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Call for Submissions: Mount Pleasant Community Arts Screen (MPCAS, Vancouver)

« We accept submissions on an ongoing basis.
To be considered for the Fall/ Winter 2020 program, submissions must be received by July 31st, 2020 at 4pm.
Submissions received after this date will be considered at a later time

The MPCAS is a 7×4 metre outdoor community and media arts LED screen, located on unceded Coast Salish territories at Kingsway and Broadway in Mount Pleasant. Broadcasting from 9am to 10pm most days, it is programmed by grunt gallery, an artist-run centre that has been in the neighbourhood since 1984. For more information please visit

*please note the screen does not have audio capabilities, therefore all submitted content is currently limited to image and captioning only.

The current programming theme of the MPCAS is PLACE, which looks at a changing Mount Pleasant and Vancouver through works by artists, curators, and residents who live here or are connected to the area, exploring its past, current, and future vitality.

Mount Pleasant was one of Vancouver’s earliest neighborhoods, built along a large salmon and trout creek that ran from the swampy higher grounds down to the ocean — the same path as what is now Main Street. The area became a focus of colonial settlement in the mid-19th century and local Indigenous communities were forced out to make way for businesses that grew into a bustling destination neighbourhood. By 1910, business moved west with Shaughnessy becoming the preferred neighbourhood, and Mount Pleasant fell into economic decline for almost 100 years. With working-class roots, abundant rental housing, and transient tenants, it was the poorest neighbourhood outside of the Downtown Eastside. A community of immigrants, urban poor, and artists created the conditions from which much of Vancouver’s early modern cultural life grew.

Beginning in the 1990s, Mount Pleasant’s gentrification started to take hold, initially through the live/work studio condos that gradually began to appear in the area. In 2010, with the development in the Olympic Village area, aggressive upzoning began, and many residents were evicted from their long-held homes as rents doubled and tripled within a few years. Mount Pleasant’s gritty characteristics suddenly became its new selling points. Developer marketing highlighted its arts community and heritage buildings—although ironically both became early targets in the gentrification process. Mount Pleasant quickly transformed from one of Vancouver’s cheapest neighbourhoods to one of its most expensive, ground zero for the increasing unaffordability of the city.

The MPCAS engages with this complex and, at times, tense history of displacement, creativity, expansion and grit

Our vision is to provide an urban screen with content received from and responsive to its viewers, in contrast to the advertising/consumer paradigm that is the rule with most highly visible screens in a public space.  

As we build a program that reflects, engages with and enriches the complex cultural history of Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, our call for submissions welcomes contributions from artists, collectives, curators and other community members, organizations and community festivals. Topics could include (but are not limited to) identity, language, housing, city streets, food, neighbourhoods, landmarks, loss, memories, narratives of the past, and potential futures.

The racialized, immigrant and working class communities that have been the backbone of Mount Pleasant have also been disproportionately impacted by the economic swings and recent gentrification of the area. Without a doubt, the history of this unique neighbourhood is entwined with colonial legacies and systemic inequities, and we invite submissions that explore the idea of place from the angle of disPLACEment, too.

Generally speaking, submitted works should be ten minutes or less in length and could include (but are not limited to) still images, time-based media, animations, performance works, archival video, interactive pieces, GIFs, experimental video, event proposals, and curatorial/screening proposals. »

For more information and submission details, please see grunt gallery’s newsletter.

-from grunt gallery
Read grunt gallery’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

BIPOC Writers Connect: Facilitating Mentorship, Creating Community

« Last year, The Writers’ Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets invited selected Black, Indigenous, and racialized emerging writers from the Greater Toronto Area to connect with industry professionals, funding officers, and established authors. Each attendee left feeling energized and inspired about their own writing practice. We are pleased to be able to continue and expand this program this year with Toronto and Vancouver events.

We are committed to cultivating space where BIPOC writers can share tools, strategies, feedback, and knowledge. We are also cognizant of the continuing uncertainties and risks surrounding COVID-19. The Union and the League have monitored announcements from public health authorities and each level of government in Toronto and Vancouver since we launched the conference in April. After much consideration toward the health and safety of each participant, volunteer and staff members, TWUC and LCP have ultimately decided to move forward with adapting both conferences for online delivery.

We are confident that BIPOC Writers Connect will be a fulfilling, exciting, and inspiring event for Black, Indigenous, and racialized emerging and established writers. Amid the uncertainties we are all facing in these unprecedented times, we believe that this opportunity for mentorship and community is more valuable than ever before. »

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from The Writers’ Union of Canada

Call for Black Artists – NExT: Black Futures Program (VIBE Arts, Toronto)

« Apply to join the second cohort of Black youth artists to take part VIBE Arts’ NExT program. 

