Supercrawl Productions, a not-for-profit corporation, is seeking engaged and committed individuals to join its Board of Directors. Supercrawl Productions looks to reflect its vibrant community and dynamic arts ecosystem and welcomes applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds.
Supercrawl is Hamilton’s premier multi-arts festival, fusing new and independent music with art installations, fashion, performance, literature, theatre, and artisanal craft. Supercrawl’s diverse multidisciplinary program of sound, performance, visual and media arts is staged along a pedestrian-only creative corridor in the heart of downtown.
A not-for-profit arts organization, Supercrawl is committed to honouring, showcasing and celebrating all varieties of creative work, positioning local and emerging artists alongside significant provincial, national and international peers. The festival fosters and promotes arts and culture as well as the myriad benefits they provide.
A dynamic team of Hamilton artists and community builders founded Supercrawl in 2009 out of a desire to expand on the promise of James Street North’s monthly Art Crawl. Over its first decade, Supercrawl has successfully evolved from a modest arts-based single-day occurrence to a multi-day event with national/international profile and attendance. The festival has gone from a one-day celebration on a single block to a weekend-long experience encompassing over two kilometres of downtown streets, with attendance growing steadily from 3,000 to 250,000 in that time. In addition to its namesake free festival weekend, Supercrawl Productions also produces ticketed concerts and events throughout the year.
Supercrawl 2019 resulted in an economic impact of more than $20 million (calculated using the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport’s Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model). More importantly, festival audiences left with renewed conviction of the power of the arts and convinced of Hamilton’s cultural vitality.
Supercrawl was shortlisted for a 2019 Ontario Tourism Award of Excellence for Tourism Event of the Year and 2017 Canadian Tourism Award for Event of the Year. The festival received the 2015 Ontario Tourism Award of Excellence for Tourism Event of the Year and has been recognized as one of Festival and Events Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals/Events for five consecutive years (2015-2019). Supercrawl is a member organization of the Major International Festivals and Events Network of Ontario, the Canadian Music Live Association, and Festivals and Events Ontario.
Supercrawl is a Keychange associate festival.
Supercrawl forges spaces of common ground and creative expression.
To foster meaningful experiences that promote the discovery of arts and culture, connect communities, and celebrate creators.
Community: We serve Hamilton and believe in the power of our community.
Diversity: We are committed to the principles of inclusion and equality.
Discovery: We encourage creative exploration and cultural curiosity.
Sustainability: We will share local products and minimize our environmental footprint.
Integrity: We value trust and promise to be open, honest, and ethical in all that we do.
What We Are Seeking
The organization is looking for inspired individuals who value the importance that culture plays in building a community; are passionate about supporting local creators and expanding access to the arts; can bring compelling experience and background to the task of governance; are prepared to support the organization’s outreach initiatives; and understand they share a fiduciary responsibility in the operational health of the organization.
All candidates should demonstrate a passion for arts and culture. Practicing artists and those with diverse roles in the creative industries are encouraged to apply. Previous board experience or experience with non-profit arts organizations will be considered an asset. Nominees should bring knowledge and/or skills in one or more areas of governance and leadership; cultural planning, strategic planning, event management, collaborative partnerships, fundraising and development, fiscal oversight, community outreach and engagement, marketing and communications, advocacy, human resources, policy, and law.
Candidates must be community-minded and possess good communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work collegially and collaboratively is essential. Nominees must be able to work in a team-oriented environment.
Description of the Role
Board membership requires dedication and commitment to the unique aims and purpose of Supercrawl Productions. Directors are required to act in good faith and in the best interests of Supercrawl Productions, to formally declare any real or perceived conflicts of interest, and to abide by the not-for-profit by-laws, as well as its policies with regard to conflict of interest and confidentiality.
The term of Directors will be two (2) years, with an option to renew for an additional term. Meetings will be held at Supercrawl Productions offices (97 James St. N., Hamilton, ON) approximately six (6) times annually, with members serving on the Board of Directors and overseeing the governance of the not-for-profit.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate adequate time available to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of a board position and prepared to fulfill their role in a volunteer capacity without compensation. Candidates must be eighteen (18) or more years of age.
Supercrawl Productions is committed to providing and maintaining a work environment in which all staff contractors and volunteers are free from workplace harassment, sexual harassment and discrimination as prohibited by the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Collaboration, diversity and inclusion are foundational principles of Supercrawl, reflected in the goals of the event to be barrier free; in the wide range of accessible programming and through engagement of the broadest possible publics and participants. Supercrawl is committed to equity; building diverse and inclusive governance, volunteer teams and workforce; and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.
Deadline for Expressions of Interest
This call for nominees will be open until Monday February 10, 2020 at (9:00 am ET) and thereafter be reviewed by a committee comprised of board members and staff. Selected candidates will be invited to participate in a meeting so both parties may determine suitability for the Board role and successful individuals will be voted into the Supercrawl Board of Directors at the organization’s annual general meeting on Wednesday April 22, 2020. Interested candidates should respond with a letter of expression and résumé or curriculum vitae through this application portal.