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Call to Artists: Utility Box Mentorship Program (City of Calgary)

“A collaboration between the City of Calgary, and Indefinite Arts Centre

The intention of this Call to Artists is to select artists based on qualifications, experience and references. Design concepts and prices are not required.

The City of Calgary Public Art Program in collaboration with Indefinite Arts Centre are seeking a professional artist with established community engagement experience to lead a six-week workshop series resulting in the development and execution of temporary utility box artworks in a select community.

The 2018 Mentorship program will work with artists participating in the Indefinite Arts Centre. A lead artist will be hired upon his/her ability to bring new ideas, skills and expertise to the selected mentees. This mentorship program will support the mission of Indefinite Arts Centre to provide artistic training, creation and exhibition opportunities for people, of all ages – with developmental disabilities, and shares the power of their creativity by advocating for their inclusion in the contemporary arts.

The Public Art Program has a vision to build a diverse collection and encourages artists working in suitable media to apply. Safety, durability, low maintenance, vandalism resistance and exposure to sunlight and variations in temperature and weather conditions must be considered due to the public nature and usage of the boxes. Artists should have experience working in public spaces, be able to work within the existing parameters of the site, be able to work collaboratively and have a history of working within set budgets. Previous experience with successful community engagement is required.

The all-inclusive lead artist budget for this project is $20,000.

The submission deadline is Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 4 p.m. MST. No extensions will be granted and late submissions will not be considered. Please read the full call to artists to ensure compliancy with submission requirements. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Disbursements will be made throughout the project as per a negotiated schedule of deliverables. The project will be awarded through a two-stage selection panel process. Stage one to short list based on qualifications and stage two for interviews.”

For more information, please see the City of Calgary’s document

-from the City of Calgary website

Call for Applicants: 5th Annual CSIF + imagineNATIVE Mentorship Program (Alberta)

Are you an emerging Indigenous media artist living in Alberta? Do you have a great idea for a 5-minute short film that would benefit from professional and creative mentorship?

 CSIF and imagineNATIVE are proud to present their 5th annual Mentorship Program.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to explore filmmaking and shoot, edit and produce your short film through the use of the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers’ workshops, equipment and facilities.

Your film will have its world premiere on the big screen at the 19th annual imagineNATIVE film + media arts festival from October 17–21, 2018 in Toronto!

The successful applicant will be provided with a full CSIF Membership and be eligible to enroll in any training workshop offered during their Winter and Spring 2017 calendar of workshops. You will be paired with CSIF’s knowledgeable staff to help you through the various stages of development, production and post-production of your project.

The successful applicant will receive the opportunity to use the CSIF’s extensive equipment and facilities for their film. As every film is unique, equipment and facilities access will be established in the development phase at the CSIF’s discretion. A CSIF member will mentor the successful applicant with advice and creative support for the duration of the project.

The successful applicant will receive a $1,000 CAD bursary as a commission fee and to put towards production costs. All other additional equipment, facilities, and production costs will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.

The artist will be provided with an Artist Delegate Pass to attend all of the 19th annual imagineNATIVE film +media arts festival programming and social and professional development activities, should they be able to attend the festival. Travel and accommodation will not be provided.

Please note: Projects must be realistic in scope and subject matter for the resources provided, as they must be completed and delivered as a digital file by September 9, 2018. Film information and stills for publications will be required by the end of July 2018. The successful applicant will sign an agreement contract for the duration of their participation in the mentorship.

For more information, please visit

-from CSIF
Read imagineNATIVE’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

SPARK Disability Art Festival (Nov 27 – Dec 8, Calgary)

City-wide festival is one of the largest and longest running visual arts festivals for artists with disabilities.

“SPARK celebrates creative self-expression by artists pan-disability, including emerging and professional artists with developmental, physical, or sensory disabilities, mental health barriers, brain injury, and/or chronic illness. Artists are encouraged to explore authentic interpretations of the disability experience. SPARK provides exhibition and advancement opportunities and advances a creative vision of equality.

SPARK is presented by Prospect/Studio C. This year’s festival runs from November 27th to December 8th in 6 public venues across Calgary.”

