Artists In The Library

2018 Application deadline: coming soon

People wearing headphones stand around a circular table in the library
FIXT POINT, The Tale of A Town at Mimico Library (2015)

 For questions about this program, contact Erika Hennebury, Grants Officer, Strategic Programs

 


OVERVIEW


Artists in the Library is a partnership initiative created in 2014 between Toronto Arts Council (TAC) and Toronto Public Library (TPL) designed as a community-engaged artist residency for select TPL Branches outside the downtown core. Grants of $20,000 are available to professional artists, not-for-profit arts organizations and collectives working in any discipline to create new work, deliver public programming and present collaborative projects for 11 select TPL branches: Albion (Etobicoke), Cedarbrae (Scarborough), Don Mills (North York), Downsview (North York), Fairview (North York), Malvern (Scarborough), Mimico Centennial (Etobicoke), Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre (Toronto East York), Richview (Etobicoke), Scarborough Civic Centre (Scarborough), and York Woods (North York).
 
Click to read a list of successful 2014 Artists in the Library grant recipients & 2015 Artists in the Library grant recipients 

PURPOSE

Artists in the Library is intended to create new work and collaborative opportunities for Toronto artists, increase arts access in local communities, and animate library spaces outside the downtown core. The Artists in the Library program provides funding to professional artists, arts organizations and collectives working in any discipline to undertake three or four month community engagement residencies in selected branches (see Appendix A in Program Guidelines) of the Toronto Public Library. Resident artists will deliver free programs such as creative workshops and community engaged activities or events. Funding for this program is provided by the City of Toronto.
 

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be professional artists or professional not-for-profit arts organizations or collectives. Experience working with communities or children and youth is an asset.

A professional artist is someone who has developed their skills through training and/or practice; is recognized as such by artists working in the same artistic tradition; actively practices his or her art; seeks payment for her/his work; and has a history of public presentation.

You may not apply as an individual and be part of an organization or collective applying in the same competition.

TAC has two distinct funding envelopes: 1) Arts Discipline funding (e.g. discipline-specific project grants and operating grants) and 2) Strategic funding (e.g. Animating Historic Sites, Animating Toronto Parks, Artists in the Library, etc.). Applicants are eligible to receive only one grant from each funding envelope per calendar year. Applications to the Strategic Initiatives – Artists in the Library program fall within the Strategic Funding envelope.

Applicants are not eligible if they have an outstanding final report in any other program within the Strategic funding envelope (e.g. Animating Historic Sites, Animating Toronto Parks, Artists in the Library, etc.)
 

Eligibility criteria specific to Individuals

If the applicant is an individual artist, the following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Individuals must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents or have an application pending for Permanent Resident Status. If requested, you must be able to provide documentation to verify this.
  • Individuals must have been a resident of the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the deadline, and live and work in Toronto for at least 8 months a year. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet the residency requirement.
  • Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply to this program.

Eligibility criteria specific to Organizations and Collectives

If the applicant is an organization or a collective, the following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Organizations and collectives must be incorporated non-profit arts organizations or unincorporated arts collectives which operate on a non-profit basis. A collective is defined as two or more artists working together under a group name, either on a single project (ad hoc) or on an ongoing basis. For collectives of two artists, both must be City of Toronto residents. For collectives of more than two artists, the majority of members must be City of Toronto residents.
  • Organizations and collectives must be located in the City of Toronto. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet this requirement.
     

VALUE OF GRANT

The grant amount is $20,000. It includes artist fees for both offsite preparation time and onsite program delivery time, travel expenses, all materials, and any other project expenses incurred by the applicant.
 

SCHEDULING AND DURATION OF RESIDENCY

Residencies will take place between September and December 2018 and may span either 3 or 4 months in duration, depending on the project and the branch. Alternate residency scheduling may be possible, but will be subject to negotiation with the library branch and must occur within 2018. Residencies should be comprised of approximately 225 hours of onsite public programming in total. For example: 

  • 3-month residency = 74 hours/month of activity/programming onsite at the library.
  • 4-month residency = 56 hours/month of activity/programming onsite at the library.

*Please note: onsite monthly activity/programming hours do not include offsite preparation time or travel time. Programming schedules are developed by artists/organizations/collectives in conjunction with the library branch staff.


TAC Accessibility grant:

Projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may apply for an additional TAC grant by completing the Accessibility Expenses section of the application and including the requisite information in their budget. A TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 towards accessibility costs for artists incurred during the project. Accessibility costs include but are not limited to: ASL interpretation, audio description, closed captioning, communications assistants, and attendant care. See the program guidelines and application for details.


 

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