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Art and Wellness Consultant

Application deadline:
February 14, 2022

Term: March 7, 2022 – May 29, 2022 (12 weeks)

Organization Description:

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is a place for the curious to explore, support and experience the rich artistic heritage of Ottawa, its region and Gatineau – building a hub for creative conversations and connections. The OAG represents a coming of age for Ottawa and its arts scene. The OAG’s mandate is to be the most vital visual arts institution in Ottawa. As a leader in the arts community, we present new ideas and provide a cultural meeting place to actively promote relationships and exchanges between artists and various diverse facets of our community. We explore and reflect on diversity and social change through a spectrum of visual arts practice, focused on but not exclusive to the region in a national and international context.

Job Description:

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is seeking a highly motivated individual with a strong interest in museum education, wellness programming and art therapy to join the OAG team’s Learning & Engagement Department (L&E) as an Art and Wellness Consultant.

Working under the supervision of the Manager of L&E, the Art and Wellness Consultant will conduct an audit of the gallery’s art and wellness programming as well as an environmental scan of the arts ecology in Ottawa to determine how best to move forward with a growing aspect of our initiatives for

which we would like to build capacity. Art and Wellness programming at the OAG has grown in the last few years, and with the onset of the pandemic, its necessity has become even more apparent.

The Consultant will examine all of our current art and wellness offerings as well as our future plans in order to ensure our adherence to best practices. This includes reviewing the curriculum for our arts and wellness programming and making recommendations for improvements, as well as refining our training procedures and assessment processes, especially with regard to online program delivery for neuro-diverse participants. By conducting an environmental scan, the Consultant will identify gaps and overlaps in art and wellness programming in the Ottawa-Gatineau region in order to refine and consolidate the OAG’s place within it. The Consultant will also make recommendations for mental and physical health and wellbeing supports for OAG staff delivering art and wellness programming. The Consultant will also make recommendations for new approaches to working with our partner organizations on the delivery of these programs to meet the needs of our community. The Consultant’s findings will be represented in a report produced at the end of the contract.

Necessary qualifications for the position:

  • Master’s degree in community art practices, art therapy, education, or counseling or a related field with an emphasis in art therapy, and/or combination of education and relevant experience;
  • Hands on experience working in a public museum or cultural facility preferred;
  • 3-4 years’ experience in a professional capacity or a related field
  • Excellent knowledge of mental health (youth and adult) and strong counseling skills
  • A strong knowledge and understanding of the role art can play in health treatments
  • Experience with strategic planning;
  • Proven research and analytical skills, ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative data, identify trends and support recommendations;
  • Demonstrated research, evaluation and reporting skills;
  • Written, verbal, and presentation communication skills and ability to effectively articulate technical challenges and solutions;
  • Bilingualism in English and French is an asset;
  • Proficient using MS Office Products to include Word, Excel, etc..


WAGE CONDITIONS: 35 hrs/week for 12 weeks

$35.00 per hour. Travel from OAG to offsite venue locations will be covered by OAG according to our policy.


The Ottawa Art Gallery extends a commitment to equity in every aspect of the organization and recognizes that structural inequalities create significant barriers to equal opportunity employment. We strongly encourage applications from equity-seeking communities, from individuals who identify as Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Persons with Disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ and/or persons living at intersectionalities.


The OAG fully supports the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all of its operations. In accordance with the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, the OAG strives to conduct its business in a way that is accessible, inclusive and responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities.

The OAG is committed to ensuring that employment opportunities are fully accessible to job candidates and employees with disabilities.

Should you require accommodation during the staffing process, please do not hesitate to contact Emma Campbell (


Due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, be assured that all personal protective measures will be taken to conduct job interviews in a safe manner. OAG will work with individual selected candidates to ascertain the safest and most effective way to conduct each interview, including options such as in-person using distancing and masks or via Zoom. 

Selected candidates will be invited to an interview with the Manager of Learning and Engagement and the Learning and Engagement Coordinator. All interviewees will be contacted with a final decision.

Please note that successful applicants will be required to provide a current valid Police Record Check from the Ottawa Police Service.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to:

Michael Davidge, Manager of Learning and Engagement ( Be sure to reference the job you are applying to in the subject line of the email.

Thank you for applying. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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