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Call for Board Members: Arts Orillia

Arts Orillia is looking for curious, creative and astute leaders to volunteer for our Board of Directors. We are looking for enthusiastic applicants who are interested in working with us as we continue to build a dynamic arts organization that programs festivals, events, workshops and residencies to create opportunities for artists and the public to experience art in our communities.

We respect, champion and uplift under-represented voices; we strongly welcome and encourage submissions from those who self-identify as coming from marginalized communities.

Organization Description

Arts Orillia

Arts Orillia (formerly Orillia Centre for Arts + Culture) provides opportunities for diverse artistic expression. We seek to influence, startle, and inspire by engaging in powerful public encounters.


The Orillia Centre for Arts and Culture believes artists play a vital role in pointing the way to a new and better world by interpreting, engaging, and shaping cultural development through creative expression and performance. We believe in collaborative partnerships with professional artists, cultural stakeholders, schools, local businesses, and not-for-profit organizations in the service of positive cultural change.

Recent Highlights:

  • Gathering: Festival of First Nations Stories: 250 attendees and 360 youth participants in workshops over the three-day event at Rama which featured internationally celebrated First Nations authors, storytellers and presenters

  • Education series: 22 workshops hosted in Spring 2022 that spanned visual art, dance, language arts, and theatre

  • Artist Residency: Hosted emerging artists in a Dance and Design residency

  • Tomson Highway Residency for Emerging Writers (THREW)

  • New programming leadership for the 2022 Orillia Jazz Festival


  • Serve a two-year renewable term starting September 2022

  • Attend board meetings (~8 per year) + potential subcommittee meetings

  • Actively participate in the expanding mission and vision of Arts Orillia

  • Work with Creative Director to develop and implement policies and best practices.

  • Fundraising and developing sponsorships

  • Be a knowledgeable ambassador for the work Arts Orillia accomplishes and advocate for Arts Orillia within various communities


Interested prospective applicants should possess some of the following qualifications:

  • A passion for the future of the arts, both locally and on a national level.

  • Expertise in one or more of the following:

    • Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

    • Fundraising

    • Marketing

    • Grant-writing

    • Not-for-profit law

    • The Arts and Culture sector

  • Fundraising abilities and connections to sources of public and private funding for the advancement of Arts Orillia.

  • Strong and thoughtful communication and collaboration

  • Meaningful ties within artistic communities.

Additional Info

Please note: Arts Orillia is currently looking for volunteer board members only.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants are invited to send a letter of intent and CV in a single PDF file by August 15, 2022 to

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