Application Deadline: October 15 annually
The City of Edmonton through the Edmonton Arts Council established the Cultural Diversity in the Arts program to recognize that artists from all parts of the world enrich Edmonton’s cultural scene. Artists from these communities can apply to any Edmonton Arts Council program, but many also face cultural, linguistic or historical barriers to accessing support. The intent of this program is to provide an entry point, to help these artists begin to overcome those barriers, to pursue their professional artistic work and develop connections to the greater Edmonton arts community.
Grants will support the activities of individual, Edmonton artists for a specific time towards a specific project. Projects can be individual or collective and could include creation of work in any art form. Professional development and mentorship projects are encouraged.
The grants will be given up to a maximum of $15,000 and in the case when an artist wishes to apply but faces language barriers that make a written application impossible, the artist may, at the discretion of the EAC submit a 5-minute video narrative instead of written material.
The transition to this newly developed grant is a program outcome directed by one of the key recommendations from a Cultural Diversity Audit the EAC undertook (conducted by Centre for Race and Culture, 2012), with goal to improve practices and policies to foster equitable and authentic participation of culturally diverse artists.