Volunteer In Culture: Getting Engaged with Toronto's Cultural Institutions

Posted: 2014-09-29 10:37:18 PM by work in culture editor | with 0 comments

We are excited to be partnering, along with the Toronto Fringe, with Hot Docs as they host their first Volunteer Fair: Volunteer in Culture! This is an exciting opportunity for anyone in the Toronto area looking to get involved in a volunteer capacity with local cultural organizations. We spoke with Alicks Girowski, Volunteer Manager at Hot Docs, about their innovative new project to get folks involved in arts & culture volunteerism.

WorkInCulture: Why did Hot Docs decide to do a volunteer fair?
Alicks Girowski: Hot Docs, in partnership with WorkInCulture and the Toronto Fringe, have been immersed in the cultural sector in Toronto for years. Every cultural organization looks for volunteers for an event or year-round assistance and we thought it would be beneficial to provide multiple opportunities for interested people in Toronto to attend an event where a few organizations present their volunteer opportunities in a dynamic way. Volunteer in Culture will feature eight organizations from different areas of the cultural sector, giving the audience a great look at the variety of events that take place in our city. From film festivals and historic museums to music and sports and recreation, each organization brings a different flavour to Toronto and we want to showcase that variety to our attendees. It’s a great way to come to one event and get information about a variety of cultural organizations.

WIC: What can people expect to get from attending?
Attendees can expect a one hour session that encompasses a quick presentation from all eight organizations. We are making it quick and easy but also providing an opportunity, after the presentation, for attendees to approach each organization and get their questions answered. Each presenter will have a booth set up where they will be handing out more info and getting people signed up for their upcoming events. This will be a great time for anyone who attends to ask any questions they might have had during the presentation. Did I mention that attendees get to hang around at the historical Bloor Hot Docs Cinema after the event for a free screening of a Hot Docs film festival hit? Anyone who comes out gets to stay and watch Art and Craft, a perfect pairing for volunteers would want to get involved in culture. 

WIC: What is most significant about the partners and the groups that are in attendance and presenting?
As I mentioned before, I think all of our presenters really offer a different slice of culture in Toronto. They also range in size; from the tens of thousands of volunteers needed for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games to the handful of dedicated volunteers needed for the Tollkeeper’s Cottage, everyone at Volunteer in Culture will find their own niche. We do really want to thank the Toronto Fringe and WorkInCulture for all of their guidance and support on this first time event. We hope to make it an annual event and with the wonderful organizations that are presenting, I think this event will definitely stick around for a while. For more info, check out the website for a list of all participating organizations.

For more information, visit www.hotdocs.ca/about/employment_and_volunteer_opportunities



Saturday, October 4 - 10:30am - Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

506 Bloor Street W - Toronto, Ontario