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Indigenous youth invited to apply for virtual artist residency in New West

Arts Council of New Westminster hopes an eight-week online residency program will help to develop a connection between Indigenous youth artists and the community of New West
Arts Council of New Westminster
The Arts Council of New Westminster (which has its headquarters at the Gallery at Queen's Park) is calling for young Indigenous artists to submit proposals for an eight-week virtual residency program.

The Arts Council of New Westminster is calling for young Indigenous artists to apply for a new virtual artist-in-residence program.

The arts council is aiming to create an eight-week-long online residency for an Indigenous youth artist living in B.C.

“The virtual artist in residence program aims to reflect both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and to serve as an educational forum for the citizens of New Westminster and surrounding communities,” a gallery write-up says.

Artists aged 16 to 28, both established and emerging, are invited to apply. The arts council notes this is an artist development program, and artists do not need to be established in order to submit a proposal.

The arts council describes the program as “an online space for an artist to explore and create art, engage with the community and have time and space for experimenting on something new.”

It’s designed to foster support for Indigenous youth artists, to honour the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and to develop a connection between Indigenous youth artists and the community of New Westminster.

The arts council notes it is making an effort to break down exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, so LGBTQ+ artists, non-binary artists and artists with disabilities are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submissions will be open until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31.

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