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Call for Submissions (Edmonton): 2017 Found Festival Fresh AiR Program – Common Ground Arts Society & NextFest Arts Companuy

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Call for Submissions (Edmonton): 2017 Found Festival Fresh AiR Program – Common Ground Arts Society & NextFest Arts Companuy

Found Festival

First things first! What is Found Festival?

Found Festival is a multidisciplinary found space and site specific arts festival presenting original performances and art installations in unconventional spaces in Edmonton, Alberta. Found Festival is an equal opportunity presenter. Artists with diverse identities, cultural backgrounds, and abilities will be considered. The festival dates are June 22-25, 2017.

Calling all Edmonton based emerging artists!

Do you have an exciting found space project rattling around in your brain? Not sure how to get it
from page to unconventional stage? Concept to creation? With support from the Nextfest Arts
Company, Common Ground Arts Society (CGAS) is offering the Fresh AiR Program! Become
the first CGAS Fresh Artist in Residence!

What does that get you? Breathe in.

  • Seven month mentorship with Common Ground Arts Society’s Artistic Producer Beth
    Dart (February to August, 2017);
  • Workshop presentation at Nextfest (June 1-11, 2017);
  • Premiere at Found Festival (June 22-25, 2017, minimum four performances);
  • Mentorship and support to produce an additional run of the production (i.e. A BYOV production at The Edmonton International Fringe Festival);
  • Grant Writing Assistance;
  • Development support;
  • Project fee and portion of Found Festival box office;
  • Nextfest and Found Festival artist passes for all project artists;
  • Front of house support;
  • Advance and on-site box office services;
  • Support to secure an appropriate venue through a community or city partnership;
  • Assist in sourcing, setting up and troubleshooting technical equipment;
  • Festival marketing and advertising, including online, festival program etc.;

How do you get it? Breathe out (and read closely)! Project must be:

  • Found space, site specific, and/or installation based work;
  • Created by emerging artists under the age of 30, not currently represented by a professional association;
  • Dance, theatre, performance poetry or interarts;
  • New creation;
  • Project must be informed by or built to suit found space; and
  • Preference will be given to the project that best considers community impact, integrates use of found space, and proves consideration of the performer’s relationship to audience.

Questions? Please contact Artistic Producer Beth Dart at

PROJECT SUBMISSIONS (INDIVIDUALS OR ENSEMBLES): Maximum three pages (not including Lead Artist CV and support materials). Do not include artist or company name in header or footer of document. Applications will be reviewed anonymously to ensure a fair and unbiased process. Selection process may include interviews with shortlisted project leads.

  • Project description, including desired audience experience;
  • Desired outcome of mentorship;
  • Desired venue(s)/location (specific locations or types of location, i.e. Wee Book Inn vs. a
    used book store);
  • Potential community impact (how the project involves and/or affects the local community, additional outreach activities to be associated with the project);
  • Potential requirements (power access, sound, lighting, projection, etc.);
  • Creation and development process, including timeline;
  • Self-promotion initiatives;
  • Company or lead artist bio, lead artist CV(s); and
  • Support material (past performance history, script excerpts, photos, videos, etc.).

DEADLINE: Midnight (MST) on Friday, January 13, 2017.

Please send submissions to Artistic Producer Beth Dart at

For more information on Common Ground Arts Society, visit


Found Festival presents dance, theatre, visual art, music, film, poetry, and more over four days in Edmonton’s Old Strathcona neighbourhood. All performances and installations take place in unconventional spaces – theatre in a back alley, poetry on a street car, contemporary dance in public parks. Performances are affordable, accessible, and interactive.

Past venues have included a funeral home, residential garage, and a Dodge Grand Caravan. We’ve had live music played on rooftops, movies projected onto buildings, and a play performed – in the middle of June – on a giant pile of snow. Some pieces are designed for as few as one person at a time, while others accommodate as many as 200. We are committed to presenting innovative, entertaining, and provocative new works that push the boundaries of audience interaction, allowing both spectators and performers to engage in a more stimulating brand of risk-taking and play.


The Common Ground Arts Society is a not-for-profit organization established in 2009 dedicated to the promotion, presentation, and development of Edmonton’s vibrant arts scene. We present the work of artists from Edmonton and beyond through Found Festival, workshops, performances, and community events.

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