Call for Indigenous Artist

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Call for Indigenous Artist

The Children’s Cottage Society proudly provides services to families in Moh’kins’tis, also known as Calgary. We acknowledge Treaty 7 territory and the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy, which includes the Kainai, Siksika, and Piikani First Nations. We acknowledge the traditional lands of the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations.

We would also like to recognize the Métis people, and the Inuit people who have made their home here in Moh’kins’tsis.

Brenda’s House is an emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness, operated by the Children’s Cottage Society. Given that we provide shelter for many Indigenous families we are seeking an Indigenous artist to paint a land acknowledgement for the entrance of the shelter.

The wall where the land acknowledgement will be displayed is approximately 6.5 feet wide by 10 feet in height, and faces the front door of the main entrance. While we expect that a large canvas may be the simplest medium for this piece we are open to creative suggestions put forward by the artist selected to complete the work.


Applicants for this opportunity must meet the following criteria:

  • Individuals must be Indigenous.
  • Should ideally live in the Calgary area (travel costs are not paid).
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • May be an artist or an artist team.
  • Funding amount.

The budget for this project is $1,500 and must include all supplies, artist time and installation.


  • Submission Deadline: May 31, 2021
  • Panel Review: First week of June 2021
  • Artist Notification: June 7, 2021
  • Work to be Completed: June 30, 2021

Selection Criteria

A panel will be created with staff and families who have stayed at Brenda’s House. The majority of the panel will be Indigenous.

They will review applications based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic appeal.
  • Examples of previous work.
  • Language of the land acknowledgment.
  • Does the proposed idea appropriately represent the Indigenous community?

Each criterion will be scored from one to five for a total of 20 points.

  • 5 – Exceeds expectations
  • 4 – More than meets expectations
  • 3 – Meets expectation
  • 2 – Somewhat meets expectations
  • 1 – Did not meet expectations
  • 0 – Criterion not addressed

To apply please send an email by May 31, 2021 to Please include with the following, a resume, examples of previous work and a proposed idea for Brenda’s House including the wording of the land acknowledgment.

If you have questions or require support with your submission please contact Lisa Garrisen at

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