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Call for BIPOC Artists – Making Love With The Land Online Cabaret, an online creation and development process (Springboard Performance)


Produced by Springboard Performance with Joshua Whitehead 


The MAKING LOVE WITH THE LAND ONLINE CABARET is a series of online performances inspired by Joshua Whitehead’s forthcoming book “Making with Love With the Land” in which artists will explore selected excerpts of the book and creation in a post-pandemic world. 

The MAKING LOVE WITH THE LAND ONLINE CABARET consists of an online creation and development process beginning in June and ending in September, with all works presented online during the 2020 Fluid Festival, October 14-24, 2020. Artists will be able to connect with the writer, mentors, dramaturgs, and other participating artists throughout this process via online means, including correspondence via email and video calls, as scheduling and accessibility to these platforms permits. Springboard Performance staff will help coordinate online platform access and training throughout the developmental and presenting periods. 

We are seeking 8 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) artists from all arts disciplines to interpret and be inspired by a section of Joshua Whitehead’s “Making Love with the Land.” Works will be presented online in performance slots between 5-10 minutes in length. Joshua Whitehead will select the excerpts of writing, and may read selections live as a part of the online performance. Artistic mentorship and online training and support will be provided. Artists are invited to suggest potential mentors and writers they wish to work with.

While BIPOC artists located anywhere are encouraged to apply, attention will be given to invest in Western Canadian artists. Selected artists will represent a broad range of experience with representation of emerging, mid-career, and established artists. 

Contributing artists will be selected by Joshua Whitehead in consultation with Springboard Performance and developmental and presentation practices will be developed to best support live performance artists and artistic creation in times of physical distancing. All rehearsals and performances will adhere to local, provincial, and national recommendations regarding health and safety.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at info[at] with any questions or concerns you may have regarding this opportunity and program eligibility.”

Deadline Extended: July 1, 2020, 11:59pm MST

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Call for Artists: INsiders Artist Project (STEPS Initiative)

“Deadline: Friday, April 24, 2020 4pm EST

We may be physically distanced, but our desire to create, share and learn brings us together.
In response to our current public health crisis and with the goal of supporting artists, connecting communities and exploring public space during this uncertain time, STEPS is excited to launch the INsiders Artist Project

  • Do you have a public-facing space in your home, garden, balcony or courtyard that could be the site of a creative intervention, installation or public artwork?
  • Do you have an idea to build community, share creative ideas or connect with one another through art?
  • Are you interested in creating work made from materials you have in your home, exploring DIY, upcycling or found object art?
  • Are you interested in sharing your artistic process virtually? Providing insights into your practice or creative process?”

For more information and to apply, please visit

-from STEPS Initiative

Call for Community-Engaged Artists: FUTURES/forward

FUTURES/forward is a National Mentorship Program in Community-Engaged Arts for Social Change (ASC) in Association with Environmental Organizations Across Canada!

Are you an early to mid-career community-engaged artist who would benefit from the support of a senior ASC artist? Are you passionate about climate justice?

Are you a seasoned community-engaged artist interested in sharing your gifts of experience and wisdom with those newer to the field?

Are you part of an environmental organization looking to add depth and reach to your programs by integrating arts into your communications, education, outreach, engagement or research strategies?

FUTURES/forward is hosted by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), an Institute at Simon Fraser University in partnership with Judith Marcuse Projects (JMP), an arts organization with a 40-year history in Canada and abroad and a pioneer in the field of ASC. Our recently completed, six-year national study of ASC provides strong evidence of the high impact that community-engaged artists bring to diverse change agendas.

The FUTURES/forward program embeds community-engaged artists within organizations addressing the pressing environmental issues of our times. These artists (mentored by a senior ASC practitioner) might work to enrich existing programs; develop new approaches to include arts-infused initiatives; offer innovative communications strategies, provide inclusive and interactive educational programs; or enrich public engagement and advocacy.

Some quick facts:

  • The duration of each mentorship arrangement can range from two to six months.
  • Work in performance (dance, theatre, music), visual, literary and digital art forms are all welcome.
  • In each partnership, the “hosting” environmental organization, mentor, and mentee create their own work plan to be approved by ICASC.
  • Partnering environmental organizations may provide logistical assistance (e.g. space for workshops, outreach information, community networking assistance).
  • Both the mentor and mentee receive compensation that will vary according to the length and content of their work plan.
  • Maximum payment, dependant on the length and content of each partnership, is $5000 per mentee and $2000 per mentor.
  • The ICASC team provides contracts and supports the processes of each arrangement.
  • A final report from all participants is required.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to meet regularly online. As the first year of the program wraps up in late 2020, all participants will be expected to attend a national gathering to share and review our experiences. Expenses will be covered for those travelling from outside Metro Vancouver.



