Lua Shayenne Dance Company has two paid internships available

Arts Administration Internship and Mentorship
Lua Shayenne Dance Company
Start Date: October 2018 (1 year)
Salary: Two interns to be hired at $10,000 each

Do you have a passion for the arts, African dance and an entrepreneurial spirit? Lua
Shayenne Dance Company (LSDC) is seeking two self-directed, enthusiastic and
highly motivated individuals looking to increase their skills and knowledge in arts
management to join us!

This internship/mentorship is designed for two emerging arts administrators of
African descent to fill the gap of visible minorities working in administrative roles in
dance in Canada.

Organization Description
Lua Shayenne Dance Company (LSDC) is a charitable not-for-profit dance company
whose work delves into the physical investigation of neo-traditional and
contemporary African dance forms and mirrors its African-Canadian social and
cultural context.

Internship/Mentorship Description
The Interns will report directly to the Artistic Director working closely to complete all
aspects of the position. The successful candidates will be self-starters and work with
the Artistic Director to produce all materials on behalf of LSDC, maintaining company
records and files. The Interns will provide support to the Artistic Director for all
company activities. The candidates will work out of Dance Umbrella of Ontario’s
(DUO) offices and off-site. The successful candidates will receive training and
mentorship from the staff at Dance Umbrella of Ontario and the Artistic Director.
The Interns will work with the Artistic Director to deliver all company programs,
performances, outreach and educations activities.

The successful candidates will execute the following:

– Coordinate performers’ rehearsal and manage shows’ schedule and the
contracting process for all artists and vendors
– Write or contribute to publications which accompany LSDC’s artistic events
and community projects
– Research and book performance opportunities including; private/local events,
festivals, presenters and touring in Canada and abroad options
– Assist with fundraising efforts
– Assist with writing and submitting grant and foundation applications and final
– Assist with the operating budget; tracking expenses and revenues
– Providing general administration support to the AD

Experience in project and events management, including, budgets, government
funding and reporting
– Excellent computer and typing skills and knowledge of software programs
including; Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel).
– Post-secondary education (college or university).
– Experience in arts administration
– Competency in French is an asset

Personal traits/requirements:
LSDC is looking for individuals with strong interpersonal, organizational and
communication skills, the ability to take initiative, be proactive, work independently
and with a team, and meet all deadlines.

How to Apply:
Please submit your resume and a cover letter with references to
Please ensure the email subject line reads – Arts Administration Internship and
Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Those selected will be
contacted within one week of the submission deadline. No phone calls, please.

Deadline to submit an application is 5pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.


The Gathering : May 29-31

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The Gathering | Pluralism in Arts Practices: Contemporary Intersections

May 29th at Aki Studio Theatre – Native Earth Performing Arts
585 Dundas St. E, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

May 30th – May 31st at OCAD University
100 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1

CPAMO, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Small World Music/Polyphonic Ground,  Humber College, Feminist Art Collective and OCAD University collaborate on addressing pluralism in the arts. 

Geared towards sharing strategies in the engagement of Indigenous, racialized, disabled and mad, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities since it was initiated by CPAMO in the Spring 2016. The Gathering is a very powerful, positive and transformative convening of academics, creatives and arts leaders in the creative industry. The Gathering | Pluralism in Arts Practices: Contemporary Intersections will explore frameworks for understanding contemporary expressions of Indigenous / racialized, disabled and other marginalized identified art making and its intersections. Held over three days, the symposium will showcase artists through performances, visual arts exhibitions, plenary sessions aimed at building organizational and artistic capacity, with the aspirations of enlivening community conversation in the arts.

The Gathering offers an interactive space where arts organizations, artists and attendees dedicated to advancing pluralism in the arts, can share, dialogue and exchange strategies supporting the social and civic engagement in the arts.

How do we achieve systemic change more effectively through collective, creative action while sharing approaches to understand arts practices? At the core of the Gathering is understanding how contemporary intersections in artistic practice shape diverse Canadian cultural expressions.

What we hope to achieve? We hope that everyone arrives at a better understanding of diverse realities of indigenous / ethno-racially identified artists / organizations supporting a heightened awareness of arts practices working in a pluralist lens.

View the schedule

REGULAR $50 three days | $20 per day
ARTIST $25 three days | $8 per day
STUDENT $20 three days | $5 per day


*** The Gathering attendees will receive complimentary tickets to “The Life and Death of John & The Milkman” ONLY for the performance on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018. Tickets for other dates can be purchased by attendees. ***

We would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Propeller Project, and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration for their support.

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