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Banff Centre | Emerging Visual Artist Intensive Online

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The Emerging Visual Artist Intensive is an immersive program of feedback, connection and mentorship for artists in the early stages of their careers. Participants will continue their practice from home, while being part of an online community of emerging artists each committed to developing and expanding their practice.  In addition, participants will receive a stipend to support the development of their work.

What does the program offer?
This online program will provide a discursive forum for visual artists to explore ideas in relation to their work, communities, geographic locations, and current societal conversations. Participants will form an online community of peers; share previous work with each other and continue work already in progress; partake in online studio visits; participate in conversations, presentations, and workshops; and engage with faculty and each other to develop ideas, insights, and connections that can be applied to the theoretical and practical development of their practice.  Please see the Itinerary section for an approximation of the program schedule. 

Who should apply?
This residency is for emerging artists who have completed university level training in visual arts (preferably within the last five years), hold an active exhibition record of at least two years in length, and/or show evidence of dedication in their pursuit of an artistic career.

Collectives of no more than two people are welcome to apply.

What Length of Residency is Available?
This program requires a dedicated commitment over a period of 3 weeks with the understanding that absence from weekly synchronous activities will be minimal and cannot be made-up. 

*Financial Aid of 100% of the tuition fee is available for this program for all accepted applicants.
* A Stipend of $750 is available to support the work of accepted applicants.

Program Dates: March 8 - 26, 2021
Program Deadlines: February 15, 2021
Learn more and apply online: https://bit.ly/3o7YVFD

Deadline: 
02/15/2021
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Literary Arts | Spring Writers Retreat 2021 Online

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This 8-day session will allow writers across genre to explore craft, voice and workshop their manuscripts with exceptional faculty Jenna Butler and angela rawlings. Faculty will share their own work, present talks and field questions about craft, and work with writers to hone their writing in progress. The session will open with longer intense workshops followed by 5 days of short one-on-one meetings, and then a closing reflective session.

What does the program offer?
This online residency provides thematic teaching from faculty members, Q&A sessions and one-on-one workshopping. 
Instructors will discuss ideas, experiences, and obstacles that participants may be encountering with their writing across genre.

Who should apply? 
Writers in all creative genres are invited to apply. The program is designed for emerging and established writers with a proven publication record. 

We welcome writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions.

*Financial Aid of 100% of the program fee is available for this program.

Program Dates: March 20 - 27, 2021
Program Deadline: February 3, 2021
Learn more and apply online: https://bit.ly/2LMaLrG 

Deadline: 
02/03/2021
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Indigenous Arts | Writing Over Here: Open Rezidency ONLINE

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Write Over Here: Open Rezidency is a three week online self-directed residency, where self-motivated writers are invited to work within their community to engage with faculty to support their practice.  Participants will meet with the faculty team via Zoom for weekly gathering where they cohort will come together to connect, share readings, and have deeper discussions on their process. 

Throughout the residency, faculty will offer one-on-one meetings, as well as workshops that explore different writing practices. Writers will have the opportunity to engage with faculty throughout their time as needed and scheduled, and are encouraged to connect with their peers, as well as continue to engage in their independent writing practice on and offline.

What Does the Program Offer?

Write Over Here: Open Rezidency offers participants the opportunity to focus on tools to help create the time and space to write from home. Writers will deepen their artistry and technical application with Literary mentorship from faculty of various writing genres, create peer relationships and expand their professional networks, and have the opportunity for possible collaborations following their time with at Banff Centre. This is a self-motivated residency and encourages participants to discover best practices to engage and inspire writing to happen at home. 

Who Should Apply?

This residency is open to Indigenous people from all regions locally, nationally, and internationally, however participants will need to factor in the time zone consideration as online activities will be centered within Mountain Standard Time. This residency is an ideal fit for both Indigenous emerging writers, and established writers with a professional writing practice, who are comfortable reading and sharing their original material.

Artists should have produced at least one published body of work, and received recognition through public presentation in performance or recordings as well as from their peers.

Program Dates: March 08 -  27, 2021
Application Deadline: January 20, 2021
Learn more and apply online: https://bit.ly/3gOIzPY

Deadline: 
01/20/2021
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Adventure Filmmakers Workshop 2021 | ONLINE

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The Adventure Filmmakers Workshop is an exceptional chance for independent and emerging filmmakers to advance their skills under the guidance of two of the world’s premier and proven adventure filmmakers. During this 4 week online program, participants will learn insider skills to hone their craft, strengthen their narratives, interact online with fellow filmmakers during group critique sessions, and will receive guidance on small independent projects throughout the course.  Guest speakers will provide expertise in the areas of storytelling, audio, editing and social media marketing. 

What does the program offer?

Online classroom sessions (2 hour lessons, twice weekly) will help participants sharpen their narrative, vision, organize their workflow, develop audio and editing techniques, and perfect their pitches. Our faculty promote an open, interactive, and creative atmosphere.  Our guest speaker line-up includes industry leaders and established filmmakers who will join us online for special sessions. In addition to scheduled online learning opportunities with faculty and guest speakers, participants will join in virtual group discussions and critiques and have one on one access to discuss personal projects with our faculty. 