“Studio C is proud to present the 2017 SPARK Disability Art Festival, Calgary’s longest running festival for artists with disabilities. The festival kicks off next week Monday November 27 and takes places in 7 different venues across the city. This year’s festival includes juried exhibitions with international talent from across Canada, the United States and United Kingdom, as well as public programs and other events presented in partnership with the University of Calgary Department of Art, Nickle Galleries, Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association and artist Dick Averns.

SPARK is excited to present a series of visual art exhibits that will ignite the mind & spark the imagination. This year’s Festival features over 110 pieces juried of art in all media from international artists pan-disability. Exhibits will be hosted at ACAD, Arts Commons, cSPACE King Edward, the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and Studio C from November 27 to December 8.

SPARK 2017 has an exciting lineup of satellite art shows presented in partnership with the University of Calgary, including student work on display in the Sculpture Gallery on the theme “Adapt… Ability… Disability”. At Nickle Galleries, a significant retrospective exhibition “RAGE HOPE” addresses the theme of mental wellness and features the work of Edmonton artist Richard Boulet.

SPARK is also proud to promote the ACADSA Hear/d Residency, a pilot project developed by the Alberta College of Art + Design’s Students’ Association. The residency has its own central theme of resilience relating to the journey of mental health issues currently experienced by many post-secondary students. Drawing on this theme, the Hear/d Residency program invites participants to explore concerns that are affecting post-secondary students in a creative and innovative way. Artistic outcomes from the residency will be exhibited alongside SPARK artwork with a joint reception occurring November 30.

At the Lightbox Studio in Arts Commons, don’t miss “Recognition… Validation… Reassurance…  Art + Mental Wellness“, a collaboration between artist Dick Averns and SPARK to utilize spaces in and around Arts Commons: engaging public audiences on the topic of mental wellness. The installation hopes to address feelings of invisibility and isolation that often accompany mental distress. The exhibition space includes an evolving display of artwork generated through community workshops: collage, drawings and text-based art comprising personalized depictions fostering mental wellness. Contact Studio C for more more information about workshop opportunities available.

Finally, SPARK is proud to promote the Nickle at Noon discussion panel “Mental Health in Museums and Art Galleries” presented at the University’s Gallery Hall on November 30. From 12-1:30pm, join Dick Averns, Paul Freeman, Tamara Pringsheim, Richard Boulet and other special guests to discuss the relationship between mental health, museums, art galleries, art and artists. The discussion will be followed by the relaxed reception for the exhibition, Richard Boulet: RAGE HOPE. For details, visit

The closing reception for SPARK 2017 will be hosted in conjunction with the ACADSA Hear/d Residency on November 30 from 6 to 8pm. All are welcome!”

The complete SPARK program, with a list of events, see below or visit for more information.

Call for Participants: Youth Queer Media Program (Fairy Tales Presentation Society, Calgary)

“Applications for our 2018 program are now open!

Share your story and your unique perspective on queer identity for youth today. The program is open to any youth 16-24 years of age, and no previous film experience is required.

Short films can be of any genre or type and final films can be up to 15 minutes long. Get creative, and propose an idea that excites you! What kinds of unique perspectives do you want to bring to an audience? What side of the story do you want to tell? Use this opportunity to explore the concepts of queer identity that interest you.

The Youth Queer Media Program (YQMP) gives audiences the opportunity to look through the eyes of our emerging filmmakers, and gives the filmmakers the tools and resources to share their perspective. This annual program runs December – March for youth ages 16-24 and provides the time and tools to create a short film, including workshops with industry professionals in storyboarding, editing, filming, and production. The program culminates in the world premiere of the films at the Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival in May, and the opportunity for additional screenings as they arise.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 15th, 2017

For more information and to download the application form, please visit:

-from Fairy Tales Presentation Society website
To read more about Fairy Tales Presentation Society, please see their profile in our Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Profile Highlight | Otahpiaaki (Calgary)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

Otahpiaaki is a social innovation project based at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. Each year, Otahpiaaki hosts our Indigenous Beauty, Fashion and Design Week, featuring some of our region’s most inspiring Indigenous artists, designers, and creatives. We believe that the work of reconciliation is for neighbours and that important conversations and teachings can be shared through creative and artistic practices.”

