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We are working on the formation of an 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 within the organization. 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.

1. Set up a committee to work 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 (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 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 five members appointed by the Board of Directors.·
* One of these members shall be Chairperson of the committee.·
* The Chairperson shall also be a member of the Board of Directors.
Meetings·
* The Anti-Oppression committee will meet bimonthly or more as needed.
* The Chairperson will call meetings at least one week in advance.
* The Anti-Oppression committee can report to the Board of Directors during in camera sessions if needed.
* Quorum will constitute 3 members of the committee or half of members +1, whichever is less.

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How to apply:

If interested, contact stmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com or attend our Special General Meeting on Aug 6th, 7-9 NL time.

Eventbrite Link:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/special-general-meeting-tickets…

The Board of Directors and Executive Director of St Michael’s Printshop would like to call a Special General Meeting of the membership to address several exciting and important matters. This Special General Meeting will take place on August 6th from 7-9pm NL time over the online meeting platform ZOOM. Members will be asked to register on eventbrite where they will be provided with a link to the Zoom meeting. A link to register will be added below and will also be made available on the website.

Eventbrite Link:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/special-general-meeting-tickets-110811913416

At the Special General Meeting we will:

* Give an update on exciting things happening at SMP
* Approve a method for creating a Code of Conduct for the shop, members, staff and board.
* Discuss and/or nominate candidates to the board to fill vacancies
* Form an anti-oppression committee made of members, staff, and board, that will work on decolonizing St Michael’s
* Approve wording changes to our bylaws (wording to be sent to membership two weeks prior to meeting)

Questions? Email stmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com

* Treasurer
* Secretary
* Member at Large
* Fundraising Committee Chair

** Deadline: July 31st, 2020

St. Michael’s Printshop (SMP) is currently seeking board members to serve a two or three year volunteer term (renewable) who will bring dedication, energy, and experience to the organization. We are seeking folks with a broad range of knowledge and skills, including accounting, fundraising and development, human resources, communications and marketing, and who have a strong interest in printmaking practices. We especially welcome applications from artists at all stages of their careers, writers, curators, cultural workers and those with previous board experience. We would also love to have more representation from the wider community not involved in the arts sector but that have an interest in supporting the arts. Knowing about printmaking is not necessary, rather an excitement for print and arts in general as well as a willingness to learn about all things print, art and community!

SMP values diversity and inclusivity in our communities. We highly encourage applications from visible minority group members, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We invite you to make a note of that in your application if you would like to.

We are looking for a member to be on the nominating committee. Please let us now if you’re interested!

For more info keep reading or contact:
stmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com
chairstmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com

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GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
* An interest in printmaking, visual art, and commitment to the work of the organization.
* Willingness to serve on committees.
* Attendance at monthly board meetings and committee meetings.
* Support of, and participation in, SMP activities (fundraising, programming activities, etc.).
* Ability to contribute specific skills and attributes in one or more areas of board governance.

TREASURER RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Help SMP staff with keeping full and accurate accounts of all assets, liabilities, receipts and disbursements of the Printshop.
* Meet with the executive director on a monthly basis to ensure financials are in order .
* Gain a full understanding of SMP’s finances and give financial reports at board meetings and provide a statement of the financial position of SMP at Annual General Meetings or Special General Meetings.

SECRETARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and act as clerk thereof and record all votes and minutes of all proceedings in the books to be kept for that purpose.
* Give or cause to be given notices of all meetings of the Board of Directors.
* Be custodian of the seal of the Printshop, should the Printshop adopt one, which seal shall be delivered only as authorized by the resolution of the Board of Directors and only to such person or persons as may be named in the resolution; and..
* Perform other such duties as may from time to time be directed by the Board of Directors.

MEMBER AT LARGE:
* The Member at Large is an active member of the printshop who joins the board to help govern SMP.
* They will chair at least one committee.

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE CHAIR:
* The fundraising committee chair will work closely with the board, ED and committee to raise funds for SMP.
* Part of this involves outreach to members of the community and developing relationships with past, and possible future, donors.
* The new fundraising chair will work with the ED to develop a subscription based donation system wherein donors can choose to support SMP on an ongoing monthly basis.

GENERAL DUTIES:
Board directors are fully informed on organizational matters and participate in the board’s deliberations and decisions in the matters of policy, finance, programs, personnel and advocacy, including:
1. Approve, where appropriate, policy and other recommendations received from the board, its standing committees and staff.
2. Monitor all board policies.
3. Review the bylaws recommend bylaw changes as appropriate.
4. Review the board’s structure, approve changes, and prepare necessary bylaw amendments.
5. Participate in the development of SMP’s organizational plan and annual review.
6. Approve the annual budget.
7. Approve hiring and release of staff and develop appropriate job descriptions and contracts for staff.
8. Assist in developing and maintaining positive relations among the board, committees, staff members and the community to enhance SMP’s ability to achieve its goals.
9. Be a public voice and advocate for SMP.

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How to apply:

The nominating committee invites expressions of interest (max. one page) and resume/CV from members of our community to serve on the SMP board of directors. The nominating committee, in consultation with the board and staff, will evaluate applications and invite successful applicants to the SGM for a formal vote from our membership.

Please send your applications to SMP’s current Chair, Andrew Testa, at chairstmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com. Potential applicants are invited to contact the SMP Chair in advance of submitting their applications if they have any questions regarding SMP and/or board member requirements and duties. The deadline for nominations is July 31st 2020. Individual roles will be assigned and voted on at that board meeting.

SMP is committed to accommodating applicants with barriers to the recruitment procedures outlined above. The cover letter can be submitted via video, audio recording or in a phone/video chat but a cv is still required. Please notify us if you require accommodation in respect to the materials or procedures used at any time during this process, and we will work with you to determine how to meet your needs.

St. Michael’s Printshop Community and Members,

Following with the Federal Government’s news brief, SMP will be temporarily closing until further notice and encouraging all its members to stay home and practice social distancing. SMP will be postponing complimentary print month events and other events/workshops hosted at our studio. Those participating in our visiting artist program will be contacted this week in regards to the status of their upcoming visits. 

We will be available via email and social media to respond to any questions our members may have. Those wishing to take advantage of our free membership are encouraged to email SMP with the subject ‘complimentary membership’ (the end date for sign up will still be April 4thas this will be done online). Complimentary memberships are valid until the end of 2020. 

As this situation is constantly developing we will be sure to keep our artists informed of changes as we move forward. Please reach out to stmichaelsprintshop@gmail.comif you have any questions. 

Best,

Team SMP