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Call for Indigenous Curator

The City of Calgary is seeking an Indigenous Curator to play a key role in developing and implementing opportunities for artists and help The City build relationships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in and around Calgary.

This position will work in close collaboration with the Moh’kinsstis Public Art Guiding Circle, Public Art Program staff and the Indigenous Relations Office at The City of Calgary.

The City of Calgary recognizes and values diversity and inclusion; and unique dimensions of diversity including race, ethnicity, gender, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, work style, communication style, learning preferences and others.

Thank you for your interest in this project.

Eligible submissions will contain:

  • A response to the application criteria on page 5 of the Call for Indigenous Curator with the following information: A letter of interest describing why this opportunity interests the Curator, and how the Curator’s background and practice will contribute to this project;
  • A resume / Curriculum Vitae showing applicable examples of work in related area and educational experience.

Community-initiated public art projects funding

Do you have a great idea for an art project in your neighbourhood? We are inviting Calgarians to develop ideas for community-run public art projects that will support the local economy and strengthen our community through artistic exploration. Calgarians and community groups are encouraged to team up with artists at all levels to explore any form of public art in any part of the city.

Funding from $500 to $4500 is available to support your ideas.

How is funding awarded to projects?

See the call for community-initiated public art projects for details and choose one of the project themes:

  • Uncover little-known stories about the city or overlooked histories
  • Focus on justice, inclusion, and human dignity
  • Foster truth & reconciliation
  • Explore stories of your community
  • Bring beauty, joy, whimsy and hope

How to apply:

  1. Download and complete the application form.
  2. Submit your completed application to publicart@calgary.ca prior to September 30, 2020. Be sure to apply early, as funding is limited and evaluations take place every two weeks until all funding is allocated.
    Projects will be rated out of a score of 10 based on how well they achieve one of the themes (3 points); community participation - How will you include community members, residents, etc. in this project? (4 points); and how the project will benefit the community (3 points).

At the end of your project, you’ll be asked to complete this Report Back.

Timeline

  • June 18, 2020: application process is open.
  • July 19 - September 30, 2020: applications are reviewed every two weeks by an advisory committee, applicants are notified and successful applications processed.
  • September 30, 2020: deadline to submit an application form to publicart@calgary.ca. Communities should apply early as funding is limited and evaluations take place every two weeks until all funding is allocated.
  • August - December 2020: Funding recipients carry out their community project.
  • Within 60 days of your project's completion: Funding recipients are required to complete a survey about your experiences, including images and how the funds were spent.

Questions?

Please email publicart@calgary.ca.

Public Art Resources

Keep up to date with program opportunities and initiatives through our Public Art Email Bulletins.

Please note: Artists are encouraged to watch for opportunities on this site, in local and national newspapers, and on industry related websites and publications. The City of Calgary cannot assume the responsibility of disseminating information regarding the Public Art Program and its opportunities to artists and/or their organizations.

Check out more community and artist resources​.

Definition of a Professional Artist - Canadian Council for the Arts​

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