Collaborative Artist Project

Seeking Two Indigenous Graphic Artists/Designers

Image caption: Concept Designs created with community by OSO planning + design

Looking to broaden your artistic and design skills? Check out this amazing collaborative artist project!

Project Makerspace takes a unique approach to design the elements for a new Indigenous Mobile Makerspace. This makerspace will travel around New Brunswick, visiting schools and communities to encourage and inspire young people to pursue their dreams.

This project was created by and for the Indigenous communities, through the partnership of three organizations: Ulnooweg Education Centre, Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI), and McKenna Institute at University of New Brunswick. The goal of this project is to increase opportunities for Indigenous youth in STEAM fields across New Brunswick. Over the past year, we have involved youth and community members in a participatory design process with OSO planning + design to determine the direction and unique learning experiences that will be offered. For this next phase, we want to engage Indigenous graphic artists to create a brand that represents their community and inspires youth.

Project Assets, Eligibility and Criteria

We are seeking graphic designers who are based in New Brunswick and are of Mi’kmaw and Wolastoqiyik descent. The designers will collaborate to create a unique and creative brand for a mobile unit. They will be responsible for developing a logo and brand elements to support the building of marketing assets for this project. During the development and implementation period, they will work closely with the Project Manager, Engagement Team and Communications committee.

In order to take part in this joint project, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be of Mi’kmaq descent or Wolastoqiyik descent, currently residing in New Brunswick.
  • Willingness to work collaboratively.
  • Have a graphic designor illustration background. Emerging to advanced levels are welcome.
  • Starting mid-June 2024, support the planning and participation in three major engagement sessions led by the mobile makerspace Engagement Team within the communities is required taking place thoughout the summer.
  • Must have a Driver’s License and provide a Vulnerable Sector Check.

Design assets:

  • Logo design
  • Brand Guide & Story
  • Collaboratively design a mobile unit wrap with Architectural design company

What will this be implemented into?

  • Website
  • Mobile unit wrap
  • Marketing templates (documents, social media, advertising)
  • Brand apparel (hats, bags, clothing, stationery)

How to Apply

Fill out the online questionaire, email your proof of Indigenous descent and work samples to [email protected]. The following rubric of categories will be based on a scale ranked from 1-5 (novice to expert).

Selection Process:

The candidates will be evaluated based on their answers in the following categories: uniqueness, work experience, collaborative-mindedness, holistic approach, inclusion of Indigenous voices, artistic storytelling, and portfolio samples. A selection panel consisting of project representatives, community leaders, youth, and elders will assist in selecting the two candidates.

Deadline: June 10, 2024 (Extended)

Please note that the artists will be compensated for their work in this project and fair compensation will be determined within the selection process. Financial support for travel expenses will be additional to the artist fee.