Call for Proposals – Power Youth: Artists-in Residence 2017


The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (TPP) seeks proposals for creative projects that provide meaningful engagement between youth in priority neighbourhoods and contemporary artists for whom community engagement is central to their practice.

TPP’s Power Youth program, an extension of our mandate, delivers contemporary art programming for youth ages 11 to17 in partnership with St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club of Weston-Mount Dennis and the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club in Regent Park.

There are TWO opportunities, each of which will see one Artist-in-Residence at each clubhouse, conducting a 15-week session facilitating the conception to creation of original artworks. These sessions must be aligned with Power Youth program goals and the core values of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.


  • Over the course of the 15 two hour sessions, conducted January to May 2017, each Artist-in-Residence will lead youth in facilitating the conception to creation of original artworks related to their lives and interests, while also making connections with TPP’s Winter 2017 Exhibitions.
  • The programs will culminate in the Power Youth Spring Exhibition, which will showcase artworks from the entire year (Fall 2016 and Winter 2017) by youth from both clubhouses and their Artists-in-Residence.
  • This educational residency does not provide personal studio space.
  • For more information, please check these links:
    * Website:
    * Facebook:
    * Instagram: @poweryouthto


  • Design and implement a 15-week session in your discipline while connecting to current exhibitions at TPP.
  • Provide leadership/mentorship for, individualized guidance to, and support for youth.
  • Work closely with the Power Youth Coordinator to design a week-to-week timeline and lead the program each week.
  • Assist and participate in leading a youth tour of TPP’s current exhibitions (week 5 or 6).


  • Artists-in-Residence will each receive an honorarium of $5,000


  • Have a good knowledge of contemporary art, art education and community engagement practices
  • Experienced as a teaching artist in a classroom/community setting
  • Able to articulate critical thinking and other creative processes in the arts
  • Excellent communicators with strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skill
  • Working artists with a strong body of work


All applicants must submit the following items by 28 October 2016 at 5pm.

Please submit application materials by email with subject “Power Youth Artist-in Residence 2017” and with attachments (.doc or .pdf) to:

Elyse Rodgers
Power Youth Coordinator

The Power Plant appreciates the interest of all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.