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Varley McKay Art Foundation of Markham

Varley McKay Art Foundation of Markham

The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham supports the Varley Art Gallery of Markham through its activities and investments. The Foundation supports art acquisitions, conservation of the art collection, educational programs, exhibition research and an energetic volunteer program.

The primary sources of funds are the McKay endowment proceeds for education and art acquisitions and our two main annual fundraising events: Homes for the Holidays House Tour in November and the Fine Art Auction in May.

Proceeds are applied to our volunteer program, art conservation, exhibition research, art acquisitions and educational program development.

By supporting the Foundation you can build on our successes of great exhibitions, art of the highest quality and innovative public programs.

Keywords: Arts and Culture , Art Centres , Art



Varley McKay Art Foundation of Markham
216 Main Street Unionville, Markham, ON L3R2H1

Varley McKay Art Foundation of Markham url http://www.visitthevarley.com/

Varley McKay Art Foundation of Markham Phone Number 905-477-7000

Varley McKay Art Foundation of Markham Email address fdauphinais@markham.ca



Volunteer Information for Varley McKay Art Foundation of Markham

Do you have any age requirements?
Minimum age is 14 years old.

All volunteer applicants must complete a screening procedure encompassing:
1. Application
2. Interview process
3. Reference checks
4. Orientation Training Session

Additionally, Docents and Studio Monitors are required to complete a Police Vulnerable Sector Screening.


Do you require language proficiency other than in English?
French


What time commitment(s) are you expecting from a volunteer?
Various depending on the volunteer opportunity.


Are there any specific skills and experience required?
Studio Monitors - recommended experience with visual arts and working with children

Docents - experience in Art and/or Art History and/or education is required. Public speaking skills. Ability to work with large groups of children, youth or adults.


What type of volunteer positions are typically available?
Docents - Docents lead visitors on an interactive, discussion-based tour of the exhibition. Docents are expected to be up to date with new exhibition information (provided by the Education Coordinator), and expected to contribute information at scheduled training sessions.

Studio Monitor Volunteers - The Varley Art Gallery offers many hands-on art classes and camps for the community to experience art. These classes are engaging, inspirational and educational in nature, and allow our students to deepen their appreciation and understanding of Canadian art as well as to explore their passion in art.

These classes are available for children (4-12 years old), teenagers (13-16 years old) and adults based on the following schedule:
Winter program (January - March)
March Break Camp for children (mid-March)
Spring program (March - June)
Summer Camp for children (July - August)
Fall program (September - December)
Winter Break Camp for children (end of December - early January)
Birthday parties and other holiday events

Studio Monitor volunteers assist our instructors for children's programs and birthday parties.

General Interest / Special Events Volunteers -
Each year the Varley-McKay Art Foundation and the Varley Art Gallery host different events to fundraise and to promote art in the community. They include:
The Varley Fine Art Auction in May
Garden in White Dinner Party in July
Markham-Unionville Homes for the Holidays House Tour in November
Exhibition Opening Receptions (January, May, September)
Community Outreach Programs during public holidays (eg. Family Day, Canada Day, Simcoe Day and Labour Day)
Pecha Kucha Night
Special concerts and lectures in conjunction with the exhibition

All these events would not be as successful without the help from our general interest / special events volunteers.

As a special events volunteer, your responsibilities may involve:
Setting up and closing down venues
Preparing and serving food and drinks
Setting up and monitoring silent auction stations
Promotion and outreach
Preparing materials for art-related activities
Greeting our guests and providing information / direction as needed


Do you provide training for volunteers?
Docents - Future docents attend docent training sessions, introducing them to the permanent art collection and basic tour techniques. Docents in training will then observe a few tours and research the topics covered in their training.

Studio Monitors - City of Markham Volunteer Orientation Workshop plus site-specific and material-specific training.

General Interest Volunteers - City of Markham Volunteer Orientation Workshop plus event-specific and duty-specific on the job training.


How will a person benefit from volunteering with Varley McKay Art Foundation of Markham?
Volutneering at the Varley Art Gallery is a challenging opportunity. It is an excellent way to learn more about art and education, in a cultural environment, while interacting with the public and being an important part of a like-minded team. Recognition items are rewarded in accordance with the City of Markham Recreation Department guidelines.

Reference letters may be provided.

Volunteering may lead to an employment opportunity.


Do you accept high school students?
Yes.




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