Gallery Programming Coordinator

Midland Cultural Centre
Midland Cultural Centre in Midland, ON
$22.38 an hour - Part-time, Fixed term contract

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  • $22.38 an hour

Job type

  • Part-time
  • Fixed term contract

Shift and schedule

  • Weekends as needed
  • Evenings as needed


Midland Cultural Centre in Midland, ON

Full job description

Organization Description

The Town of Midland, home of the Midland Cultural Centre (MCC), is situated on the beautiful shores of Georgian Bay at the gateway to the 30,000 islands. Our communities have diverse roots in First Nations, Métis, French, and English and have worked collaboratively to foster and promote cultural appreciation.

Situated in the Town of Midland’s downtown core, the MCC opened as a local arts and culture hub in 2012 and welcomes 70,000 visitors per year. The completely accessible state-of-the-art facility features Rotary Hall, a multi-purpose event space, as well as the Roxy Café, and the MCC Gallery of Indigenous Art. The MCC is also home to Quest Art School + Gallery with exhibition and classroom space as well as Huronia Players Community Theatre Group.

Job Description

The Midland Cultural Centre seeks a creative, passionate, and knowledgeable Gallery Programming Coordinator tosuccessfully oversee the Gallery of Indigenous Art. Leveraging industry knowledge, relationships and awareness of Indigenous history, traditions, culture and issues, the Gallery Programming Coordinator will plan and execute exhibitions and educational programming with the goal to highlight the practices of local, regional and national Indigenous artists.

Reporting to the MCC Executive Director, the Gallery Programming Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day Gallery operations as well as fostering relationships with Beausoleil First Nation, the Georgian Bay Métis Council, community organizations, local schools, volunteers, sponsors, and donors. Collaboration with the Indigenous majority Gallery Programming Committee, MCC staff, and tenants is required.

The ideal candidate will bring experience in exhibition planning and educational development. Candidates should demonstrate success in building and growing relationships with regional Indigenous Councils and communities.

The Gallery Programming Coordinator is expected represent the Gallery and MCC in a positive and professional manner within the Centre and community. The Gallery Programming Coordinator is also expected to attend monthly Gallery Programming Committee Meetings, as well as prepare monthly reports for the Committee and MCC Board of Directors, and other meetings as requested.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Issue calls for proposals from local, regional and national artists, presenting options and recommendations to the Gallery Programming Committee.
  • Coordinates exhibitions with artists, including exhibition agreements, exhibition dates, receptions, educational programing, and all logistics associated with the exhibition.
  • Coordinates exhibition schedule and works with MCC tenants in an effort to, when possible, host collaborative openings/special events and activities.
  • Coordinates any loans of art from private collections.
  • Organizes receipt and return/shipment of exhibition materials.


  • Develops education programming for school groups and the general public.
  • Works with local elementary and secondary schools to host gallery visits and/or artist visits to schools in alignment with current exhibitions and school curriculum.
  • Completes/oversees the writing, design, required translation and printing of educational materials.


  • Coordinates the creation of exhibition promotional materials. This includes the writing, design, any required translations, printing and distributing of invitations, posters, didactics, and educational materials.
  • Work with MCC’s Marketing and Promotions Coordinator to coordinate social media posts, issue media releases, add Gallery information to the marquee and ensure Gallery webpage is current and past exhibitions and programs and archived.


  • Work with Executive Director to establish an annual exhibition budget.
  • Work with the MCC’s Executive Director and Finance Coordinator for the preparation of invoices and payments.
  • Monitors Gallery budget and provides monthly reports to the Executive Director.
  • Researches and completes grant applications to support the activities of the Gallery.
  • Works with Gallery Programming Committee and MCC Staff to identify and approach potential Gallery sponsors and donors.
  • Facilitates the transactions of art sales.


  • Assists Operations Coordinator with the recruitment, training and orientation for Gallery volunteers.
  • Prepares educational materials for Gallery volunteers.
  • Works with Operations Coordinator to organize refreshments and logistics for opening receptions.

Community Partnerships

  • Fosters and develops positive and respectful relationships with Beausoleil First Nation and the Georgian Bay Métis Council.
  • Cultivates relationships with the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre, Georgian Bay Native Women’s Association, Métis Nation of Ontario, Rama First Nation and Georgina Island First Nation.
  • Works collaboratively with MCC tenants.
  • Develops relationships with community not-for-profit organizations as well as local museums, attractions, the Culture Alliance, and funders, sponsors and donors.


  • Passion, enthusiasm, and commitment to arts, culture, and community partnerships with the desire to work in a creative and inclusive environment.
  • Understanding and expertise of Indigenous history, traditions, cultures and issues.
  • Work experience in running a gallery a space or running art exhibitions or Post-secondary education in Fine Arts, Art History, Museum and Curatorial Studies, Arts Management, will be considered. Education in other specializations or equivalent work experience will be considered.
  • Experience overseeing logistics, scheduling, marketing and promotion, and funding of not-for-profit visual art gallery.
  • Demonstrated experience curating exhibitions which include and/or highlight Indigenous artists and working with Indigenous communities.
  • Exceptional oral, written and editing skills, as well as organization, time-management and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent marketing and promotional skills, including social media.
  • Experience and knowledge of technical and aesthetic dimensions of exhibition installation.
  • Knowledge of proper physical handling of works of art of diverse media, as well as temporary storage.

Working Conditions

  • Normal work week is 20 hours, with the requirement to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • This position includes periods of seated work as well as the physical installation of exhibition elements and gallery preparation (wall patching, painting, lighting). Tours of the exhibitions and leading educational experiences is also involved.
  • The Gallery Programming Coordinator is expected to attend monthly Gallery Programming Committee meetings and may be requested to attend MCC Board of Directors meetings and/or special events on occasion.

Additional Information

Pay - $22.38/hr at 20 hrs a week on a 1 year contract with potential for renewal.

Applications will be received via email only.

Submit application by 4 p.m. on March 15, 2024, via email to the attention of Dan Broome, Executive Director.

We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted.


The Midland Cultural Centre is an equal opportunity employer, valuing diversity in the workplace. We are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment where all employees, volunteers and members of the community feel valued, respected, supported and welcomed. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the public and the communities in which we live and serve.

The Midland Cultural Centre is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in the compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

The Midland Cultural Centre acknowledges that the land on which we gather is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Ojibway/Chippewa and Potawatomi peoples, and is the ancestral home of the Huron-Wendat Nation.

Work remotely

  • No

Job Types: Part-time, Contract
Contract length: 12 months

Pay: $22.38 per hour

Expected hours: 20 per week

Work remotely:

  • No

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 2024-03-15