City Announces Community Art Grant

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New initiative from City’s Culture Plan.

cityartThe City of Fredericton is inviting applications for projects focusing on the collaboration of a local artist leading a group through a creative process which will result in the creation of something for the benefit and enjoyment of the community. The Community Art Grant, announced at the City’s Development Committee on May 21, is a new initiative coming out of the City’s Culture Plan, adopted by Council last July. A similar project took place in 2009 and was led by artist Jennifer Kruegger. She worked with a group of area high school students over a period of five months and together they created a series of artworks that are now hanging in the front entrance of the Grant Harvey Centre. The students had a hands-on experience learning various design and production techniques. The resulting 4×4-foot panels depict people enjoying physical activities which can be done in and around the fitness centre.

This grant is open to all disciplines. The successful proposal will involve active participation and will result in something tangible for the community to enjoy. Examples may include the creation of a short-term or permanent artwork, or an artistic enhancement to a neighbourhood or publicly accessible space. One annual grant of $5,000 will be awarded.

Project Guidelines:

  • Proposed project must be completed within one year of application
  • Proposed project must not be an existing program or a project which has already received municipal funding
  • If the project involves visual art, the proposal should address issues of longevity, ownership, installation, and future maintenance
  • A final report and budget will be required following completion of the project (within two months of completion)
  • The successful applicant will be required to sign a Letter of Agreement outlining the terms of the grant
  • Failure to complete the project, submit final report, or adhere to Letter of Agreement will affect the organization’s ability to receive a grant from the City in the future

Eligibility:

  • Registered non-profit organization whose primary purpose and mandate includes local arts, culture or heritage activities

Criteria:

Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated on the following basis:

  • Clear articulation of project
  • Project work plan and timeline
  • Artistic quality and merit that includes professional artists working within a community setting
  • Depth and quality of interaction with and benefit to the community
  • Demonstrated involvement of local residents together with an artist(s) in the creative process
  • Demonstrated ability of the applicant to see the project to completion
  • Budget which demonstrates capacity to complete the project within budget and timeline

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel including members of the City’s Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. Submissions will be reviewed in July and it is expected that the grant will be awarded in August. Applicants must complete the application form found on the City website: www.fredericton.ca

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