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May 30, 2022

Call for Proposals: Kitchener Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence program celebrates the diversity of artistic practice in Kitchener. With this program, we hope to change the definition of the professional artist and recognize those who may have taken a non-traditional route of developing their career.

Every year, we invite local artists to apply to be our community’s next Artist in Residence. This encourages local artists to engage and collaborate with the community while developing their practice or interests. 

This opportunity is open to writers and/or artists that live in, work, or have a connection to Waterloo Region. The Artist in Residence program emphasizes interactive community engagement and encourages applicants to see this as an opportunity to advance their own practice.

Our arts and creative industries staff support the Artist in Residence program in co-operation with the Public Art Working Group (PAWG). The artist is invited to join monthly PAWG meetings for the duration of the residency. The artist is asked to document their process and activities through the residency.

We’re partnering with Textile Magazine to seek project proposals for the 2022 Artist in Residence program.

Textile Magazine offers mentorship, arts programming, and publication opportunities for new and emerging writers and artists on the margins, showcasing the diversity of the Waterloo Region. While Textile Magazine mainly offers mentorship around writing, they have also supported artists across other practices.

Together, we’re looking for proposals from writers and artists from other disciplines that engage residents in Waterloo Region and are relevant in the context of our community.

Apply online by May 30, 2022 at midnight


We’re committed to creating and supporting a platform where a wide range of creative perspectives are heard. We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We look forward to, and welcome applications from artists of all ethnic or cultural backgrounds, gender identities, Indigenous, marginalized, able-bodied or persons living with disabilities.

We’re looking for applications from artists:

  • from equity seeking groups (Black, Indigenous, racialized, disability communities, LGBTQ2A+, low-income, homeless and the intersection of those groups) who work in the literary arts (fiction, poetry, non-fiction, drama, or other forms of creative writing) and other art disciplines
  • who would especially benefit from the mentorship relationship with Textile Magazine
  • willing to engage with the public one-on-one or in group settings