Visual Arts Aboriginal Administration and Research Work Study

Program dates: January 7, 2013 - June 28, 2013

Application deadline: August 31, 2012

Note: Program dates exclude December 14, 2012 - January 2, 2013
The successful applicant will initially be offered a 6-month term, but this may be extended with the approval of the participant and The Banff Centre.

Program Information

The Visual Arts Aboriginal Administration and Research Work Study program is an internship-style opportunity designed to enhance participants’ knowledge, build administrative skills, and provide practical experience in the area of arts administration. The practical portion of the experience will primarily focus on activities that support and assist in the organization of visual arts programs related to the real and ongoing activities of the department including Creative Residencies, Walter Phillips Gallery, and the Banff International Curatorial Institute. 

Learning opportunities arise in the preparation for and facilitation of residency programs and visual arts events. Administrative responsibilities include working closely with the Director of Visual Arts on special projects and working closely with the department’s administrative staff to prepare grant proposals and reports; book travel, space and equipment; prepare paperwork, filing, writing and updating correspondence. Opportunities to attend formal lectures, workshops, discussion groups, and other cultural events including community outreach initiatives are all part of this program.

Benefits to participants include enhanced decision-making and problem-solving expertise, as well as more mature communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership skills. In addition to the work component of the program, participants have one day each week that is dedicated to their personal research activities.

Work Study placements are appropriate for recent graduates of art history, museum studies or studio-based programs, and individuals wishing to leave their current work worlds or formal advanced studies for a period of time in order to gain professional experience and expand and develop their careers and capabilities. These programs require full-time commitment and independent thinking.

Please note: Enrolment to this program is limited to individuals of Aboriginal descent (status, non-status, Métis or Inuit). 


Above photo: Photography class at Lake Minnewanka with Barbara Wilkie modeling, 1958. Photo Chris Lund. Courtesy Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives.

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of The Banff Centre.