Public Art Curator

Date Posted: Sep 04, 2019

Salary Range: 60K - 80K
Province: Ontario
Region: Peel Region
City: Mississauga
Employee Benefits: Health, Pension
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Middle management

Organization Description

City of Mississauga
Government Agency

Job Description

Under the direction of the Manager, Cultural and Heritage Planning, and working closely with staff from all departments and with the public, the successful candidate will assume responsibility for the implementation of the public art program as outlined in the City's Public Art Master Plan and the City's Framework for a Public Art Program through coordination and facilitation of art projects and programs related to various municipal development initiatives including parks, public right-of-ways, public infrastructure and urban screens; working to develop a cultural node/arts district in the downtown and other areas of the city.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Continue to develop a city-wide public art program, manage program budgets, including preparing grant proposals and delivering public art strategies for distinct areas of the city (e.g. civic square).
  • Develop and curate public art projects in support of the Public Art Master Plan.
  • Ensure coordination of public art projects within the scope of larger project initiatives.
  • Manage multiple public art projects and ensure proper documentation, registration, maintenance and the conservation activities for city-owned art collections, including working closely with staff form Legal Services and Risk Management.
  • Develop education and promotion strategies for the public art program to increase citizen awareness and encourage artist participation, including public speaking engagements.
  • Prepare material for City presentations and/or media releases, related to public art.
  • Ensure coordination of public art projects with project managers ensuring timeframes are met.
  • Facilitate artist selection process, drafting requests for proposals/qualifications, contract negotiations and payment to artists and art contractors based on input from Legal Services and Financial Services and ensuring adherence to budget requirements.
  • Liaise with City staff on potential public art provision for public infrastructure projects, park planning and city planning initiatives and documents, including reviewing site master plans, and local area studies, where applicable.
  • Lead the Public Art Working Group (PAWG); a multidisciplinary group of technical and expert staff, on existing and new public art projects.
  • Coordinate with City staff and inform public agencies and private developers of their obligations and processes, review preliminary developer-proposed public art plans, selection processes and juries.
  • Liaise with other departments and consultants to facilitate technical reviews of concept, fabrication and installation. 
  • Liaising and negotiating with government officials, outside agencies, community groups and staff, making presentations as well as writing discussion papers and reports contributing to progressing the Public Art Program.
  • Supervise artists, contractors, and consultants to meet project objectives and attend site visits as necessary.
  • Responsible for the management of the public art capital budget.
  • Responsible for the development, documentation, and vetting through the approval process, of public art policy documents and corporate policies.
  • Author corporate reports and make presentations to senior management and Council, as required.
  • Maintain a high level of professional ethics and customer service at all times.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in Arts Administration, Art History, Fine Arts, Architecture, Landscape Architecture (or equivalent), or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.
  • Minimum three years professional experience in managing public art projects; including artist selection processes, curation, budget management, grant writing and all other related aspects to the management of public art.
  • Project management experience, working knowledge of municipal planning and urban design and an understanding of construction processes and practices as they relate to public art is required. Experience in managing municipal public art projects will be valued.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and experience in developing and/or implementing public art policies, strategies and art selection processes.
  • Strong knowledge of both contemporary permanent and ephemeral public art practice.
  • Knowledge of the city's past and recent history is a definite asset, including City of Mississauga public art policies and strategies.
  • A track record of successfully bringing people and public art together will be valued.
  • The candidate should have strong knowledge of materials, fabrication and installation of artwork in the public realm including public safety and ongoing maintenance/conservation. 
  • Candidate should have strong rapport and relationship building skills and the ability to manage various stakeholder relationships.
  • Strong communication and leadership skills.  
  • Excellent organizational and creative problem-solving abilities.
  • Strong administrative, project management and conflict resolution skills.
  • Research and analytical skills along with strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Solid decision making skills and comfort working in a fast paced environment requiring collaboration ease in working with elected officials and senior levels of leadership in both the municipal and private setting.

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