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Original Peoples Investment Program (CADA)

April 19, 2021 @ 4:30 pm

Program Guidelines Published: February 1, 2021
Applications Open: March 15, 2021

Deadline: April 19, 2021 at 4:30pm MT

The Original Peoples Investment Program (OPIP) supports the preservation and revitalization of First Nations/Métis/Inuit (FNMI) art through art-based projects that are supported and validated by FNMI artists, community, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers.

Artists and organizations may apply for up to $15,000 to cover almost any expense related to their project. Projects funded through this program should be completed by July 31, 2022.

Total funding available for this program is $550,000.

This program will be assessed by a peer committee in two streams:

New Voices:

  • I have completed the basic training, development or learning necessary to begin sharing my art seriously.
  • I am seeking opportunities to develop a mature artistic practice.
  • I am only beginning to create relationships with other serious artists in my communities.
  • I would like more experience in things like project planning and budgeting.
  • I would like the mentorship of a more experienced artist or organization.

Next Steps:

  • I have experienced some successes and recognition for my artistic practice that I would like to build on.
  • I have confidence in the techniques, concepts, and execution of my artistic practice but have room to grow.
  • I feel that I have something to offer as a mentor to other artists, communities or organizations.

Find out more including eligibility and a timeline here.


April 19, 2021
4:30 pm
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Calgary Arts Development
(403) 264-5330
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