Artist in Residence Application

Alberta North applications for 2020 are now closed.

The Camp fYrefly Artist-in-Residence Program hosts emerging and established contemporary artists who have demonstrated a commitment to innovation, exploration, community outreach, and the public understanding of 2SLGBTQ+ experiences and identities.

The Artists-in-Residence program draws from all disciplines, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, video, music, literature, dance, conceptual and installation art, and contemporary performance. Working collaboratively with our team of adult mentors, artists help to introduce new techniques, materials, and ideas designed to help youth to grow individually and to transform their communities.

The Camp fYrefly Artist-in-Residence program is committed to strengthening the vitality of the arts and the powerful role they can play in public education and the pursuit of human rights and social justice for all youth. All artists are encouraged to apply. We are especially hoping to hear from artists of colour, trans and non-binary artists, artists with disabilities, and two-spirit artists.

Dates and Location: Camp fYrefly Alberta North 2020 will be held near Pigeon Lake from July 16 - 19, 2020, with the support team (including the Artist-in-Residence) arriving on July 15, 2020. The training session will be 12 hours total over two weekend dates, which will be determined by the end of April 2020.

Requirements: The Artist-in-Residence will commit to the full four days of camp and the training session before the camp. If possible, they will also drop in on the two-day training to introduce themselves and outline their plan for camp. They may also be asked to meet with the Youth Action Committee, a group of 2SLGBTQ+ youth who assist in camp planning, in the months leading up to camp.The Artist-in-Residence's formal activities typically entail, but are not limited to:

• Running a large-group activity for the whole camp

• Leading two or more workshops during camp

• Potentially doing a performance or talk during the opening ceremony

• Mentoring youth on their Showcase/Talent Show performances during Showcase prep time; taking a lead during the Showcase/Talent Show

• Attending volunteer meetings during camp

• Generally being a presence during all camp activities; visiting groups of campers called Pods

• Other activities as determined with the camp coordinator for that particular summer

In addition, the Artist-in-Residence will meet with the Camp Coordinator 1-3 times before camp to plan activities and solidify their camp schedule.

An honorarium and reimbursement for any travel expenses will be provided.

Residency Submission Package: Please send an email with your completed submission package to with the subject line: "Artist In Residence 2020." Submissions will be reviewed and selected by Camp fYrefly Edmonton's Youth Action Committee (YAC), a committee 2SLGBTQ+ youth between the ages of 14-24 who plan camp each year.

  1. Artist's Name, Address, Telephone, Email
  2. Statement of Intent explaining what you would like to accomplish during camp (500 word max).
  3. Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages) summarizing relevant training, artistic
  4. accomplishments and public presentations of work.
  5. Identities and contact information of three references.
  6. A short biography of (50 words).
  7. Please let us know how you learned about Camp fYrefly's Artist in Residence program.
  8. Provide 1-10 portfolio items. Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each) and PDFs (up to 10MB each).