Are you an artist interested in reaching new audiences by bringing your touring performance or workshop to schools? Do you want to inspire young people to learn about the world and themselves through the arts?
Apply to the ArtStarts Showcase - an event that brings together a network of schools and arts programmers interested in booking arts experiences for young audiences. Successful applicants will join the ArtStarts Artists on Tour Directory and be supported to tour schools across BC.
Additional benefits include:
The 2019 ArtStarts Showcase will be presented in Spring 2020. Approximately 30 artists across disciplines will present a sample of their touring performance or workshop followed by a Q&A.
QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit, and/or LGBT2QIA people who are also Black, Indigenous, and /or people of colour) performing artists have an opportunity to apply for our QTBIPOC Showcase Intensive happening this August. This initiative is focused on supporting QTBIPOC artists to apply to Showcase and join the Artists on Tour Directory to perform on stages in front of young people. Learn more about this opportunity!
As an organization we are working towards the following goals:
An Important Note on our Anti Oppression Mandate
Why has ArtStarts implemented an Anti Oppression mandate?
We recognize that we are uniquely positioned to support social justice opportunities in the education system. We would like to address systemic issues and colonial practices, especially those that we have perpetuated. One way we can start this work is by creating a more equitable Showcase application process.
This year, we will prioritize the following equity groups at our Showcase:
In order to ensure access, we are able to waive the $75 application fee for the groups noted above. If you are an artist who identifies with any of the equity groups noted above, or a group that we may have missed, and require an accessibility accommodation, please connect with Pavan Thind, Program Manager at 604.336.0626 ext 105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are committed to providing students with accessible arts-based experiences in their schools and consider an intentional representation of equity groups an important part of this commitment. We take cultural safety and appropriation seriously and encourage artists to self-identify on this application form to help us ensure that students are thoughtfully engaging with traditional knowledge and stories in context.
The revised BC curriculum offers an approach that we support:
“ ... [C]o-operate and engage with experts from the community when learning about culture-specific contexts to avoid offence or misrepresentation or appropriation of culture. Cultural appropriation includes use of cultural motifs, themes, “voices,” images, knowledge, stories, songs, drama, and so on without permission or without appropriate context or in a way that may misrepresent the real experience of the people from whose culture they are drawn.”
Part of ArtStarts’ mandate is to challenge colonial, Eurocentric definitions of “art,” and beliefs about who gets to be an artist. One of the ways we plan to enact this mandate is by building capacity for artists who face barriers to both the creation and presentation of their work. We aim to address these barriers by providing a more equitable Showcase application process.
Please read through the Frequently Asked Questions below to familiarize yourself with the application process to ensure you have met all the criteria and collected all the application pieces.
How to Apply!
Applications to perform in the 2020 ArtStarts Showcase will open on July 15, 2019
All applications will be assessed by a jury of educators and artists. A regional committee also reviews the applications and provides feedback to the jury for consideration.
IMPORTANT: Download the assessment rubric that the jury will use to assess your application. Providing evidence to meet the criteria in the new and improved rubric will be your key to success.
The rubric includes three key areas of assessment:
Art Practice (33%)
Technical ability and professional art practice.
Concept + Relevance (33%)
The translation of the art form to the audience experience.
Execution + Engagement (33%)
The artist’s capacity to build a relationship with the audience. The jury will primarily look to your video.
In order to move forward in the selection process, applications must receive a minimum score of 66%.
The most important elements of your application are your answers to the application questions and your video. The jury will also review the provided support materials to complete the assessment process.
Your video will be used to:
Your CV will be used to:
Your References will be used to:
Demonstrate support from schools, community presenters or professional peers
There will be a total of approx. 40 applications selected. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by December 1, 2018.Dates to Remember: