Summer Art Education Assistant

8 weeks

30 hours per week


Anticipated start date: July 4, 2018

Nanaimo Art Gallery seeks an energetic, creative, and motivated team-player for the summer position of Summer Art Education Assistant. The Summer Art Education Assistant will be responsible for: Assisting with the delivery of a range of innovative hands-on art programming at Art Lab, Nanaimo Art Gallery's dedicated art education space. Programs are led by professional teaching artists and include four weeklong sessions of children's summer Art Camps (ages 5 to 14). Dazzle Camouflage, a four-week contemporary art immersion program for youth (ages 15 to 19); weekly two session Saturday Studio for kids (ages 5 to 12); various adult art workshops and related Gallery events.

With the guidance and mentorship of our Art Education Coordinator and our Indigenous Art Education Coordinator, the Assistant will:

  • work directly with program participants by supporting project work, and providing technical, hands-on assistance, and guidance as necessary;
  • providing assistance and encouragement to learners of all ages and helping to create a welcoming and inspiring environment at Art Lab;
  • sharing ideas and encouraging participation and dialogue with program participants in relation to Gallery exhibitions and issues related to art practice;
  • setting up the classroom, preparing art materials and supplies for projects and programs as required, cleaning up and organizing the space and art materials according to a busy schedule of programming;
  • displaying art projects from programs in Art Lab;
  • working on organizing Art Lab's resource library;
  • assisting with administrative duties related to art education programs including registration procedures, photocopying, organizing and compiling permission and evaluation forms, researching and printing art workshop materials and images, contributing to powerpoint presentations;
  • working collaboratively with Gallery staff, volunteers, professional artists, and representatives from community organizations with whom the Gallery partners;
  • learning about and helping to articulate the role of our public art gallery and the role of art and artists in our community; sharing information about Gallery art education programs and exhibition program.

Applicants must meet the following criteria as defined by the Canada Summer Jobs program:

  •        are between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • were registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year;
  • intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
  • is a student in a secondary, post-secondary, vocational or technical program;
  • is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*; and
  • is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.

*Foreign students are not eligible.

To apply please email a letter of interest with a CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "Summer Art Education Assistant" in the subject line.

We thank all candidates for their interest. We will contact those selected for an interview.

Deadline: May 22, 2018, 9 am



Call for Professional Artists: TD Artists in the Schools

Nanaimo Art Gallery invites you to come and meet with us and share your creative vision for school children in school districts 68, 69 and 79 through our popular and long-running TD Artists in the Schools program. The program runs during the fall semester from October – December and spring semester February – June. Teachers choose artists from our brochure to come and teach in their classrooms.

Compensation to the artists in the program is $50 per hour.
We are looking for artists to partner with us: visual artists, dancers, musicians, storytellers, carvers etc. We will help build the course descriptions and framework and provide assistance as necessary. 
We welcome you to come and talk to us and together we can create a unique exciting opportunity for artists and children to connect! 
We hope to hear from you. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by email or phone 250.754.1750.


Sign up to receive our newsletter.

Contact Us

150 Commercial Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G6
Tue - Sat: 10 am - 5 pm, Sun: 12 -5 pm (as of April 8)



You are here: Home About Employment