East Village Artistic Patio Program

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East Village Artistic Patio Program

Expression of Interest (Artists) Deadline: April 18, 2021

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CLMC), the organization charged with the ambitious mandate to revitalize the Rivers District, starting with East Village, is accepting artist applications for the East Village Artistic Patio Program.

Taking place from May 21 to September 26, 2021, ​this program will transform restaurant patios in East Village into uniquely designed urban spaces that will create vibrancy, respond to opportunities created by the pandemic, support EV businesses and promote local artists. Artists will be tasked to conceptualize a visual/interactive installation using one of the business patios in East Village as the canvas. Seating and tables will be provided by the business.

This call is to artists/teams that work in installations. Artists/teams are asked to apply with at least three examples of work. Upon successful admission into the program, artists/teams will be required to meet with the restaurant owner and provide a draft rendering of the concept and an anticipated budget breakdown. Feedback will be provided on this rendering and budget upon which a final concept will be submitted by the artists/teams for approval, including an anticipated final budget breakdown. The artists/teams will have four days to install on site (May 17 to 20, 2021). The artists will be responsible for the maintenance of the work after the launch (May 21, 2021) and through to the end of the program (September 26, 2021). The artists/teams will be responsible for dismantling the artwork and removing the work from the site on the closing of the program (September 26, 2021).

Ongoing research monitoring key attitudes, consumer mindset, measures of comfort and risk associated with COVID-19 recovery indicates that stress relief, escapism and connection are the key benefits Calgarians are seeking in their experiences. Consideration will be given to concepts that explore these themes.

Land Acknowledgement

In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, CMLC honours and acknowledges Mohkinsstsis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations—Indigenous and non—who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.

Equity Seeking Artists

We believe that the pursuit of artistic excellence can only be achieved if all artists can fulfill their creative potential in the city they live in. This is why we aim to advance equity and reflect diversity. We highly encourage artists from equity-seeking communities to apply and to advocate for this in their submissions.


Complete this​ ​Google Form​ (see attached PDF), and submit the following:

  • Contact information (name, address, email, phone number, website)
  • Statement of interest and/or artist bio (100 words)
  • Include at least three examples of past work/links to projects. Please submit direct links to the project. Installation experience is recommended.
  • Links to your social media.

Project Timeline

(CMLC reserves the right to alter this schedule as the project unfolds; notice will be given to all participating artists)

  • April 18, 2021: Expression of interest (artists) deadline
  • April 20, 2021: Jury selection and business-artist pairing
  • April 21, 2021: Artists receive confirmation
  • April 22 – 26, 2021: Artist and business meet and site walk
  • April 27, 2021: Rendering of concept due
  • April 30, 2021: Receive rendering feedback from business and CMLC
  • May 9, 2021: Final concept due
  • May 12, 2021: Final concept approved by business and CMLC
  • May 17 –20, 2021: Artist install
  • May 21, 2021: Launch
  • September 26, 2021: Closing/artists, remove work from site


  • Artist Fee: $2,000
  • Material Costs: Up to $3,000*

*Successful artists will be required to submit a draft budget during the rendering and concept phase. Artists are not required to use the entirety of $3000, however, there is an expectation that artists will use this amount to create their best work.

CMLC will pay the artist materials and fees as follows:

  • May 15, 2021: Upon concept approval $3,000
  • May 21, 2021: Upon launch $1,500
  • Sept 30, 2021: Upon removal of installation $500

Deadline to Apply

Submissions close at​ 11:59pm on April 18, 2021​.

Selected artists will be contacted by April 20, 2021​ to sign contracts and with further details.

Selection Process

A jury will select the successful artist applicants. The jury will also pair up successful artist applicants with restaurants based on business preferences.

Program Cancellation Clause

CMLC obtains the right to postpone or cancel the program at any time at its sole discretion. All artists and contractors would be compensated for all time and materials incurred to that point.

This program is organized by CMLC, in consultation with Kevin Jesuino. If you have any further questions please contact Kevin Jesuino, by email at publicwelcome.projects@gmail.com.

Application Submission

To submit your artist application for the East Village Artistic Patio Program please fill out the Google Form (see PDF).

You will be required to submit the following:

  • Full name
  • If you are applying as a team, what is the name of your team and the first and last names all team members*
  • Street number and name
  • Suite
  • Postal code
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Brief statement of interest and/or artist bio (100 words max)
  • Website
  • Link #1 to previous work
  • Link #2 to previous work
  • Link #3 to previous work
  • Instagram Link*
  • Facebook Link*
  • Twitter Link*

*Not required

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