FUTURES/forward: Call for Applications


→ Are you an early to mid-career community-engaged artist who would benefit from the support of a senior community-engaged, art for social change (ASC) artist? Are you passionate about climate justice?

→ Are you a seasoned community-engaged artist interested in sharing your gifts of experience and wisdom with those newer to the field?

→ Are you part of an environmental organization looking to add depth and reach to your programs by integrating arts into your communications, education, outreach, engagement or research strategies?

We strongly encourage BIPOC community-engaged artists to apply!

FUTURES/forward is hosted by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), the programming arm of Judith Marcuse Projects (JMP). JMP, a pioneer in the field of art for social change (ASC), is celebrating a 40-year history this year as an arts organization working in Canada and abroad. Our recently completed, six-year national study of ASC provides strong evidence of the high impact that community-engaged artists bring to diverse change agendas. The FUTURES/forward program embeds community-engaged artists within organizations addressing the pressing environmental issues of our times. These artists (mentored by a senior ASC practitioner) might work to enrich existing programs; develop new approaches to include arts-infused initiatives; offer innovative communications strategies, provide inclusive and interactive educational programs; or enrich public engagement and advocacy.

Some quick facts:

  • In this third intake of the program, the duration of each arrangement will be up to six months long, commencing in September 2020.
  • Work in performance (dance, theatre, music), visual, literary and digital art forms are all welcome.
  • In each partnership, the “hosting” environmental organization, mentor, and mentee create their own work plan to be approved by ICASC.
  • Partnering environmental organizations may provide logistical assistance (e.g. space for workshops, outreach information, community networking assistance).
  • Both the mentor and mentee receive compensation that will vary according to the length and content of their work plan.
  • Maximum compensation, dependant on the length and content of each partnership, is $5000 per mentee and $2000 per mentor.
  • The ICASC team provides contracts and supports the processes of each arrangement.
  • A final report is required from all participants.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to meet regularly online. As the first year of the program wraps up in late 2020, all participants will be expected to attend a national gathering to share our experiences and learning. As the COVID-19 situation persists, this gathering is very likely to take place online.

HOW DO I APPLY?

→ MENTEE ARTISTS:
1. Please provide a letter of application answering the following questions (max 2 pages):

  • What are your goals as a community-engaged artist?
  • Please tell us about your current work.
  • How might you benefit from participating in this program? What are your learning/experiential goals as a mentee? Why is this program of interest to you?

2. AND a CV or resume (max 2 pages)

  • You may include website URLs (if you have them)

3. You may also include up to five jpeg images or a short video (max 5 minutes) with an accompanying image list (including title, date, media, and/or summary of project). Include the necessary links and/or passwords to any online documentation in your submissions email.

→ EXPERIENCED COMMUNITY-ENGAGED ARTISTS WHO WISH TO BE MENTORS:
1. Please provide a letter of application answering the following questions (max 2 pages):

  • Please tell us about your current work.
  • Do you have experience mentoring other artists?
  • What are your interests and goals for participation in this program? Why do you want to be become a mentor? What is your experience and interest in environmental concerns?

2. AND a CV (max 2 pages)

  • You may include website URLs.

3. You may also include up to five jpeg images or a short video (max 5 minutes) with an accompanying image list (including title, date, media, and/or summary of project). Include the necessary links and/or passwords to any online documentation in your submissions email.

→ ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: Please email inquiries to programs@icasc.ca. We will be in touch with you!

HOW TO SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO PROGRAMS@ICASC.CA:

  • Please combine all written components into a single PDF or Word document (PDFs are preferred). Please ensure the file name also includes your name.
  • Attach the document to an email with the subject heading, FUTURES/forward Mentorship Submission and YOUR NAME.
  • Include all supporting images and/or video in a Google Drive folder titled, FUTURES/forward Mentorship Submission and YOUR NAME.
  • Please do submit in the formats described above.

APPLY BY AUGUST 21, 2020. A national selection committee will make final decisions by August 31, 2020.
Questions about applications and/or the details of your mentorship proposal may be directed to programs@icasc.ca.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support given to FUTURES/forward by the McConnell Foundation.

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