C Board of Directors
Call for Members
C The Visual Arts Foundation, publisher of C Magazine, is seeking dynamic and devoted Board members to lead and represent the organization. C’s Board of Directors hires leadership staff, approves strategic direction and goals, organizational policies, and operating budgets. As a board member, you will practice collective leadership to facilitate the work of C Magazine, its staff and contributors.
C is committed to transparency and principles of anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and inclusion and puts these principles into practice at all levels of the organization. Please see our Equity and Accessibility policies for more information on our commitments.
We welcome applicants of any age or background and encourage applications from energetic and committed individuals (with or without prior Board experience) who have a deep interest in or are contributors to the visual arts community in Canada and C Magazine.
Board membership is voluntary. Board members do not receive financial compensation or another benefit. According to their means, board members support the organization and maintain a subscription to C Magazine during their tenure. Board members have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of C and must declare any potential conflict of interest as they arise.
Prospective Board members should have a passion for contemporary visual art and culture, and several of the following general qualifications:
▪ Capacity to contribute time and resources to C Magazine’s mission and its Board
▪ Excellent communication and collaborative skills
▪ Fundraising abilities, connections to sources of private or public support
▪ Leadership in the non-profit sector
▪ Strategic thinking and planning skills
▪ Strong community ties
C is seeking Board members with one or more of the following areas of expertise:
▪ Accessibility, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
▪ Accounting and Financial Management
▪ Artist in practice
▪ Arts Administration, Publishing
▪ Arts Writing, Curation, Editorial
▪ Community Building, Stewardship
▪ Governance, Human Resource and Legal
▪ Marketing and Communications
▪ Sponsorship and Fundraising
With a view to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, access and inclusivity
▪ Serve a 3-year term, sitting on committees
▪ Attend up to 8 meetings per year in person or virtually
▪ Attend and support C Magazine events
▪ Oversee the financial and health of the organization
▪ Steward C’s mandate, governance and supporters
▪ Support and mentor staff and fellow Board members
▪ Work with staff to develop and implement policies
▪ Activate personal and professional networks
▪ Participate in fundraising, including facilitation of sponsorships and donations
▪ Facilitate community and local partnerships
▪ Represent and support C’s mandate and vision in diverse communities across the GTA, Canada and internationally
For more information, please see the FAQ below.
C is an equal opportunity employer that uses an Affirmative Action Program to actively increase the representation of equity-seeking groups in the art sector, with current priority given to Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour, deaf, mad and disabled and 2SLGBTQIAP persons. If you identify as a member of one of these groups, you may voluntarily self-identify using the self-identification form found at self-id.cmagazine.com; only those who self-identify can benefit from the C Affirmative Action Procedures. All applicants are assessed based on their merits; Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
C Magazine is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment and providing accommodation for those who require it. Please let us know of any accommodation we may provide at any point during the application or selection process. If contacted for an interview, please communicate if you require accommodation.
Please send a confidential statement of interest along with your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
C Magazine, established in 1984, is a contemporary art and criticism periodical that functions as a forum for significant ideas in art and its contexts. Each issue explores a theme that is singularly engaged with emerging and prevailing perspectives through original art writing, criticism and artists’ projects. Our content focuses on the activities of contemporary art practitioners residing in Canada and Canadian practitioners living abroad—with an emphasis on those from Black, Indigenous, diasporic and other equity-seeking communities—as well as on international practices and dialogues. We are committed to facilitating meaningful, pluralistic, interdisciplinary, historically-engaged and imaginative conversations about art.
C readers are visual arts professionals and those with a keen interest in the forms, content and meaning of contemporary art – including artists, curators, art writers and critics, dealers, educators, students, consultants and art collectors.
C Magazine is published three times each year by C The Visual Arts Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization established to present ideas, advance education and document contemporary visual art and artist culture. C features the work of more than 200 writers and presenters each year in the magazine and related projects.
Diversity, Equity Access and Inclusion
C Magazine acknowledges that the majority of discourses pertaining to contemporary visual art have been informed by Western European thought, values and practices. The inclusion of perspectives from diverse groups is central to the vitality of contemporary art, art criticism, its communities and more broadly, society. Please see our policies and procedures.
C Board FAQ:
1. What kind of experience are you looking for in a Board Member?
Members are contemporary art “stakeholders,” and may have one or more of the following professions or practical experiences, though we value many other experiences not listed:
- Publishing operations (magazine or other)
- Editorial (magazine or other)
- Professional art practice (cross-disciplinary, emphasis on visual arts)
- Art education (teaching, public programming, related knowledge)
- Critical writing (and related research practices)
- Curation (and related research practices)
- Arts administrator (grants, operations, technology)
- Business director (finance, planning, HR)
- Fundraising (donor and sponsor relations)
- Lawyer (contract, employment, copyright, governance)
- Philanthropist, collector
2. How many new members are you looking for?
We aim for a steady group of 9 to 13 members, and aim to add 5 to 7 new members in 2022.
3. Do you have specific equity, diversity, and inclusion targets?
Our equity, diversity, and inclusion target, to be maintained over a two year period, calls for minimum 50% of appointed members to self-identify as BIPOC, and minimum 60% as BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIPA+, deaf, mad and disabled. These goals also apply to staff hires, and to contributors to the magazine and related programming.
4. Are Board Members involved in editorial or programming work? Can Board Members write for C Magazine?
Our board and its individual members are at arms-length from commissioning and editing the magazine—in fact, because of this separation, you will be able to pitch to write for the magazine. Our board has a standing Educational Program committee that advises in all relevant areas, and occasionally contributes to programming.
5. How will my talents be used? How will I contribute?
Directors must attend 75% of meetings each year.
Directors join minimum two committees, including one standing committee, and one other standing or ad-hoc committee. All members participate in the annual Fundraising Auction in some manner.
Standing committees: the Executive; Educational Program; Equity committees.
HR; Finance; and Nominations Executive sub-committees must include members of the Executive, along with others.
The board recruits, nominates, and selects new members each year.
The board hires the Executive Director, and Board Members will also sit on various hiring committees.
Directors are asked to donate, subscribe, or engage others in doing so, raising $250-$500 per year, each according to their means.
6. How frequent and how long are meetings?
- We have a schedule of 6 full board meetings annually.
- Currently, we meet at 5:30pm ET (on Zoom) or 1.5 (to max. 2) hours.
- We aim to accommodate our members’ various locations.