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Black History Month: 2020

February 1 - February 29

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 and those of the African Diaspora. 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 deadline May 5, 2020, 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 6, 2020, 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 8, 2020, 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/Afro-Latinx descent working locally, nationally, or internationally.The residency is eleven months long and begins at October 1, 2020 to September 1, 2021. Residency includes a free studio space, a $20,000 fellowship. The program accepts applications working locally, nationally and internationally.

(Application deadline is April 1, 2020, 11:59PM. EST)

The Studio Museum in Harlem Summer 2019 Internship Opportunities

The following internships will be available the upcoming season: Accounting & Finance, Archives, Communications, Curatorial, Design & Digital Media, Director’s Office, Development, Education, and Public Programs & Community Engagement. The Summer 2020 internship is 10-weeks in duration and runs from June 1, 2020 to August 7, 2020, with a stipend of $3,000. All interns must attend a mandatory internship orientation at 10:00am on June 1, 2020 to begin their internship program. Interns are required to commit a minimum of 20 hours a week during the work week. Only individuals authorized to work for the Museum in the United States will be accepted into the internship program. The Museum will consider expressions of interest in providing volunteer services to the Museum from non-work authorized individuals.

(Application deadline TBA)


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.

Photo Credit: Cassandra Ham

Members of the Arts Council of Windsor & Region are artists, art supporters, arts administrators, arts organizations and community members. ACWR members are a cross section of locals working in the creative industries who want to stay connected, gain access to valuable resources, and learn about opportunities. Members of ACWR have access to grant writing consultation and assistance with members of ACWR staff; connect with us to book an appointment at info@acwr.net.

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Arts Council Windsor & Region ⋅ 519-252-2787 ⋅ info@acwr.net

Artspeak Gallery

1942 Wyandotte Street East
Windsor, ON N8Y 1E4 Canada

Phone: 519-252-2787