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Artist in Residence Co-Design Partner 

Request for Proposals

Presented by Third Way Creative


Third Way Creative (3WC) is seeking a local Ottawa partner to serve as a creative strategist and collaborator to co-design an Artist in Residence Program with 3WC for the City of Ottawa. The selected partner will join a design team led by 3WC that includes support from the City of Ottawa Public Art Program and local, national, and international cultural advisors. 


Deadline: Tuesday, May 3rd

Location: City of Ottawa

Budget: $10,000




Third Way Creative (3WC) are the team of Randy Engstrom, Elisheba Johnson, and Kristen Ramirez. Together they are working with the City of Ottawa O-Train Public Art Program to deliver various public art initiatives and interventions within the site area. This includes an Artists in Residence Program. 3WC is collaborating with partners inside and outside of government to deepen its collective understanding of what it means to be resilient and equitable, creating new approaches, policies or procedures by which it can become a better City for every Ottawa resident.


3WC undertook Phase 1 of the Reflection/Inflection Arts Response Project from April 2021 to January 2022— to deliver an arts-based report based on our engagement that includes a framework and recommendations for implementation. After engaging more than 300 individuals, the development of an Artist in Residence model was identified as a key strategy for implementation.




Ottawa is built on unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation. The people of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation have lived on this territory for millennia. Their culture and presence have nurtured and continue to nurture this land. The City of Ottawa would like to honour the people and land of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation. The City of Ottawa would like to honour all First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, their elders, their knowledge keepers, both young and old, their ancestors and their valuable past and present contributions to this land.



This call is an equal opportunity, open to, organizations and community groups living in the Ottawa area who have a demonstrated ability to co-design and later host an Artist in Residency model, and interest in advising with projects that explore community engagement.


3WC defines the required competencies for co-designing as:

  • Experience visioning and implementing new programs in the arts community;

  • Experience in active listening and learning, and ability to synthesize and simplify complex ideas;

  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders to reach a common goal;

  • Administrative capacity to write and manage contracts and budgets;

  • Experience with supporting artist development;

  • Familiarity with Ottawa’s civic and cultural ecology and arts community; 

  • A demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice with underserved communities. 



The selected co-design partner will work with 3WC and the City of Ottawa to develop the administrative support model for the envisioned Artist in Residence Program that will be implemented in Ottawa. This will include working with 3WC and the City of Ottawa to finalize the number and location of proposed positions, appropriate levels of funding, and duration of the Residency opportunity.

    A selected intermediary should have an interest in exploring the intersection of public policy and artistic practice, and an interest in community-building or enhancing the built environment. Applicants should also be committed to learning how to maintain artistic creativity and vision while attending to the demands of the public process.





For Artists: Increase the ability of Ottawa artists to design and lead socially engaged and impactful projects by providing a diverse cohort of thought partners, workshops with subject matter experts, and knowledge of municipal work. Artists will also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with a cohort across different municipal agencies. 


For City Government: Increase the capacity for Departments and employees to take risks, be creative, and think holistically about the design and success of City policies and initiatives. Agencies will also have the opportunity to work more intersectionally, and foster greater collaboration.


For Community: Ottawa will deepen its collective understanding of what it means to be resilient and equitable, creating new approaches, policies or procedures by which it can become a better City for every resident. Residents will also gain a better understanding of how to engage with their City agencies.  




Call Opens: Tuesday, April 5th

Virtual Information Session: Tuesday April 19th, 4PM EST (Link Here)

Call Closes: Tuesday, May 3rd

Selection Panel: Mid-May 2022

Applicants notified: June 2022

Artist in Residence co-design begins: July 2022

Research and civic engagement listening: July-September 2022

Proposed Program Model Due: October 2022

Final Proposals Due: November 2022

Artist in Residence Call Opens: December 2022



The budget for this project is $10,000 inclusive of all taxes (HST) and fees. 



Tuesday, May 3rd, 2021 at 5PM EST. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.


  • Organizational Bio – In one page, explain your practice or model and what kind of program design and management experience you have.

  • Proposal Narrative- (not to exceed 2500 characters). Please describe: 1) How you or your organization would approach the development of an Artist in Residence program. 2) How might you approach connecting communities that speak different languages and represent culturally diverse groups. 

  • Work Samples – Submit three examples with descriptions that best illustrated your qualifications for this opportunity

  • References – One page that lists the name, email address and phone number for up to 3 references who can speak about your history and community involvement. Include a brief note how you know this person



3WC is committed to reflecting the diversity and cultural richness of Ottawa in the selection of the Artist in Residence Intermediary.


Intermediary partner will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated experience with program design 

  • Strength of intersectional. civic, or cross-disciplinary work

  • Understanding of public and cultural policy

  • Strength of previous work samples

  • Reference feedback

  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice





Artist in Residence Co-Design Partner 

This opportunity will support cultural activities that are inclusive of Ottawa's diverse communities including people from various ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations. Applications from First Nations, Inuit and Métis are welcome and encouraged. This opportunity will recognize both official languages (English and French) as having the same rights, status and privileges.


The Artist in Residency Intermediary will be selected by a panel of professional artists and administrators based on the strength of submitted program work samples and their written letter of interest and additional criteria listed above. Applicants will be notified by July 2022 of all decisions made by the selection panel.  



Talk with the Program Staff.  Discuss questions or concerns. Get Started NOW! It is fine to contact us before you have the application written. The earlier you contact the project manager the better your chances of a competitive application. Do not wait until the Deadline Day  .




Email us to set up a time to review your application with us. 


Contact: Randy Engstrom at

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