Storyteller, Public Programming & Learning (3 positions)

Contract Part Time @Toronto Biennial of Art in Arts & Entertainment
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  • Post Date : April 2, 2024
  • Apply Before : April 22, 2024
  • Salary: CA$35.00 - CA$35.00 / Hourly
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  • Job ID 33985

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About TBA 

The Toronto Biennial of Art’s (TBA) mission is to make contemporary art accessible to everyone. A ten-week event every two years, the Biennial commissions artists to create new works for a city-wide exhibition in dialogue with Toronto’s diverse local contexts. Year-round public and learning programs bridge Biennials and invite intergenerational audiences to explore the ideas that inspire our events. Building upon past editions and offering new ways of seeing and listening, each Biennial connects people to spark meaningful dialogues and imagine new futures. The next edition of the Biennial takes place from September 21–December 1, 2024.

For detailed information on the impact of the first Biennial, please read the 2022 Evaluation Report. TBA is committed to transparency and to principles of anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and inclusion and is putting these principles into practice at all levels of the organization. Please see TBA’s Statements of Accountability for more information.

Position Overview:

Job Title: Storyteller, Public Programming & Learning (3 positions)

Role Type: Part Time Contract, set dates, with regular weekend hours and Friday shifts

Location: Various TBA sites across the city of Toronto.

Contract Length:

  • June 2024 – Various training sessions, averaging 6 hours of paid training plus prep
  • August to September 2024 – various training sessions, averaging 12 hours of paid training plus prep
  • September 21 to December 1, 2024 – active Biennial season Public Storytelling Sessions, averaging 20 hours per week, weekends and Fridays (with the possibility of additional hours depending on need per location)


  • $300 flat fee for independent preparation and research
  • $35/hour for all training, workshops, walkthroughs, and Storytelling sessions

 Application Deadline:  April 22, 2024

The Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA) Storytelling program is seeking 3 Storytellers to mediate contemporary art through modes of interpreting, informing, narrating and embodying. Comprising a series of guided sessions, spot tours, and conversations with visitors, the Storytelling program will engage intergenerational audiences with the artworks and contexts around TBA 2024 to ensure enriching visitor experiences.

As part of their guided tours, Storytellers are invited to develop personal responses—grounded in their own pedagogic and artistic practice—to the Biennial in relation to questions and perspectives surfacing from the exhibition works and sites; these responses may include facilitated conversations, activities or workshops readings, performances, and more. Visiting community groups, families and members of the public will be invited to learn through the many voices and languages that Storytellers bring.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Attend all training sessions (see details under “Desired availability”).
  • Research TBA exhibition content and artworks to inform Storytelling Sessions (guided tours and spot tours) and facilitate meaningful engagement with visitors within the exhibition spaces.
  • Develop and conduct dynamic Storytelling Sessions for varied groups of intergenerational visitors, depending on Storyteller’s interests, experiences, and prac
  • Mediate complex conversations that may arise from exhibition content with visitors, using sensitivity and care, as addressed in the Training & Workshops.
  • Work closely with the Public Programming & Learning team to keep track of scheduling, reporting and feedback.

 Desired availability:

  • Training for up to 6 hours in June 2024 (exact dates to be confirmed):
    • Accessibility
    • Equity, Anti-Oppression and De-escalation
    • Visual Description
  • Training for up to 6 hours in August 2024 (exact dates to be confirmed)
    • Indigenous Pedagogy
    • I.S.E. Edutainment Pedagogy
    • Mobile Arts Curriculum
  • Training for up to 6 hours in September 2023
    • Walking Tours
    • Exhibition/Curatorial Walkthroughs
  • Weekly Storytelling sessions including weekend and Friday shifts at various TBA exhibition sites in Toronto beginning September 21, 2024, totalling a minimum of 20 hours per week per Storyteller until December 1, 2024.
  • Additional independent time to study and prep exhibition and artist materials as needed.
  • Additional private tours on an as-needed basis and according to Storyteller availability.

Desired qualifications:

  • Approaches all work with a commitment to anti-oppression and equity.
  • Ability to work with volunteers and support staff, delegating and as a team member.
  • Strong interest in contemporary art, collective learning, education, and social justice. Multi-media/modal artists with their own practice are desired.
  • Facilitation experience in an educational, narrational, and/or pedagogical setting with intergenerational groups of various backgrounds, with attention, sensitivity and care. Experience working with elementary school children and youth is an asset.
  • Ability to move between exhibition spaces, sites and floors, and for long periods of time, facilitating large groups.
  • Strong time management and self-organization skills.
  • Proficiency in English is an asset. The capacity to conduct Storytelling sessions in multiple languages and/or ASL interpretation is welcome.
  • Openness to experimentation in mediation and group facilitation techniques.
  • Up-to-date Vulnerable Sector Screening will be required.

To Apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Storyteller, Public Programming & Learning” by April 22, 2024. Please indicate where you saw this posting. Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Toronto Biennial of Art is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all of our work. We work proactively to be fair and equitable in practice and welcome applications from all qualified individuals. We encourage those who identify as women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, persons of colour, individuals of non-conforming gender and sexual orientations, and all groups protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code to apply. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to Toronto Biennial of Art.

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