Culture matters deeply to Islanders. It is an essential part of who we are as a people and what we have to offer as a province. It is rich, and it is strong. We aim to sustain that culture by transforming the ways in which we support and strengthen our creative industries in Prince Edward Island. *
Both the PEI Indigenous Art Bank Acquisition and Indigenous Arts Grant application dates are fast approaching. You may submit or apply between January 14 to February 14, 2022.
Do you have questions? On Tuesday, January 18, Mathieu Foran and Patricia Bourque will be hosting an online information session followed by a Q&A for Indigenous artists living in Epekwitk looking to apply for the Indigenous Arts Grants program.Register today!
PEI Indigenous Art Bank Acquisition
The Prince Edward Island Art Bank collection was established in the early 1980s to support and encourage visual artists living in Prince Edward Island. The works of art for the collection represent the artistic diversity of Island visual artists and are acquired through purchase (when funding is available), donation, gift and bequest. In 2021 an Indigenous Art Bank of Epekwitk was established to celebrate and highlight the artistic accomplishments of the Mi’kmaq people of Epekwitk (PEI). The PEI Culture Action Plan aspires for all Islanders to have opportunities to engage with the art forms that derive from Indigenous language, world views, practices, and protocols.
As a professional visual artist or craftsperson living in Prince Edward Island for the past 12 consecutive months, you are invited to apply to have your work considered for acquisition for the PEI Art Bank Collection. Please use the online form below to apply to the acquisition committee starting January 14th 2022 until February 14th 2022.
For purposes of this program, you are a “professional” as long as you:
- Have specialized training in your artistic field (not necessarily academic);
- Are recognized as such by your artistic peers;
- Have a history of public presentation; and
- Are committed to devoting more time to the visual arts if it becomes financially feasible.
Indigenous Arts Grant program
The mandate of the PEI Arts Grants is to support, assist, encourage and represent the arts community in the province. Funding is available to Prince Edward Island artists through a juried grant application process. In 2021 an Indigenous Art Grants program was established to celebrate, highlight, support and encourage the artistic accomplishments of the Mi’kmaq people of Epekwitk (PEI). The PEI Culture Action Plan aspires for all Islanders to have opportunities to engage with the art forms that derive from Indigenous language, world views, practices, and protocols.Apply Now
*Reference from the Culture Action Plan