Town of Canmore

Art Calls

building neighbourhoods builds community 2.0

The Town of Canmore is seeking Expressions of Interest from Canmore and Morley artists with experience working in collaboration with communities. The Building Neighbourhoods Builds Community art project is intended to provide work for artists, encourage social cohesion, neighbourhood and community connections, and promote healing.

The goal of this project is to bring community members together to celebrate the diversity of culture and people living in our local neighbourhoods. The Town of Canmore is seeking practicing artists to work with neighbourhood groups to help them imagine and develop a creative project that reflects their community. Just like the people and cultures that make up our neighbourhoods, the project themes and ideas will vary from inception to completion. There is no “one size fits all” approach to this project.

The Building Neighbourhoods Builds Community art project is held in accordance with the Town of Canmore Public Art Policy. 

Deadline for Submissions

Friday, June 25 at 4 p.m. 

Information Session

Wednesday, June 9 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. 

Online via Zoom.

Click here for the link

Professional Development Opportunity: Community Art Panel Discussion

Monday, June 21, from 7 - 8:15 p.m.

Online via Zoom 

Click here to register 

Final Artist Selection

Tuesday, June 29

Project Background

During these uncertain times, the arts are making us feel connected to community and to humanity. Visual art, dance, music, and theatre are actively uplifting our spirits, countering the effects of physical and emotional isolation. The Building Neighbourhoods Builds Community art project is intended to provide work for artists, encourage social cohesion, neighbourhood and community connections, and promote healing. 


The competition is open to qualified practicing Canmore and Morley artists working in any medium.

To qualify as a practicing artist for this competition you should have:

  • An understanding of the creative process and an active art practice
  • The ability to encourage creativity in others and work collaboratively
  • An enthusiasm for working with groups and a willingness to build collaborative relationships
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience facilitating creative projects
  • A willingness to work with people of all backgrounds
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Project management experience
  • Have specialized training in an artistic field (this does not have to be at an academic institution)
  • Be recognized as a professional by your peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)


Emphasis on eligible projects will be placed on proposals that:

  • Actively involve the community/neighbourhood in art creation
  • Provide opportunities for inclusion and self-expression
  • Highlight co-creative processes between artists and communities
  • Offer skill building opportunities
  • Increase arts activity for the broader community

The neighbourhood art project can take any form. For example, mosaics, murals, theatre, dance, media arts, music, storytelling, poetry, painting, photography, among other traditional and non-traditional art forms. 

Project Deliverables 
  1. Four neighbourhood ideation sessions (minimum) that adhere to physical distancing protocols
  2. One proposed project description submitted to the Arts and Events Department before project creation begins. The proposed project must be the result of artist and neighbourhood group collaboration and reflect the neighbourhood in a creative way.
  3. One complete creative project 
How to Apply 

Submissions will only be accepted in electronic format submitted by email. All documents must be sent  in PDF format.

Artists must submit the following, prepared as described below, in order to qualify for consideration in the competition: 


Complete and signed with contact information

  pdf Download the Submission Form here (375 KB)


Describe and explain your interest in this project (1 page max.)


Describe what inspires your artistic process, the materials and methods you use, your background, and other information that pertains to your art practice (1 page max.)


Detail your experience as an artist, prior public art experience and/or other relevant information (3 pages max.)



1) Images of previous artworks (max. 6 images). Images must be at least 150 dpi, but no more than 1 MB in size. 


2) Recordings/videos of previous work (max. 5) available online through platforms such as YouTube or Vimeo


3) a combination of maximum three images and three recordings/videos. 


Clearly list each image or file to correspond with the order of the video, audio, or audio/visual list.

Include for each document a title, date created, medium, size, and a brief description


Current contact information for two references who can speak to your ability to meet eligibility criteria

Submission Evaluation Criteria 

The Selection Committee appointed by the Town of Canmore will evaluate all applications.

Up to eight artists will be selected based on the criteria outlined below: 

Evaluation Criteria Weight

Statement of interest




Qualifications, including demonstrated experience in community engagement


Quality of previous work


Maximum Possible Score


Communication with the Selection Committee

The Town of Canmore will be responsible for all communication, either verbal or in writing, between artists making submissions and members of the Selection Committee. Any communication between applicants and Selection Committee members regarding submissions or the competition may result in disqualification.

Project Conditions

This project is funded through the Town of Canmore Public Art Trust.

The Town of Canmore reserves the right to reject any submissions without further compensation.

The Town of Canmore reserves the right to modify project timelines. 


Each selected artist will receive $3,500 CAD which includes up to $500 in material costs. GST will be paid to artists that are able to provide a GST number. Project material budgets should not exceed $500 however the community has the right to seek donations to augment material costs.

Up to eight artists will be selected for this commission. 

RCMP Criminal Record Check

Because this project requires that an artist will work with members of the community in a community setting, a criminal record check will be required. 


The artist(s) will enter into a contract with the Town of Canmore.


Please direct all inquiries to Chris Bartolomie, Supervisor, Arts and Events

P: 403.678.8170

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The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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