FIXT POINT Arts & Media (Empathy Squad *VIRTUAL* Training Audio Storytellers and Podcast Creators by Fixt Point Arts and Media)Organization Name: FIXT POINT Arts & Media
Opportunity Title: Empathy Squad *VIRTUAL* Training Audio Storytellers and Podcast Creators by Fixt Point Arts and Media
Category: Communications / Marketing / Media
Commitment: Less than 6 months
Start Date: September 12, 2022
End Date: December 2, 2022
- Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
NOTE: Applications for the Fall 2022 Cohorts are now closed. Please stay tuned for applications for the Winter 2023 Cohorts or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
JOIN THE EMPATHY SQUAD! Gather Oral Histories to Foster Empathy and Build your Podcasting Skills.
Volunteer Opportunity (Future Leaders aged 18-30 years)
Volunteer for the Empathy Squad to make a difference in your community through the power of storytelling. In the midst of global upheaval, and the search for social, class, and racial justice, we are looking for volunteers to generate empathy-building dialogue through the collection of stories and interviews.
Oral storytelling forges connections between people and ideas, makes information more accessible, and helps us understand the ties that bind us. Oral history nuances the stories of the past and present, helps us understand how communities experience history, and allows us to learn together on the path towards a shared future.
Amplify voices, centre overlooked stories, and celebrate the unsung heroes in your community. You’ll have the chance to collect stories, learn podcasting skills, meet new people from different walks of life, and collaborate with future leaders across the country. Come spark change, one story at a time.
- Discover artful ways to volunteer in their community;
- Learn interview and recording techniques, narrative shaping, and audio-editing skills;
- Gain skills in community engagement through oral-history collection;
- Enhance readiness for leadership roles and community participation;
- Grow empathy from coast to coast through community-building dialogue.
Approximately 12 hours a week of commitment for 12 weeks total.
The training program is virtual, and open to applicants across Canada.
About FIXT POINT’s previous work:
To date, we’ve interviewed over 3,000 Canadians from every province and territory in almost 200 communities in our storymobiles (mobile recording studio on wheels); edited and posted hundreds of oral histories on our storymap; produced two seasons of a TV/web series for TVO; and, most recently, we were awarded Touring Artist of the Year from the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA).
- The Tale of a Town Story Map (http://www.thetaleofatown.com)
- TVO Series (https://tvo.org/programs/main-street-ontario)
- Empathy Squad Podcasts (http://www.fixtpoint.com/empathysquad)
About FIXT POINT Arts and Media:
FIXT POINT is a Toronto-based arts & media company with national reach. Our mandate is to inspire audiences and artists to imagine change, and our mission is to promote local culture and preserve local heritage through the telling of tales across multiple platforms. We endeavour to be leaders in public engagement, embedding training and outreach into our process of creation and dissemination. FIXT POINT was founded in 2006 and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2011.
Register for an information session on Zoom to familiarize yourself with the Empathy Squad, its session format, and its facilitators.
Wednesday, July 13th 2022: 6PM – 7PM ET. Register here.
Tuesday, July 19th 2022: 8PM – 9PM ET. Register here.
Application deadline: August 1, 2022
Cohort 11: September to December 2022
Cohort 12: January to March 2023
Early applications are strongly encouraged.