Indigenous Arts Coordinator – Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design

  • Location: Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • Deadline: March 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm

The Indigenous Arts Coordinator will work closely with Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design and the five Mi’kmaw communities in Unama’ki to organize, coordinate and implement artistic and educational programming for Indigenous artists and residents.


The Indigenous Arts Coordinator will be supported by staff of the Centre to develop the following:


  • Identify and build relationships with emerging, existing and established Indigenous craft producers and develop programs to support their artistic development;
  • Develop an annual program of Indigenous exhibitions at the Centre;
  • Assist with the planning and coordination of exhibitions and pop-up galleries for Indigenous artists;
  • Assist in the development of arts forums and events related to Indigenous arts and culture;
  • Research opportunities for programming, funding, partnerships, networks, events, and other sales and/or gallery opportunities for artists, etc.;
  • Work with the five Mi’kmaw communities to develop workshops in contemporary and traditional Mi’kmaw craft to ensure the transfer of craft skills;
  • Conduct project evaluations and provide testimonials attesting to project impacts;
  • Support the development of a Mi’kmaw Mentorship Program; and
  • Other related duties in support of a successful team, program and organization.


Essential Qualifications:

  • 1+ years in the arts or cultural sector, or other relevant arts programming experience;
  • Education and training in the fields of Fine Arts, Arts Administration, Cultural Resource Management, Museum, Heritage or Anthropology studies, etc.;
  • Understanding of the Unama’ki-Cape Breton arts and cultural sector; and
  • Previous experience working with artists, galleries, cultural centres, events, etc.

Skills and Requirements:

  • Knowledgeable about First Nations visual arts and traditional craft;
  • Proven experience in supporting visual arts and traditional craft development and programming;
  • Experienced working in a craft programming, curatorial, retail or gallery setting;
  • Understands how to develop or guide learning content for professional and artistic skill development related to visual arts and traditional craft;
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Proficient with current office productivity software i.e.: Microsoft Office suite;
  • Working knowledge or fluency in Mi’kmaw is an asset;
  • Flexibility in working hours, including some evening and weekend work;
  • Access to a vehicle, a valid driver’s license, and ability to travel.

Work With Us

To apply:

Interested applicants should submit their resume, cover letter and three references no later than Friday, March 19th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. to:

Lori Burke, Executive Director or
Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design
P.O. Box 1686
Sydney, NS B1P 6T7

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.