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2024 EMERGING CREATORS INCUBATOR

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!

2024 YOUTH RESIDENCY AND MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

OPEN CALL FOR EMERGING CREATORS

We are excited to announce the fourth iteration of the Emerging Creators Incubator from May 21 to August 01, 2024. The Emerging Creators Incubator is designed to support six early emerging artists between the ages of 18-30 who engage in performing, literary, and visual arts and live on the Coast Salish territories colonially known as the Tri-Cities and Lower Mainland.  

Emerging creators will be guided by mentors and have access to studio space during the Incubator. Throughout the program, emerging creators will learn from each other and be supported by ECC staff, in addition to mentorship from professional artists with significant career experience. This year, we are joined by mentors Derek Chan 陳嘉昊 and Krystal Paraboo, who will provide hands-on workshops and artist talks for participating emerging creators.

The residency includes access to ECC facilities for one month to develop work and/or collective creation. Early emerging creators will have dedicated time to experiment and create work using our institutional resources, (including studio space, studio theatre, kiln, wood-working shop, etc.). This year, the Incubator focuses on process, research, and exploration to give early emerging artists space to develop their ideas and practice in a professional setting. The multidisciplinary focus will encourage artists to push the boundaries of their artistic styles and delve into new forms of art and creation.  

APPLICATION DEADLINES

The written application deadline is Sunday, March 17, 2024, at 11:45pm
The interview deadline is Friday, March 15, 2024, at 6pm

Image: Installation view of (Re)Visions, exhibition at the Art Gallery at Evergreen, Evergreen Cultural Centre, 2021. Photo: Gloria Wong.

WHO IS AN EMERGING CREATOR?

An emerging creator is defined as an artist who works in any discipline within the visual and performing arts. They are between the ages of 18 – 30, in the early stages of their professional career, and are committed to the development of their craft and practice.   

The Emerging Creators Incubator centers a multidisciplinary approach to the arts and will prioritize local emerging artists from the Tri-Cities area who engage in the performing, written and visual arts. Applications are also open to emerging creators from across the Vancouver Lower Mainland who are interested in engaging with this organization.  

We accept applications in a variety of formats, click on the application form to apply! We welcome and will prioritize applications from Black, Indigenous and racialized artists, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions (2SLGBTQIA+), and any of these intersections. Please head to the application where you will find our Commitment to Justice, Equity and Inclusion to learn more about the concrete action we are taking.

ARTISTS WILL RECEIVE

  • An honorarium of $500 per artist 
  • Performing arts workshop, artist talk + one-on-one studio visit with Derek Chan 陳嘉昊 
  • Visual arts workshop, artist talk + one-on-one studio visit with Krystal Paraboo 
  • Access to art-making/rehearsal studio space from June 10 – July 21  
  • Studio visits and support from ECC staff 
  • Video/basic sound recording with ECC staff  
  • Access to basic art-making materials and equipment available at ECC and a $100 supply honorarium for each artist 
  • Art storage for the duration of the project 
  • Access to an on-site parking space 

MEET THE MENTORS

Derek Chan (陳嘉昊) | Performing Arts

Derek Chan (陳嘉昊) grew up in colonial Hong Kong, lived in Norway, and now lives and works on the unceded, stolen, and ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, colonially known as Vancouver. A playwright, director, performer, translator, and producer, Derek is the Managing Artistic Director of Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre. Before that, he was co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre from 2010 to 2021. Derek has been a National Arts Centre English Theatre Artist in Residence (19/20) with yellow objects, a new installation-exhibition in support of the ongoing pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. yellow objects won an innovation award at the Jessies. His play, Chicken Girl (2019/20), won the Sydney Risk Award for Outstanding Original Play by an Emerging Playwright, and was nominated for Outstanding Original Script at the Jessies. He was the co-recipient of the 2021 Simon Fraser University FCAT Young Alumni Award for his work at rice & beans theatre. 

Image: Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre

Krystal Paraboo | Visual Arts 

Krystal Paraboo (she/her) is an award-winning independent Curator, Public Art Planner, Consultant and Writer. Krystal has extensive experience working in public & private arts institutions, with current research in public art exploring commissioning approaches that transform communities through placemaking. Trained in art historical & curatorial methodologies, Krystal excels at visually exploring intersectional social issues, identities and stewarding cultural solidarity movements as a means of working towards future building. She is currently a Public Art Planner with the City of Vancouver and the Public Art Director with the Black + Indigenous Design Collective (BIDC). 

Image: Georgie Lawson

IMPORTANT DATES

It is important that those wishing to apply are available on all the dates listed below.  
The timeline of the project is May 21 to August 01, 2024.

MENTORSHIP PHASE: MAY 21 – JUNE 10, 2024

  • Welcome session: Tuesday, May 21, 6-8:30pm 
  • Artist Talk with Krystal Paraboo: Tuesday, May 28, 6:30-8pm 
  • Workshop weekend: June 01 & 02, 10:30am-4pm
    Includes a visual arts workshop with Krystal Paraboo, community building activities, and a performing arts workshop and talk with Derek Chan   
  • Idea Presentation Night: Friday, June 07, 6-8:30pm

RESIDENCY PHASE: JUNE 10 – JULY 21, 2024

  • Studio access at ECC: June 10 – July 21 
  • Individual studio visits with facilitators & technical operations manager: Tuesday, June 11, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Individual studio visits with mentors: Tuesday June 25, 5-8:30pm 
  • Studio visits: week of July 02 (Date and Time TBD)
  • Feedback day with mentors, staff, and cohort: Saturday, July 06, 1-5pm
  • Group picnic: Wednesday, July 10 
  • Residency clean up: Sunday, July 21
  • End of program celebration: Thursday, July 25

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    Situated on the shores of Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park, Evergreen Cultural Centre (ECC) exists on the unceded, traditional and ancestral core territory of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation, which lies within the shared territories of the səli̓lwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), qiqéyt (Qayqayt) and sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) nations in the region known today as the Tri-Cities.