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:

  • Recognized as a professional artist:
    • Have specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions).
    • Being acknowledged as such by peers (professional artists working in the same artistic tradition).
    • Having a history of public performance, exhibitions or publications (including art fairs, pow-wows, festivals and professional presentations)
  • Experienced in delivering arts programming to school or community settings.

In addition, the following points are considered:

  • Level of excellence in the artist’s creative discipline
  • A commitment to arts education.
  • Genuine passion and capacity in sharing knowledge and experience with participants.
  • Artists offering unique and innovative programming.
  • MASC is dedicated to working with arts professionals from Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), culturally diverse, Deaf, disability and official language minority communities. 

To apply, please send MASC the following information:

  • An outline of your artistic experience (eg. Resumé, media coverage etc.)
  • Examples of your professional work
  • An outline of the program(s) you would like to offer to intended audiences (approximately 150 words)
  • Two References (letters, email or phone)
  • For MASC’s English School or Seniors program please submit your application to English Program Director, Alejandro Salgado Cendales alejandrosalgado@masconline.ca 
  • For MASC’s French School or Seniors program please submit your application to French Program Director, Chantal Racine chantalracine@masconline.ca

 The process:

  • Applications are accepted on an on-going basis with an annual deadline of December 1st. Program decisions are finalized by January 30th, for the next school year. Applications submitted after December 1st will be considered for the following school year.
  • 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 this opportunity, an audition (workshop or performance) will be organized by MASC. This audition will be offered free of charge to a venue serving high need communities and the artist(s) 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 be present to evaluate the audition and all feedback will be shared with the artist(s).
  • If successful, the artist(s) will be invited to join the MASC program and will be offered a renewable contract for the coming school year (September 1st to August 30th)
  • All MASC artists require a current Police Check.