It’s really starting to snow out there! We really want your input, but more then anything, we want you to stay safe! We’re cancelling the visioning meeting tonight and we will reschedule for a later date. Stay tuned to the website, facebook page, or newsletter for a new date!
Director of Operations
The Centre for Art Tapes (CFAT) is a not for profit, artist-run, charitable organization that facilitates and supports artists at all levels working with electronic media including video, audio, and new media. We provide access to professional-level media art production facilities, residencies, and professional development, and we program regular exhibitions and screenings of contemporary media art from across Canada and beyond. Our programs and events also offer opportunities for members and the general public to critically engage with cultural and social issues through media art. For more information about CFAT, please visit www.cfat.ca.
Reporting to the CFAT Board of Directors, the Operations Director is responsible for cultivating CFAT’s relationship with membership, supporters, funders, and the community at large while managing CFAT’s day-to-day administrative functions. The Operations Director develops and manages budgets for CFAT’s operations and assists in developing budgets for CFAT’s programs, services, and projects managed by the Technical Director and Program and Communications Director. Working collaboratively with these colleagues, the Operations Director implements the organizational vision, as articulated by the Board of Directors, through policies that ensure the safety and well-being of staff, members, and public who engage with CFAT’s physical spaces and programs. They are the primary liaison with our bookkeeper, landlord, and other regular operational contacts. The Operations Director will be expected to maintain office hours (28 hrs/wk) mostly during CFAT’s regular operating hours.
Required Skills and Expertise
The ideal candidate for this position has formal training in fine arts at the post-secondary level or equivalent, a minimum of 3-5 years’ work experience in non-profit arts administration, and an enthusiasm for working with contemporary media artists. They possess excellent written and verbal English-language communication skills, as evidenced in their record of success procuring funding and garnering community support for artists and/or the arts organizations. They are detail-oriented, exceptionally organized, and highly motivated and able to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment. The incumbent must possess the ability to work independently and collaboratively with staff, board, committees and volunteers in a shared work environment. As this position requires oversight or assistance with CFAT events outside of regular operating hours, flexibility will be required. The Operations Director will be proficient with platforms and software used in our office environment, including Mac OS, Microsoft Office, and QuickBooks Online.
A thorough understanding and appreciation for the context of artistic production and exhibition in Halifax and Atlantic Canada, fluency in non-English languages (such as Mi’kmaw, French, Arabic, or Mandarin Chinese), and experience with Adobe Creative Suite are assets.
The Operations Director will receive three weeks of paid vacation per year, access to health benefits, access to all workshops and equipment at CFAT, and opportunities to travel to conferences and professional development activities. Due to the nature of the role, the Operations Director will sometimes be required to work overtime, which is compensated with time off as described in CFAT’s Personnel Policy.
Starting salary for this position is $24,000/year.
Please send your C.V., a cover letter and three references electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject heading: Operations Director Hiring Committee), by December 20th, 2016 at 4pm.
Centre for Art Tapes is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusivity and we strive to have our employees and board reflect the diversity of our community. We thank all applicants, but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
The Centre for Art Tapes Board of Directors invites you to help build the vision for CFAT in the coming years. On Monday, December 12th at 6pm, meet us at CFAT and have your voice heard!
We want to know how CFAT is working for you. What parts of the centre are most used? What programs are the most important to you? How can we better support media artists? How can we better serve artists from historically-underrepresented communities? How can we provide a path toward becoming an artist for those who can’t afford a university degree? How can we improve our organizational accountability to our staff and to the membership as a whole?
We will work towards answers to these questions and more. The meeting is open to anyone in the community including current and past CFAT members.
Member Vision Meeting
Monday, December 12th at 6pm
2238 Maitland St.
Dear CFAT Community,
Several weeks ago, a group of active Centre for Art Tapes members were voted onto the board of directors to fill vacant seats and help in our ongoing effort to keep CFAT relevant to the communities it intends to serve. The new mix of fresh energy with the historical knowledge of key, long-serving members has given us momentum to tackle restructuring efforts announced to the membership via e-mail last April. Andrew Coll, Sam Decoste, Angela Glanzmann, James MacSwain, Annalise Prodor, Ann Verrall, and Clare Waque comprise our board. I am also one of these new board members, and I am writing to you from my new role in our organization as the Chair.
With the support and help from staff and members at large, our board has begun casting a critical (but loving!) eye toward relationships among our general membership, committees, staff on the ground, and organization’s governance. We know we have great members. We know we have great programs and programming. We have excellent, knowledgeable, creative, and friendly staff. We have a dedicated Board of Directors who are also active artists. And we have some really great equipment and facilities. But how can we put these elements together to help CFAT realize its incredible potential?
This is why I’m writing to you now. We need everyone’s input–current and former members, as well as the CFAT-curious–to start shaping this organization’s next chapter. How can we better support media artists? How can we better serve artists from historically-underrepresented communities? How can we provide a path toward becoming an artist for those who can’t afford a university degree? How can we improve our organizational accountability to our staff and to the membership as a whole?
In order to find answers to these questions together, we will hold a public meeting on December 12th at 6:30pm, and we encourage you to attend. But we don’t want to wait until then to hear from you! This link will take you to a very brief survey, where you can start sharing your ideas and feedback for CFAT. Any comments and questions you give on this survey will be incorporated into the face-to-face discussion at the meeting. The goal of our face-to-face meeting, ultimately, is to articulate a shared understanding of how CFAT can best focus itself as an organization in order to contribute meaningfully to the development of time-based media art practices and artists.
After all, if you’re an artist who uses electronics, moving images, audio, and pretty much anything time-based and digital to make your work–or if you want to be an artist who does these things–then you’re the reason we exist.
With gratitude and respect,
Becka Barker, Chair
CFAT Board of Directors
We are so pleased to introduce our new E-Lab Artist-in-Residence Merle Harley!
During her residency, Harley will create work based on the parallels between codes, algorithms, and systems within electronics, and those used within knitting and weaving patterns. These codes act as a descriptive short form that can be translated to more complex multi-dimensional creations then translated back to code. Harley will create woven and knitted works based on electronic codes, and electronic works based on weaving and knitting codes exploring the similarities and differences between these systems of code, resulting in hybrid objects.
The E-Lab Residency runs until March. Keep an eye on our website for future studio hours and events!
The Centre for Art Tapes is excited to announce Amanda Shore as our new Curator in Residence! Amanda will be beginning with us this month and working on putting together an exhibition until March 2017.
Amanda’s project showcases artists who create new—often indecipherable—communication methods in situations where coherent language proves to be insufficient. Through sound and video, artists experiment with babble, song, free-form poetry, and soundless closed-captioning to a point where language unravels into its basic units of measurement—sound and silence.
Stay tuned for more updates as this exciting project develops!
Physical Computing with Martin Marier
NOVEMBER 12th 10-6pm
$40.00 For C.F.A.T. Members – $60.00 For Non Members
Physical computing with Martin Marier will provide you with basic tools and knowledge to bridge the analog and digital worlds.
In the first part (about one hour) of the workshop, Martin Marier will present his work on “The Sponge”, a digital musical instrument he designed and performs with. In the remaining four hours, participants will be invited to use an Arduino board to hook up sensors or actuators to their computers.