2SLGBTQIA+ Cultural Professionals Network
Connect with arts, culture, and heritage 2SLGBTQIA+ professionals, students, and volunteers from across British Columbia.
Call for 2SLGBTQIA+ Advisors
Calling all 2SLGBTQIA+ cultural professionals!
The BC Museums Association is now accepting expressions of interest for individuals who would like to join the new 2SLGBTQIA+ Advisory Group.
Members of the Advisory Group will meet regularly to guide programming for the 2SLGBTQIA+ Network, which will provide targeted support for members of the queer community who are students, volunteers, and professionals in the arts, culture, and heritage sector. Advisory Group discussions will centre around identifying needs and challenges, and how to best support 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in the sector. Primary values that will guide the Advisory Group include intersectionality, accessibility, and accountable spaces.
Please submit your Expression of Interest by July 30, 2023.
This is a paid opportunity starting in Fall 2023. Advisors must self-identify as a 2SLGBTQIA+ museum, gallery, heritage, arts, library, or archives student, volunteer, or professional; we particularly encourage and invite applications from folks who identify as Two-Spirit, IBPOC/BIPOC, and disabled.
Members of the Advisory Group will meet regularly with the Network Coordinators (BCMA staff) to guide programming for the 2SLGBTQIA+ Network and discuss how to best support 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in the sector. The Advisory Group will advise and contribute to the expansion and maintenance of the BCMA 2SLGBTQIA+ Network alongside BCMA staff.
- We are seeking 6-8 Advisory Group members.
- Advisors will commit to a one-year term starting September 2023.
- Advisors will be asked to demonstrate a commitment to intersectional thinking, anti-racism, and accountable spaces.
- After each term, each Advisory Member will have a 30-minute meeting to discuss future commitments.
Estimated 1-2 hours per month.
Optional Engagement Opportunities
Attendance at any 2SLGBTQIA+ Network sessions (unpaid)
Participation in webinars, workshops, etc. (unpaid)
Opportunities to contribute to 2SLGBTQIA+ resources (paid as discussed with BCMA staff), including:
- Hosting an additional webinar/workshop,
- Particpating in a podcast interview,
- Contributing to online Gender & Sexuality resources, etc.
Advisors must self-identify as a 2SLGBTQIA+ museum, gallery, heritage, arts, or archives student, volunteer, or professional.
Complete the online form submission to provide contact information and answering the following optional questions:
- 1. Why are you interested in contributing to the 2SLGBTQIA+ Network?
- 2. Through lived experience – work, volunteer, or otherwise – how have you demonstrated understanding of intersectionality, anti-racism, and accountable spaces?
- 3. Where do you see the future of the Network heading?
- 4. How do you envision your personal career goals or purpose aligning with that of the Network?
Those who are selected (by BCMA staff) will be asked to participate in a 30-minute informal virtual interview. If you need support with the application, please email email@example.com.
About the Network
Building on the success of the BCMA’s Gender & Sexuality Inclusion Toolkit and responding to community needs, the 2SLGBTQIA+ Network aims to provide a safer, accountable space where 2SLGBTQIA+ students, volunteers, and professionals in the arts and culture sector can connect. The Network will provide targeted support for members of the queer community, and offer some resources for allies who would like to improve their individual and organizational practices.
Who We Are
The 2SLGBTQIA+ Network will follow a similar model to the IBPOC Cultural Professionals Network with a BCMA Coordinator and a paid Advisory Group who will shape the goals, vision, and programming of the Network. Expressions of interest are being accepted throughout July 2023!
Desirée Hall (she/her), BCMA’s Program Coordinator will be acting as the 2SLGBTQIA+ Network Coordinator and support the Advisory Group. Desirée is a white, queer femme living with chronic illness on the traditional territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples, the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ communities, so-called Victoria, BC. Desirée is one of the developers of the BCMA’s Gender & Sexuality Inclusion Toolkit, host of our Queering Museums podcast, and the coordinator of the BCMA’s online course on deepening your allyship for museums, heritage, and cultural institutions.
The Network’s administration will be supported by Abigail Buckwalter-Ingram (she/her), BCMA’s Development Manager and Lys Glassford (they/them), Arts BC’s Program & Service Specialist. Abigail is a white, neurodiverse lesbian living on the traditional territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples, the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ communities, so-called Victoria, BC. ; Lys is a neurodiverse, queer, non-binary artist who currently resides on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.
BCMA and ArtsBC staff will engage in ongoing dialogue with 2SLGBTQIA+ Advisory Group members about how to best serve the 2SLGBTQIA+ museum, heritage, and arts community. Please do not hesitate to reach out via email to: