M:ST News – April 2016

M:ST is Hiring!


Job Call for Recent Graduates (2016)

POSITION: Festival Assistant Internship

CONTRACT: May 1, 2016 – October 30, 2016

DEADLINE: Midnight, April 15, 2016
Please submit your application, including CV, cover letter and contacts for two references as a single PDF to info@mstfestival.org

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.


ARIIVA (A Really Interesting Internship in Visual Arts) is a program launched by the Rozsa Foundation in January 2014. The purpose of the program is to provide employment opportunities for recent visual arts graduates in their selected field and to advance their critical acumen through the programming component of the internship. Additionally, we hope that this program will assist art galleries or collectives in addressing staffing challenges, particularly in the area of programming and will be an opportunity to help build internal capacity. Note: this is in an artist development program and not arts management training.

The Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society (M:ST) is currently seeking a Festival Assistant. This is a contract position paying $16.00/hour working 30 hours per week, to prepare for the upcoming M:ST 8 Festival.

This position represents an excellent opportunity for an emerging artist or arts administrator to build knowledge of the local, national and international art communities, while developing administrative, programming, and organizational experience.

The Festival Assistant will assist the Artistic and Administrative Directors in the coordination of programming-related tasks for the M:ST 8 festival, including grant writing assistance; researching venues; arranging artist travel, accommodation and hospitality; liaising with artists, Board of Directors and member organizations; volunteer coordination for events; researching technical requirements and support.

The candidate must be a fine arts graduate (graduating in 2016) from an accredited institution. Ideal candidates will also have a background and interest in visual and media arts, excellent writing skills, strong organizational and communication skills, knowledge of the local arts community, as well as knowledge of contemporary performative practices. Experience with web based design and experience in event planning are assets.

INQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO: info@mstfestival.org or (403) 837-6678.



M:ST (Mountain Standard Time) is a biennial Southern Alberta performative art festival that brings together a wide range of local, national and international artists from all experience levels, backgrounds and performative disciplines. M:ST strives to program diverse, entertaining and thought provoking performative works. The term “performative” is used to describe practices that originate from a visual or media arts discourse and involve the presence of the artist. These often incorporate sound, video, film, spoken word, or live web streaming. The festival fosters discourse crucial for the growth and progression of the performative arts and an important inter-regional and international dialogue through panel discussions, workshops and dissemination activities. The festival recognizes the exceptional quality of performative art in this region while also promoting Southern Alberta as an important international art region.

The M:ST Festival is funded through the generous support of The Alberta Lottery Fund, The Calgary Foundation, The Calgary Region Arts Foundation, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and The Canada Council for the Arts.