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Equity & Access in the Arts (EAC Grant)

October 15, 2020 @ 11:59 pm

While artists may apply to any Edmonton Arts Council program, many face systemic, historical, cultural and/or language barriers to accessing support. The Equity & Access in the Arts program is designed to invest in a thriving and diverse arts community by supporting Edmonton-based artists and collectives from communities that face barriers to access. This includes, but is not limited to, groups whose members are treated differently because of systemic barriers that disadvantage people based on their Indigenous heritage, the colour of their skin, their disabilities, sexual orientation and identity and/or immigration status.

This program is one way the Edmonton Arts Council pursues our commitments in Connections & Exchanges: A 10-Year Plan To Transform Arts & Heritage In Edmonton. This program replaces and expands on the previous Cultural Diversity in the Arts programs that had been in place since 2008.

Equity in the Arts grants for Individuals and Collectives has three distinct streams, each with its own evaluation criteria and assessment process:

  • Stream 1: Exploration and Experimentation: To support an artist to work on current solo creation, experimentation or research activities. Grant amounts are fixed at $5,000 to support subsistence while the artist takes the time to work.
  • Stream 2: Skills and Career Development: To support professional development and mentorship-based projects for artists and arts professionals. Projects may be solo or collective, and grants are available up to $10,000 based on actual or projected project expenses, including artist subsistence.
  • Stream 3: Major Artist-driven Projects: To support artist-initiated projects, including production/presentation that is clearly considered in light of public health advice and restrictions. Projects may be solo or collective, and grants will be available up to $25,000 based on projected project expenses, including artist subsistence.

Deadline: ​October 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM MDT

>> Click here for the guidelines.

>> You can read more about this new program on the YEGArts Blog.


Edmonton Arts Council
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