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The NWT is bustling with arts news! Below are postings of up-to-date news, related press releases and articles from NWT Arts, our partners, and affiliated arts organizations and associations from across the country.

To view older postings please review the News Archive. If you would like your news posted here, please email us at nwtarts@gov.nt.ca.

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We are excited to announce that the Call for Nominations for the 2019 Arctic Inspiration Prize is now open!

The Arctic Inspiration Prize inspires team building and encourages the development of projects that deliver near-term benefit to Arctic communities. In 2019, up to $3 million will be awarded across three prize categories. Please help spread the word, and share this message with your contacts and representatives in communities across the North!

Note that new for 2019, only...read more

The Art Ex Festival Corporation is seeking artist’s submissions for Art Ex 2019 proposed projects and/or workshops. 

Art Ex is a weekend visual arts festival being held September 27th to 29th , 2019 in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. 

Visual artists working in all media are invited to submit proposed activities for Art Ex 2019.  Artists may want to consider the following proposed activities, an exhibition, art talks, hands-on workshops for children, youth and adults, an installation,...read more

The Art Gallery of Alberta is seeking submissions for its Biennial of Contemporary Art exhibition that will be presented in the Fall of 2020. This exhibition, sponsored by ATB Financial, will be jointly organized and presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta and Remai Modern.

 

This call is open to artists physically or otherwise within, from, or in proximity to the borders of Alberta, Treaty 4, Treaty 6, Treaty 7, Treaty 8 and Treaty 10.

 

Please see the Art Galley of Alberta's website for more information: ...read more

This year Folk On The Rocks will be featuring a new Spring event- the Main Stage Showdown- talent show!

 

FOTR is calling out all aspiring performers to participate in their online contest where eight lucky contenders (as voted by the public!) will win the opportunity to showcase their individual and unique skills at the event with the ambition of winning a $500 cash prize as well as a 15-minute mainstage slot during the FOTR festival weekend.

 

Participants are asked to upload a video of themselves to Facebook showing off their most impressive skill with the...read more

Library and Archives Canada has announced an initiative that provides funding of up to $100,000 per project to eligible Indigenous organizations to digitize existing culture and language recordings, and to help them build the skills, knowledge and resources they need to carry out this work in their communities.

Listen, Hear Our Voices is an initiative that resulted from engagement and collaboration. This initiative aims to help digitize and preserve First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation culture and language recordings.

Seven archivists, based in traditional territories, are...read more

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) announced today Program Guidelines for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The CMF also announced it is committing $353M to invest in Canada’s television and digital media industry in 2019-2020. The breakdown of the 2019-2020 program budget can be accessed here

“We’re introducing a number of new programs and changes to existing programs, some of which will be among the most impactful since the establishment of the CMF in 2010,” said Valerie Creighton,...read more

A new funding opportunity for New and Early Career Artists is open to craftspeople. Access funding for career advancement (mentorships, internships, apprenticeships, training and workshops), creative research and the creation of new work, residencies, public presentation, etc. If you have yet to meet the criteria for a professional artist with the Canada Council for the Arts, or if you are newly started in your arts career, look to this new pilot project to see if you can access support.

For more information: visit www....read more

NorthWords Writers Festival is offering a fantastic opportunity for all NWT writers. Literary agent Marilyn Biderman of the Transatlantic Agency will be attending this year’s writers festival and is offering to work with six writers while she is here.

                                    

Criteria are as follows:

  1. She will read up to twenty pages of a polished manuscript (i.e. final draft, ready to submit to publishers) and give notes on that material, at the level of both substantive edit and a line edit.
  2. The six authors will be
  3. ...read more

We invite you to incorporate Words into a new felted work – any words and using any method – ink, prefelts, fibres, wires… it’s up to you. You, our members, are creative and imaginative people so we don’t want to box you in for this exhibition.

