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Call for Board of Directors

Stride Gallery is looking for dedicated individuals to join our board of directors.

Stride is taking this moment to think about what institutional change looks like. Our next five years will be focused on cultivating alternative ways of being an institution that can provide meaningful support to the communities that have been systematically marginalized from arts institutions.

In order to see this change, Stride’s board of directors is undergoing an intentional transition to a majority BIPOC-led board that will be an integral part of this re-imagining.

We are aware that we must question not only who sits on boards, as the current institutional framework has failed BIPOC members who come into such leadership roles. With the new group, we would like to experiment with board models, supported by various board training. We are looking for individuals who are curious and committed to go on an experimental journey with staff and fellow board members to re-envision power, accountability, consensus, and equity within an artist-run centre context. We solicit individuals who have the willingness and capacity to participate in hands-on board work. We expect the board workload will be heavier during this fall through early 2021, with follow-up work to be sprinkled throughout the rest of 2021.

We are seeking applications from individuals from BIPOC communities, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, persons from poor and working-class backgrounds, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage equity-seeking communities. We are currently recruiting five new board members.

Please note board membership is voluntary. Board members will not receive financial compensation or other benefits. Stride welcomes applicants with no prior board experience.

Who We Are

Stride Gallery is located in Mohkinstsis, the traditional territories of Treaty 7 people. Our activities take place on the land that is and has been stewarded and cared for by the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Iyarhe/Stoney Nakoda people comprising the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

We are a non-profit artist-run centre that supports contemporary art practices. We believe in art that addresses our current realities with urgency, criticality and care through which we can propose new ways of thinking and being. For these emergent practices, we provide various platforms such as exhibitions, public programs, performances, workshops, publications, and gathering. Through these programs, we aim to foster community participation and conversations around art.

Current Responsibilities
  • Serve a two-year term, renewable, starting September 2020.
  • Attend 10 board meetings a year; we encourage people from non-urban centres to attend the meetings remotely through video conference calls. The frequency of meetings may change depending on the urgency of conversation and work.
  • Join at least one committee and attend committee meetings apart from board meetings. (HR, equity, fundraising, financial, programming); these meetings are also available to be attended via video call.
  • Actively take part in board visioning sessions and policy development (heavier training sessions to be expected in Fall 2020 and Winter 2021).
  • Support Stride’s commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and inclusivity in all of its activities and internal structures.
  • Be our liaison to the community.
  • Support Stride’s exhibitions, programming, and events.
  • Assist with fundraising activities including casinos and annual fundraisers.
Application

To apply, please send:

  • A brief statement of interest that describes your relevant experience and why you want to join Stride Gallery’s board (under 500 words).
  • An optional CV to director@stride.ab.ca with the subject line Board of Directors Application.

Deadline to Send in a Letter of Interest: Monday, September 14, 2020

Please send any inquiries regarding the board call to Areum Kim, at director@stride.ab.ca.

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