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Banff Centre: Announcing 2015 Indigenous Arts programs

Indigenous Writing Program

Sept. 7 - 19, 2015 (on-site)
Sept. 28 - Dec. 4, 2015 (online)
Apply by May 1, 2015

The Indigenous Writing Program offers an intensive residency with faculty mentors who explore Indigenous storytelling and voice, culture and worldview, structure and style, and commitment and discipline in a highly transformative and encouraging environment. Writers explore different ways of telling their stories and new ways of presenting their work to an audience as part of a dynamic reading series. Writers engage in rich conversation and learning with peers and mentors, explore culturally relevant perspectives as storytellers, and gain deep insight into their own writing voices. Full financial assistance is available except travel. 

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Indigenous Dance Residency

August 3 - 29, 2015
Apply by May 4, 2015

The Indigenous Dance Residency is the only program in North America led by Indigenous faculty for Indigenous dancers. Acclaimed Indigenous faculty come together with dancers from across Canada and around the world to share, investigate, and strengthen contemporary Indigenous dance practice. The combination of high-level faculty, rigorous exploration, and power of place here in the mountains in the heart of Blackfoot and Stoney territories make this program truly transformative. This four week intensive residency features daily technique classes, improvisation classes, choreographic exploration, and the creation of new choreographic work that is performed at the conclusion of the program. Full financial assistance is available except travel.

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Sept. 28 - Oct. 10, 2015
Application deadline: June 1, 2015

A brand new interdisciplinary program with a strong music focus in which Indigenous artists ‘reclaim’ the era of silent films made about Indigenous peoples. Through live performance, music creation, composition, song, storytelling, spoken word, dance and silent film, this new program will  bring a fresh voice to an era of silence. New short creations/compositions will be created for silent film and will be performed as part of a double-bill performance with Tanya Tagaq and Nanook of the North at the conclusion of the residency. Full financial assistance is available except travel.

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Self-directed residencies

The Banff Centre offers self-directed residencies for Indigenous artists, enabling the time and space for focused work and providing the freedom to conceptualize, create, research, or complete a project. Self-directed residencies are open to dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, singer-songwriters, filmmakers, writers, playwrights, and curators. Residencies can be of any duration and artists can apply to come any time. Financial assistance is available.

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Visual Arts Indigenous Administration and Research Practicum

June 1, 2015 - June 3, 2016
Apply by April 29, 2015
An experiential learning opportunity designed to enhance knowledge and skills in arts administration. The participant will work with and be mentored by staff from all areas of the Visual + Digital Art department: Creative Residencies, Walter Phillips Gallery, and the Banff International Curatorial Institute. 

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