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New West performing artists invited to apply for Anvil Centre residencies

Professional and community-based artists are being given a chance to use Anvil Centre facilities, in exchange for community engagement

New Westminster performing artists are being invited to apply for a pilot residency program at Anvil Centre.

The Anvil Centre is planning two residencies: one for professional artists and one for community-based artists.

“The creation of these pilot residency programs is intended to support the local arts sector in navigating pandemic recovery and connect artists and community through adapted activation, engagement and presentation opportunities,” a press release explains.

Applications are encouraged from artists (both individuals and collectives) in non-traditional arts streams, emerging artists and those from Indigenous, racialized and equity-seeking communities.

Selected applicants will receive scheduled access to the Anvil Centre’s dance studio and theatre during the building’s opening hours to support the residency. They’ll also get technical support, including facilitated use of the theatre’s streaming equipment.

In exchange for that support, artists will be required to present to and engage with the community.

Artists should be New Westminster-based or “strongly affiliated” with the city, the press release notes – for example, those who work, live or go to school within New Westminster or who are connected to the Indigenous heritage of the land.

Two open Zoom sessions will be held for interested artists on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at noon and 6 p.m.

Proposals must be submitted by Feb. 22.

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