How to become a MASC Artist

Are you a professional artist with experience and passion for bringing the arts in schools and communities?

Apply today to be part of our next school year program!

Deadline: December 1st. 

As MASC values equity and inclusion in its workplace, we encourage people from diverse ancestries, nationhood, nationalities, incomes, races, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, abilities, and gender/sex identities to apply. 

MASC respectfully aknowledge that Ottawa is built on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Anishinabe territory. 

Criteria of eligibility:

  • Being a professional artist. 
  • Having specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions).
  • Being recognized as such by peers (professional artists working in the same artistic tradition).
  • Having a history of public presentations, exhibitions or publications.

In addition, the following points are considered:

  • Level of excellence in the artist’s creative discipline and a commitment to arts education.
  • Genuine interest in sharing knowledge and experience with students and/or seniors. Organization and communication skills are necessary to pass along creative energies and passions.
  • Artists working out of diverse ethno-cultural heritages are particularly important to the program.
  • Artists showing interest in the creative growth of our audiences by offering new challenges and unexpected artistic experiences.
  • MASC strives to attain variety and balance within the disciplines.

If you meet the above criteria, please send MASC the following information:

  • Your artistic resume and examples of your professional work
  • An outline of the program(s) you would like to offer to intended audiences
  • Two letters of reference attesting to your work with intended audiences

Only artists that may fit within the MASC programs will be contacted for further information and discussion about their submission.  

The process:

  • Applications are accepted on an on-going basis with an annual deadline of December 1st. Program decisions are finalized by January, for the coming school year. Applications submitted after December 1st will be considered for the following school year.
  • For MASC’s English school program submit your application to Program Director, Alejandro Salgado Cendales ; for MASC’s Francophone school program submit to Chantal Racine
  • For MASC’s seniors program, submit your application to Alejandro Salgado Cendales
  • If MASC is interested in the program that you offer, we will contact you to set up a meeting to discuss it further. 
  • Following the meeting, if MASC and the artist wish to pursue the contact, an audition workshop or performance will be organized. MASC will arrange the presentation and it will be offered free of charge to a venue serving high need communities. The artists will receive no fee for this audition.
  • Teachers or venue representatives will evaluate the presentation and will be asked to give written feedback.  MASC staff will evaluate the presentation at the same time.
  • MASC will decide, based on quality and saleability, whether the artist will be invited to join the MASC program and be featured in the MASC catalogue of artists for the next year.
  • All MASC artists require proof of vulnerable sector screening.