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Artist in Residence - Westwind Alternate School

Westwind School Division invites applications for the position of:




(Competition No. WAS-01-2018ART) 

The position will commence as soon as possible

Job Detail

Westwind Alternate School’s Artist-in- Residence program provides students a chance to observe and interact with a working professional completing open-ended project based work.  In general, this might include artists, musicians, or scientists pursuing specific hands-on research projects centered around our geographic region.  The 2017-2018 year involves a mentorship program with a First Nations background & culture preffered  artist completing their own art projects in a school-based studio.

The primary duty of the artist is not to teach or instruct students; it is to model the role of an independent, project-based professional.  Students (aged 15 to 18) are expected to observe and model artist work routines and strategies.  Both students and artists are expected to demonstrate engagement, creativity complimented by ethical entrepreneurial attitudes.  Artists share how their work is done. Students learn by observation.  The establishment of reciprocal relationships of trust is crucial to success in this position.

This is a 6-month contract position (January 8 to March 30 & April 1 to June 28, or as determined) based on a 3 day a week, 9:00 to 4:30 work schedule.  Accommodation of different weekly schedules may be possible.

The successful applicant will be expected to:

 Complete at least two major art projects, one of which Westwind Alternate school will retain and display (artist’s choice).
 Work on their own personal art.
 Maintain professional work routines.
 Serve as a role model for the fine-arts profession.
 Model the entrepreneurial aspects of the fine art profession.
 Host or co-host an art show, including all necessary publicity (to be coordinated through Westwind Alternate School staff).
 Endeavor to place exceptional pieces of student art in local art galleries.
 Be prepared to support a variety of publicity around the Artist-in- Residence program (e.g. local newspaper and T.V. interviews,
provide content for a web-based biography and portfolio).
 Assist students with strategic art decisions (finding a niche, choosing a medium of expression, evaluating expressive decisions).
 Guide students to resources (internet and human) which are effective in art skill development.
 Occasionally assist students in their application of specific art skills.
 Help all students find a project that resonates with their skills, interests, and expressional needs.
 Act as a mentor for first nations students.

Work Environment

A simple studio is present at the Westwind Alternate School in Cardston Alberta.  This 20’ x 20’ space has multiple sinks and is adjacent to a small professional sound studio and digital computer lab, both of which are available to the artist and the students they work with.  A variety of storage space is available for supplies and projects. You will be working directly with a project-based Outreach teacher in a small team setting highly focused on collaboration.

General - Applications should include a link to a professional portfolio or small sample of projects in addition to their resume.  

Remuneration - $2,250 per month. $2,000 budget for artist and student supplies. Additional funds are available for student supplies.

The successful candidates will be required to provide a criminal record check and child welfare check before employment begins.

Please forward cover letter, resume, & a link to a professional portfolio:

Mr. Ken Sommerfeldt
Superintendent of Schools
Westwind School Division No. 74
Box 10, 445 Main Street
Cardston, Alberta T0K 0K0
or email to:

The competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Applications received prior to NOON, MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018
are assured of careful consideration