  1. Please provide a letter of application answering the following questions (max 2 pages):
    • What are your goals as a community-engaged artist?
    • Please tell us about your current work.
    • How might you benefit from participating in this program?
  2. AND a CV or resume (max 2 pages)
    • You may include website URLs (if you have them)
  3. You may also include up to five jpeg images or a short video (max 5 minutes) with an accompanying image list (including title, date, media, and/or summary of project). Include the necessary links and/or passwords to any online documentation in your submissions email.


  1. Please provide a letter of application answering the following questions (max 2 pages):
    • Please tell us about your current work.
    • Do you have experience mentoring other artists?
    • What are your interests and goals for participation in this program?
  2. AND a CV (max 2 pages)
    • You may include website URLs.
  3. You may also include up to five jpeg images or a short video (max 5 minutes) with an accompanying image list (including title, date, media, and/or summary of project). Include the necessary links and/or passwords to any online documentation in your submissions email.

→ ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: Please email inquiries to programs[at]  We will be in touch with you!


  • Please combine all written components into a single PDF or Word document (PDFs are preferred). Please ensure the file name also includes your name.
  • Attach the document to an email with the subject heading, Futures/Forward Mentorship Submission and YOUR NAME.
  • Include all supporting images in a Google Drive folder titled, Futures Forward Mentorship Submission and YOUR NAME.
  • Please do submit in the formats described above.

APPLY BY MARCH 15, 2020.

We have a candidate selection committee who should make final decisions by approximately April 1, 2020.

Questions about applications and/or the details of your mentorship proposal may be directed to programs[at]”

For more information, please visit:

-submitted by ICASC

Call for Artists: Métis Crossing Cultural Gathering Centre (Alberta)

Métis Crossing Public Art Call is open to all Indigenous artists and artist teams residing in Alberta, Canada. Artworks will in some way ‘tell the stories of this place’ and respond to the land and history within the
Métis Crossing.

This Call will be adjudicated through an Advisory Committee. Selected artists will be asked to tour the Métis Crossing grounds and meet with staff and stakeholders before submission of final proposal.

There are a total of (two) opportunities listed in this call.

Total Budget for (two) opportunities: $30 000 (maximum, all inclusive)
Deadline for Submissions: 4:30 pm on January 3, 2020
Artists Awarded Contracts: January, 2020
All Art Installations: March, 2020″

For more information, please read the full call here.

About Métis Crossing and Victoria Settlement
Métis Crossing is a Gathering Place located within the Victoria District National Historic Site along the North Saskatchewan River on the Historic Victoria Trail, in Smoky Lake County. Located on five original Métis River Lots that were established during the Fur Trade era, Métis Crossing is nestled in the center of the original Victoria Settlement which was a vibrant community of families from the many nearby river lots, Fort Victoria trading post, and the Victoria mission. Métis Crossing tells the story of the Alberta Métis, who are a distinct nation of Indigenous people whose diversity is woven together with strong commonalities. Through immersive interpretive programs that include Métis historical homesteads, land based learning opportunities, and the new Cultural Gathering Centre, visitors delight in authentic and meaningful experiences. Since being established, Métis Crossing has been a premiere place for the sharing of Métis culture, Métis gatherings, educational opportunities, and business development.”

-from Métis Crossing

Call for Artists: SPRINGBOARD World music – 14th edition of Les Sylis d’Or de la musique du Monde

“Submissions for the 14th edition of Les Sylis d’Or de la musique du monde presented by Les Productions Nuits d’Afrique are open until the 1st December.

Live the experience with 35 others artists, be revealed to public, media and musical industry and take a chance to win many prices for a total value of 50 000$.>  Career development assistance, booking, tours, studio hours, photo shoot, live recording, instruments and more. 
Open to any canadian artist related to world music.

More information –

Submission – Français – English

Listen to 2019 Winners  –  Compilation Live 

For assistance, please contact Emilie de La Fléchère – programmation & coordination Balattou-Syli d’Or-Festival Nuits d’Afrique – e.delaflechere[at]”

-from Les Productions Nuits d’Afrique
Read Festival International Nuits d’Afrique’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Call for Performing Artists in Schools 2020-21 Artist Roster (Prologue to the Performing Arts)

Are you a performing artist with a passion for reaching young people through the performing arts?

Prologue to the Performing Arts is seeking professional performing artists to join our 2020-21 roster of artists working in schools and communities across Ontario. Prologue to the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit charitable organization that facilitates opportunities for young people to experience the performing arts within Ontario. Impacting communities for over 50 years, each season Prologue reaches over 500,000 children and youth through 1,800 performances and workshops across Ontario. Prologue works with performing artists in all relevant disciplines (dance, theatre, music, storytelling, spoken word, puppetry and others) who reflect the diversity of Ontario to deliver performances and workshops in schools and community venues. Artists selected for the 2020-21 Artist Roster will receive compensation based on negotiated artist fees for all school and community engagements throughout the year.