Successful applicants will be mentored by some of the BEST Black Professionals and Creatives in Toronto.

Together, the group will embark on a 10-month artistic journey, where they will receive one-on-one mentorship, attend professional development workshops and gain access to valuable programming and networking opportunities. Throughout the program, NExT Artists will accomplish high-quality artwork to be showcased and celebrated in a public exhibition.

Successful applicants will also be given an opportunity to join VIBE Arts’ roster of artists.

This program is available for visual, performative, and multi-disciplinary artists.

Application deadline: Sunday, July 12th, 11:59pm »

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from VIBE Arts

Community Arts Award (Neighbourhood Arts Network)

« Nominations Open: June 29, 2020

Deadline: July 29, 2020 at 11:59 PM

About: The Community Arts Award is a $10,000 cash prize presented by Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network. This award celebrates an arts organization that has made a significant contribution in Toronto by working with, in and for communities, while creating access and inclusion to arts and culture. The Community Arts Award is presented every fall.

Eligibility Criteria:
To be eligible for the award, all nominees must demonstrate a commitment and/or focus on community-engaged arts and access to arts and culture in Toronto. The nominee may not be awarded more than one Toronto Arts Foundation award within any given year. »

For more information, and to apply, please visit:

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network

Call for Commission Proposals from Black and Indigenous Artists Working in Music, Dance, and Theatre (Nightswimming Theatre)

« We are living in a world where white supremacy is the “norm” – where Black and Indigenous lives are stolen from their families due to violence, racial injustice and systemic racism. We won’t and can’t continue to let this happen.

As a company that is devoted to commissioning and developing new Canadian plays, musical works and dance, we believe that stories, and the artists who tell them, can change the world. We recognize and are committed to changing the systems of oppression that obstruct access for and impede the advancement of Black, Indigenous and people of colour.

This is why we’ve chosen to commission a Black and/or Indigenous artist to create a full-length work.

We invite proposals for the creation of a new performance work. Nightswimming will work with the commissioned artist to design a process to develop it in full collaboration and with a focus on ensuring that the commissioned artist is empowered to work how they wish, with whom they want, and in the ways that are essential to its creation. Because Nightswimming does not self-produce the works we commission, we devote all of our time and resources to supporting the unique creation process of each new work. We commit to establishing, in consultation with each artist, partnerships with producers to ensure each work reaches the audiences you want to impact.

What Nightswimming can offer

  • A custom designed creation and development process from inception to premiere, free from the pressure of production deadlines
  • An interdisciplinary environment in which we welcome projects in theatre, dance, music and forms that cross over and integrate those disciplines
  • On-going dramaturgical support designed for and in collaboration with the creator
  • A commitment to long-term creative relationships
  • Access to a community of artists whose work we support dramaturgically on every level
  • Opportunities for readings, workshops and/or studio sessions to develop your work with other artistic collaborators including but not limited to performers, designers, or musicians
  • $20,000 commission fee

Who can apply?

  • Creators who self-identity as Black or Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis)
  • Artists creating in any performance discipline including but not limited to: music, dance, and theatre
  • Emerging, mid-career, and established creators
  • Artists who are currently a Canadian resident

What we’re looking for in your proposal

  • Ideas that embrace exploration and aim to achieve something you’ve never attempted before
  • Projects that could not happen in any other scenario; it might be a dream project that you never thought someone would support; or a large scale piece that is generally considered beyond the means of most organizations; or content that other organizations would not stand behind; or a piece that you don’t know how to make but are driven to create
  • Exploration of dramatic forms and interdisciplinary approaches that stretch dramaturgical boundaries; we are particularly interested in ideas that integrate performance and music, including vocal music, and acknowledge the audience as an active participant in the event
  • A commitment to long-term creation processes and collaboration
  • We are asking for the idea you’ve always wanted to explore but never had the opportunity to pursue. Rather than seeking works-in-progress and drafts of existing projects, we are seeking ideas for a new work that you can develop from the very beginning of the process.

We strongly encourage applications from Black and Indigenous folx who also identify as LGBTQ2S+ or persons with a disability. »

For more information, please read the full Call for Proposals here:

-from Nightswimming Theatre

Left of Centre: A 2-year Incubator to Help Advance the Careers of Emerging Black artists (Nia Centre for the Arts)

« Left of Centre is a two-year artist incubation project which combines professional development, creative consulting, critical feedback, and seed funding to support the careers of emerging Black artists within Toronto.

With multiple streams, Left of Centre allows artists to locate themselves within the incubator, making use of elements that are best suited towards their needs – whether that be funding, consulting, critique, or inspiration.

Developed in collaboration with Black artists and advisors, across a wide range of disciplines, Left of Centre seeks to support emerging Black artists in navigating traditional and non-traditional art spaces and institutions, securing funding for their work, developing their artistic practices, and continuing to inspire our creative community.

