Public Art Communications Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Calgary
  • Remote: hybrid or flexible
  • $60,000
  • Deadline: June 30, 2024
  • June 30, 2024

Calgary Arts Development


We acknowledge that the land we gather on, Mohkinsstis, is the ancestral territory of the Siksikaitsitapi — the Blackfoot people — comprising the Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani Nations, as well as Treaty 7 signatories, the Tsuut’ina Nation, and the Îyârhe Nakoda Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Goodstoney First Nations. This land is also the home to the Otipemisiwak Métis Government Districts 5 and 6.

We acknowledge that there has been art, music, dance, storytelling, and ceremony on this land since time immemorial and it is in the spirit of this land and its people that we do our work.

Application Assistance

Calgary Arts Development is committed to open, fair and transparent processes. There are two policies available for anyone who may need support to apply to this posting: the Accommodation & Accessibility Policy and the Application Assistance Policy.

We recognize that the job application process can create barriers to access for many applicants who are interested in applying. Our job calls are written in English, shared online and require applicants to email their applications in English. This creates technological, linguistic, communication and cultural barriers, to name a few.

In recognition of these barriers, eligible applicants can request assistance to help alleviate some of the costs associated with preparing and submitting a job application. Please see the end of the document for more information or reach out directly by email at [email protected].

Who Are We?

Calgary Arts Development is our city’s designated arts development authority. We provide grant investments to hundreds of arts organizations, individual artists, and groups. We value relationships, generosity, reciprocity, plain language and curiosity.

We believe the arts have the power to build our city. Through the arts development strategy, Living a Creative Life, our vision is a creative, connected, prosperous Calgary where every resident has the opportunity to live a creative life. We foster a sustainable and resilient arts sector and support arts-led city building.

Strong relationships are central to our work and will be particularly central to this role. We honour artists and believe that art is a critical component that benefits the public good. We welcome new introductions and partnerships with artists and arts organizations as well as with others whose work may be outside the arts who are trying to make our city great through living a creative life.

Our team has been working towards creating shared environments where all people can feel safe, heard and validated. A sensitivity to the lived experiences of diverse, marginalized, and equity- seeking people is very important as we continue valuing equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in all aspects of our work.

The Role

We are recruiting a full-time communications specialist, public art, to join our communications team. This position is responsible for developing and implementing communications plans that ensure broad awareness of and engender an interest in projects, programs and the overall public art program. Even though this position is part of the Calgary Arts Development communications team, they work closely with the public art manager, project leads and others on the public art team.

This position is responsible for acting as a content creator and communications strategist to ensure both artists and the public learn about the public art program and the various entry points they have to interact with it, as well as learning about the over 1,400 artworks in the existing collection. Internally, this role manages the information and communications needs related to public art for Calgary Arts Development employees and other stakeholders.

This role reports to the communications manager and works regularly with the public art team to understand the projects and opportunities that are in play and being planned for future, and to offer expert advice and recommendations on communications approaches.

The person in this role supports work related to ensuring all Calgarians learn about the opportunities to engage in the public art process, and specifically in the projects that impact and tell the stories of their relevant communities. This individual also supports Calgary Arts Development’s work to provide new education opportunities to ensure emerging artists can find entry points into the public art program, that Calgarians are well informed about projects and programs throughout the community and that Calgarians can learn more about public art more generally.

The individual in this role is committed to embedding the values of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in all communications, relationships and processes related to this position. This includes Truth and Reconciliation and good relations with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in Treaty 7, in part realized through the activation of the White Goose Flying Report, a local adaptation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report with calls to action that can be influenced locally.


As a member of Calgary Arts Development’s communications team, the public art communications specialist is responsible for:

  • Being knowledgeable about the public art program and collection and being able to speak to specific audiences about the initiatives, goals and vision.
  • Working closely with the communication planner for public art at The City of Calgary to ensure we are working in a good way with our partner.
  • Leading all communications around the public art program at Calgary Arts Development and the public art collection, under the supervision of the communications manager.
  • Working closely with the public art team to clearly communicate opportunities for engagement and calls for submissions both internally and with the community to ensure engagement opportunities are well promoted, accessible and shared with a broad audience.
  • Consulting with relevant teams and individuals across Calgary Arts Development, including contractors, public art project leads and artists on project development and realization, and what communications resources would best support those projects.
  • Collaborating with the public art team to create key messages and compelling copy for project briefs and artist profiles that support project and program objectives.
  • Creating content for existing Calgary Arts Development communication channels including websites, newsletters, media releases and social media platforms.
  • Maintaining new and existing communications channels for public art.
  • Supporting the development of digital assets around the public art program.
  • Monitoring social media for public art conversations and sentiment while staying on top of issues in Calgary pertaining to public art.
  • Working with program artists on promoting their work, stories and projects.
  • Assisting with media relations as it pertains to public art including doing spokesperson preparation as well as setting up and attending interviews.
  • Assisting with the day-to-day management and maintenance of the Calgary Arts Development websites as required.
  • Committing to accuracy and fact checking for all information posted.
  • Reporting on the measurement and evaluation of communications plans and identifying opportunities to continuously improve results.
  • Supporting the reporting and accountability requirements of The City of Calgary at key junctions, which includes drafting reports, presentations to council, etc.
  • Being up to date on, and employing, best practices in public art communications.
  • Building and fostering relationships with external partners.
  • Contributing to a communications strategy for the public art program over time that may include elements such as audience mapping, rollout planning and auditing communications platforms.
  • Identifying, anticipating and mitigating risks.
  • Managing contractors if required for specific communications needs.

To apply, email your details to

Please indicate your interest by emailing [email protected] with your resume and cover letter. Please use the subject line: Public Art Communications Specialist Posting. Your cover letter should address the question: “What role do you believe communication plays in fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in public art?” If you would like to request application assistance, please contact [email protected] or call 403.264.5330 to arrange assistance.