Person in beige overalls standing over a table, pulling black ink through a silkscreen.

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—”๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ | Call for Applicants 

๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ: Full-time, 16-week contract 
๐—›๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€: 35 hours a week with periodic evening and weekend work 
๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: $18/hour
๐—”๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ: May 5, 2024
๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ: May 13, 2024, flexible for the right candidate

๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป
CAFKA is seeking a full-time Research Assistant to support the development of artistsโ€™ projects for the 2025 CAFKA biennial exhibition. The Research Assistant will gain valuable experience in arts facilitation and arts administration. Working directly with CAFKAโ€™s Programming Manager, with additional mentorship support provided by CAFKAโ€™s Director Curator, the Research Assistant will contribute to the necessary preparations for the 2025 biennial. 

Tasks will include: taking notes during CAFKAโ€™s meetings with artists, municipal representatives, and community partners; working closely with artists to support the research and development of their projects, including locating pertinent research materials and scouting potential sites; assisting with coordinating the necessary permits and permissions for various sites, including procuring architectural plans and utility locate services; assisting with the development of the curatorial framework for the exhibition; assisting with marketing plans for the exhibition; communicating clearly with CAFKAโ€™s staff and Board in person and over email; keeping files clearly labelled and well organized in their CAFKA email account and on the shared CAFKA Dropbox; and attending local arts and culture events as a representative of CAFKA. Most work will take place on site (in CAFKAโ€™s office in Globe Studios), with certain meetings, site visits and arts events taking place elsewhere in Waterloo Region.

๐—ข๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—˜๐—ป๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜
CAFKA operates in the heart of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, serving as a vibrant hub for contemporary public artworks. Our mission is centred around breaking down barriers between art and the public, fostering community, critical engagement, and a sense of belonging.

Guided by the Anti-Racism Action Plan adopted by CAFKA in 2020, we remain committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from members of racialized communities, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of low- income and working-class backgrounds, individuals of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and anyone possessing the skills and knowledge to engage with diverse communities.

๐—”๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—–๐—”๐—™๐—ž๐—”
For more than 20 years CAFKA โ€“ Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener + Area has supported a diverse spectrum of local, national, and international artists, bringing hundreds of thought-provoking contemporary artworks to public spaces across Waterloo Region. CAFKAโ€™s free biennial exhibition happens in unexpected, accessible spaces, extending contemporary art experiences outside the gallery and positioning them as critical and integral parts of community life. In off-biennial years, CAFKA mobilizes meaningful programming partnerships, presenting a more limited number of artist projects, alongside a series of artist lectures and workshops. 

CAFKAโ€™s programming works to create meaningful cultural experiences, to build community connections, and to engage public discourse around issues of social justice, social responsibility, and public and private space, bringing ground-breaking artists to Kitchener-Waterloo to contribute to these discussions. As the only artist-run centre in the region, CAFKA also plays an important role in supporting community-building and professional development for local artists.

๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—น๐˜†
To apply, please email the following documents to programming @ with the subject line โ€œResearch Assistant Application: (Your Name)โ€:

  • A one-page Cover Letter expressing your interest, experience, and capacity to meet the listed job duties 
  • A CV/resume listing relevant work experience (maximum 3 pages)
  • Contact information for 2 professional references 

Candidates with disabilities who require accommodation during the hiring process are encouraged to request it.

๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐Ÿฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ:๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿต ๐—ฝ๐—บ. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 
For additional information or questions, please contact:programming @

This position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be eligible, candidates must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the beginning of the employment period;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.