Travel Grants to Integrated Arts and Contemporary Circus Art Professionals
The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, including people with disabilities.
Any time before departure date
Applicants who wish to have the results before their departure should apply at least eight weeks in advance.
The Canada Council will not accept applications postmarked after your departure date, incomplete applications, or those submitted by fax or email.
Please refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed information
Travel grants in the Inter-Arts Office offer professional Canadian artists, independent critics or curators in Integrated Arts, Contemporary Circus Arts or artist and community collaborative practices related to these forms the chance to respond to invitations to present work or ideas, participate in artist residencies or engage in professional development.
Travel grants assist you to travel on occasions important to the development of your over all artistic practice or career.
1. Support for Presentation Travel
This category supports travel undertaken in response to an invitation that you have received, asking you to publicly present your work or ideas in Canada or abroad.
2. Support for Travel to Artists’ Residencies
These grants contribute to your travel costs to participate in a residency in a national or international artistic community.
3. Support for Professional Development Travel
This category assists you to attend workshops, symposiums and conferences, and (or) to participate in other professional development opportunities outside your home region.
The following definitions apply to the determination of eligibility to this program and in the assessment of applications.
Integrated arts is an approach to artistic practice that combines two or more artistic disciplines to create a new, unified and distinct form. The result is a hybrid in which no single form of art is dominant. While not defined by a particular aesthetic, integrated arts are often characterized by innovative combinations of artistic practices, genres, technology, cultural influences, social engagement and inclusion of diverse perspectives. They can also integrate fields outside of the arts in addition to the artistic disciplines involved.
Contemporary circus art is a form of artistic expression that integrates the mastery of one or more circus techniques recognized and taught by professional circus art schools such as the National Circus School. The practice, discourse and works funded by the Inter-Arts Office are those that lead to the creative evolution of this art form and that use circus techniques in original and innovative artistic concepts.
Artists and community collaboration is an arts process whereby professional artists and community members actively work together as creative partners in collaborative projects. Activities and projects are joint undertakings in which the process of collaborating is equally important to the art created, and where there is shared decision-making and ownership of project results.
Eligibility of Applicant
All applicants must:
- work in the integrated arts or the contemporary circus arts or related artist and community collaborative arts a minimum of one year before applying
- have had at least two verifiable public presentations of an integrated arts or contemporary circus art work in a professional context before applying.
To apply to this program, you must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You do not need to be living in Canada when you apply.
You must also meet the Canada Council’s definition of a professional artist, which is an artist who:
- has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
- is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
- is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially
- has a history of public presentation.
Independent art critics and curators working in the integrated arts, contemporary circus arts or artist and community collaborative arts related to these forms may also be eligible in this program. Arts critics must have published a minimum of three articles, papers, or exhibitions texts. Curators must have completed at least three programs of work that have been presently publicly.
Travel Grants are available in fixed amounts ($500, $750, $1,000, $1,500, $2,000 or $2,500), depending on the extent of travel. Note that the amounts of $2,000 and $2,500 are available only if you are travelling to or from northern Canada or to international destinations other than the United States and Europe.
Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8
Telephone: 1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4679