For 2020-21, Prologue has identified a series of focus areas – including theatre, puppetry, French and bilingual programming, workshops, programs for younger students and artists who self-identify as belonging to an Ontario Arts Council Priority Group – described below that address current gaps in the Artist Roster.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Prologue
The Possibility Fund and Prologue’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Artists: StArt Youth Presenting Art Festival 2019 (Toronto)

“Showcase your talents and have your creative work featured for friends and family to see at StArt Youth Presenting Art’s FREE art festival in Scarborough!

StArt YPA is looking for artists 16 and up to participate in their 9th annual festival on August 17th at Scarborough Village Recreation & Theatre. Send us a headshot, link/images of your work and a short artist statement. Full details are posted on their website:

You also must attend their open call audition/interviews on:

June 29th from 10am to 3pm
Christ Church, 155 Markham Rd in Scarborough. First Come, First Seen.

Submission deadline: June 22nd, 2019

Apply Here:​ ​”

-submitted by StArt YPA
Read SuiteLife Arts for Youth profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Artists: Farquhar’s Lane Art Installation Project (Mural Routes)

Farquhar’s Lane Art Installation Project
Deadline: 12 NOON EST on April 1st, 2019.
The request for expressions of interest

Artists and artist teams with established public art experience are invited to submit their credentials, examples of prior experience and a preliminary vision for the development and execution of a site-specific, permanent, outdoor art installation for a public art project to enhance Farquhar’s Lane, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The vision is to capture the life and ambience of Toronto’s early waterfront with bold design that is engaging and informative.

The project will be conducted in two Phases over two years with a total budget of $320,000. This is a two-stage, open competition for professional artists who can demonstrate past experience in outdoor public mural creation and installation.

Based on the responses to this call for expressions of interest, a Selection Committee will select three (3) artists to develop their design proposals. Each of these artists will be paid a fee of $2,000 (Canadian dollars) to prepare the design proposal. Based on the design proposals the Selection Committee will choose one artist to execute the project. An additional fee of $3,000 will be paid to the winning artist for their final design.

The selection criteria are artistic excellence and demonstrated ability to create and execute a major innovative, engaging public artwork. The competition is open to all qualified artists; eligibility is not limited by geographic or other restrictions.”

For more information about the project and application, please see document or visit Mural Routes’ website.

-from Mural Routes
Read Mural Routes profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map


Call for Artists: Join MABELLEarts’ Community Arts Training and Artistic Team! (Toronto)

Are you a newcomer artist, craftsperson, architect or designer? Do you want to work on a community arts project?

MABELLEarts is now accepting applications to join our 2019 Community Arts Training and Artistic team. We are currently looking to expand our our artistic team to reflect the artistic goals of the upcoming programming season and also providing a three-day FREE training for newcomer and immigrant artists from all disciplines.

Training will include:

  • Project design
  • Community Arts practices
  • Engaging communities
  • Professional networking, mentorship and more…

We have 10 training spots available and after training we will have 3 paid spring/summer opportunities as an artistic assistant where you will be provided be mentored by an experienced community artist, network with other newcomers from a range of cultural and artistic backgrounds and be part of projects that engage with the community.

Please email us a cover letter outlining your interest in working in community arts, a resume that highlights your arts experience and link to your website or a portfolio with up to 10 samples of your work.”

For more information, please visit MABELLEarts.

 -from MABELLEarts
Read MABELLEart’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map


Call for Artists: Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

“58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, July 12 – 14, 2019

November 30, 2018 – March 6, 2019 (11:59PM)

Early Bird Fee applies until February 28, 2019. Late fees apply beginning March 1st (12:00AM)

Who can apply?
We welcome individual visual artists and makers working in array of mediums, at any stage of their careers with formal or informal training, from all backgrounds, to apply for a chance to be part of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.

Disability-identified artists will have accessibility support through our Art Encounters program once they are juried in the show.

We offer highly discounted spaces to student artists who are currently enrolled full-time at recognized post-secondary institutions.

Applying from Outside of Canada
We welcome artists from all over the world. If you are applying from outside of Canada, it is your responsibility to get the appropriate paperwork to enter Canada to sell your works. We do not provide invitations to artists for visa applications. All travel, accommodations, shipping and customs expenses are your responsibility. We recommend working with a licensed customs broker to import your works into Canada.

What about collaborative practices, artist collectives and galleries?
If you have a collaborative practice, you must apply separately under your own name. Only individual artists are eligible for our awards program.

We showcase artist collectives, nonprofit galleries or artist-run centre under our Community Booth program. Please see our call for Community Booths.

For more information, please visit Toronto Outdoor Art Fair’s website.

-submitted by Toronto Outdoor Art Fair