Deadline extended! Alberta's Future Leaders program seeks Indigenous Artists for summer contracts

Date: Apr 23, 2018

The Alberta’s Future Leaders (AFL) program is seeking energetic, passionate and self-directed Indigenous artists to provide youth mentorship through the arts in select First Nation & Métis Settlements in Alberta.

Deadline extended

Email applications must be received by the AFA by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Applications mailed by post must be post-marked on May 22, 2018. See below for how to apply. 

About this opportunity

This is a temporary, 12-week part-time contract that begins in mid-June and ends in late-August, 2018, working approximately 21 days over this period of time. 

Artists will be responsible for building relationships with youth and community members, and providing workshops focused on artistic discovery and expression. Artists will be involved in visiting some of the following communities involved in the AFL program:

  • Dene Tha' First Nation
  • Kikino Métis Settlement
  • Heart Lake First Nation
  • Gift Lake Métis Settlement
  • Atikameg First Nation
  • Goodfish Lake First Nation
  • Driftpile First Nation
  • Loon River First Nation
  • Tall Cree First Nation




Participate in orientation and training for Indigenous artists in communities

June 11

1 day

Participate in June mid-term training 


1 day

Prepare and facilitate two-day workshops in 4-5 communities

June- July*

10-12 days

Collaborate with AFL Coordinator to organize Arts Week

June- July*

2 days

Participate in AFL in Arts Week and facilitate a workshop

July 27- August 1

3 days

Participate in Community Recognition Day

August 22

1 day

Submit final report

August 31

1 day

*Specific dates will be determined in collaboration with the AFL Coordinator and community representatives.

What we are looking for

This role is suited for an Indigenous artist with a passion for arts education and community building.

We are seeking an individual with one or more of the following attributes:

  • Training in traditional and/or contemporary Indigenous arts
  • Experience with arts education
  • Demonstrated commitment to community engagement and development
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge contemporary Indigenous issues and awareness of protocols

Applicants will be required to have a standard class 5 driver’s licence and access to a vehicle. The successful applicant will also be required to provide a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector check.

Contract amount

The total contract amount will be up to $6,500 for each artist, paid in regular instalments. This amount includes a budget of up to $1,500 to cover costs for travel and accommodations. There may also be opportunities for room and board to be provided within a community. This amount also includes up to $1,000 to cover costs for supplies. Additional funds for supplies may be available. 

How to apply

Please send us an application package that includes:

  • Cover letter and resume
  • Artist biography (150-300 words)
  • Draft workshop description (maximum 750 words)
  • Please submit all documents in PDF format.

Send your application to:

Cassie Flett, Alberta’s Future Leaders Coordinator
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts
10708 105 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 0A1


Additional Information

The Alberta’s Future Leaders (AFL) summer program provides art, sports, recreation and leadership opportunities to help strengthen and empower youth who live in First Nation and Métis communities in Alberta. The vision for the program is to work in partnership with communities to positively affect the lives of Indigenous children and youth.

Learn more about the AFL program.