Training residency – Critical writing/Indigenous arts

Do you run an arts or cultural organization interested in helping train the next generation of Indigenous arts and culture writers? This is a great opportunity to receive an Indigenous artist or cultural worker for a critical writing training residency.

Training residency – Critical writing/Indigenous arts

Introduction

Who is eligible to apply?

This residency is intended for organizations that receive multi-year operating or project funding from the Conseil des arts de Montréal, or first-time applicants. Its purpose is to offer an arts residency to an Indigenous artist or cultural worker.

What are the program objectives?
  • provide training to the next generation of Indigenous critical writers in the arts and culture sector
  • increase the amount of critical writing done by Indigenous artists and cultural workers in the arts and culture sector
  • foster a fruitful, two-way artistic exchange and intersectional dialogue
  • provide an Indigenous perspective in arts and culture
  • strengthen the professional Indigenous arts network
What types of organizations can host?
  • museums, service organizations or arts associations that are interested in hosting an Indigenous artist or cultural worker
  • arts organizations whose mandate is to:
  • publish cultural magazines
  • engage in specialized or multidisciplinary dissemination, including artist-run centres and art galleries
  • production of events or a festival
What are the obligations of the host organization?
  • work closely with the Project Manager – Indigenous Arts and the Conseil’s Indigenous Arts Committee
  • have the call deadline approved by the Conseil des arts de Montréal
  • manage the call for applications: writing the call, following up, obtaining the approval of the Indigenous Arts Committee, receiving applications, sending an acknowledgement of receipt and letters of acceptance or refusal
  • designate a representative to sit on the selection committee
  • draft a press release announcing the winner
  • match the Indigenous artist or cultural worker with an individual or team working in publishing or arts curatorship that can support their professional development
  • manage and coordinate the residency from beginning to end
  • be able to plan residency dates and abide by them
  • pay a fee to the Indigenous artist or cultural worker selected for the residency
  • participate in a post-mortem meeting with the Project Manager – Indigenous Arts and submit a report to the CAM illustrating the key outcomes of the residency and providing artist and organization testimonials
More details about the program
  • The Conseil des arts de Montréal’s Indigenous Arts Committee—partner to organizations funded through the program

    The Conseil des arts de Montréal recognizes Indigenous knowledge and practices, and strives to respect the principles of self-determination in developing programs for Indigenous artists and arts organizations through its Indigenous Arts Committee.

    Organizations that are interested in offering a residency to an Indigenous artist or cultural worker through this program must agree to work in close collaboration with the Indigenous Arts Committee to establish a long-term dialogue.

  • A publishing platform for Indigenous critical writing Organizations that are interested in offering a residency to an Indigenous artist or cultural worker through this program agree to publish one or more of the artist’s or cultural worker’s critical writings.

Support

What type of assistance is provided?

Selected host organization(s) could receive up to $10,000 to host an Indigenous artist or cultural worker in residence. The budget must include a fee to be paid to the person taking part in the residency, in accordance with the highest standard rates offered in the cultural sector*.

*Refer to the national arts associations

How long is the residency?

The residency can last between two and six months based on the needs of the Indigenous artists or cultural workers. This is a one-time, non-recurring grant.

Eligibility

What are the general eligibility conditions?

Incorporated non-profit organizations on the Island of Montréal:

  • be a non-profit organization or artists’ cooperative that pays no dividends
  • be a service organization
  • be an arts association
  • be headquartered on the Island of Montréal
  • have a board of directors composed mainly of Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
  • have a main mandate to create, produce or disseminate artistic works

Professional requirements

  • possess a level of recognized and demonstrable competence
  • be managed by qualified individuals
  • have stable artistic leadership
  • present activities whose artistic quality is recognized by peers in the same arts practice
  • be staffed by professional artists and/or cultural workers
How many residencies are offered?

One or more residencies will be offered depending on the relevance of the projects and the allocated budget.

Who is ineligible to apply?

Ineligible applicants

  • individual artists
  • artists’ collectives
  • organizations that do not meet the general eligibility requirements
  • artists’ collectives that are incorporated as for-profit or not-for-profit organizations
  • organizations whose primary mandate is research, creation or production
  • organizations dedicated to teaching, education or professional

    training

  • public or para-public organizations representing governments or municipal corporations
  • organizations registered as general partnerships

Ineligible residencies

Projects

Residency projects completed before the Conseil’s decision has been received.

