Bringing Power to Truth Coordinators

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Bringing Power to Truth Coordinators

We are the Cultural Instigators, a collective of artist-activists who came together to imagine an anti-racist future for Mohkinstsis (Calgary). We have secured $254,000 in funding for Bringing Power to Truth (BPtT), an initiative that centres Indigenous, Black, and people of colour artists and their communities, in projects envisioned and led by the three affinity working groups.

We’re looking to hire two coordinators who are passionate about equity and justice, and believe in the power of art as a tool for change.

Two Project Coordinators

Two roles that will each be responsible for providing overall support and coordination for one of the working groups projects, led by the artists and connected to their respective communities.

Hiring Process

Part 1: Apply.

Send us your resume with either:

  • A five-minute video or audio recording.
  • Or a letter of interest.

In your recording or letter of interest, please introduce yourself, express how BPtT aligns with your values and goals, and the relevant experience that make you a fit for the coordinator role. You do not need to include a cover letter.

Email your application to by Friday, August 20, 2021, with subject line: Bringing Power to Truth Application.

Files can also be sent via

Note: While we are asking for resumes, we are not placing a priority around formal or institutional credentials. We value and honour lived experience as lived expertise. We may reach out to you over email to ask additional questions throughout the hiring process.

Part 2: Circle Interview.

Meet members of the Cultural Instigators for an open conversation. We will interview 10 candidates, who will be paid an honorarium of $25/hr for their time and contribution to the process.

Questions and topics for the conversations will be shared with candidates beforehand.

Accountable Space Guidelines will be honoured for each interview conversation, as they are for all BPtT meetings.

If you have any questions, concerns, or require any accommodations please contact

Thank you and we hope to hear from you!

The Cultural Instigators are committed to inclusion and equity and strive to ensure that the BPtT team reflects the diversity of communities we aim to serve. We are committed to removing barriers to employment that are faced by equity-seeking groups and encourage (but do not require) members of these groups to self-identify as such in their applications.

We strongly encourage individuals who self-identify as Black, racialized, or Indigenous (status or non-status First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) to apply for this position.

History of Bringing Power to Truth

Bringing Power to Truth emerged from a series of conversations in late 2020 during Citizen Artists YYC Chat & Chew online gatherings organized by Cultural Instigators. A question was posed that sparked these discussions—what could an artist-led movement for an anti-racist Calgary look like?  Many ideas, perspectives and possible actions were shared. When The City of Calgary launched its Anti-Racism Capacity Building Fund, we decided to bring these ideas together as Bringing Power to Truth and submit it as a proposal to the fund.

The City of Calgary approved our proposal and we were also able to secure additional funding from the Calgary Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. These resources will help us bring the initiative to reality.

Bringing Power to Truth is an artist-led initiative that supports artists as citizens engage their communities to examine and confront racism through their art. Working with artists from Indigenous, Black, and people of colour communities, the initiative facilitates the coming together of artists and community elders/leaders to reflect on their experiences and from these, create artistic works that can engage public systems and the broader communities. Artists and community partners will first work within their own affinity groups. They will then come together to grapple with what they have learned and to instigate support for artistic projects, community advocacies, and actions that may emerge from the initiative.

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