Writing residency for a native artist (summer 2022)

illustration: Hommage à Alanis Obomsawin by Meky Ottawa, production: MU, 2018 (photo: Jonathan Lamy)

creation residency in public space for an Indigenous artist

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As part of the series Dehors est un poème / Poetry Outdoors, La poésie partout (Poetry Everywhere) will support a writing residency in public space for an Indigenous artist to create a project in poetry, spoken word, or oral literature. This residency will take place outdoors during the summer of 2022, in a place related to the Aboriginal presence in Montreal / Tiohtià:ke, also known as Mooniyang in Anishinaabemowin, and Muliats in Innu-aimun.

The artist will choose and occupy the outdoor location for approximately 30 hours over the course of the project. This could be a named Indigenous site, such as Atateken Street, Tiohtià:ke Otsira’kéhne Park, or Kondiaronk lookout; a work of public art or a mural by an Indigenous artist; a totem pole, a colonial statue, or a place like the First Nations Garden or the Roundhouse Café. We offer this residency in order to support these places as anchors for Indigenous creation.

The residency includes:
– a $2,000 grant for the realization of the project;
– a mentoring / artistic guidance by another Indigenous artist;
– a budget for translation and a budget for production / material;
– additional fees for two public presentations: during First Peoples Festival, between August 9 and 18, and within an event organized by La poésie partout / Poetry Everywhere, on September 15, 2022.

This call for applications is open to Indigenous authors of all levels of experience, as well as Indigenous artists who usually work in a discipline other than literature. Your project could embrace all forms of poetry (written, slam, videopoetry, etc.), or create a dialogue between poetry and visual or living arts. Your project can also be conducted in the language(s) of your choice. But please note that no accommodation is provided with the residence.

You can submit your application in French or in English, via a text of about 300 words or a short video. In both cases, describe what kind of project you would like to do in a specific location. Please include a short biography, a document attesting your Aboriginal status, as well as a file or a digital link showing an example of your creative work.

Deadline: April 25, 2022. For information or to submit, write to <info@lapoesiepartout.com>.

* Only one grant will be offered in 2022, but up to three other proposals may be selected to be part of a poetic podcast about Indigenous locations in Montreal / Tiohtià:ke.

Organized by La poésie partout (Poetry Everywhere) as part of its Dehors est un poème / Poetry Outdoors series, this creation residency for an Indigenous artist is made possible by the support of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, and by the collaboration of Indigenous organizations Kwahiatonhk! and Land InSights.