Research Archivist

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Research Archivist

Bringing Power to Truth: Third Spiral

The Cultural Instigators, a group of artists/activists dedicated to anti-racism and equity in the arts and in their own communities, are looking for a research archivist for the Third Spiral component of the Bringing Power to Truth initiative.

Bringing Power to Truth is an artist-led initiative that supports artists engaging in their communities to examine and confront racism. Working with artists from Indigenous, Black and other Racialized communities, the initiative facilitates the coming together of artists and community elders/leaders to reflect on their experiences and create artistic works that can engage public systems and broader communities. Artists and community partners will first work within their own affinity groups. They will then come together to grapple with what they have learned and instigate support for artistic projects, community advocacies, and actions that may emerge from the initiative. Artists within this affinity group include racialized individuals of Asian, Middle Eastern, Latinx and other identities.

Position: Third Spiral Project Archivist

This position will capture and record components of the Third Spiral activity. This will take the form of capturing images, capturing sound, writing notes and keeping track of all documents.

The position pays $25 per hour (about 60 hours in total).

Who you are:

  • Artist centric and process oriented
  • Great attention to detail
  • Good at liaising (15+ people)
  • Cultural humility

Soft skills:

  • Exceptional relationship management and strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience understanding the arts community, open to emergent process, anti-racist lens
  • Skilled in process documentation
  • Lived experience and understanding of equity-seeking and BIPOC communities is an asset
  • Experience working with diverse communities

What you’ll do:

  • Work with artists and mentors/community leaders and record their participation
  • Formalize and implement the Third Spiral timeline for documentation
  • Create and maintain comprehensive Third Spiral project documentation


This position will need to be available for 4 meetings with mentors / community leaders and additional meetings as required.

The current dates and confirmed times:

  • November 24, 2021, at 1:00pm
  • November 29, 2021 at 11:00am
  • A weekend in May/June (specific date and time to be determined)
  • There will also be 2 additional dates in late November, early December that are still to be decided.
  • There may be other dates needed but will be discussed

Application Process

To apply please email your resume and a brief summary of how you would approach the documentation of this project to with Third Spiral Archivist as the subject heading. Feel free to include a portfolio if you have one.

The deadline to apply is November 21, 2021.

We hope to hire and onboard by November 23, 2021.

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