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Updated April 21, 2020

 

Connections & Exchanges 

Connections & Exchanges is the City of Edmonton's 10-year plan to transform arts and heritage in Edmonton. The EAC is proud to play a leadership role in the implementation of this strategy. The EAC Board and staff are focused on collaborating with artists, partners and stakeholders to achieve the three ambitions of the plan: Alive with Arts and Heritage; A Hub for Extraordinary Creation and Reputation; and A Thriving and Well-Funded Arts and Heritage Ecosystem. These ambitions, along with the Aims and Actions, drive the EAC's strategic investments and programming.

The EAC recently announced the reallocation of $1.02 million in funding for the arts community, most of which will go to individual artists. In addition, the EAC invested $8.65 million in operating funds to stabilize and strengthen 156 arts and festival organizations before the COVID-19 crisis escalated. As the EAC implements Connections & Exchanges, it is focused on building a healthy, vibrant and resilient arts sector and, in turn, is committed to helping artists, collectives and organizations during this challenging time.

Community Investment Updates

Creators' Reserve is a new program focused on individual artists who make valuable contributions to the vitality and vibrancy of our community. This program will allow artists the time to explore an idea, research and develop content and create new artistic work or embark on the substantive revision to a work in progress. The Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) is contributing $100,000 towards this program. Creators' Reserve supports the Connections & Exchanges aim of making investments to provide economic resiliency for arts and heritage practitioners. This fund will provide a total of $500,000 directly to artists, including funds specifically allocated for Indigenous artists and artists from equity-seeking groups. Grants of $5,000 will be available. Artists seeking to engage the services of an artistic peer or peers may request additional funds of up to $1,000 to compensate others.

Applicants must be a resident of the greater Edmonton region for at least one year prior to the deadline. This region includes the City of Edmonton; the counties of Sturgeon, Parkland, Leduc, Strathcona; and Indigenous communities. Artists might be asked to provide proof of residency. 

The Creators' Reserve deadline has been extended to Tuesday, April 28 at 11:59 p.m. to give artists more time to submit their applications via eacawards.fluidreview.com. Guidelines are now available online.

Connections & Exchanges  Initiatives (C&E)  grants  have been revised to focus on the commissioning of new work, creative collaborations, substantive revisions of existing work and/or engaging curatorial services to further critical dialogue. The initiatives proposed must be aligned with an Ambition and advance a relevant Aim and Action, as outlined in Connections & Exchanges. Organizations may submit proposals of up to $20,000. A minimum of 75% of grant funds must be paid to Edmonton artists and collectives. Applications from arts organizations or festivals that were not funded in the last round of C&E grants will be prioritized.  The total amount available is $470,000. 

Program guidelines are available online with an application deadline of April 17.

The EAC and the ECF are partnering with organizations and collectives with existing programs and capacity to administer payments to artists to share their creative works online. Each organization is contributing $50,000 to the Digital Arts  Fund, which will focus on the digital dissemination and distribution of artistic work and the generation and exchange of critical discourse. These funds will allow artists, arts and festival organizations to engage Edmontonians through a wide range of artistic works. There is no application as this fund will be managed in collaboration with community partners.  

 
Accommodations will be provided to those who have barriers to applying online. Kyra Brown, Indigenous Relations Advisor, and Poushali Mitra, Equity and Inclusion Advisor, will work with those who face barriers.  

Community Arts Program

The EAC is postponing the Community Arts Program until further notice. The program's principles of collaboration between artists and community cannot be met at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The EAC is actively monitoring public health instructions and will make the appropriate adjustments to future program deadlines to benefit individual artists.  

Reach out to EAC staff if you have questions about our grants, programs and services.  

The list of resources for artists and the FAQs that were on this page have been relocated.

Click here for a list of resources for artists.

EAC & TIX on the Square FAQs can be found here

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Office Closures

The priority of the Edmonton Arts Council continues to be our relationships with the artists, collectives and organizations who make valuable contributions to the vitality of our community. While our staff is now working from home, our focus remains on providing service and support to the arts community during this uncertain time.

TIX on the Square will be closed to the public until further notice but will remain operational to serve the arts community. Contact us at 780-420-1757 or tix@tixonthesquare.ca.

 
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