Black History Month
This February, the ACWR is proud to celebrate Black History month and remembers the important contributions and achievements...

This February, the ACWR is proud to celebrate Black History month and remembers the important contributions and achievements of African Americans and Canadians throughout their nation’s history. Black History month, which began in 1926 with Harvard-educated African American historian Carter G. Woodson, sets aside time to honour and commemorate the accomplishments of African-Americans. Thereafter, celebrations of Black history began in Canada. Black History month also serves to celebrate how the people of African descent have been a part of shaping Canada’s heritage and identity. It also highlights the fight for civil rights, the goals of achieving equality, and by extension, welcome the diversity of Canadian culture.

Outlined below are online links of opportunities and grant applications for people of colour:

Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour

This program supports Ontario-based Indigenous arts professionals and arts professionals of colour, or ad hoc groups/collectives made up of Indigenous arts professionals or arts professionals of colour for professional development and skill-building opportunities that advance applicants’ work and careers. Projects can include: study and training, mentorship, internship and apprenticeship and documentation of art work. 

(Application deadlines are March 21 and October 22, 2019, 1 p.m. ET)

Dance Training Projects: Equity and Access 

The program supports dance training derived from traditional, classical and/or contemporary dance of the African, Caribbean, Asian, Arabic, Middle Eastern and South Asian diasporas, Indigenous dance, and Deaf and disability dance practices. There are three categories:

  • Dance schools: contribution to the artistic fees for their pre-professional dance training curriculum
  • Dance companies: contribution to the artistic fees for their dancer training program(s)
  • Individual dance artists who are Deaf and/or have a disability: contribution to the artistic fees for their dance training 

(Application deadline is October 2, 2019, 1 p.m. ET)

 Curatorial Projects: Indigenous and Culturally Diverse

The program funds the work of Ontario-based Indigenous curators and curators who are people of colour. It aims to increase the ability of Ontario public galleries, artist-run centres and other organizations to present projects by Indigenous curators and curators who are people of colour in contexts determined by the participants. The program supports relationship building between curators, galleries, and audiences. There are two categories:

  • Curatorial projects by Indigenous curators
  • Curatorial projects by curators who are people of colour

(Application deadline is October 10, 2019, 1 p.m. ET)

The Studio Museum in Harlem Residency

The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. The Studio Museum in Harlem offers an eleven-month studio residency for three emerging artists working in any media. The program is designed to serve emerging artists of African and Latin American descent working locally, nationally, or internationally.The residency is eleven months long and begins at October 1, 2019 to September 1, 2020. Residency includes a free studio space, a $20,000 fellowship, plus a $1,000 stipend for materials. The program accepts applications working locally, nationally and internationally.

(Application deadline is April 1, 2019)

The Studio Museum in Harlem Summer 2019 Internship Opportunities

The following internships are be available for the Summer 2019 season: Communications, Curatorial, Development, Director’s Office, Education, Public Programs & Community Engagement, and Registrar. Summer 2019 internship season begins Monday, June 3 to Friday, August 23, 2019 (10 weeks). Internship is minimum 20 hours a week and includes $2500 stipend. Only individuals authorized to work for the Museum in the United States will be accepted into the internship program.

(Application deadline is Monday, March 4, 2019)


To apply for these grants or opportunities please visit the links to review your eligibility, the restrictions, the application process and how to submit an application.