How can Left of Centre help me?

For more information, please visit:

-from Nia Centre for the Arts

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 Submissions: Reelworld Film Festival. 2020 selections will reflect the strong and authentic voice of BIPOC Canadians

« Reelworld Film Festival – 20th year and going strong!

The Reelworld Film Festival showcases a wide variety of genres in narrative and documentary features, narrative and documentary shorts, music videos, animation, episodic content for web and television, and VR/360 works. From dramatic storytelling, to hard-hitting documentaries, to witty comedies, to thoughtful abstractions, Reelworld 2020 selections will reflect the strong and authentic voice of BIPOC Canadians.

Our focus is on Canadian BIPOC talent – not just BIPOC content. We showcase and support Canadian BIPOC producers, directors, screenwriters, actors and all on and off screen talent. We connect with agents, casting directors, broadcasters and distributors, invite them to the festival, and help them find new BIPOC talent. The Reelworld Film Festival features 100% BIPOC talent from Canada, and has become the country’s largest socially impactful film festival, reaching a diverse audience of over 350,000 engaged individuals to-date. »

For more information and submission guidelines, please visit:

-from Reelworld Film Festival

Invitation to Participate: The Conference of the Birds – our journey through the year of the pandemic

What is The Conference of the Birds Project?

« The Conference of the Birds project is an invitation to create 7 events in 7 countries across the world to capture our journey through the year of the pandemic.

The Conference of the Birds is an ancient epic poem by Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar from Persia. It tells the story of the assembly of the birds and their search for the “Simorgh,” a mythical majestic bird which has been likened to the phoenix. They are led by the wisest bird through seven valleys to find the Simorgh. Each Valley has a challenge and an exploration into who we are and what can become.

This project is a collective participatory arts project, led by Simon Sharkey (Scotland) and Erica May Wood (Canada) that will have a global reach in the form of events, installations, publications, exhibitions, performance, and online content. Ultimately it will become an illustrated book that will live online and in print.

Why this and Why Now?

Now, more than ever – we need community. We need to connect, share stories, experiences, and wisdom.

Now, more than ever – we need to learn from each other, across the globe, and to ensure that
what we have learned will not be lost.

Now more than ever we must turn from our screens and reach safely and creatively across the social distancing to connect as one world.

Now more than ever we must transcend our fears and limitations to look inward and outward to find truth beyond what is fed to us through media and dogma.

Now more than ever we must strive, to connect when everything is pushing us away from unity and harmony.

As teaching artists and participatory arts facilitators from around the world, we will gather from a distance to chronicle this experience through artistic expression, through unique lenses and by awakening the creativity of the communities we connect with.

Seven countries will journey through the seven valleys depicted in the poem -the quest, love, knowledge, detachment, unity, eradication, and enlightenment. Using creative expression – whether that be song, art, food, poetry, theatre, film, dance and more, we will explore our respective journeys through this moment in history. The results will be captured so that they can be curated into a digital book for all participants and the world at large. As time allows citizens to assemble once again, the digital book will provide the framework for participatory arts and theatrical presentations.

This project is a reminder that we are not alone. This project is a call to adventure. »

For more information, please read the full invitation available here:

-submitted by The Conference of the Birds Project

Open Immersion II: Call for VR Storytelling Ideas by Indigenous Creators

« We’re looking for Indigenous creators across Turtle Island to bring your nonfiction VR ideas to the Open Immersion Creative Development Lab.In 2016, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) and the JustFilms | Ford Foundation co-presented OPEN IMMERSION: A Virtual Reality Creative Documentary Lab. This groundbreaking project supported knowledge exchange between six Indigenous Canadian artists and six artists from the American South.

In July 2020, OPEN IMMERSION II will launch as a remote Lab featuring mentorship, training and creative ideation with an opportunity to present final pitch packages to key industry with imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

We’re looking for exciting, boundary-pushing, original works that are in the earliest stages of ideation.As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to redefine our relationship with digital technologies, we are excited to bring this opportunity into the homes and workspaces of creators. The framework for the Lab consists of:

  • Three phases of virtual labs
    • Lab Phase 1: Ideation (July 20-21)
    • Lab Phase 2: Creative Development (August 17-18)
    • Lab Phase 3: Proof of Concept Presentation/ Pitch (September 21-22)
  • Project check-ins to guide creators as they work remotely to meet creative targets
  • Presentation of projects to key industry (October 2020)

You’ll develop these creative presentations with CFC Media Lab, JustFilms | Ford Foundation, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Toronto studio of the world-renowned National Film Board of Canada

We want to know what VR storytelling looks like in a pandemic and we want to push the boundaries of who it’s made for. »

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from The Indigenous Screen Office