Whoa, Canada: Get paid $9,000 to make your art in Québec next year

Whoa, Canada: Get paid $9,000 to make your art in Québec next year
You can go to Montréal any old time. How about Chicoutimi? via Flickr user Norman Gaudreault

Yesterday, we told you about a paid arts opportunity that would help you make work in Trump’s America. Today, we bring you a paid arts opportunity that’d help you escape Trump’s America altogether. (FYI, we know Trump’s America is a highly unlikely scenario. We’re just saying.)

The Art Services Initiative of Western New York, aka the ASI of WNY, is partnering up with the state’s Council of the Arts to offer a three-month artist residency in Québec! That’s a province in Canada, in case you were wondering. Québec includes but is definitely not limited to the city of Montréal. In fact, applications for locations outside Montréal are encouraged.

As much an arts grant as it is a residency, this gig includes a $9,000 stipend. The money is intended to cover travel, materials and labor, but if you budget carefully enough you might just get to put some of that money away! Or, just use it to finance your drinking habits while in Canada.

Three artists from New York State will be selected for the residency, which can be carried out during any block of three months in the 2017 calendar year, at any of ASI/WNY’s partner venues and host sites which include multi-arts centers, museums, schools, libraries, performing arts presenting organizations and visual arts centers.

You can preview the application in order to get a sense of the requirements. You’ll have submit an artist statement, a description of the proposed project,  work samples and an explanation of why your work would benefit from a sojourn in the bucolic recesses of French Canada. The disciplines eligible to apply seem to cover the range of artistic mediums:

  • Architecture
  • Cinema & Video
  • Contemporary Crafts
  • Dance & Choreography
  • Digital & Media Arts
  • Literature & Poetry
  • Multidisciplinary Arts
  • Music & Composition
  • Theatre & Playwriting
  • Traditional Folk Arts
  • Visual Art

Also worth noting that this residency seems very self-directed: “The artists participating in this program enjoy complete autonomy, define the objectives of their stay and elaborate the parameters and conditions for its realization. Through these residencies, NYSCA wishes to offer New York State artists a new career development opportunity and develop fruitful collaboration with Québec cultural communities.”

Toward the latter end, artists cannot be compensated in any way during their stay in Québec, and all displays of work and/or performances must be free and open to the public.

Is this artist residency is Que-beckoning you across the border? If so, create an account on the application portal and go forth into the Snowy White North! Things will (probably) be the same when you get back.

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