CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - Artist in Residence Program 2011-2012

The Artist in Residence (AIR) program will provide artist stipends of up to $8,000 per year through annual competition in 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2011-12. Funds may be allocated to one or more projects in each year at the discretion of our Adjudication Committee. The AIR program is an initiative of the Oral History and Performance (OHP) working group—one of seven research clusters comprising the Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide, and Other Human Rights Violations.”

The AIR program has been conceived along the lines of the Canada Council's Artists in Communities Collaboration Program (ACCP) to support community-engaged artists who would like to undertake a project that advances the research aims and community benefits of the Oral History and Performance research group in particular and the Life Stories project in general. We are particularly interested in proposals that have the potential to exert an impact beyond simply a limited "run" of public performances, and that might in some way help to create links between and beyond the various communities and research clusters engaged in the Life Stories project. Suitable activities might include training workshops, public presentations, or other activities designed and undertaken as collaboration between an artist or artists and community members.

Eligibility and Procedure

Lead artists should have demonstrated experience in community-engaged work. Proposed projects should be "grounded" in one or more of the “communities" implicated in the Life Stories project, and ideally reflect, reference, or explore aesthetic forms, issues, and concerns that are in some way "representative" of those communities. "Community" is loosely defined to include "communities of artists." Proposals should be grounded in the performing arts; however, projects that use interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary, or integrated arts approaches are welcome. Artists who are considering applying to the AIR program are strongly encouraged to contact Edward Little in order to discuss the suitability of their proposal to the Life Stories of Montrealers project.

Deadlines and Funding Periods

June 6, 2011 for projects that will take place between July 1, 2011 and June 31, 2012.
Applicants will be notified of the Adjudication Committee’s decision by the third week in June.

Payment Schedule

Awarded Funds will normally be distributed in three equal installments (depending on the duration and size of the project). The first installment will be paid upon signing of an Acceptance Contract; the second installment upon submission of a Mid-term Progress Report; and the final installment upon submission of a Completion Report.

Application Form

Please describe your project using the following headings and within the indicated maximum word limits:

1. Title and brief Description of the Proposed Project (1/4 page max)
2. Detailed Description of the Proposed Project (3 pages max) including:
• The goals, outcomes, and perceived benefits of the project
• A list and/or description of potential community participants
• The names of all artists to be involved (please append an abbreviated c/v or resume (3 pages max) for each artist including yourself who will be involved in the project,
3. Relevance of the Proposed Project to the overall goals and aims of the Oral History and Performance research group in particular and the Life Stories project in general (1 page max),
4. Artistic Merit of the Proposed Project (1 page max) including professional development of the artists involved,
5. A Timeline for the Realization of the Project (1 page max) indicating any significant “milestones” to be accomplished during the tenure of the project,
6. A Detailed Budget listing Expenses and Revenues and including any funds requested or expected from other sources.

Criteria for Adjudication

Projects will be adjudicated based on the following:
• 40% - the degree to which the project addresses and furthers the research and overall goals of the OHP and Life Stories project -- including sharing authority, engaging with central research question(s) and the potential contribution to knowledge in the field of Oral History and Performance,
• 40% - the artistic and social merits of the project including its potential for artistic innovation and growth, and its positive impact on both the artist(s) and community or communities involved,
• 20% - the quality and thoughtfulness of the project's overall planning and conception including presentation, background research, cultural competencies, timelines, outcomes, budgeting, resource management, etc.,

Completed Application forms can be sent via email to:
Artist in Residence Project Coordinator Edward Little at: elittle@alcor.concordia.ca

Adjudication will be by selected Members of the Oral History and Performance (OHP) Research Cluster with representation from both Community and University partners. The Adjudication Committee may seek advice from outside sources when it deems necessary.

Applicants are also welcome to submit supplemental materials such as photos, dvds, journal or newspaper articles, reviews of the their work etc. Please indicate a return postal address and specify if you would like any supplemental material returned to you. Applications and Supplementary Materials can be sent to:

Edward Little, GM 5-55
Department of Theatre, Concordia University,
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1M8