Project Description

Call for Interest – Artist Consultant in NISA’s Artists’ Loft

NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action is seeking interest from Sudbury-based artists who want to be considered for an 8-week consultation opportunity beginning in July 2017. The Consultant will work, part-time, with NISA members and local artists to review The Artists’ Loft program and make recommendations on how to adapt the program to ensure better access for artists who have lived experience of mental illness. The Artist will also work with Artists’ Loft members to develop a curriculum of professional development training for Fall/Winter 2017 and Spring 2018.

We are seeking artists who have an interest in community art programs, art’s role in health outcomes, and social action; artists who apply should be comfortable working with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities. Personal experience with mental health issues is considered an asset, but not essential. This opportunity is dependent on funding. The selected artist will receive compensation, the amount to be determined by final funding. Work will take place typically during NISA’s opening hours, currently 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Summer 2017.

Project description
NISA proposes to engage a professional artist to act as a Consultant over a period of 8 weeks, who will:

  • Work one-to-one with artists, beginners and advanced, in identifying their personal and artistic goals in The Artists’ Loft
  • Schedule meetings and focus groups with artists to determine needs and goals of artists
  • Inform the data collection tools for this project in partnership with NISA’s ParNorth Research Unit
  • Review data collected in project, and prepare recommended actions to increase program access; and
  • Recommend a progressive curriculum of professional development for NISA artists using the data collected

Please note: We are in the early planning stages of this project, and the specific requirements may change. This opportunity is dependent on funding. Once funding has been approved, we will work out the specific duties, expectations and compensation with the selected artist.

If you are interested in putting your name forward for this opportunity, please send the following to Dinah Laprairie, NISA’s Executive Director at by Friday, March 3, 2017.
1. Contact information – Name, Address, Phone, Email Address
2. 100-word biography
3. Curriculum vitae – include any experience with arts instruction, any formal education, community work, consultation experience, awards, grants, affiliations, etc.
4. Introductory letter, answering the following questions:

  • What type of artist are you? How long have you been working on your craft?
  • Do you have experience in administration, planning, training or consultation in an arts capacity?
  • Are you able to communicate in both official languages?
  • What appeals to you about this opportunity?

Note: People with lived experience of mental illness or mental health challenges are encouraged to self-identify.