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Artist in Residence Program

City of Waterloo


The City of Waterloo Artist in Residence program is an initiative of the culture plan. The program offers on-going opportunities for artists to partner with the City of Waterloo to deliver dynamic community arts to citizens of all ages, abilities, and experience with the arts. An open call for concepts is run annually. The selected artist works with the community to deliver their project from June to September in City facilities throughout Waterloo. During these months, the Artist in Residence will work directly with citizens to facilitate the collaborative creation of a community artwork. The final work is showcased during Culture Days at the end of September, and may be on loan to the City of Waterloo for one year.

The goals of the Artist in Residence program are:

  • To animate public space through creative activity;
  • To enhance community wellbeing through access to and participation in cultural programs;
  • To provide opportunities for emerging and established local artists to engage with the public and showcase their creative practices; 
  • To broaden the community experience of the arts by integrating cultural programming within a variety of public spaces;
  • To bring together diverse sectors of the community into a collaborative dialogue on art.

Artists working in all mediums are encouraged to apply, including painters, textile artists, musicians, sculptors, performers, photographers, printmakers, those working in film and video, writers, and conceptual and installation art.