Indigenous Placemaking Artist Application Process

Details about eligibility requirements, information sessions, benefits for artists, timeline, space and budget is available on the Indigenous Placemaking Call for Artists page.

Artist or Artist Teams interested in this project must prepare and submit the following Submission Package in their Request for Proposal (RFP). Please include one digital copy of the following in the proposal:

  1. Letter of Interest – (no more than one page): identifying the public art opportunity proposed including a summary of the idea you are interested in developing for the artwork. (This can be an audio/video recording)
  2. Current resume (Curriculum Vitae) – if applying as an Artist Team please provide one for each artist.
  3. Support Images – up to five (5) images of past work that is like the proposed idea and a brief description (50 words max) of the artwork, title of artwork, medium, date of artwork, dimensions, and budget. Submit only quality images.
  4. Two professional references – from people you have worked with on past commission projects and are familiar with your art and practice. Include complete email addresses and telephone numbers.
  5. A brief concept proposal drawing or description of initial thoughts (this can be an audio/video recording). Include anticipated budget breakdown and complete project timeline.
  6. A brief explanation of how the artwork will be collaborative, reflective, and inclusive with the eight communities in Treaty 7 (TsuuT’ina Nation, Piikani, Kainai, Siksika, Chiniki, Wesley, Bearspaw, and Métis Nation Region 3), or how the artwork will be reflective of the traditional methods of making from one of the eight communities in Treaty 7. (This can be an audio/video recording.)

The selection committee, including members of the Elders’ Guidance Circle, will meet as a group to select the final Artist/Artist Team. After thoughtful review and discussion of the proposals submitted, the final Artist(s)/Artist Team(s) will be selected. The final Artist(s) or Artist Team(s) selected will enter a Contract Agreement with the Calgary Public Library to complete the proposed artwork on time and budget.

Questions about the Indigenous Placemaking project and/or the application process can be directed to:

Jared Tailfeathers
Program Coordinator, Indigenous Placemaking
Calgary Public Library

To Apply

Please send the Submission Package Digital Copy to:
CC: (Indigenous Services Design Lead)

Hard copy is not a requirement.