Town of Canmore

Emerging Artist Bursary

Applications for the 2022 Lamphouse Endowment for the Arts: Emerging Artist Bursary are now open until Nov. 14, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. MT

The Lamphouse Endowment for the Arts Fund: Emerging Artist Bursary is given annually to a Canmore resident who identifies as an emerging artist and pland to use the bursary award to further pursue their artistic practice (i.e. though education, supplies, residencies, etc.)


Applicant Eligibility

An eligible applicant must be:

  1. An emerging artist (i.e. an artist in the early stages of their career. See Terms & Conditions in the dropdown menu below for more information).
  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

Application Form

Please complete the form below. Please be prepared to submit your full application (including required attachments) once you begin; incomplete applications will not be saved. Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the jury.

Terms and Conditions

Emerging Artist: You are an emerging artist if you have enrolled in, or are planning to enroll in, any kind of specialized training in the arts; you are in the early stages of your career; you have not yet received wide recognition for your work in the arts community; you are looking for additional support resources; self-identify as emerging.

Emerging Artist Bursary: Recognizes an emerging who shows promise, passion, and dedication to his/her/their craft, and who may benefit from further education

Purpose and Use of the Bursary:  If you receive the bursary, you agree: that Town of Canmore funds will be used only for the purposes described in this application; if the project is delayed or changed substantially for any reason you will report in writing to the Town of Canmore before the changes take place. If the project does not go forward, you will return to the Town of Canmore the funds granted for the proposed project. The bursary must be used for the purposes for which they were given within two years from the date of the bursary notification from the Town of Canmore.

Audit Requirements: As a recipient of Town of Canmore funds, you are required to maintain adequate accounting records as to the receipt and disbursement of funds received from the Town of Canmore.

Reporting Requirements: If you are successful, you are required to submit a final report. Guidelines for this report will be provided with your bursary cheque. The report must be submitted by the date identified in your bursary notification letter. If you fail to submit a report, you will be disqualified from applying for any further Town of Canmore bursaries or from receiving any bursary payments. Also, the Town of Canmore may request that you repay the bursary.

Acknowledgment: Any exhibition or performance of works resulting from the proceeds of this bursary shall acknowledge the Town of Canmore's support by the use of the Town of Canmore’s logo, or as a written acknowledgment.

Resident of Canmore: Applicants must be a resident of Canmore to be eligible for the Emerging Artist Bursary.

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

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

Weight: 30%

Clear and compelling statement that addresses the applicant’s approach to work and creative processes. Distinct artistic goals and rationale; robust ideas on outcomes.

Clear statement that may address either an applicant’s approach to work OR their creative process, but not both. If both are addressed, the description may be superficial or read as tentative. Clear artistic goals and rationale; good ideas on outcomes. 

Complete statement that reads generically and/or lacks personality. Artistic goals may be unclear and/or demonstrate that the applicant practices art as a hobby and not in service to a career in the arts. Artistic goals may be unclear or have few ideas on outcomes. 

Vague or superficial statement that reads as generic or summarizes the Curriculum Vitae/Resume. Unclear artistic goals with no details on outcomes. 

Statement of Intent

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

Weight: 30%

Applicant provides robust information, including a budget, for how the funds will be used and the clear relevancy of the allocation of funds to a current or future artistic project. The use of the funds is directed to education, supplies, residencies, etc. within the arts sector. The use of the funds is realistic insofar as supporting the development of an applicant’s artistic practice and career.

Applicant provides information for how the funds will be used, but the budget may not be detailed and/or there is no clear relevancy how the funds will support a current or future artistic project. The use of the funds is directed to education, supplies, residencies, etc. within the arts sector. The use of the funds may speak to an applicant’s need but may not clearly demonstrate support for the development of the applicant’s artistic practice and career. 

Applicant provides information for how the funds will be used, but does not include a budget OR the budget does not realistically reflect the proposed use. The use of the funds is directed to education, supplies, residencies, etc. outside of the arts sector, although the use may still be connected to an applicant’s artistic practice. There is no clear connection as to how the funds will support the development of the applicant’s artistic practice and career. 

Applicant provides unclear information for how the funds will be used and/or how the funds will support the development of the applicant’s artistic practice and career. The allocation of the funds is unrealistic in supporting a current or future artistic project. 

Portfolio

Weight: 25%

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

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

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

Applicant's work is underdeveloped and/or rushed.

Experience


As detailed in the artist Curriculum Vitae/Resume 

Weight: 15%

Demonstrates consistency and dedication to a focused career in the arts through the pursuit of educational opportunities, work opportunities, professional development, exhibitions, conferences, etc. Applicant may have early notable accomplishments.

Demonstrates dedication to a career in the arts but may not be focused on a particular art form. Applicant’s pursuit of education, training, professional development, exhibitions, conferences, etc. are present but limited. Applicant may not have notable accomplishment, but demonstrates growth- and artistic-potential.

Does not clearly demonstrate a dedication to a career in the arts but may indicate that the applicant practices an art form as a hobby; limited output of work. Applicant’s pursuit of education, training, development, etc. is informal. Applicant does not have notable accomplishments and indications for growth- and artistic-potential are absent. 

Does not demonstrate dedication to a career in the arts. Little or no education, training, development in the arts. 

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 Goodstoney 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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