Community Art Program

Artist-Led Community Art Project

  • Deadline has been extended to Friday, November 24, 2017.

With a goal of having a diverse range of cultural programming opportunities, the City of Fredericton created the Community Art Grant which was offered for the first time in 2015.  The first grants were awarded to local non-profit arts and cultural organizations for projects which involved collaboration with community groups. This year local artists are invited to submit proposals to initiate a project from their unique perspective. It is an opportunity for an artist to identify an opportunity to share their creative vision and art form by creating something for the community to enjoy and interact with.

Artists are invited to submit proposals for projects that engage the broader community, or a sector of the community during the creative process, resulting in the creation of something of meaning, benefit and enjoyment for the community.

The Community Art Project is open to all disciplines.  The successful proposal will involve community engagement 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 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.
  • Projects must take place in the City of Fredericton and artists are encouraged to consider neighbourhoods outside of the downtown core.
  • 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 project.
  • Failure to complete the project, submit final report, or adhere to Letter of Agreement will affect the artist’s ability to work with the City in the future.
  • Projects are subject to applicable approvals.
  • The City reserves the right not to fund any of the proposals.

Artist Eligibility:

  • Practicing artist living in Fredericton
  • Demonstrated body of work
  • Open to an artist or an artist-team/collective
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and work with community groups

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 a professional artist(s) working within a community setting
  • Depth and quality of interaction with and benefit to the community
  • Demonstrated involvement of local residents and/or a community group in the creative process
  • Demonstrated ability of the applicant to see the project to completion
  • Budget including materials, artist fee, and other expenses which demonstrates capacity to complete the project within budget and timeline

To apply please submit the following:

  • Name and complete mailing address, phone number and email address
  • Cover letter with brief introduction and explanation of how artist eligibility is met
  • Resume and bio
  • Project description detailing the vision, partners, timeline and how the project meets the guidelines and criteria
  • Project budget which is balanced (total revenues match total expenditures)
  • Any additional information to support your proposal such as a letter of support from a community group, organization, or partner

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel including members of the City’s Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. 

Submissions will be accepted by email:  culture@fredericton.ca or by hand delivery to City Hall, 397 Queen Street, clearly marked:  Community Art Project, attention:  Cultural Development Officer. 

The deadline for submissions is October 27, 2017.  For more information:  culture@fredericton.ca