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ArtStarts Showcase Application

The ArtStarts Showcase is a 2-day conference style event that highlights new opportunities for school and community arts programmers invested in booking artist performances, workshops and residencies for young audiences.

The 2022 ArtStarts Showcase will be presented on April 7 and 8, 2022 at the Annex Theatre in Vancouver, BC. 

Please note the application and event format changes below and review our Showcase 2022 Guidelines for more information. 


  • In the past, Showcase has been solely reserved as an opportunity for performing artists to highlight their touring performance. ArtStarts not only works with artists from various disciplines but also those who share their artistic practices via modalities outside of performances. We have decided to alter our application process, and it will no longer be a requirement for artists to be selected for our annual Showcase in order to join the ArtStarts roster. Artists can now apply to be on the ArtStarts Artist Directory without showcasing. The purpose of this change is to make it easier for new artists to join our ArtStarts community as well as leave more opportunity for our current artists to participate in Showcase. The changes also align with our recent directory amalgamation. Visit our Artist Directories page to learn more and to see our format definitions. 
  • For Showcase 2022, we are piloting workshop slots specifically for artists who are offering Classroom Residencies and/or Workshops to share their work with delegates. Our hope is that all future showcases will follow a similar format of sharing both performances and workshops.

Due COVID-19, we had to cancel our 2020 Showcase event. As a result, we are inviting back the artists that were meant to perform at this event to be a part of our 2022 Showcase. This means we will not be opening applications for performing artists to be added to this line up for this Showcase intake. Instead, we have limited slots for new and returning artists to pilot having Classroom Residencies or Workshops as part of the Annual Showcase. 

Eligibility requirements 

Applicants must be performing or teaching artists interested in bringing their workshop or classroom residency practice to youth K-12 and: 

  • Residents of Canada
  • Available to present Showcase dates in Vancouver, BC.
  • Available to work in BC schools in the 2022-23 school year  
  • Able to complete the Criminal Record Check process via ArtStarts
  • Aligned with ArtStarts Anti-Oppression Guidelines 

Please be sure to review our Showcase guidelines prior to submitting your application. 

How to Apply 

If you’re new to ArtStarts and interested in applying for Showcase with a workshop or classroom residency, you can apply using the New Artist Directory Application here. Please note that new artists must apply for the directory to receive access to the Showcase application - new artists cannot apply solely for Showcase. 

If you’re a returning ArtStarts artist, please complete the Showcase 2022 application available here.

Deadline to apply is October 24, 2021. 

If you have questions or require additional clarification, please contact Program Manager, Pavan Thind at 604 336 0626 x105 or


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Showcase Application Guidelines

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Pavan Thind
Program Manager
604.336.0626 ext 105