Job Posting: Community Program Artist

Community Program Artist

You are: an artist who wants to build community through artistic experiences, you love masks and puppets, you are comfortable with technology, you are under 30 year of age, you are eligible for this program (see below) and we want to hear from you.

Basic Description

Artist and artist’s assistant. Main function is to assist the Artistic Director in creating and delivering virtual and socially distanced artistic and community-minded programming during Covid19. Candidate will be working remotely. Includes program development and delivery, artistic, administrative and creative projects, organizational projects, community and volunteer events, writing and creation of program materials.

What is CAOS

CAOS (Calgary Animated Objects Society) is dedicated to the art of puppetry, mask, and animated objects. We create and present performances, films, events, and educational experiences via inclusive, community-building experiences. We are looking to hire two Community Program Artists to work with the Artistic Director to develop and deliver programming this summer.

Selection of Programs and Projects

  • Slamalicious: marketing, social media, and coordination of online live puppet cabaret.
  • Covid19 Puppet Theatre: creation and performance of short socially-distanced puppet play.
  • Spirit of White Buffalo: development of digital materials for public display.
  • CAOS in the School: virtual and online program material development.
  • Who’s the Puppet Now?: Distribution and marketing of book of artist portraits.
  • Lilly in the Lab: testing and deployment of Lilly in the Lab augmented reality AP.
  • Storytelling Project: Assistance with communication, research and delivery of film screenings and community education events, (virtual and possibly drive-in), creation of support materials and educational components.
  • Responsive programming: Coordination and delivery of fun, creative events and happenings that arise in response to opportunities from the community, and the candidates interests and abilities.


Need a valid driver’s license. Access to a reliable car is a strong positive.
Ability to travel.

Security and Safety

Must be Bondable.


Ideal Skills (not required to have all of these varied skill sets):

Goal setting.
Time management.
Able to work remotely.
Learns easily.
Able to work alone and in groups.
Comfortable with technology
Great with people.
Event management.
Social Media.
Program development.
Puppet making, sculpting, sewing.
Entrepreneurial experience.

How to Apply

Due to the restrictions of the funder, please only apply if you are under 30 years of age.

(Apologies to interested artists over the age of 30. We know this policy is discriminatory, but our hands are tied by our funding agreement).

Please send a resume and cover letter to 

Earliest Start Date: July 3, 2020
End Date: End of August 2020
Rate of Pay: $18 Hourly, 30 to 40 hours per week.

Temporary, full-time days, some weekends, nights, evenings

To be eligible, youth must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment*;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Actfor the duration of the employment**; and,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

*The youth must be 15 years of age at the beginning of the employment period. The youth may be more than 30 years of age at the end of the employment period as long as the youth was 30 at the beginning of the employment period.

**International students are not eligible participants. International students include anyone who is temporarily in Canada for studies and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada. Youth awaiting a refugee status ruling, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, youth visa or work visa are ineligible. As the objective of the Canada SummerJobs program is to support youth entering the Canadian labour market, the temporary nature of an international student’s time in Canada does not allow for a long-term connection to the labour market.



CAOS acknowledges all First Nations, Metis, Inuit, status and non, as caretakers of Turtle Island, and is grateful to the Blackfoot - Kainai, Sikiska, Piikiani Nations, the Dene - Tsuutina Nation, and the Nakota -Welsey, Chiniki, Bearspaw Nations for their patience and guidance as we understand Treaty relationships.

CAOS is based in the city of Calgary, also known as Moh-kins-tsis (“Elbow” in Blackfoot), Winsheesh-pah (“Elbow” in Stoney), Otos-kwunee (“Elbow” in Cree), Kootsisaw (“Elbow” in T’suu T’ina), and Klincho-tinay-indihay (“Horse Town” in Slavey).

The Elbow River gets its name from the distinctive "crook" as it flows towards the Bow River, which gets its name from the reeds that grew along its banks, which local First Nations used to make bows.