To read more about Otahpiaaki, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

SPARK Disability Art Festival (Nov 28 – Dec 2, Calgary)


In-Definite Arts & Studio C are proud to present the 2016 SPARK Disability Art Festival, running November 28 to December 2 in different venues across Calgary. SPARK this year will include five juried exhibitions across Calgary, two satellite shows at the University of Calgary and a jam-packed closing reception with three guest speakers.

SPARK is excited to present a series of visual art exhibits that will ignite the mind & spark the imagination. This year’s Festival features over 140 pieces of art in all media from Canadian artists pan-disability. Exhibits will be hosted at ACAD, Arts Commons, In-Definite Arts, Loft 112 and Studio C Nov.28 – Dec.2.

In addition to SPARK’s juried exhibitions, In-Definite Arts and Studio C are pleased to partner with the University of Calgary to present new SPARK art exploring ability, disability and mental health. U of C students will be exhibiting sculptures on the theme of Adapt Ability Disability, as well as collaborative drawings created through partnered expression, where U of C students pair with disabled artists from the In-Definite Arts Society to create jointly rendered drawings.

Both series of artworks will be featured together at the U of C Art Building under the shared title “Creative Growth”. The exhibits will be on display November 28 through December 2, and the reception will occur November 30 from 4 to 6pm. All are welcome.

Attend the Closing Reception at In-Definite Arts December 2 from 6 to 8pm and enjoy keynote presentations from three Calgary artists with a disability. This year SPARK is proud to partner with Tony Goodison, Mary Salvani and Shawn Belanger for a series of thoughtful discussions on subjects relating to art, diversity, and disability.

For more information, please visit:

-submitted by In-Definite Arts
Read In-Definite Arts’ profile in ArtBridges Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map


The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival (Nov.15-20, Calgary)


The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival has been sharing human rights, environmental, and socially significant documentary films since 2006. The 2016 Festival will run Nov. 15-20, 2016.”

“At the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival, we present some of the world’s best documentaries on the issues that are important to us as individuals, Canadians, global citizens, and humans. We’ve brought these influential documentaries from international filmmakers to more than 30,000 people in the Calgary area and across Canada, and thanks to our sponsors, we’ve done it free of charge.

Since our start in 2006, we’ve grown 100%, from a three-day festival with two venues to a six-day festival in four venues. In addition to the annual festival, we also present justREEL, a year-round film series.

In 2016, the documentaries we presented were chosen from a submission pool of more than 1000 filmmakers from over 100 countries. Every screening, whether it’s a festival presentation or part of justREEL, includes a discussion with the filmmaker or experts on the film’s topic; these conversations are lively, inclusive and enlightening, occasionally charged or even contentious, but always thought-provoking.

Good Films. Do Good.

For more information about the Film Festival, please visit

-from the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival’s website

Footprints – An Art Project: Remembering the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls of Canada


By Kaiya Leonard, “La Couvee”

“Footprints – An Art Project: Remembering the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls of Canada

The Project 

Two Indigenous teenage sisters – inspired in part by the recent murder of their birth mother, as well as learning that the number of reported Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) across Canada is now estimated at 1,200 sisters – are collecting 1,200 pairs of shoes as part of an art-and-awareness project that will be displayed at the Awo Taan Healing Lodge’s Sisters in Spirit event on October 4, 2016 at Olympic Plaza.

Project Goals

  • Collect 1,200 pairs of good conditioned girls (including baby/toddler) and women’s shoes, each pair to represent a missing and murdered Indigenous woman or girl in Canada
  • Create awareness about the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada
  • Generate discussions among non-native Canadians about this important issue
  • Create commemorative public art to be displayed during the Awo Taan Healing Lodge annual Sisters in Spirit march on October 4, 2016
  • Support domestic shelters and other non-profit organizations by donating all the shoes collected after the Sisters in Spirit event
  • Engage Indigenous youth, elders and local agencies

Where can you donate shoes?

You can donate shoes by contacting the organizers (who will arrange to pick them up) or drop them off at the University of Calgary’s Native Center. You can also request a donation box and relevant information for your place of work to encourage your co-workers to donate to this important project.

