Artist Selection Committee for Indigenous Placemaking

Deadline to Apply: May 5, 2019

The Calgary Public Library is looking to form an Artist Selection Committee to support the Indigenous Design Lead and the Program Coordinator in commissioning Indigenous artists who live in Treaty 7 Territory. Artists are invited to create traditional or contemporary artwork that will be installed in Calgary Public Library locations as part of Indigenous Placemaking.

The Library is seeking responses from interested candidates (including Elders) from the TsuuT’ina Nation, the Blackfoot Nations, Stoney-Nakoda Nation, Métis Nation Region 3, urban Indigenous communities and arts/culture professionals — a total of eight (8) committee members — who reside in the greater Calgary region. Prospective committee members should demonstrate experience and knowledge in at least one of following categories:

  • Architecture,
  • Contemporary Art,
  • Curation,
  • An understanding of history/cultural knowledge pertaining to the TsuuT’ina Nation, the Blackfoot Nations, Stoney Bands, and Métis Nation Region 3

Additionally, the committee will include Library staff members (Elders Coordinator, Service Design Lead for Art at the Library, and a Program Coordinator) who will guide this process.

Project Goals

With the aid of the selection committee, the Library is seeking to procure new or existing artwork for designated spaces throughout the Calgary Public Library.

Traditional art practices will:

  • Develop artworks that reflect traditional cultural practices, materials, and techniques taught and overseen by Elders and knowledge keepers,
  • Create a safe and inclusive place for sharing and gathering of all Nations and communities within the Treaty 7 area, to encourage education and communication about traditional culture;
  • Promote traditional education and cultural connection amongst artists of all disciplines, backgrounds, and stages of careers.
    Contemporary art practices will:
  • Develop artworks that promote an educational understanding of the TsuuT’ina Nation, the Blackfoot Nations, Stoney Nakoda Nations, and Métis Nation Region 3’s history, both past, present, and future using visual and oral storytelling;
  • Create a safe and inclusive place for sharing and gathering of all Nations and communities within the Treaty 7 area;
  • Promote collaboration amongst artists of all disciplines, backgrounds and stages of careers.

Art Installation Locations Calgary Public Library:

  • Level 2: Area E Fiction Collection Informal Reading (Free-Standing/Furnishings/mural) Traditional
  • Level 3: Area F Teens Centre (Free-Standing/Furnishings/interactive installation/Mural) Contemporary
  • Signal Hill (Free-Standing/Furnishings/interactive installation/Mural) Traditional
  • Forest Lawn (Free-Standing/Furnishings/interactive installation/Mural) Contemporary

Committee Responsibilities 

The Indigenous-majority committee will review submissions for the Traditional installations and the Contemporary installations from all artists’ applications resulting in shortlisted Artists/Artist Teams.

The Selection Committee will be tasked to make a collaborative decision on the selection, and designated placement of art installations throughout the Library. The final decision by the Calgary Public Library regarding the selection of the shortlisted proponents should reflect the recommendations made by the Artist Selection Committee.


An honorarium will be provided to compensate committee members for their time, based on the current CARFAC fee structure.


Committee members are expected to participate in one-day session (four to six hours) and subsequent email coordination as required to reach consensus on the selections. Dates to be coordinated and determined among members.

Proposed Date for Selection Meeting: May 15 or 16, 2019, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to the Indigenous Placemaking Program Coordinator; Jared Tailfeathers at