Committees

Basic committee rules:

  • Each committee must have a Chair who is in charge of organizing and recording meetings
  • The Chair of each committee must be a board member (that way said board member can relay information and reports from committee meetings to the board and vice versa)
  • There is a formal process for joining certain committees which require certain levels of experience/education from its members

Programming Committee

The Programming Committee meets three or four times per year to make programming decisions about the Visiting Artist Program and the Don Wright Memorial Scholarship. They plan and create the calls for submissions, review applications, and decide on which artists are programmed. The committee mainly consists of visuals artists in the St. John’s art community. If you are interested in joining the Programming Committee please click here and fill out the form. If you have any questions email stmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com

Guest Juror, Programming Committee

The Programming Committee has recently began to invite guest jurors for helping to decide on either the Visiting Artist Program selected artists or the Don Wright Scholarship selected artist. If you are interested in being a guest juror, please email stmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com with the subject heading “Interest in Guest Juror Role.”

Studio Committee

The Studio Committee has discussions and makes decisions on anything related to the way the print studio functions. To be part of this committee, you need to actively use or have a history of using the SMP studio as a renter. This committee tackles the nitty gritty side of the print studio. Additionally, we are hoping to expand the scope of the studio committee to look/plan small events in the studio such as ‘open studio nights’. If you are interested joining the Studio Committee, please click here and fill out the form. If you have any questions email stmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com

Fundraising & Special Events Committee

SMP at Raymonds Restaurant in 2019 for “A Fine Art Auction Affair”

The Fundraising Committee plans fundraisers and special events for St. Michael’s Printshop. This committee can be comprised of anyone who is interested in helping plan and execute events that will help raise money and visibility for the printshop and for its members. You don’t need previous experience to join this committee, but all experience is welcome. This committee is one of the most hands on committees in terms of the types of jobs you might end up doing as a member – ie. you could go from helping plan the event to helping run it (ie. setting up / taking down for events, coordinating volunteers, helping visitors, managing cashbox/payments, etc). If you are interested in joining the Fundraising & Special Events Committee please click here and fill out the form. If you have any questions email stmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com

Anti-Oppression Committee

In light of recent events, and as a step toward goals to diversify, which SMP has long held but not yet delivered on, the board and ED propose the formation of a committee that will be dedicated to dismantling white supremacy and other forms of oppression such as: racism, homophobia, xenophobia, ableism, colonialism, capitalism, heterosexism, gender based discrimination, ageism, islamophobia. This requires research and action on the part of the committee and enthusiastic cooperation of staff, board, and members. Below is a short list of what some first steps could look like. 

This committee recognizes that as we educate ourselves there will be a need to change and add to our mandate and the scope of the committee’s goals. This document may be reviewed and altered at any time upon the request of any member of the community. 

1. The committee works on an anti-oppression mandate as well as to come up with ideas on how to identify and make structural changes to institutional racism in our organization. This could look like a code of conduct in the short run, that will be posted in the shop and sent to members, and will eventually develop into a more in-depth basis of unity document that we will center all our activities around, that will be posted on our site, and that members will have to sign on to.

2. Actively work to centre and support BIPOC and 2SLGBTQIA artists. This will be done in consultation with the programming committee by programming artists from these communities as well as inviting artists in to the shop to give (paid) workshops and talks. This could also look like a BIPOC specific Artist in Residence program (paid according to CARFAC fees). 

3. Organize and hold events that are designed to educate our members as well as the public at large at identifying racism and white supremacy and working to dismantle it. This could take the form of informal events in the shop such as an anti-oppression training, anti-racist book club, discussion group, political print club, etc… 

Purpose:

  • To develop and implement strategies to dismantle white supremacy and other oppressive systems within the organization while centering on QTBIPOC folks through programming.
  • Be a safe place for members, staff, public, etc. to voice concerns about SMP space/people/etc. and work towards resolutions in such instances.

Composition:

  • A minimum of four members appointed by consensus of the committee.
  • One of these members shall be Chairperson/liaison of the committee.
  • The Chairperson/liaison shall also be a member of the Board of Directors.

Meetings:

  • The Anti-Oppression committee will meet monthly or more when needed.
  • The Chairperson will call meetings at least two weeks in advance.
  • Meetings are open to the community and will be advertised to members at least one week in advance.
  • Any vote that takes place will be consensus-based and anonymous. 
  • Quorum will constitute four members. 
  • The Anti-Oppression committee can report to the Board of Directors and/or HR committee during in camera sessions.

We are looking for members to join this committee, if you are interested fill out click here and fill out the form.

Human Resources Committee

The Human Resources Committee meets on an as-need basis to check in with any issues that arise at relational levels whether that be a staff, member, or volunteer issue. This committee usually consists of mostly board members, but it invites and welcomes members of the community who have a background in Human Resources. If you are interested in joining the Human Resources Committee please email stmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com with the subject heading “Interest in Human Resources Committee.”

Other Committees

There are two more committees that form on an “as need” basis at St. Michael’s Printshop:

  • The Nomination Committee
  • The Hiring Committee

These committees are usually formed from board members and specially invited community members. The Nomination Committee looks for and vets prospective board members – and they ensure that the process for bringing new board members is done correctly according to SMP’s bylaws. The Hiring Committee meets only when SMP puts out a new job call. They compose job calls, review job applications, and manage of the hiring process.