Call for Art Instructors

Call for Artistic Instructors!
Please share this message with arts group members and creative friends. Feel free to post the attached poster along with this message on social media.

Do you have a teachable artistic skill? Leading music, simple dance moves, sketching, zen doodling, theatre sports, painting, fibre or fabric arts, sculpting? Some simple project that can be taught in an hour-long class? An hour of dance, stretch, movement, theatre, or singing that you can lead?

The Desert Sun Counselling Centre is contracting art instructors to teach small groups of isolated seniors in Oliver and Osoyoos in their Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors (TAPS). Their goal is to help seniors who have been most impacted by COVID lockdowns to socialize and become more active. Classes will be held outdoors and in groups of no more than ten total, until health guidelines change.

The Oliver Community Arts Council is a proud sponsor of the TAPS program! We have been acting in an advisory capacity to help with the program’s rollout.

The TAPS program schedules art classes for an hour in the late morning from Monday – Thursday, for a total of four hours. Each group has a maximum of eight clients. The first round of TAPS classes begins in June and July, with a second and third phase of the program extending into the fall. See the attachment for the full schedule of TAPS activities.

Art instructors could be hired for one set of classes, or for repeated classes depending on interest, availability, and the variety of instruction offered.

Desert Sun will pay all art instructors $30/hr through a fee-for-service contract, and supply some mileage assistance if travelling between Oliver and Osoyoos. All instructors must complete a criminal record check, permitting them to work with vulnerable seniors. All instructors, staff and clients will abide by all health protocols. Instructors are responsible for reporting taxable income.

Complete the application form (download the PDF below):

You can also email OliverCAC @ or the TAPS program manager Bonnie Dancey at bonnie @ Completed applications go directly to Bonnie.

This is a terrific way to bring joy and companionship – as well as a sense of accomplishment and creativity – back into seniors’ lives.

Instructors need not be members of the arts council or any arts group, just able to teach something fun and artistic. Please pass this message far and wide to your creative friends in the visual and performance arts!

For more information, please contact either Bonnie Dancey at Desert Sun or the Oliver Community Arts Council.