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Ontario Culture Days is seeking artists, creators, collectives and organizations for its Creatives in Residence Program!

Ontario Culture Days is seeking proposals from artists, creators, collectives and organizations from throughout Ontario to be featured as a part of our 2023 and 2024 Creatives in Residence programs. Initially developed as a response to Covid-19, the Creatives in Residence program allows participants to work from their own home or studio while researching, exploring and developing a community-engaged project for in-person presentation during the annual autumn Ontario Culture Days Festival.

Ontario Culture Days pays artists’ fees and covers production costs, as well as staff support, mentorship and networking opportunities helping to connect Creatives with our countless partner organizations across the province. ONCD also provides project support with a multi-pronged, far-reaching promotional apparatus.

Successful proposals will relate to the residents’ creative practice and invite the public into the creative process. They will also exemplify Ontario Culture Days’ mandate of producing projects that are community-focused, engaging with the public while considering questions of accessibility and inclusion. The final program will be a major part of the Ontario Culture Days festival from September to October 2024.

The Creatives in Residence program is a two-phase process. The first phase involves workshops, mentorship and project development to support the robust development of each Creative’s community-engaged program. The second phase involves close work with the ONCD team to produce the in-person public-facing program, as well as online interpretive materials.

We are looking for proposals from a variety of different disciplines, including, but not limited to visual art, dance, theatre, music, history and heritage, architecture and design, culinary arts, craft, and storytelling. We are also seeking proposals that reflect the many communities that make up the province of Ontario. ONCD strives to activate a lens of pluralism, equity, and inclusion. In particular, we encourage perspectives of Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour (IBPOC), 2SLGBTQ+, as well as individuals based in rural and remote Ontario.

To see the 2022 Creative Residents, visit

To apply:

Send a current CV, a portfolio of between 5 and 15 images (or links to video) and a description of your proposal for the Creatives in Residence program that is between 350 and 750 words to

If you have any questions, please contact us at the email listed above.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a follow up interview.

Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2022 and Friday, December 16, 2022.