Who should apply?

This workshop was designed for emerging filmmakers. To get the most from the program, applicants should have a strong desire to take the next step in all aspects of their filmmaking, including pre-production, pitching, location skills, the handling of the edit, and distribution. Past participants have included elite athletes transitioning to filmmaking, expedition leaders wanting to expand to different media platforms, and established filmmakers wanting to break into the adventure genre. 

This program is not only aimed at those who want to explore what it is like to be an adventure filmmaker – the Adventure Filmmakers Workshop is for those who are committed to filmmaking as a life choice.

A strong knowledge base of technical sound, camera, and editing skills is essential. Applicants are encouraged to focus on one specific film project that they have in mind and to be prepared to share it with the group.
 

Program Dates: March 01 -  28, 2021
Application Deadline: January 13, 2021
Apply online: https://bit.ly/387OZ8N

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Banff Centre | Winter Writers Session 2021

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This 3-day session will allow writers across genre to explore craft, voice and workshop their manuscripts with exceptional faculty Waubgeshig Rice and Emma Healey. Faculty will share their own work, present talks and field questions about craft, and work with writers to hone their writing in progress. The Winter Writers Session is a small cohort program that provides writers with a chance to learn from each other and faculty, attend exclusive talks, ask questions and develop their practice.

What does the program offer?
The Winter Writers Online Session is a small cohort program that writers a chance to learn from each other and faculty, attend exclusive talks, ask questions and develop their practice. Participants have a chance to interact with our exceptional faculty focusing on writing across genres. Our marvelous faculty members Waubgeshig Rice and Emma Healey will offer readings, talks and workshopping opportunities, and Q&A sessions all delivered digitally over Zoom. Participants should expect dynamic sessions of focused learning, a chance to develop their writing, and forward-looking perspectives on writing.

Who should apply? 
Writers in all creative genres are invited to apply. The program is designed for emerging and established writers with a proven publication record. We welcome writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions.

Program Dates: January 29 - January 31, 2021
Application Deadline: November 25, 2020
Learn more and apply online: https://bit.ly/32tyZfr

Deadline: 
11/25/2020
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Banff Centre | Opera in the 21st Century Online

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This intensive and exploratory online residency is devoted to extending practical skills and development for emerging professional performers. The program offers classes in voice, acting, cultural leadership and entrepreneurialism, online auditioning, and business with senior professionals. Extensive time will be devoted to shop-talk amid a rapidly evolving opera industry landscape that is characterized by COVID-19’s global disruption, and by social change. 

Throughout the program, participants will tackle technology and work towards a project inspired from their learning, which can include a workshop of new works, and engaging with the director, conductor, and composer. Opera in the 21st Century’s 2020 co-directors Karen Slack (Soprano, USA) and Ian Cusson (Composer, CAN) join director Joel Ivany (Founder, Against the Grain Theatre, Canada) and guest faculty from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. This year’s iteration of the program will place special emphasis on under-represented voices in the opera world.

What does the program offer?
There are three main questions that will be a through-line within each of the online sessions: 

  • Where have we been? (The past, historic structures of opera companies, decision-making, creation, the canon, Black and Indigenous work, historic Black and Indigenous inclusion in opera)
  • Where we are now? (The current climate of the opera world, working in the field, new questions about diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racisim)
  • Where we are going? (Imagining possible futures, accountability structures, who makes decisions? - Considering community engagement and community representation, etc.)

 
Through one-on-one lessons, masterclasses, discussions, and lectures participants will explore special topics that will attempt to find answers to the above questions. Some examples of these special topics are:

  • Staging the Canon (A director’s perspective) 
  • De-colonized methodologies of opera creation 
  • Topics of opera: Staging/dramatizing trauma, challenges, pains, supports required to do this work, could the future of opera from marginalized voices examine stories of resilience?
  • A look at the history of Black and Indigenous opera performers 
  • Who tells whose stories? (Can/should a non-BIPOC person write a BIPOC opera? If so, what parameters should be in place? Who should be consulted? Can a non-Black singer sing a spiritual or Black/Indigenous art song? What about a fully-staged work?)
  • Representation on stage
  • Agency and Change -many of us feel powerless and voiceless in the massive ‘industry’ of opera. What are the strategies and places to have an increased say and power in this environment?
  • LGBTQ representation in opera (Non-binary and trans identity and experience in opera, the journey of a non-binary artist) 
  • Being an ally (What does ally-ship look like for non-BIPOC people?What does allyship look like within BIPOC communities? What are the challenges of lateral violence?)
  • Diversification of your career and life planning

 
Who should apply?
We invite applications from post-secondary students and emerging artists, already at an advanced level of accomplishment and with a well-documented record of artistic exploration. Artists from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Note that applicants must be available for all four online program sessions.  No partial attendance will be considered:

November 23 - December 4, 2020
February 1 - 19, 2021
May 3 - 21, 2021
July 5 - 30, 2021

Program Dates: November 23, 2020 - July 30, 2021
Application Deadline: October 28, 2020
Apply online: https://bit.ly/355oMGn

Deadline: 
10/28/2020
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