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Call for Participants

2024 CreateSpace Public Art Forum

The CreateSpace Public Art Forum is a digital forum that will virtually convene 50 youth participants who identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), racialized, rural and/or youth with disabilities and between the ages of 18 – 25.

CreateSpace Public Art Forum runs from January 8 – 31, 2024. This forum will foster connections, build understanding across geographies and cultures, as well as provide emerging equity-seeking artists with the skills, relationships and support needed to develop public art practices. Participants are given a $600 CAD honoraria for their participation in this event. We are looking for participation from across the country.

Program Details

CreateSpace Public Art Forum will see the presentation of 10 pre-recorded talks/workshops created by professional public artists and cultural workers. These talks/workshops will be available in both video and audio versions for accessibility, with ASL translations. Each talk/workshop will be themed around various ideas and concepts of public art practices. Participants will engage with these talks/workshops and create an artistic response, with feedback from peers, as well as one on one feedback from established public artists. Their participation will culminate in a profile on the STEPS Public Art website with a virtual exhibition featuring their public artwork concepts created during the forum. This online exhibition will be featured in our newsletter and social media channels to further showcase and celebrate the participants’ creations.

Key Forum Dates

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2023 at 11:59pm PST.

CreateSpace Forum programming: January 8 – 31, 2024.

Program Eligibility

Up to 50 participants will be selected for this opportunity.

This opportunity is open to those who:

  • Identity as early-career Canadian-based visual and/or media artists interested in building or growing their public art practice.
  • Identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), racialized, rural, and/or youth with disabilities.
  • Are between the ages of 18 – 25.
  • Are a Canadian citizen, or Permanent Resident.

You can find the call-to-artists here. Applications are due Friday, December 1, 2023 at 11:59 PST. For information on how to apply, key dates and other details please visit the online orientation video here.

Please contact Artists Programs Coordinator, Belinda Uwase at belinda@stepspublicart.org if you have any questions.

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