Working with CAHEP?

Community Arts & Heritage Education Project is an award-winning non-profit arts education organization based in Thunder Bay.   

CAHEP contracts local artists as freelance or independent agents* to deliver inclusive arts programming for children, youth, families, and seniors in Thunder Bay.  We work in partnership with schools and community groups to offer low-cost and/or free in-person and online programming to folks across the City of Thunder Bay.

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Contracted artists who work with CAHEP range from those who have had years of experience in schools/the community to those who are just getting started. They work in a wide variety of disciplines including:

  • Cultural Programming
  • Craft & Textile
  • Dance
  • Drama/Performance
  • Literary Arts (writing, spoken word, beat poetry, etc.)
  • Music
  • New Media (photography, video, computer arts, animation, etc.)
  • Urban Arts
  • Visual Art


CAHEP runs three basic programs: 1. an In-school Program; 2. a Community-Engaged Program; and 3. professional development opportunities, ranging from mentorship for emerging and new art educators, internships, and volunteer opportunities.

Contact us:

Have questions?  Want to get involved?  Have an idea for an art project you’d like to offer through CAHEP but not sure where it might fit?  Email us at: or


To work with CAHEP as an artist, please submit:

  • A completed artist roster form (available upon request);
  • Copy of up-to-date police record check with vulnerable sector screening;
  • Project ideas and photos of your previous art/arts education/community work.

Due to limited funds, not all artists who submit the above information will be hired to work with us.


Artist Contract Details, FYI:

Contracted artists with CAHEP agree to all of the stipulations and requirements below (negligence or disregard of them may result in discontinuation of contracted sessions and withholding of payment by CAHEP).

Artists’ Fees vary from $45-$125 per session depending on the complexity of the project and art-education experience (projects may require one or many sessions).

Artists selected for programming are hired as independent contractors. As a contractor, artists agree that they are not an employee of the Community Arts and Heritage Education Project and are not entitled to employee benefits, such as sick leave and vacation. No deductions, withholding for any taxes, contributions, unemployment, or any other employee benefits or burdens will be made by CAHEP on behalf of the contractor.

CAHEP reserves the right to cancel a class before it begins without obligation to pay the instructor. Artists understand that they may not cancel their sessions or make changes in meeting dates or times without prior consultation with and approval by CAHEP, and that such alterations can be made only in the most serious circumstances.

CAHEP shall be held harmless for any injury, loss, damages, or expense of any nature sustained by the contractor in the conduct of any class, workshop, performance, or in the execution of any duties or obligations pertaining to contracted work. Artists should ensure that they have adequate insurance coverage for their contracted work with CAHEP as CAHEP does not provide insurance coverage for contracted artists.


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