In this issue: Canadian statistics on the performing arts, including a detailed analysis of data on performing companies, a survey of the social impacts of dance organizations, and an article on performing arts attendance in Quebec.
Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre is proud to present Black Arts Matter (BAM!), a new arts festival to be held in conjunction with CANOE 2017, curated by WWPT Artistic Associate Nasra Adem. BAM! is interested in honouring the following questions, using the vibrancy of the Edmonton community and various creative lenses:
What does it mean to be Black in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton), and in Canada?
What does it then mean to be a Black artist? What specific histories have come together to mould these experiences?
What is the Black experience? What is Blackness?
How do we ask the questions while living out the answers?
BAM! is looking for Black artists across disciplines and experience levels—poets, storytellers, musicians, dancers, theatre artists—to showcase their brilliance and creative potential. It is understood that Blackness can mean different things to different people. As such, the festival welcomes the various ways that Blackness intersects with gender, culture, class, faith, language and mixed-race identities, among others. BAM! is accepting applications for artists, workshop facilitators, and the Black Arts Matter Spoken Word Program.
The Faculty of Extension’s Indigenous Program warmly invites you to join us in celebrating the holiday season with the Indigenous Artisans’ Holiday Market! This market runs Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 11:00am-2:00pm and will feature handmade items by Indigenous artisans and artists.
There is no cost to register as a vendor or attend. Please complete the online vendor application form by Nov. 15 to be considered. As limited tables are available, not all applicants will be accepted. The Faculty of Extension’s Indigenous Program team will contact all applicants to let them know if they are successful by November 16, 2016.
The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital (GRH) Arts in Rehab Council offers artists an opportunity to exhibit their works. We are a health-care facility unique to Alberta and are devoted primarily to high-level rehabilitation care of seniors, adults and children. This facility is visited by approximately 160,000 individuals annually, including inpatients, outpatients, visitors, volunteers and staff.
The Arts in Rehab Council was developed to create opportunities for patients and staff to be exposed to Alberta and Canadian art and artists. The Council focuses on exploring sources for artwork exhibition or acquisition and evaluates any and all art works for display.
Open Call Arquetopia Foundation
Puebla & Oaxaca, Southern Mexico
Self-Directed & Instructional Artist & Writers Residencies:
Winter/Spring Sessions (January through April) 2017
Arquetopia and Arquetopia Oaxaca are currently welcoming applications for residencies offered Winter/Spring (all sessions during months of January through April) 2017.
Founded in 2009 in Puebla, Arquetopia is an international award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation run entirely by artists. It has since grown to include the premier artist residency program of Mexico and Latin America, with extensive collaborative networks in Puebla and Oaxaca. Our resident artists have come from dozens of countries on six continents, and many have returned multiple times. Our Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, writers, journalists, culinary professionals, and cultural researchers age 25 and over.
Spaces are limited. Our committee processes all residency applications when they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.
To mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, The Works International Visual Arts Society is calling for three participatory art projects that actively build community and tell the complex story of Canada’s people and places.
Artworks will be presented during The Works Art & Design Festival, June 22 – July 4, 2017 and may include community outreach in the form of workshops or other engagement during the festival, or in the months leading up to the festival. This call is open to all Canadians.
Application Deadline: October 31, 2016 by 5:00pm MST
InFocus Photo is an annual exhibition that began in 2015. Now, in its third year, InFocus has fulfilled its mission of welcoming submissions from ALL Canadian photographers. This year, the curated show will be mounted in The Front Gallery.
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2016 at 11:59pm (MST). Submissions before this time will be $25. Extended Deadline: October 30, 2016 at 11:59pm (MST). Submissions during the extended deadline will be $35.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum requires two chicken wire sculptures (paint colour TBD):
One of a full size Pantodont built around a cast skull, leg and paw
One rear half of a full size Nodosaur
Please breakdown quote eg. travel costs, materials, labour etc. Please include a link to your portfolio or send PDF portfolio (under 5MB) and a cover letter outlining relevant work experience and skills. Will need at least one site visit to Drumheller, Alberta to get specs from specimens and another for install if necessary. Estimated start date of project is December 5, 2016. The sculptures will need to be delivered on March 24th, 2017.
Hey there, it’s another Draw More Income episode! This time with the wonderful David Swann, MD, MLA (http://www.davidswann.ca/). We were extremely lucky to have spoke with him and only wish this episode was put out months ago when it was recorded.
David Swann has been in Alberta politics for years and years, fighting for the Alberta Liberal party from the level of MLA to Leader of the Opposition Party. He has championed a great many human rights causes such as accessible healthcare, environmental issues, addictions treatment, and even global peace/anti-war initiatives.
In today’s episode, he sits down with Graeme Dearden to put on his artist’s rights hat, chatting about things like Status of The Artist Legislation, the Artist’s Resale Right, and generally how to get stuff done while working with the government.
Early in the podcast, we mentioned Dr. Swann’s involvement with a dance troupe called Le Caravan. This was such a great project and you can see the extent of Dr. Swann’s commitment to the arts in Canada.
Today’s episode was recorded and edited by Graeme Dearden. The interview was performed by Graeme Dearden with David Swann, MD, MLA. Feedback and support provided by Sydney Lancaster, Chris Carson, and Sara McKarney. Our production director/all-around-audio guru is Ryan Hemphill.
Are you, or do you know experienced leaders looking to contribute to the future of the arts in Canada?
As you may know, the Government of Canada recently reviewed and modified its policies with regard to how it appoints Canadians to the Board of Directors of Canada’s major crown corporations and agencies. This week, the Privy Council Office announced an open call for experienced leaders to join the Boards of several organizations, including ours. You can find more information here.
We want to take this opportunity to share the message far and wide, and reach out to qualified, experienced, engaged candidates from coast to coast to coast.
Apply now! The application period is just 3 weeks long. Complete yours by October 24th