For more information, or to support the project by donating or volunteering, please contact: 

Jenlen Leonard
Social Workers for Indigenous Social Justice (SWISJ)
T: 403 998 3950
Facebook page | Website

-from SWISJ news release

Call to Artists: Public Art and Social Practice – Workshop Series (Calgary)


“As part of its commitment to provide a variety of opportunities for artists, The City of Calgary Public Art Program, in collaboration with Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG), is pleased to be offering a public art and social practice workshop series. Internationally renowned artists Alfredo Jaar, Jeanne van Heeswijk and a third to be announced, will each present a public lecture and lead a weekend workshop for a selected group of Calgary artists. Spaces are limited, and artists will be selected by a selection panel based on the strength of their applications. This workshop series is intended for local Calgary artists and results in an exhibition at the IKG and an opportunity for a public art commission. Only those who participate in the workshops and exhibition will be eligible for the resulting commission.

Deadline: Tuesday Oct 4, 2016 at 4 p.m. MST


This workshop series is designed to provide professional development for artists interested in pursuing public art projects with a social practice focus and is intended for professional artists wishing to:

  • Explore and develop a socially engaged practice with a distinct focus on public art.
  • Understand the opportunities and the challenges that this type of practice entails.
  • Discover the breadth of possibilities that public art and social practice offers.

To complete the series, artists will design a project proposal that involves a community partner in the development and/or implementation of the project in some way. The proposals will then be exhibited at IKG for juried competition. Participants will receive $1000 for concept development and a stipend will be provided to cover material costs.

Through the workshops, lectures and group discussions participants will be mentored by world renowned artists practising in the field and provided with the tools, skills and in-depth understanding necessary to develop a project proposal and subsequent practice in socially engaged public art.

“Artists working in social practice co-create their work with a specific audience or propose critical interventions within existing social systems that inspire debate or catalyze social exchange.”
~”Social Practice Workshop”. California College of the Arts. Retrieved Sept 18, 2014.

Lead Artists Background:

Alfredo Jaar
Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York City. He was born in Santiago de Chile.

Jaar’s work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the Biennales de Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), Sao Paulo Art, New York; Whitechapel, London; The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. A major retrospective of his work took place in summer 2012 at three institutions in Berlin: Berlinische Galerie, Neue Gesellschaft fur bildende Kunst e.V. and Alte Netionalgalerie. In 2014 the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki hosted the most extensive retrospective of his career.

Jaar has realized more than sixty public interventions around the world. More than fifty monographic publications have been published about his work.

He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000.

His work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum, New York, the MCA in Chicago, MOCA and LACMA in Los Angeles, the Tate in London, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Centro Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlaebeck and dozens of other institutions and private collections worldwide.

Jeanne van Heeswijk

How can an artist be an instrument for the collective reimagining of daily environments, given the complexity of our societies? This is the question that artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, of the Netherlands, considers when deciding how to employ her work to improve communities. Van Heeswijk believes communities need to co-produce their own futures. That’s why she embeds herself, for years at a time, in communities from Rotterdam to Liverpool, working with them to improve their neighbourhoods and empowering them to design their own futures—not wait for local authorities to foist upon them urban planning schemes which rarely take embedded culture into account. Her work often attempts to unravel invisible legislation, governmental codes, and social institutions, gradually preparing areas for their predictive futures. She calls it “radicalising the local” by empowering communities to become their own antidote.

Van Heeswijk’s work has been featured in numerous books and publications worldwide, as well as internationally renowned biennials such as those of Liverpool, Busan, Taipei, Shanghai and Venice. She has received international for her work, including most recently the 2012 Curry Stone Prize for Social Design Pioneers and the 2011 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change.”

For submission details and more information, please visit The City of Calgary Public Art Program’s website.

-from The City of Calgary Public Art Program’s website

Profile Highlight: Chrysalis: An Alberta Society for Citizens with Disabilities

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at Artbridges.


Chrysalis “endeavours to have people with disabilities accepted by and included in society for their abilities to contribute, and have the same rights and privileges as all citizens. Through the creative arts programming, individuals have not only developed their artistic talents, but have been able to reach into the community through annual art shows, online auctions, distribution of the yearly Chrysalis art calendar and numerous art displays housed at high traffic public places like the Edmonton International Airport and Community Natural Foods in Calgary. Thanks in large part to this exposure; many of the talented artists are being sought-after to create commission artwork for their supporters.”

To read more about Chrysalis, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.