IBPOC ARTS LEADERS RESIDENCY GRANT 

 

Application Deadline Friday, September 18, 2020

Please visit the main Grants page for eligibility requirements.

OVERVIEW 

  

Within the arts in Calgary, there is a sector-wide need to create pathways for Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour (IBPOC) leaders in all disciplines to advance their networks, experience, skills, and knowledge. 

 

In specific response to addressing that need, and as part of the Rozsa Foundation’s long-term commitment to strengthening the arts sector, we are proud to offer a new Arts Leaders Residency Grant. This grant is to support mid-career IBPOC artists and arts administrators who aspire to leadership roles in the arts (Artistic Directors, Executive Directors, Curators, Managing Directors, etc.) to undertake a year-long residency with an existing arts organization. The organization will apply for the grant and use it exclusively to pay the wages of the resident, as outlined below.  

 

This grant stream supports a flexible approach to high-impact, leadership-focused learning, with direct mentorship from the artistic and/or executive leadership of the host organization. Organizations should ensure they have the ability and capacity to be able to support the resident in meeting their desired goals and can speak to the points and questions listed below.  

 

The careful and considered design of the residency, including responsiveness to the specific needs of the resident, deliberate cultivation of leadership skills, and benefit to the growth and learning of both the resident and organization are central to determining success in this grant stream. That said, it is important that the resident not be looked upon to single-handedly address shortcomings in the host organization’s equity, diversity, and inclusion work. 

 

The nature of this work will vary based on the resident and host organization, but should be focused on leadership-focused responsibilities such as programming and program development, strategic planning, partnership-building, casting, staff leadership and management, budgeting, working with the board, advocacy, and community relations, among others. 

 

We encourage interested applicants to seek organizations that can potentially meet your desired outcomes and encourage arts organizations to share this information with candidates who might be interested in a residency. 

  

FUNDING AVAILABLE 

 

The IBPOC Arts Leaders Residency Grant provides $20,000 to support a part-time position for one year. By design, this is intended to create a long-term relationship while leaving space for the resident to continue their  existing artistic/ administrative practice outside of the host organization throughout the residency, as applicable.  

 

Host organizations are required to cover mandatory employment related costs (CPP, EI), and to provide additional wages to meet the scope of the designed residency, if necessary. The grant and the host organization’s contribution should provide a wage of at least $20-$25/hour. The total duration and number of hours should be co-designed to best meet the resident’s goals.  

 

Funds granted from this stream may only be used for a resident’s salary. No other costs, including mentoring fees or external professional development are eligible. The organization’s project budget (as part of the grant application) should illustrate the requisite mandatory employment related costs and any other additional investments in the residency.  

 

While certain artistic/creative duties are to be expected as part of the residency, if the host organization wishes to engage the resident as an artist on a specific artistic project, it is expected that they will be engaged on a separate artistic contract with remuneration, as appropriate. 

 

Similarly, if the resident is asked to perform duties in line with ‘cultural consultancy’, they should be engaged separately for that work and remunerated at an agreed upon rate. 

 

The resident has the right to pass on work that they deem harmful or consider harmful to other marginalized groups, as well as the right to privacy and freedom from reprisal for refusing such work.  

 

ADDITIONAL POINTS 
 

  • It is possible for multiple organizations to apply in partnership with one another if at least one of the partner organizations is IBPOC-led and a clear rationale of the benefit behind a shared residence is provided. Only the applicant organization needs to be a registered charity. 

 

  • The Rozsa Foundation will provide external mechanisms for addressing conflict resolution or mediation that arise as part of a residency to protect the resident from reprisal. 

 

  • The Rozsa Foundation will provide opportunities for residents to meet as a cohort, without organizational representatives, as well as to access other relevant networking opportunities. 

 

  • We also recommend building in some time to provide the resident access to their own networks and/or communities of support as a part of their work schedule. 
     

  • Residencies should be completed within eighteen months from notification of funding. 

 

  • As part of the final evaluation, the host organization will be asked to identify what learnings emerged from the residency that will be carried forward. 

 

  • While this grant is open to all IBPOC artists and arts administrators, priority will be given to Indigenous and Black applicants. 

  

When applying for a Residency Grant, the resident and the host organization(s) should collaborate to address the following in the project description: 

 

  • What are the resident’s goals over the course of the residency, and why does the resident feel the applicant organization is a good fit to support the realization of those goals? 

  • How will the residency help support the career goals and ongoing learning of the individual? (i.e. how will the residency develop transferable skills in the resident and how will the responsibilities of the resident evolve through the course of the residency?) 

  • What commitments has the organization made to address issues of equity, diversity and inclusion within their organization, board, and staff? Have any training opportunities been sought? 

  • How will the organization ensure the safety & respect of the resident and what infrastructure exists in support of this? 

  • How will the residency contribute to the internal capacity, learning and resiliency of the organization? 

  • What plans are in place to create a meaningful residency given the uncertain nature of in-person work in 2020 and 2021? 

  • The organization should provide a residency plan, including who will be supporting & mentoring the resident in their work, and a proposed timeline and workload overview. The expectation is that the artistic and/or executive leadership of the host organization are the primary mentors throughout the residency. 

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The Rozsa Foundation thanks and acknowledges the work of Jenna Rodgers for co-designing the IBPOC Arts Leaders Residency Grant as well as Naheyawin, Janelle Cooper, Wunmi Idowu, Toyin Oladele, Patti Pon, and other anonymous reviewers for providing feedback and input on the grant’s design. 

GET IN TOUCH!

This is our first time offering of this grant, and the intent is for it to be iterative in design, evolving based on the experience of applicants, residents, and organizations. If you have questions or feedback you would like to provide, please email Rozsa Foundation Executive Director Simon Mallett at simon@rozsafoundation.org

Prefer working on a hard copy before submitting your application? Download a WORKING PDF HARD COPY of our grant application form. Please do NOT submit the PDF hard copy of your grant application. All applications must be made via our online forms.

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