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.

On this page:

  1. About the Artist in Residence program
  2. Application
  3. Who should apply?
  4. Selection process
  5. Project schedule
  6. Compensation
  7. Resources available to the Artist in Residence

About the Artist in Residence program

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.


Subscribe to this page to get an email when applications open in the future.

Who should apply?

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.

Selection process

After applications close, the selection committee will choose an Artist in Residence. Find the selection criteria and information about the committee below.


The applicant must:

  • be a regional artist or has a connection to Waterloo Region
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • demonstrate commitment to their craft in the artist’s practice

The artist proposal must:

  • show a balance of development of their artistic practice, collaboration and some form of meaningful exchange with the community
  • include a clear plan of how to adapt the proposal to a virtual delivery if needed
  • have strength and professionalism
  • show the feasibility of the proposed program
  • include a community engagement strategy


The selection committee includes members of the Public Art Working Group (PAWG). This is a volunteer, resident-based group that includes past artists in residence, arts professionals and members of the community at large. The committee reserves the right to interview a short list of up to three artists prior to selection finalization. No city staff members are involved in the selection process.


  • past Artist in Residences appointment have received an honorarium of $10,000
  • upon acceptance, the artist will enter a contract with the City of Kitchener
  • this is a part-time, year-long position where the artist will be flexible to plan their own time commitment reflecting their proposal for community involvement
  • artists are encouraged to propose a project of a scale that reflects this level of compensation (recommended approximate commitment is 15 hours a month over 12 months)

Resources available to the Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence will have access to advice and expertise from the PAWG and past Artists in Residence.

They will also receive guidance and help from city staff on the development of feasible and implementable project activities and ways to realize project objectives.

Other resources available include:

  • coordination of writing, editing, design services, and printing of promotional materials (invitation cards, posters, brochures, business cards etc.)
  • help promoting activities and events from the City of Kitchener
  • exploration of opportunities for an Artist in Residence's project to coordinate with City of Kitchener festivals and events
  • access to city hall venues, community centres and/or galleries for Artist in Residence events
  • help connecting with potential collaborators, both within the Corporation of the City of Kitchener and at other organizations