Hamilton Fringe

Now in its 18th season, the Hamilton Fringe creates a platform for independent, emerging, and established theatre artists in Hamilton.

Community Curators Circle

Hamilton Fringe COMMUNITY CURATORS CIRCLE

Call for Members

Hamilton Fringe is looking for five (5) performing arts (dance, theatre, performance art, spoken word, etc.) makers and/or supporters to join its first-ever Community Curators Circle (CCC). Members of the CCC will help with programming a series of performances happening this summer called Fringe All-Access.

The CCC will consist of three (3) to five (5) paid members working with Hamilton Fringe staff. People working with disabilities (visible and/or invisible, physical and/or mental), those who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of colour), LGBTQQIP2SAA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, Two-Spirit, Androgynous, Asexual), and members of other groups experiencing barriers to equal access, opportunities, and resources will be given priority.

Each member of the Circle will receive an honorarium of $250 for a total commitment of four meetings.

What is the Community Curators Circle?

All ticketed shows programmed by Hamilton Fringe Festival are picked randomly through a lottery. However, the festival’s stage at our outdoor gathering space (the Fringe Club) includes performances directly chosen––or curated––by Hamilton Fringe.

The Community Curators Circle (CCC) is Hamilton Fringe’s way of bringing arts enthusiasts in the wider community into the decision-making process behind our non-lotteried artistic programming at the Fringe Club. The goal is to offer programming that better reflects the audiences we seek to serve.

New in 2021, the Community Curators Circle (CCC) will choose five (5) performing arts companies/artists from Hamilton and surrounding areas to be included in the Fringe All-Access series taking place on our outdoor stage at John Rebecca Park during the Hamilton Fringe Festival this July.

Fringe All-Access shows will be presented in such a way as to offer access to as wide an array of people as possible. The series of shows will include relaxed performances (allowing for audience movement during shows, eating, etc.) to promote audience comfort and accommodate neuro-divergent youth and adults, as well as ASL interpretation at select performances.

The total time commitment for members is four (4) meetings lasting no more than two (2) hours each. Meetings will be held virtually and/or in person at the Hamilton Fringe offices at 41 King William Street (space is wheelchair accessible):

  • Meeting 1 (Late April 2021) – Define committee mandate and working procedures. Define goals for Fringe All-Access programming and accessibility.
  • Meeting 2 (Early May 2021) – Choose a short-list of no more than fifteen (15) potential companies/artists for possible inclusion in Fringe All-Access.
  • Meeting 3 (Late May 2021) – Choose five (5) companies for inclusion in Fringe All-Access.
  • Meeting 4 (Sept 2021) – Post-mortem discussion and planning for future goals.

We are seeking people with:

  • Paid or unpaid experience in the arts, especially the performing arts (ex: creators, makers, artists, arts administrators, etc.)
  • Paid or unpaid experience in arts curation or organizing gatherings (ex: putting bands together for a show, choosing photos for an exhibit, organizing a flash mob, creating a DJ setlist, etc.)
  • A desire to build and engage with your community.
  • Positive energy and an eagerness to collaborate with all members of the CCC.

Applicants experiencing barriers to equal access, opportunities, and resources will be given priority.

Outreach and selection of membership in the CCC will be done in collaboration with an experienced Equity, Diversity & Inclusion consultant as part of our Equity Initiative funded by the Hamilton Community Foundation.

Are you interested in being a voice at the table? Applying is easy. Just CLICK HERE to fill out the form and submit it before 9pm EST Monday, April 19th, 2021.

Alternate link: https://form.jotform.com/210873961139057

The Community Curators Circle and Fringe All-Access are funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Hamilton Community Foundation.