Visual Arts Nova Scotia is accepting applications from Indigenous, Black, and Racialized groups, galleries, organizations, and/or collectives to create new arts programming or enhance existing arts programming in their community.
The intention of the Open Grants program is to create new programming or enhance existing programming to encourage creative endeavors and art engagement in communities across Nova Scotia.
Visual Arts Nova Scotia will continue to prioritize underrepresented contributions and perspectives, to work towards dismantling systemic racism and inequity in the arts.
Visual Arts Nova Scotia acknowledges the systemic racism, exclusion, and oppression of BIPOC, LGBTQ2+, and differently-abled artists in arts institutions and communities. They commit to prioritizing support for these artists in all areas of their organization including programming, staff, board, and committee makeup. They encourage applicants to self identify within their applications.
They have expanded the Open Grants program so that a gallery, group or collective could apply for up to $500 to assist with costs related to an activity. For this year, only groups from the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) community are eligible to apply.
Any Indigenous, Black, and Racialized group, gallery, organization, or collective in Nova Scotia can apply for up to $500 to assist with costs related to creative endeavors and art engagement activities. Each group/ gallery/ organization/collective is eligible for one grant per year and there will be at least five grants available. They want to ensure that Open Grants supports what is needed in the community, but limits tokenization in arts organizations.
For more information, visit https://visualarts.ns.ca/program/open-grants/