Wednesday, November 27, 2013

City announces professional development course for artists working in community

The City is pleased to be offering an all-new eight week professional development course designed specifically for artists interested in working more closely with the community.

Beginning in January 2014, selected artists will meet on Tuesday evenings to explore the breadth of community-based public art, and learn more about the opportunities and challenges of working with the community. 

“Anyone who is inspired by working with diverse populations and building community through their work should apply for this course,” says Dawn Ford, Public Art Program Coordinator. “This is a great chance for artists to take a break from the isolation of the studio and challenge themselves to work in a different way. It just might open up an entirely new realm of unexplored possibilities for them, and that is very exciting.

Topics will include types of community collaboration, the integration of public participation into an arts practice, and how to use community-based principles and techniques to strengthen future commissions.

The application process for this course is competitive. An internal selection committee will review all applications and assess qualified applicants for admission to the course. While 20 of the spaces are to be filled by professional artists, all interested artists are encouraged to apply as there are five audit spots reserved for individuals who do not meet the ‘professional artist’ criteria.

For full course details, including registration fees (fee assistance is available) and how to apply, download the course application form.


  1. These are professional artists (many already trained through post-secondary institutions) and hence, from the standpoint of outcome for the course funded by the City of Calgary, it is suggested that there will be a real community art collaboration project (s), where 1-2 artists- winners compete later and steer/lead the creation of permanent public outdoor art installation as the final result.

    Perhaps that the City facilitate 1-2 of the community art collaboration projects at the beginning.