Conversation Facilitators — Call for Applications Community Control and Digital Infrastructure in Northern Ontario
Application deadline: August 28, 2020
The Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO) and Indigenous Culture and Media Innovation (ICMI) are pleased to announce the launch of a community-based project. Originally conceived as a series of workshops and consultations connecting regional and local needs, the Covid-19 pandemic has encouraged us to decentralize the process. MANO and ICMI are currently recruiting sixteen (16) paid facilitators to carry out conversations within their communities and networks to discuss current needs for digital tools and infrastructure.
ICMI was created out of a recognized need for Indigenous access to the arts. ICMI opens its doors to the Indigenous community through professional development, projects, productions, facilities, and equipment. MANO, a representative of artist-run collectives and organizations across Ontario, works to support cooperative ownership of the tools for artistic production, exhibition, and distribution by communities.
Both organizations are committed to the vital role of community control and ownership in the research and development of digital resources for artists in Northern Ontario. We centre equity and collective responsibility in the development of digital tools and platforms for the arts in Northern Ontario. This project counters the pervasiveness of resource extraction in the north (from natural resources to cultural knowledge). Therefore this project follows the protocols of community Ownership, Control, Access and Possession of all information, ideas and knowledge shared throughout the project.
Both MANO and ICMI will engage with a diversity of organizations and artists across the region. In addition to the shared ICMI/MANO conversations, ICMI, will also reach out to Indigenous communities for additional Indigenous-only discussions about how Indigenous people adopt digital technologies and utilize spoken word, symbols, songs and images to capture, preserve and transmit culture, language and ancestral knowledge; and discuss what is needed to create multimedia resources and share cultural materials and what resources can help.
- Participate in facilitation and research training in October 2020
- Have access to mentors and support
- Carry out a series of conversations and interviews between October 2020 and January 2021
- Work with participants to assess information and determine the ownership, private or public status of the knowledge, and work together to create recommendations for the community and/or region
- Participate in feedback sessions on final research in Winter/Spring 2021
- Compensation of up to $3,000 (at $35/hour) will be provided for the contract, depending on the work plan developed with each facilitator.
To apply, please send:
- A brief description of your interest or work in the arts or media arts (film, video, sound, digital), including where you are based and who you would like to speak with — Maximum 250 words
- A brief bio or CV — Maximum 150 words for bio or three pages for CV
- Your contact information
If you prefer a phone discussion, please call MANO at (647) 951‑4810 ext 101 or ICMI at (866) 529‑0260 to arrange an alternate application method.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
This project is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts — Digital Strategy Fund.