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Brampton's Creative Community

​​​​The Culture Master Plan sets Brampton on a strategic and intentional path to become a creative, expressive and connected urban city. Brampton is a young and diverse city full of artistic talent, creative businesses, organizations, and arts lovers and supporters. We have so much going for us, and are taking the next steps in building our shared future. 

Culture can transform cities, build communities, and improve quality of life. We’re thinking bigger about what culture can achieve in our city – but we need to know what’s important to you, what you see as our greatest strengths and opportunities, and what you think we can do better to make Brampton a culturally vibrant place. 

As we implement the strategies outlined in the Culture Master Plan, we want to hear from you. Get involved in one of our upcoming engagement opportunities below.​

Talent Development and Entrepreneurship

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Creative businesses and entrepreneurs looking for business development and support can visit the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre (BEC), a division of the Economic Development and Culture Department. Our teams recognize that creativity and business overlap in significant ways that, when properly harnessed, can unleash great cultural experiences and entrepreneurial energy.

BEC cultivates the creative entrepreneurial energy within Brampton by supporting youth, individuals, micro- and small businesses at their co-working space, 41 George St., and through the many seminars and events they host throughout the year.

Unleash your creative potential. Visit brampton.ca/bec to learn more about BEC.

Call for Applicants: Advisory Panel Members, Arts, Culture & Creative Industry Development Agency

Join us in guiding the start-up and incubation of the City of Brampton’s first-ever Arts, Culture and Creative Industry Development Agency!

‘The Arts, Culture & Creative Industry Development Agency’ will be a key partner in delivering the City’s ambitious vision for arts, culture and creative industries as articulated in the City’s strategic vision and Culture Master Plan. This organization's focus will be to incubate, grow, celebrate, advocate for and connect the sector through an innovative and forward-thinking range of programs, services and resources beginning this year.

The City of Brampton’s Culture Master Plan (2018) was created to establish a strategic path for a creative, expressive and connected urban city and the Agency and its Staff will help bring that vision to life. The Agency will begin as a project incubated in the City, with guidance and expertise of a voluntary Advisory Panel that will guide the start-up and eventual formation of an independent non-profit.

We are seeking five (5) individuals to join our start-up Advisory Panel, who will eventually form the inaugural Board of Directors for the new nonprofit.

The responsibilities for the Agency’s Advisory Panel, with the Senior Program Lead, will include overseeing the strategic and operational goals of the agency, building key relationships, working with the city and council to negotiate resources and report on progress, and form the necessary governance processes.

To fulfill this panel’s start-up mandate, we are seeking individuals who will bring the expertise, dedication, lived experience and vision to our organization. We are seeking additions to our team with a variety of specific qualifications and areas of interest and expertise including some of the following:

  • Brampton Community
    • Strong passion for the arts and interest in building the arts sector in Brampton
    • Living and/or working in Brampton, involvement in the community
    • Civic leadership
  • Organizational Experience
    • Nonprofit Governance
    • Arts & Creative Industries Sector experience
    • Entrepreneurial / start up experience
    • Government / Public Sector experience
  • Specific Areas of Expertise
    • Creative (Practicing Artist), Innovation
    • Accounting/Finance/Audit
    • HR/ Organizational Development & Operations
    • Indigenous Affairs, Relations and Representation
    • Strategic Planning & Partnerships
    • Accounting / Audit Practices, Risk & Controls
    • Community Relations & Advocacy
    • Marketing & Communications
    • Legal & Regulatory
    • Development, Fundraising & Government Relations
    • Real Estate & Development
    • IT / Digital

In addition, a familiarity with the larger arts community in Brampton as well as the GTA, and previous board experience are considered an asset. We strongly encourage the applications of local practicing artists and creatives and entrepreneurs, and individuals across ethno-cultural backgrounds and experiences in the arts, cultural and creative industry sector.

Please note: as is the norm in nonprofit governance, board directors cannot be financially compensated for their board service - therefore these are volunteer positions.

The Agency’s Advisory Panel is an engaged group, with each member expected to attend six meetings per year, proactively participate in panel work and initiatives between meetings and commit to serving a three-year term.

We are committed to BIPOC representation across the panel.

PROCESS:

The selection panel will prioritize applicants who self-identify as belonging to one (or more) of the following groups: (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Colour, Deaf Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Persons Living with Mental Illness, 2SLGBTQIAP). We strongly encourage applications from these communities and will endeavour to accommodate applicants with a disability during our process per the Ontario Human Rights Code guidelines and other applicable legislation.

This process is part of a commitment to anti-oppressive practices, equity and inclusion at the newly formed Agency within our organization and across our upcoming programs, services, and offerings. As a member of the panel, attendance at various workshops and information sessions including Anti-Oppression training will be an expectation.

Responsibilities for the Panel as part of their sub-committee work, with the Senior Program Lead includes:

  • Preparing the necessary legal, governance and operational plans in preparation for transition to an independent non-profit organization.
  • Negotiating service level and funding agreements with the City of Brampton in preparation for this transition.
  • Responsibility for oversight of and regular reporting to Council on Agency progress, transition and program/service implementation.
  • Strategic leadership and ensuring effective governance of the organization by developing and helping guide the vision, mission, strategic direction, and values of the Agency.
  • Strategic and operational oversight of the Senior Program Lead , who will be under contract to the City as a staff member of the Strategic Communications, Culture and Events division for the duration of the incubation period.
  • Ensuring the development of, and adherence to, policies that guide staff in organizational operations; fundraising and exercising fiduciary responsibility to ensure financial viability and sustainability.
  • Organizing, overseeing, and participating in fund development and fundraising activities: work with staff to identify and recruit new funders and collaborators.

Expectations for Individual Panel Members include:

  • Regular attendance at all Agency Advisory Panel meetings- at minimum 6 per year- held every two months) and all related meetings, along with a commitment to actively participate in work and additional committees as developed.
  • Being an active, informed and engaged participant in Agency matters including preparing for meetings, reviewing, and commenting on minutes and Reports, attending Agency events and training exercises and local community partner events.
  • Familiarizing yourself with the activities of the organization and the larger arts community in Brampton and neighboring municipalities, while also building a strong working relationship with fellow Agency panel advisors and Staff.
  • Participation in fundraising for the organization, and volunteering time to assist at programs and events on an as needed basis.
  • Acting as active ambassadors, promoting the values and work of the organization.

To Apply:

Please email a brief (one page maximum) statement explaining why you are interested in this position and which of the areas of interest and experience detailed are most relevant along with your CV, résumé or statement of experience and any applicable web links (in PDF format) to michael.vickers@brampton.ca with the subject heading: ATTN: Agency Advisory Panel Application

The recruitment selection committee includes the advisory panel Board Chair, Senior Program Lead, Council representative, and a staff member from the Culture department at the City of Brampton who will be conducting interviews in the 4 weeks following the application deadline. Only candidates selected for an interview and to move forward in the next phase of the process will be contacted.

Application Accessibility Support

Applicants who require additional resources, assistance or time to apply are welcome to request as such. Please request this assistance at least one week in advance of the submission deadline. To do so, or for additional information, please contact michael.vickers@brampton.ca.

Application deadline: April 30, 2021

Successful applicants will be contacted starting May 31, 2021.

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