Activity sectors

  • organizations working exclusively in variety arts or comedy
  • applicants working exclusively in cultural mediation

Applications

  • incomplete applications
  • applications received after the deadline

Ineligible applications will not be considered by the evaluation committee.

Questions about certain terms?

Consult our glossary

Accessibility

Can specific populations receive additional financial support to submit their application or complete their project (accessibility costs)?

Yes. Accessibility costs refer to costs that certain individuals, particularly those who are D/deaf and/or living with a disability, must pay to take advantage, in the same way as others do, of the services and programs offered by an institution to create, produce or disseminate their art. Reimbursement of part of these costs by the Conseil des arts de Montréal may offset the financial disadvantage.

The Support Fund for Accessibility Costs is a financial assistance measure that complements the Conseil’s other programs. The deadline to apply for support for accessibility costs is the same as that for the program being applied to.

Artists, collectives or organizations that have obtained financial assistance from the Conseil to carry out a project can also file an application for accessibility cost support up to three months after the decisions related to the successful project have been sent out, provided the project is not completed before the deadline to send out decisions for accessibility cost support applications.

Support is divided into three components:

  • financial support to submit a grant application
  • financial support for accessibility costs for a funded project
  • financial support for presenting organizations to welcome audience members who are D/deaf and/or living with disabilities

Applications

Can I submit more than one application in the same year?

Only one application may be submitted per year.

Who should submit the application?

A duly authorized representative of the organization.

Can I submit an application in English?

Yes, you can submit your application in English. Please note, however, that the questions on the form are in French only.

What information and documents must I include in my application?
  • letters patent and general regulations of the organization for first-time applicants or if changes have been made.
  • the organization’s most recent financial statements, if not already provided to the Conseil
  • the organization’s policies and equity process, if applicable

How can I submit an application?

Most of the applications to the Conseil des Arts de Montréal will progressively be submitted through the ORORA online application portal.

Evaluation

How are applications evaluated?

Applications will be evaluated by the Indigenous Arts Committee. The selection will take the comparative value of the residency applications into account.

What are the evaluation criteria?

The evaluation committee will consider the program objectives and the following criteria:

Quality of the residency setting: 50%

  • organization’s ability to support the Indigenous artist or cultural worker in residence in the development of their critical writing skills
  • organization’s ability to facilitate access to its team and various resources
  • any other services offered to the Indigenous artist or cultural worker to improve their experience

Contribution to the development of Indigenous arts: 30%

  • organization’s ability to implement a clear vision to increase the presence of Indigenous arts, artists, curators, producers in the arts and culture sector
  • quality and impact of the publishing platform
  • nature and extent of the visibility offered to the Indigenous artist’s or cultural worker’s writing
  • any other factor that ensures a meaningful collaborative experience between the Indigenous artist or cultural worker and the host organization

Project management and financial stability: 20%

  • presentation of realistic budget estimates and key steps involved.
  • efforts made to compensate the Indigenous artist or cultural worker
  • organization’s financial contribution and provision of services
What is the response time?

It will take five to six weeks from the application date for the Conseil des arts de Montréal to process it and reach a decision.

How will I be informed of the decision?

The representative for the collective will receive an email invitation to view the results on the ORORA platform. No decisions will be communicated by phone.

Can I appeal the decision?

The Conseil’s decisions are final and not subject to appeal. However, Conseil staff are available to answer any questions regarding decisions.

Applicants agree not to communicate with members of the evaluation committee or the Conseil’s Board of Directors about the management or evaluation of their application, or about decisions related to their application.

Payment

How will the grant be paid?

The grant amount will be sent in one payment (100%) after the decision letter has been sent.

 

Obligations

Commitments

Accepting payment of the grant constitutes, for the organization, an undertaking to complete the activities covered by the grant and to comply with the accompanying conditions, which will be communicated upon selection of the application.

Organizations agree to:

  • carry out the proposed project as planned
  • notify the Conseil as soon as possible if unable to carry out the project in the fiscal year for which the grant was awarded. The grant recipient may be obliged to reimburse some or all of the amount awarded, as applicable.
  • if requested, submit activity reports and financial statements at the required times
  • if applicable, include in the report photographs, videos or any other relevant, royalty-free visuals that the Conseil may use for promotional or archival purposes

Visibility Standards and Logos

Arts organizations, collectives or individual receiving grant from the Conseil must mention this funding in their information, promotional, or advertising material.

Need more information?
Mylène Guay
Mylène Guay
Indigenous Arts Project Manager

514 280-0552

mylene.guay@montreal.ca