The City of Kingston is investing further in local artist development by supporting five additional artists-in-residences in 2021. This builds on the success of the pilot phase of the Grand Theatre Local Arts Residency Program that provides space and support to Kingston performing artists to explore ideas, create and nurture new directions in their work.
The second phase of the Grand Theatre Local Arts Residency Program kicks off September 20-24 with Miss Emily followed by Camille Spencer (October 18-22), Kay Kenney (October 25-29), The Gertrudes (November 8-12), and Gary Rasberry (November 15-19). The artists were selected based on the assessment completed by a committee of professional performing artists this past spring.
The Grand Theatre Local Arts Residency Program that began earlier this summer ends today after a successful first phase. The four inaugural artists-in-residence were Michael C. Duguay, Spencer Evans, Francisco Corbett, and Erin Ball. Videos were filmed on the final day of each residency to profile the artists, and the videos can be found on the Grand Theatre website.
“The inaugural artists-in-residence brought energy, artistry and creativity onto the Regina Rosen stage since being closed to live performance since March 2020,” says Danika Lochhead, Manager, Arts and Sector Development. “We’re thrilled to continue to invest in local artist development through five additional residencies this fall and promote and share the work of these incredible artists with Kingston audiences.”
About the Grand Theatre Local Arts Residency
The Grand Theatre Local Arts Residency program was developed in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the performing arts locally. The Program leverages the Grand Theatre’s Regina Rosen Auditorium and is open to Kingston-based artists and collectives working in varying performing-arts disciplines and provides participants space and support to explore new ideas, create, self-direct their research and time and nurture new directions in their work. The artists were selected this past spring based on submissions assessed by a committee of professional artists featured as part of Grand OnStage.
- In-kind use of a professional workspace in the Regina Rosen Auditorium that will be made available for a duration of one week for performing artists (of varying disciplines) to engage in a self-directed creation process of their choosing.
- Professional guidance from Cultural Services and Grand Theatre staff in Technical Production to aid in the development of the artist’s creative practice.
- Promotional support or production elements necessary to digitally present, perform or provide a talk.
- Funding support through an honourarium of $1,000 for artistic expenses.
The Program is managed in adherence with all Provincial and public health guidelines and all artists-in-residence participate in the creation of a final profile video that showcases the work-in-progress developed during their residency.
More information about the Grand Theatre Local Arts Residency can be found here: https://www.kingstongrand.ca/education/local-artist-development
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