Call to Artists: Roots & Routes

August 29, 2016

Deadline: September 12th, 2016 at 10:00AM (EST)

Ontario Culture Days invites established artists to submit proposals for new artworks in any discipline to be featured in a 2017 project, Roots & Routes, which will take place at Toronto’s Union Station and in municipalities across Ontario from Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2017. Commissioned artists will also mentor the creation of related new works by emerging artists from their communities.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary, Roots & Routes invites artists from across Ontario to contribute to a deeper understanding of what it means to be Canadian and Ontarian. Highlighting Toronto’s Union Station as a gateway to Ontario, Roots & Routes will explore the impact of railways, waterways, roadways, pathways, trails, virtual and personal networks, and other physical and cultural “routes” that link the province and “root” us to a sense of community.

Established artists based in Ontario with five or more years of experience working in any artistic discipline and invested in fostering a community-engaged practice are invited to apply. A total of five established artists will be commissioned to represent each of the following regions: Northern Ontario, Southeastern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario, Central Ontario/GTA, and Toronto.

Read the full Call to Artists, including application requirements, estimated artist fees and evaluation criteria here. Complete the online application form at:

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The presentation of Roots & Routes is contingent upon the receipt of funding still to be announced. This is call for expressions of interest is to be included in upcoming funding applications prior to an estimated project launch in March 2017.