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Connections & Exchanges Initiative Grants 

Deadline: April 17, 2020 



The 2020 Connections & Exchanges Initiatives will invest in work by existing Edmonton arts and festival organizations in artistic initiatives that they identify to:

• allow them to pay Edmonton artists for their work; and
• support them in furthering artistic and organizational goals.

The initiatives proposed must be aligned with an Ambition and advance a relevant Aim and Action, as outlined in Connections & Exchanges.

Apply using our online system eacawards.fluidreview.com


As the City of Edmonton works through the COVID-19 crisis, the impact on artistic practitioners is significant. The Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) is committed to advancing the work of artists, arts organizations and festivals. The EAC values the creative work that artists, arts organizations and festivals do for our City and considers it foundational to building a healthy and vibrant arts ecology and key to civic vitality.

This program will keep artists working in partnership with arts and festival organizations by strengthening the artistic ties within the arts ecology. Arts and festival organizations may apply for the commissioning of new work, creative collaboration, substantive revisions of existing work and/or engaging curatorial services to further critical dialogue.

A production and/or presentation is not required or encouraged, and initiatives must follow public health guidelines.

The EAC is investing $470,000 of reserve funds with a simplified process to make timely investments.



Arts and Festival Organizations that currently receive EAC Operating Grants (2020 Transition Arts Operating, Transition Festival Operating, Arts & Festival Seed or Celebrations in 2019) in good standing are eligible to apply. Organizations that have not received Connections & Exchanges Initiative funds before will be prioritized.

In the spirit of reconciliation, and as recognized in Connections & Exchanges, Indigenous Peoples of this territory freely determine how to participate in Edmonton's arts and heritage sectors. Therefore, we encourage applications from established Indigenous organizations that might not have had a granting relationship with the EAC in the past.

Please find more information at eacawards.fluidreview.com. or contact EAC Grants staff at grants@edmontonarts.ca / 780.424.2787.

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