Become an Assessor

We seek artists, arts workers and community members to serve as assessors for our grant investment and public art programs. The selection process is ongoing.

Calgary Arts Development seeks artists, arts workers, and community members to serve as assessors for our granting and Public Art programs. You may nominate yourself or another individual. The membership of the peer assessment committees will be chosen through public nominations and staff expertise.

The composition of a selection committee is based on the specific requirements and needs of a project or program.  Selection committees are designed to reflect and respect the broad diversity of Calgary, its artistic and cultural communities, and the identities we hold.

Peer assessment committees are expected to commit to Calgary Arts Development’s Group Agreements.

Levels of commitment vary from program to program. Assessors will be expected to consider applications, meet with peers and Calgary Arts Development staff, and contribute to thoughtful conversations around the arts.

Assessors are typically asked to commit to the below. Schedules are determined based on committee availability, and may include evenings, weekdays, and weekends.

  • One information and training session (up to three hours).
  • Four to six weeks to read and evaluate applications online.
  • Up to four days of in-person assessment meetings (up to eight hours each day).

Calgary Arts Development provides an honorarium to assessors as a gift to recognize their time. The honorarium will be provided to assessors after the reviewing process is completed and honorarium rates depend on the program requirements.

You may nominate yourself or another individual. By completing the form below, you are certifying that the nominee is aware of his or her nomination and has agreed to be contacted by Calgary Arts Development.

Please Note: We are unable to use all individuals nominated on our committees. Completion of this form does not guarantee you will be contacted by Calgary Arts Development to participate.

Qualifications & Required Skills

Peers: Artists and arts professionals active in Calgary’s artistic communities with professional experience, skills, and knowledge directly relevant to the arts sector.

Community Members: Individuals with an appreciation for the arts (any discipline) who actively attend arts performances and presentations. Community members should possess skills that are transferable to the non-profit arts sector, including, but not limited to:

  • Non-profit board governance
  • Organizational management
  • Business planning and project management
  • Marketing and communications
  • Event production
  • Investment and resource development
  • Community and government relations
  • Design or creation within the broader creative industries

Additional Skills

  • Relevant skills, experience, and knowledge that will accommodate the range of applicants to be juried.
  • A generous spirit, exceptional listening skills and a willingness and ability to embrace change, complexity and different viewpoints.
  • An openness to productively and respectfully check in with bias.
  • An understanding and awareness of Calgary and region, and an insight into our social and cultural climate.
  • The respect of peers in the community.
  • The ability to function well within a committee structure.

Contact with any questions about the assessment process.

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