artists.  An annual celebration of the artwork of Arts Canopy is part of valuing the creative contributions of participants.  A visual community installation of the art produced in 2017 was held through GoArts, a celebration of local arts and a highlight of the Highland Games in Antigonish. Through Arts Canopy programs, participants have found new ways to express themselves, other ways of remembering, they have enjoyed greater socialization, improved mood, lessened anxiety, and those effects lasted well beyond the end of the programs.

This sound installation project will celebrate the 2018 Arts Canopy programs. AHA’s hope is that through this installation, we can share more widely participants’ joy, their engagement in song and in ‘other ways of remembering’, their empathy for one another, their creativity. By listening to and understanding what people with dementia have to offer, all of us become recipients of their creativity.

Scope of Work:

The artist will consult with the Arts Canopy and AHA! teams to understand the Arts Canopy program goals and outcomes that have become evident, as well as the intent of the installation. The artist will create a vision for the project and will use previously professionally recorded (by a sound technician) audio clips of Arts Canopy sessions to create the sound installation, working with the sound technician. The artist will have full responsibility for all creative and technical aspects of the project and will report to designated members of the AHA! leadership team.

Deliverables:

A sound installation (about 30 minutes), ideally to be completed by Feb 28, 2019, but this will depend on artist availability and funding being secured.

Terms and Conditions:  

The terms of payment will be negotiable with the successful applicant. Our proposal is that the artist will be paid a flat rate: 35% on the first iteration of the project, 65% on the final iteration and delivery of the completed installation. A final two-page report on the project will be expected by AHA! prior to the final payment.

It is anticipated that the project will be completed within 4-5 months, depending on the start date, but a final timeline will be negotiated with the successful artist. The installation will be fully owned by AHA!, and the organization will have complete control over its distribution. The artist will be given full credit for the work done.

Proposal Instructions:

Please send clear, organized documents in easily accessible programs (such as MS Word for written documents and MS Excel for the budget). Please also ensure that your name is on each document you send. Include the following as part of your proposal:

  1. Letter of Intent including the proposed method (techniques, etc.) to be used to communicate the key messages. Please note that AHA! is open to discussing a visual component to accompany the sound installation;
  2. C.V. of no more than 3 pages showing education, experience, and previous accomplishments, including 2-3 professional references with names and contact information;
  3. Samples of previous similar work (include media files or links to online sources);
  4. Budget
  5. Timeline for making and completing the installation

Evaluation and Award Process:

Proposals will be considered on both artistic and financial merits, to include the artist’s experience, the proposed creative direction for this project, and the financial proposal. Final terms will be negotiated with the winning artist. Since the project is subject to the availability of funding, AHA! reserves the right to reject all proposals. All applicants will be notified, whether or not they are successful.

Proposal Deadline:

Proposal should be sent in electronic form to AHA! at artshealthantigonish@gmail.com by noon on Monday, September 17, 2018.

Contacts:

Any questions should be sent to AHA! at the above address.

Position Title: Musical Pathways Program Facilitator

Position Summary: We are seeking a musician to facilitate after school programs with youth in both Inverness and Richmond Counties during the 2017-2018 school year, 2-3 afternoons each week at each site. We hope to improve learning outcomes, communication skills and socialization through engagement with musical programming.  This position is supported by Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!), in partnership with the Department of Education, the Strait Regional School Board and Schools Plus.

Major Responsibilities and Commitments:

  • Create and implement an after school music program (of any form – instrumental, song writing, singing…), using music as a tool to improve learning outcomes, social skills and communication skills for small groups of youth, aged 8 – 13 years.
  • Liaise with School Administration, Schools Plus staff and teaching staff to identify learning outcomes to be addressed
  • Report regularly to AHA! and the Department of Education
  • Assist with evaluation of the program as requested by the NS Health Research Foundation
  • Available 3-5 days/week for 1-1.5 hours after school during the 2017-2018 school year. Other hours will be required, but can be at applicant’s convenience. This position supports up to 20 hours/week, divided between Inverness and Richmond Counties. These positions could be separated into two positions or treated as one.

Requirements:

  • Trained musician
  • Ability to articulate the health-related benefits of engagement with music
  • Experience in counseling, social work, community services or a similar field will be considered an asset
  • Experience working with groups of children from diverse backgrounds, having unique individual needs
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and reflections of practice and to submit records in a timely manner to supervisors and funders
  • Able to work independently and with a team
  • Responsibility and accountability for actions and decisions
  • Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registration Check required prior to beginning employment
  • Access to reliable transportation

Email letter of interest, resume and contact information for two references to: artshealthantigonish@gmail.com

This position will remain open until a suitable applicant is found.

