Town of Canmore

Emerging Artist Bursary

Applications for the 2021 Lamphouse Endowment for the Arts: Emerging Artist Bursary are now closed.

The Lamphouse Endowment for the Arts Fund: Emerging Artist Bursary is given annually to a Canmore resident who identifies as an emerging artist and seeks to further their artistic practice.

Applicant Eligibility

An eligible applicant must be:

  1. An emerging artist (i.e. an artist in the early stages of his/her/their career; see Terms & Conditions, Section 5 of application form).
  2. A resident of Canmore for at least one (1) year.
  3. Planning to use the bursary award to further pursue his/her/their artistic practice (i.e. through education, supplies, residencies, etc.)

Funding Level

The maximum award is $3,000

Each funding year, $500 will be awarded to a high school student

  pdf Download the Application Form Here (515 KB)

Application Requirements

Incomplete or ineligible applications will not be reviewed by the jury.

  1. pdf A Complete Application Form (515 KB)
  2. Artist Curriculum Vitae (CV) – Maximum 2 pages
    • A summary of your most important experiences and accomplishments, including education, awards, nominations, exhibitions. Only include work experience that directly relates to your artistic practice.

  3. Artist Statement – Maximum 300 words
    • This statement explains the nature of your work and your goals in your chosen field of study. It may also describe your creative process, philosophy, vision, and passion.

  4. Statement of Intent – Maximum 300 words.
    • Your statement explains how you place to use the bursary award and how it furthers your artistic practice

  5. Portfolio/Supporting Material Inventory

  6. Letter of Support – Letters from two references required.
    • References should speak to your relationship (who you are to them), your qualifications and skills, and why they support your application.

Application Evaluation

To help applicants determine where to focus their efforts in their applications, the following rubric demonstrates the categories under which each application will be evaluated, as well as the weight of each category. 

Exemplary Good Adequate Weak

Application is complete, thorough, and thoughtful

Maximum Score: 10

Application is complete

Maximum Score: 7

Application is complete, but lacking detail or reads as rushed

Maximum Score: 5

Pieces of the application are missing or incomplete

Maximum Score: 1


Professional references speak to a strong knowledge of the applicant's skills, plans, and potential.

Maximum Score: 15 

Two professional references are provided.

Maximum Score: 10

Two non-professional references are provided.

Maximum Score: 5

No references provided.

Maximum Score: 0

Artist Statement 

Describes the nature of the artist's work and the goals in the chosen field of study. It may also describe the artist's creative process, philosophy, vision, and/or passion

Well-articulated and interesting statement that addresses the applicant's work, goals, creative process, etc., as well as introducing the applicant's personality and enthusiasm.

Maximum Score: 25

A clear statement that describes the nature of the applicant's work and creative process, as well as the applicant's philosophy, vision, and passion. 

Maximum Score: 19

The statement is complete, but reads as generic or lacks personality.

Maximum Score: 13

The statements reads as generic or summarizes the Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Maximum Score: 6

Statement of Intent

Explains how the artist plans to use the bursary and how the bursary will help to further the artist's practice

A confident, thoughtful, and well-articulated plan for the use of funds to further the applicant's artistic development.

Maximum Score: 25

A considerate statement as to how the funds will be used, and a description of the educational value of the proposed use of the bursary award.

Maximum Score: 19

A clear, but not thorough, description as to how the funds will be used and/or benefit the applicant.

Maximum Score: 13

Minimal details or unrealistic expectations as to how the funds will be used to develop the applicant's artistic capacity.

Maximum Score: 6


Clearly showcases artistic work and demonstrates the applicant's creative capacity.

Maximum Score: 25 

Strong portfolio that may favour only one artistic medium or one style/theme of art. Demonstrates applicant's artistic potential.

Maximum Score: 19

Showcases the applicant's work, but does not demonstrate or highlight the applicant's artistic direction.

Maximum Score: 13

Applicant's work is underdeveloped and/or rushed.

Maximum Score: 6

Depth of Experience

As detailed in the artist Curriculum Vitae/Resume 

Demonstrates exceptional promise through early notable accomplishments.

Maximum Score: 20

Applicant's record of activity and achievement demonstrates artistic potential.

Maximum Score: 15

Limited artistic training and/or output.

Maximum Score: 10

Little to no artistic training and/or output.

Maximum Score: 5

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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