All forms of work can be submitted, including wearable art, 3D sculptural work, 2D wall or floor work, and installations. Bear in mind that smaller pieces work better than very large items given our screen size constraints. You have complete creative freedom in style, size, colour and sentiment conveyed through your words. We hope that the...read more

We invite submissions from emerging writers who currently have a full or near of near-full draft of an original full-length novel or collection of poems or short stories. Complete or near complete means that the writer has up to 85,000 words or 300 double-spaced pages of prose or up to 25 poems (no more than 50 pages maximum). Submissions will consist only of excerpts from these works.
  
Diaspora Dialogues is committed to supporting a literature of Canada that is as diverse as the country itself. Writers are encouraged to keep this mandate in mind, but it is not essential in...read more

When harassment happens, who can the victim turn to? And how does an employer, engager or Board of Directors respond when harassment occurs in their workplace?

These pressing questions are explored in detail in Reporting and Investigating Mechanisms for Workplace Harassment in the Arts, now available for reference and download at...read more

Under the Respectful Workplaces in the Arts umbrella, the Cultural Human Resources Council is pleased to release 13 Quick Reference Guides to assist cultural organizations with implementing and sustaining compliance with harassment legislation by province and territory. These...read more

Congratulations to Sue McNeil and her team, whose project was awarded $500,000 to create an association of northern Indigenous artists and crafters from across the region to work at developing sustainable business ventures, improving local artisans' skills, ensuring authentic, high quality products, and building confidence as sustainable business owners. The end result will be an Indigenous owned and operated venture with self-determined, quality products, prices, and markets that will support sustainable and culturally valuable lifestyles.read more

The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity invites photographers to submit photos that illustrate their mountain related stories whether culture, adventure, wildlife, sport, environment, or natural history. 
 

·         Each essay submitted is to consist of three (3) to five (5) images. (Plus a short caption/description of each)

·         ENTRY DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

·         $2000 Grand prize and an opportunity to attend the 2019 Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival.

 

For more info visit: ...read more

As you know, the Government of the Northwest Territories invites your input on how they can best support the arts sector in the territory.  The deadline to complete the survey is today. Complete your survey in order to be entered into a draw for an iPad mini!

 

Please have your say. If you have already completed the survey, we thank you for your participation.

https://www.ece.gov.nt.ca/en/arts-strategy-engagementread more

Seeking individuals who want to become vendors for the 2018 Mackenzie days 
Register by July 15th 2018read more

Emerging Artist Residency Competition - one month rent free in Nova Scotia

 https://www.luckyrabbitandco.com/artistsresidency

Lucky Rabbit & Co. Artists' House is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for a 2018 Artist-in-Residence competition. Open to emerging Canadian artists of any discipline, the winner will receive a one month residency rent-free, in the apartment and adjoining studio (apartment: 300 sq’ /studio: 350 sq’) at Lucky Rabbit & Co. plus a $100 stipend. Annapolis Royal,...read more

Canadian Crafts Federation: Robert Jekyll Award Call for Nominations

The Canadian Crafts Federation is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Robert Jekyll Award for Leadership in Craft.

A celebration of distinguished contributors to the craft sector, the award is one of the highest markers of exceptional commitment to development of the craft community in Canada.

Nominations for artists, administrators, curators, collectors, educators, volunteers or any other category related directly to the craft field are all welcome.

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Wikowin means home. This exhibit features more than twenty new paintings by Vance Sanderson exploring life on the land and the beautiful scenery and wildlife of our northern home.read more

Let’s all come together for Canada’s 150th birthday and celebrate Northern Arts and Artists at the 29th Great Northern Arts Festival! hosted in Inuvik NT this year!  Artist who apply may be selected for a 10 day artist residency. This residency allows artist work in the Midnight Sun Recreation Complex and share ideas, attend workshops, and host a work shop. If this sounds like something you might be interest in, please download the files attached.

 

First Round of Artist Considerations

February 28th

 

Second Round of Artist Considerations...read more

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