 

 

 

Job Posting Richmond County – Musical Pathways Program Facilitator

Position Title: Musical Pathways Program Facilitator

Position Summary: We are seeking a musician to facilitate after school programs with youth in Richmond County during the 2017-2018 school year, 2-3 afternoons each week. Through engagement with music, we hope to improve learning outcomes, communication skills and socialization.  This position is supported by Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!), in partnership with the Department of Education, the Strait Regional School Board and Schools Plus.

Major Responsibilities and Commitments:

  • Create and implement an after school music program (of any form – instrumental, song writing, singing…), using music as a tool to improve learning outcomes, social skills and communication skills
  • Liaise with School Administration, Schools Plus staff and teaching staff to identify learning outcomes to be addressed
  • Report regularly to AHA! and the Department of Education
  • Assist with evaluation of the program as requested by the NS Health Research Foundation
  • Available 3 days/week for 1 hour after school during the 2017-2018 school year. Other hours will be required, but can be at applicant’s convenience. This position supports up to 8 hours/week.

Requirements:

  • Trained musician
  • Experience working with children experience working with children from diverse backgrounds having unique individual needs
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and reflections of practice and to submit records in a timely manner to supervisors and funders
  • Able to work independently and with a team
  • Responsibility and accountability for actions and decisions
  • Ability to articulate the health-related benefits of engagement with music
  • Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registration Check required prior to beginning employment
  • Access to reliable transportation

Please email letter of interest, resume and contact information for two references to: artshealthantigonish@gmail.com by 5 pm Thursday, August 31, 2017. (deadline extended!)

 

 

 

 

 

Job Posting Inverness – Musical Pathways Program Facilitator

Position Title: Musical Pathways Program Facilitator

Position Summary: We are seeking a musician to facilitate after school programs with youth in Inverness County during the 2017-2018 school year, 2-3 afternoons each week. Through engagement with music, we hope to improve learning outcomes, communication skills and socialization.  This position is supported by Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!), in partnership with the Department of Education, the Strait Regional School Board and Schools Plus.

Major Responsibilities and Commitments:

  • Create and implement an after school music program (of any form – instrumental, song writing, singing…), using music as a tool to improve learning outcomes, social skills and communication skills
  • Liaise with School Administration, Schools Plus staff and teaching staff to identify learning outcomes to be addressed
  • Report regularly to AHA! and the Department of Education
  • Assist with evaluation of the program as requested by the NS Health Research Foundation
  • Available 3 days/week for 1.5 hours after school during the 2017-2018 school year. Other hours will be required, but can be at applicant’s convenience. This position supports up to 12 hours/week.

Requirements:

  • Trained musician
  • Experience working with children from diverse backgrounds having unique individual needs
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and reflections of practice and to submit records in a timely manner to supervisors and funders
  • Able to work independently and with a team
  • Responsibility and accountability for actions and decisions
  • Ability to articulate the health-related benefits of engagement with music
  • Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registration Check required prior to beginning employment
  • Access to reliable transportation

Email letter of interest, resume and contact information for two references to: artshealthantigonish@gmail.com

This position will remain open until a suitable applicant is found.

 

 

 

AHA! is hiring – Arts Canopy Arts Facilitator

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Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) is hiring……

POSITION TITLE: Arts Canopy Arts Facilitator

Hours and Term: approximately 8 hours weekly for 10 weeks (with an option to renew)

Supervised by the Arts Canopy Project Coordinator and the AHA! Leadership Team

POSITION SUMMARY:

Arts Canopy is a community-based project offering arts based programming to those living with dementia, with the goals of encouraging social engagement and communication through the arts. Four ten week sessions will occur in the community over the course of a year, with artists of various genres delivering programming at community sites. The Arts Canopy Arts Facilitator will design and implement arts based programming for elders with dementia for a 10 week term beginning July 1, 2016.  They will plan and record outcomes with the mentorship of the Arts Canopy Project Coordinator and the AHA! leadership team.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Design and deliver, with support, arts-based programs for elders with dementia

  • communicate regularly with the Arts Canopy Project Coordinator regarding need for supplies, support, challenges and opportunities
  • evaluate and report on the programming outcomes, supported by the AHA! Leadership Team and the Arts Canopy Project Coordinator

SKILLS /COMPETENCIES:

Understanding of the value of the arts to wellbeing

Strong arts facilitation skills

Experience interacting with elders with dementia, an understanding of dementia

Effective oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills

An ability to work independently and be accountable for all actions and decisions, with a high degree of initiative

Creative and innovative thinking, adaptable

Team building, leadership and/or organizational skills

 

Please send a brief outline of what you would propose in a 10 week arts based program for those with dementia, your resume, and contact information for two references to: artshealthantigonish@gmail.com  by 5 pm, Friday, June 3, 2016.

