Oakville offers opportunity for local Black, Indigenous or racialized artist


Published February 2, 2024 at 12:49 pm

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An opportunity for an Oakville artist to have their work featured at this year’s Culture Days Festival in the fall is up for grabs.

The Town of Oakville is partnering with STEPS Public Art to provide an opportunity for an Oakville-based emerging Black, Indigenous and/or racialized artist to have their work featured at the festival in September and October.

Running from March to December 2024, the virtual Create Space Public Art Residency program is open to early to mid-career visual and media artists.

It has been designed in collaboration with advisors from across Canada to provide emerging artists who identify as a Black, Indigenous and/or racialized with the skills, relationships and practical experiences needed to build and advance community engaged public art practices.

Participants will also be exposed to networking opportunities with seasoned national artists and receive individual support valued at up to $5,000, inclusive of a $1,500 participation honourarium, one workshop facilitation and production, documentation, engagement and accessibility supports.

A selection panel comprised of members of the arts community who identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and/or racialized will review applications and choose one artist to create a 2D, wall-based public artwork.

The selected Oakville-based artist will be among 30 artists and artist teams from across the country participating in the program’s first three years.

Eligible artists living, working, or studying in Oakville are encouraged to apply for a spot in the virtual 2024 CreateSpace Public Art Residency program by filling out the application form before Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

For more information about the program, or to apply, visit here.

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