The MZD Progressive Artist Award recognizes the achievements of Edmonton-based artists who actively work in the arts and engage with the community in challenging and exciting ways. Award recipients will be chosen by a local panel of adjudicators.
The recipient will receive a $1,000 cash prize. This biennial award is made possible by a gift from private donors in celebration of Mile Zero Dance’s 30th anniversary.
Guidelines for Eligibility:
Artists of all ages, communities, cultural backgrounds, and artistic discipline and approaches are encouraged to apply.
Recipients for this award must:
- Be nominated by an individual or group (nominators may not nominate more than one individual per year)
- Be involved in the Edmonton Arts Community in a professional capacity and have a body of work (in any discipline) that displays innovative, progressive, or political intent and/or results. Areas of focus may include: community health, social equity or change, colonialism/reconciliation, dis/ability, accessibility, race, gender, sexuality, and environmental or educational issues
Each nomination submission is evaluated based on the nominee’s:
- Body of work;
- Engagement with broader ideas, theories, politics, and aesthetic issues relevant to the Edmonton region; and
- Impact of work, artistically and aesthetically, and within their community and Edmonton’s art ecology.
Deadline to submit a nomination is August 1 at 5 PM MST
How to Nominate
Apply with a one-page letter that identifies how the artist has engaged with larger issues, including specific examples of how the applicant has met the eligibility criteria, and a list of recent works. Self nominations require two references.