Many thanks for your interest in AHA!

(AHA!) is hiring…… AHA! Youth Project Coordinator

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Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) is hiring……

POSITION TITLE: AHA! Youth Project Coordinator

Term and hours: approximately 8 hours weekly for 6 months, with an option to both increase hours and continue beyond 6 months if further funding is secured

Supervised by the AHA! Leadership Team

POSITION SUMMARY:

The AHA! Youth Project Coordinator will coordinate and grow all AHA! youth projects and represent AHA! at local and provincial youth tables, between June 1, 2016 and November 30, 2106.

AHA! currently funds 4 artists part time in the community and has the potential to be part of at least three new youth projects in the coming months. The AHA! Youth Coordinator will support existing youth programming – including ensuring timely evaluation and reporting to funders, liaise with other groups offering art-health programming to youth, explore further funding for youth arts-health projects, represent AHA! at local and provincial tables concerned about youth health and engage in visioning for further support for arts-based programming for local youth.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

– Liaise with those working in youth health and education in the community

– Support artists currently working with youth, including ensuring adequate training and timely evaluation of projects

– Represent AHA! as requested at youth health tables locally and provincially

– Explore and apply for further funding for youth arts health projects

– Support reporting to funders and employers, both verbal and written, regarding youth programming and its outcomes

– Liaise with others in the community, province and country interested in arts based youth programming

– Engage, with employer, in visioning of next steps in youth arts-based programming

SKILLS/COMPETENCIES:

Understanding of the value of the arts to youth wellbeing

Experience working with youth

Experience as an arts practitioner, in education and/or in health care will be considered assets

Effective oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills

An ability to work independently and be accountable for all actions and decisions, with a high degree of initiative

Creative and innovative thinking, adaptable

Team building, leadership and/or organizational skills

Project management skills and experience overseeing staff are assets

Please send a letter of interest, your resume and contact information for two references to: artshealthantigonish@gmail.com  by 5 pm, Friday, May 20, 2016.

Many thanks for your interest in AHA!

(AHA!) is hiring…… Arts Canopy Project Coordinator

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Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) is hiring……

POSITION TITLE: Arts Canopy Project Coordinator

Term and hours: approximately 8 hours weekly for 50 weeks

Supervised by the AHA! Leadership Team

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Arts Canopy Project Coordinator will frame, coordinate, oversee and report on the Arts Canopy Project between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017.

Arts Canopy is a community-based project offering arts based programming to those living with dementia, with the goals of encouraging social engagement and communication through the arts. Four ten week sessions will occur in the community over the course of a year, with artists of different genres delivering arts programming at various community sites.

The Project Coordinator will coordinate the initial site assessments, ensure program supports are in place at each site, ensure artists have received appropriate training and preparation in working with elders with dementia, ensure materials are purchased and available for the sessions, provide a framework for evaluation for the project, support the artists in program delivery as needed and provide ongoing reporting to funders, employers and interested community partners, on the outcomes of the project.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

– Liaise with those working in elder care and dementia in the community; identify, with partners, who will participate in the program

– Assist with hiring of artists, coordinate training of artists

– Coordinate scheduling of artists at various sites, adapting as needed to the needs of the participants

– Provide support as needed, to artists in their program delivery

– Report to funders and employers, both verbally and in writing, regarding the program and its outcomes

– Develop and implement framework for program evaluation in consultation with employer

– Liaise with others in the community, province and country interested in this project

SKILLS /COMPETENCIES:

Understanding of the value of the arts to wellbeing

Experience interacting with elders with dementia, an understanding of dementia

Effective oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills

An ability to work independently and be accountable for all actions and decisions, with a high degree of initiative

Creative and innovative thinking, adaptable

Team building, leadership and/or organizational skills

Project management skills and experience overseeing staff are assets

 

Please send a letter of interest, your resume and contact information for two references to: artshealthantigonish@gmail.com  by 5 pm, Friday, May 20, 2016.

Many thanks for your interest in AHA!

Expressive Arts Therapist Position

Expressive Arts Therapist

Supported by Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!)

AHA! is seeking an Expressive Arts Therapist for a one year pilot. This position would be part of an Arts & Health team along with a Music Therapist. The Expressive Arts Therapist would provide individual and group support in both hospital and community settings in the Antigonish area.

  • Start date – anytime between August 1st and September 1st 2015
  • Part-time term: 7 hours per day, 4 days per week, for one year
  • 2 days per week in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital
  • 2 days per week in community
  • Successful candidate would be required to submit brief weekly reports to the AHA! steering team as part of an evaluation

If interested, we ask that you please submit your resume and a written Expression of Interest by July 3rd, 2015 to arthealthantigonish@gmail.com

 

 

 

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