Community Program Artist

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Community Program Artist

You are an artist who wants to build community through artistic experiences. You love masks and puppets. You are comfortable with technology, and have access to a car.

Due to funding restrictions: you must be under 30 year of age to qualify for this Canada Summer Jobs funded position. Funding limitations allow the position to be extended into the fall and winter if needed.

Artist & Artist’s Assistant

The main function is to assist the artistic director in creating and delivering virtual and socially distanced artistic and community-minded programming.

The candidate will be working remotely, with some in-person activity.

Interviews will be held over Zoom.

Includes program development and delivery, artistic, administrative and creative projects, organizational projects, community and volunteer events, writing and creation of program materials.

What is CAOS

Calgary Animated Objects Society (CAOS) is dedicated to the art of puppetry, mask, and animated objects. We create and present performances, films, events, and educational experiences via inclusive, community-building experiences.

We are hiring two community program artists to work with the artistic director to develop and deliver programming this summer and fall.

Selection of Programs & Projects

  • Slamalicious: Marketing, social media promotion, admin and technical support, coordination of online live puppet cabaret.
  • COVID-19 Puppet Theatre: Creation and performance of short socially-distanced puppet play.
  • Spirit of White Buffalo: Development of assembly manual for giant puppet.
  • CAOS in the School: Virtual and online program material development.
  • Who’s the Puppet Now? Distribution and marketing of book of artist portraits.
  • Lilly in the Lab: Testing and deployment of Lilly in the Lab augmented reality app.
  • Responsive Programming: Coordination and delivery of fun, creative events and happenings that arise in response to opportunities from the community.
  • Note that activities will be tailored depending on the candidates’ interests and abilities.


  • Need a valid driver’s license. Access to a reliable car is a strong positive.
  • Ability to travel.

Security and Safety

  • Bondable.

Ideal Skills

  • Puppet making, sculpting, sewing.
  • Writing and performing plays
  • Self-motivated.
  • Goal setting.
  • Time management.
  • Able to work remotely.
  • Learns easily.
  • Able to work alone and in groups.
  • Comfortable with technology.
  • Great with people.
  • Event management.
  • Photography.
  • Videography.
  • Social media.
  • Program development.
  • Entrepreneurial experience.

Due to the restrictions of the funder, please only apply if you are under 30 years of age. (Apologies to interested artists over the age of 30. We know this policy is discriminatory, but our hands are tied by our funding agreement).

Review the full application PDF attached.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to

Earliest Start Date: June 15, 2021
End Date: up to February 26, 2022
Rate of Pay: $18 hourly, 16 to 20 hours per week.

Temporary, full-time days, some weekends, nights, evenings

To be eligible, youth must:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment.
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
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