Assistant Curator, Indigenous Education & Programming, Art Gallery of Ontario


Assistant Curator, Indigenous Education & Programming

Temporary Full-Time (35 hours per week)


Are you energized by the idea of working in Canada’s leading art museum, surrounded by great art, award-winning programs and big ideas? Would you thrive working with colleagues who are leaders in their field, from a variety of professional backgrounds? Do you believe art has the power to spark conversation, create community and change lives?

This is a moment of remarkable global change. At the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), we are exploring the possibilities of what an art museum can be—and there has never been a more exciting time to join us on this journey. As one of North America’s leading art museums, the AGO welcomes close to 1 million visitors annually and is deeply committed to making art and lifelong learning accessible to everyone. Our ambitious vision is to lead global conversations from Toronto through extraordinary collections, exhibitions and programs, and by reflecting the people who live here.

The AGO Education & Programming team is currently seeking a temporary full-time Assistant Curator, Indigenous Education & Programming. The ideal candidate will actively work to curate the public programs and digital platforms of the museum, addressing the needs and interests of a broad and engaged Indigenous and non-Indigenous audience. They will work to research, develop, produce and deliver the AGO’s public programs and education with particular focus on Indigenous art and culture with specific emphasis on the AGO’s collections and exhibitions. They will work collaboratively with colleagues in Indigenous and Canadian Art, as well as internally and externally, to help create and execute all programs for audiences of all ages ensuring that they support the AGO’s values of art, audience and learning.

Our ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Personal lived experience with First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit culture.
  • Knowledge of Art History, Public Programs, Social Practice, Informal Learning and other related museums practices and pedagogies focused on Indigenous education and programming
  • Graduate Level education degree and/or extensive knowledge of public programs and learning practices and theory.
  • Specialization in the field of Indigenous ways of knowing, cultural studies and education is an asset.
  • Minimum 3-5 years directly related experience programming collaboratively with Indigenous communities.
  • Curatorial and programming experience integrating contemporary Indigenous culture and art within a broader institutional context is an asset.
  • Knowledge of the AGO’s core collections and exhibitions along with knowledge of comparable institutions around the world desirable.
  • Well-developed organizational, interpersonal and public relations skills.
  • Proven ability to work effectively and positively with other professional staff in a highly collaborative environment, and at times high volume organization.
  • Knowledge of program production inside a museum.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a variety of computer software packages; including excel, Portfolio for Images, TMS, Adobe Suite, and similar
  • Knowledge of French and/or an Indigenous language is an asset.

The AGO is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace and building teams that reflect our community. We encourage candidates who are women, BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and people with disabilities to apply for this new and exciting role. If you require accommodations at any point in the hiring process, please let us know and we will be happy to provide them.

Application Deadline: August 6, 2021

To apply for this opportunity, please submit a tailored cover letter and resume via our website: We thank all applicants, but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.