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Job Posting: Senior Manager of Public Art Curation

Job Title: Senior Manager of Public Art Curation
Position Type: Permanent Full-Time
Department: Executive
Reporting to: Chief Development & Strategy Officer
Location:  HQ – Headquarters
Anticipated Start Date: Feb 22, 2021


Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. Our work involves clustering creative people together in real estate projects that serve the needs of the arts and cultural community and advance multiple public policy objectives, private development interests, community and neighborhood aspirations and philanthropic missions.

Since its beginning in 1986, Artscape has become recognized as an international leader in creative placemaking, a practice that leverages the power of art, culture and creativity to catalyze change, growth and transformation in communities. Artscape achieves its mission through developing and managing unique cultural facilities—including community cultural hubs, multi-purpose creative spaces and artist live/work projects—and delivering programs and services that promote creativity and cultural space development. For more information please visit


This is a unique opportunity to lead the creative and curatorial services for Atelier, a fast growing social enterprise within Artscape that partners with urban developers, municipalities, regional infrastructure projects and other groups to turn communities into canvases for arts and culture. This individual will work with a small and agile team to envision how artists from a wide variety of practices can bring development sites to life through contributions artworks, site animation and placemaking that convey authentic narratives about the communities in question, and provide meaningful economic and exhibition opportunities to artists.

This position is suited to highly creative individuals who thrive in situations without precedent or ready templates, who can weave a compelling and coherent narrative across multiple installations, while remaining diligent about details, timelines and budgets.


  • The Senior Manager of Public Art Curation is responsible for the Atelier’s major accounts. They will be oversee key functions of the Atelier enterprise, including:
    • Providing a coherent creative vision for partner sites;
    • Overseeing the relationship management of partner accounts and execution and delivery of project objectives;
    • Cultivating Atelier’s curatorial practice in a way that fosters great artwork and provides opportunities for a diverse range of artists and practices
    • Supports and at times leads the community/stakeholder engagement efforts for the Atelier’s clients and internal projects.
    • Represents the Atelier and Artscape in public forums and to public audiences from time to time as required.
    • Manages Atelier staff for performance and professional growth.
    • Oversees project budgets, resource requirements including staff time on projects, and financial reporting at the project level.
    • Actively works to build a positive, friendly, encouraging and fun work culture.
    • Actively models the organization’s values of collaboration, innovation, community, creativity and learning.


Must-have Skills:

  • A clear passion for the role of arts & culture in bringing physical sites to life, fostering joyful and participatory communities, conveying important stories and narratives, and creating opportunities for awe, wonder, and reflection.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in managing artist communities, public and private art commissions, artist studios or workshops, or equivalent experience with a strong track record of achievement
  • A minimum of 3 years’ professional experience in consulting, client management or related roles with a strong track record of achievement.
  • Deep knowledge of and networks in artist communities within southern Ontario and beyond is a must.
  • Strong commitment to elevating the voices and visions of commonly under-represented artists from equity-seeking groups including but not limited to black, indigenous and person of colour communities, LGBTQ2 communities, persons with disabilities, and others.

Nice-to-have Skills:

  • Thrives in an innovative environment in which new service models are being developed and quickly evolved, often without existing precedents or templates.
  • Thrives in fast-paced environments with high workload and rapid, continuous problem solving.
  • Robust understanding of urban planning, urban development, landscape architecture or similar fields considered a major asset.
  • High-energy, friendly and collaborative, with a passion for bringing humour, playfulness and lightness to teams.

Join Our Team!

We love creatives and creativity!

Join our team and be part of an organization that positively transforms the community through co-creation. Artscape is an urban development organization and global leader in creative placemaking. We have community cultural hubs throughout Toronto. The core of our work focuses on developing real estate projects, programs and services to empower artists and connect them to communities. As a not-for-profit organization based in Toronto since 1986, we collaborate with artists, community leaders, public policy advocates, philanthropists and urban developers, so that our work builds value for everybody. As a team member, you will contribute to the wide range of work we do for the community.

Artscape is dedicated to hiring employees who reflect the diverse communities we serve in Toronto.

How to Apply:

Email your resume and cover letter in confidence to Indicate the Job Title and your name in the Subject line. In your letter, be sure to tell us where you initially saw the job posted. Unfortunately, incomplete applications without cover letters will not be considered. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, due to the volume of applications we receive, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls, please. In some cases, interviews may begin before the job posting closes.

Accessibility: In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to Artscape. For more information, please see our Accessible Customer Service policy.

Artscape’s Diversity & Inclusion statement: Artscape is intentional in creating spaces that are inclusive and showcase creativity. Our community reflects this intention, as we welcome people from all experiences, inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, race, Indigenous status, ethnicity, mental and physical ability, caregiver status, housing status, place of origin, age, and all other statuses protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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