Native Earth Performing ArtsNative Earth Performing Arts Inc. (NEPA Inc.) is dedicated to the expression of the Native experience through theatre arts. Its mandate is to provide a base for professional Native performers, writers, technicians and other artists, encourage the use of theatre as a form of communication within the Native community, including the use of Native languages, communicate to our audiences the experiences that are unique to Native people in contemporary society and to contribute to the further development of theatre in Canada. Native Earth Performing Arts Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization that enables Native actors, writers, designers, directors and technicians to work together to produce quality theatre that is vital to their development as artists and to their identity as Native people. Native Earth Performing Arts is dedicated to creating, developing and producing professional artistic expression of the Aboriginal experience in Canada through theatre, dance and multi-disciplinary work, new script development, apprenticeships and internships.
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Volunteer Information for Native Earth Performing Arts
What services does your organization provide?
The company is run according to seven traditional teachings or principles:
- STRENGTH OF CHARACTER
These principles serve as a kind of prime directive for everyone who works for us or with us. All decisions taken in achieving what we strive for - artistic excellence, opportunity to develop new voices, to support established voices, to be visible, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally ? happen within this framework, making (we hope) Native Earth a safe, supportive, ambitious, insistent place to create.
We are striving to connect on a deeper level with our communities. The Community Liaison reaches into communities, offering workshops, touring shows, resources, school matinees. She maintains a profile for the Company at a multiplicity of events in Toronto and Ontario. We are partnering with more and more of our colleagues - Theatre Centre, Onelight Theatre, Turtle Gals, Magnus Theatre, Factory Theatre, National Arts Centre - on more and more diverse projects. We are staking our place, touring regionally, nationally and internationally.
We are striving to identify and nurture new voices through such work as the Young Voices programs and community outreach, while insisting on the highest standards achieveable. We are honouring our roots and traditions as well as integrating them into our contemporary artistic practice.
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible, Jonathan Swift said. Native Earth insists on being visible, on making our artists, our work, seen, our voices heard.
Do you have any age requirements?
Do you require language proficiency other than in English?
English is required and all other languages are considered an asset.
What time commitment(s) are you expecting from a volunteer?
Any time they can generously donate to Native Earth Performing Arts. There is no minimum, as any help is a huge help!
Are there any other requirements for being a volunteer?
Be willing to volunteer!
Are there any specific skills and experience required?
All skills are considered an asset.
What type of volunteer positions are typically available?
Under the direction of the Community Liaison, review, revise and maintain a current and accurate database.
- Enter artist info from contracts
- Research existing entries for accuracy (see ACT section of Reference Binder)
- Input changes arising from returned mail and bounced emails
- Archive grant history by entering data from applications and reports
Under the direction of the designated event coordinator, provide event staffing in the following capacities:
- Ushers at theatre
- Booth staffing at trade shows (ie. Pow wow)
- Box office / front of house
- Merchandise table
- Set-up /strike
Under the direction of the Administrator, support office staff in the following tasks:
- Typing / transcribing
- Formatting show histories
- Scanning archival materials
- Assist with direct mailings
Provide support to staff as appropriate in your area of expertise, eg:
- Legal (contract or litigation)
- Graphic Design
- Website Design and Maintenance
Is there any training provided for volunteers?
Any tasks that are difficult to complete will be paired with a very capable Native Earth staff who will train the volunteer to the best of their abilities.
What are the typical volunteer activities occurring at your organization?
Clerical duties, assisting staff in office, working on shows in upcoming season, research for various subjects relating to the Aboriginal Arts Community.
How will a person benefit from volunteering with Native Earth Performing Arts?
Each volunteer has the opportunity to grow with the company and become more experienced and connected to the Aboriginal Arts Community. Volunteers also have the opportunity to share their strengths and talents along with gaining more experience in their field.
Do you accept high school students?
Yes! All volunteers are welcome!