Call for Volunteers

We’re looking for some capable, sociable people who love art, science and technology to help spread the word about the 20th Annual Subtle Technologies festival, and to help host our workshops in May and June. Volunteers will meet and work with the artists, scientists and innovators who create the festival’s content, and will get free access to some ticketed events. It’s a great way to get involved!

The Subtle Technologies Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with the theme Food, Farms and Future Ecologies, exploring the radical potential of hybrid frameworks for art, science and technology to redefine our understanding of cultivation, consumption and the interdependence of life on our planet.

[Roles]

Before the festival

POSTCARD DISTRIBUTION

2 volunteers

Description and Details:

You’ll be delivering promotional postcards to businesses and organizations around the city of Toronto. A list of locations will be provided, and we’re hoping you’ll be able to add to this list, drawing from your knowledge of the local scene. At the end of the festival, you’ll be responsible for providing a list of places where you delivered postcards. You’ll get started right away, distribute another round of postcards early in May that will highlight the May 17th event, and continue doing occasional distribution rounds into early June.

Each of these volunteers will receive 2 tickets to Universe in a Glass, a program of animated shorts at the Gardiner Museum on May 17th, as well as complimentary registration for any one of the single-day workshops at Evergreen Brick Works in June.

Time commitments:

We estimate this will take about 2-3 hours per week for 5 weeks = 10-15 hours total

Qualifications:
Upbeat and friendly
Good communication skills
Understanding of the festival’s mandate and content
Knowledge of the city and how to get around it; having a bicycle is an asset

 
During the festival

WORKSHOP ASSISTANTS
1 person per shift
19 shifts total (18 workshops and 1 performance)

Description and Details:
At each festival workshop, the Workshop Assistant will be greeting registered participants, processing tickets purchased through Universe.com or (for some June workshops) taking cash at the door, and handing out surveys, flyers, and festival programs. You’ll be able to answer participants’ questions about the event and venue, and help the presenters as needed. You’ll also post to social media (Instagram, Twitter) about the workshop as it’s happening. You’ll be able to participate in the workshops to some extent (i.e., when you’re not assisting).

For the May workshops, this role will include helping with setup and takedown, which may involve some heavy lifting. For the June Indigenous Plants/Indigenous Histories guided hikes, assistants will need to be able to walk a fairly easy nature trail, and to be comfortable using smartphone apps.

Time commitment:
One orientation session and a minimum of one workshop (minimum ~6 hours)

Qualifications:
Friendly and personable
Organized and reliable
Understanding of the festival’s mandate and content
Good understanding of social media
Customer service experience a plus

For some events:
Basic cash handling skills
Basic tech knowledge (to help with the smartphone app)

Able to lift 40 lbs
Able to go on an easy nature hike

 
Volunteers with specialized skills

VIDEOGRAPHER
1 or 2 volunteers

This volunteer will come to some of the June workshops to shoot video. Subtle Technologies will provide an in-house editor to work with raw footage.

This is a good opportunity for a video production student looking to build a portfolio.

Each of these volunteers will receive 2 tickets to Universe in a Glass, a program of animated shorts at the Gardiner Museum on May 17th, as well as complimentary registration for any one of the single-day workshops at Evergreen Brick Works in June. Any transit or travel expenses will also be reimbursed.

Commitment:
Flexible. Ideally, you’d attend two workshops, which would take about 5 or 6 hours, plus your editing time.

Qualifications:
Must have video equipment, access to editing software, and videography shooting and editing skills.


For more information, or to sign up, contact Nadia Halim at:
volunteer@subtletechnologies.com