Note: The deadline of 7 June 2021 has now passed. We received 170 applications and are not accepting further applications at this time. On 1st July 2021 we were very happy to announce that we awarded seven (not six) Fellowships.
The Creativity Everything lab at Ryerson University has previously offered various free creativity workshops, plus Creativity Conversations, for one-to-one support, and The Black Mosaic, a virtual hub for Black creatives in Toronto. But we wanted to do more, so we are launching the Creativity Everything Connection Fellowships. (‘We’ here means David Gauntlett, director of the Creativity Everything lab, and Mir Asoh, founder of The Black Mosaic).
The main purpose of the Fellowship is to give you more support, and help you work out where to go next, or what to prioritize – or whatever questions or challenges you have. We’re awarding six Fellowships, so the support will come from the Creativity Everything team, and also from the other Fellows – it’s meant to be a little community.
Creators in any field or medium, living in the Greater Toronto Area, can apply. Recognizing the systemic inequities in culture and creative industries, priority will be given to creators who identify as Black people, Indigenous people or People of Colour.
The Fellowship is for you, if you have a creative practice (such as music, art, fashion, games, design, any kind of media-making or other creativity) and you want to take it to the next level – whatever this means for you. It’s fine if you are just starting out, as long as you are committed to it and can show us some of what you’ve started to do. It’s equally fine if you’ve been going for quite a while. It’s about supporting your creative passion.
This is how it works:
- You’ll be able to exchange ideas and experiences in supportive meetings with the community of Fellows.
- You’ll have the opportunity to be a guest on the revamped Creativity Everything podcast and talk about your work.
- You’ll become part of the Creativity Everything community and have our ongoing support.
- You’ll receive a mini bursary ($1,250) to spend on your creative practice (materials, promotion, whatever).
HOW TO APPLY: Please complete this application form – it’s a straightforward Google Form which asks about your creative practice, how you would benefit from the Fellowship, and invites you to share examples of your work. And if you’re selected, we will be asking about your accessibility needs so that we can support you fully.
The selection committee consists of: Jessalyn George, Justine Woods, and David Gauntlett.
The timeline is:
- 7 June 2021 is the deadline for applications. Apply before 11.59pm!
- Between 7 June and 21 June we will be selecting the Fellows.
- 1 July 2021 is when the Fellowships start, running for four months until end of October 2021.
During the Fellowship, we will have monthly group meetings of the Fellows, plus individual check-ins with Mir and David. Also, we will record an episode of the Creativity Everything podcast talking with each Fellow about their story and their work. At the end, we will have a celebration event and share progress.
Meetings/events will all be virtual (on Zoom) although maybe by October it will be possible to have an in-person final event.
We look forward to hearing from you!
If you have any questions, do email David & Mir at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can also have a Zoom chat before you submit your application, if you like.
What sort of projects are you open to? I am a visual artist, social worker and have a project that uses art for social Justice and education.
Hi Salima, That sounds great! As it says, we are open to all kinds of projects. The Fellowships are meant to support your personal creative development, which of course can encompass both your own art practice and your social justice project.
Hey how do I find the google forms ?
Hello! Above it says “HOW TO APPLY: Please complete this application form” and the words “this application form” are a link to the application form. Sorry if that wasn’t clear.
Can I apply for more than one project?
Hi Lola. You apply as a person, so, that would be just one application. But you can mention different projects, that’s fine of course.
Do makeup and photography fall into such a category? I have someone who may be interested but isn’t sure yet.
Yes … that’s all creative work!
Hi Sorry, is this only for the ryerson university community or is it open to all artists in the GTA?
Hi! It’s offered *by* us at Ryerson, but it’s for anyone in the GTA.
Will you be running this program again in the future?
Hello! Possibly. It depends on money. We would certainly like to. Thanks for your interest!
Hi! Will folks who haven’t been selected for this residency also be notified? Thanks!
Hello! Yes of course. That will be within the next few days.
Great initiative. Just wondering if the selection notices gone out already?
Hi. We’ll have notified everyone by the end of this week. Thank you!