(why this FUNDING exists)
We believe the artist’s job is to reach. Reach for the moon, reach for the stars and the clouds. Reach for the horizon, the future. Reach out to those around you, reach back to those that came before you or to those coming after you. Reach deeper, further into yourself and your own abilities. Reach your destination or reach your goals. Reach for that which is out of reach. Reach for the truth …
We created this opportunity to give artists in our community what they need to reach higher, farther and deeper in their craft with greater confidence and curiosity and to enable them to reach beyond their current communities and markets. Maybe that means reaching out to someone more skilled, experienced, or directly connected; maybe it means reaching for the ideal space and circumstances for self-motivated discovery; maybe it means travelling abroad, reaching for the essence or core of a particular craft or trade in the presence of those who have already reached a certain height…
One thing is for sure, on the mountains of truth, you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow. Nietzsche said that, not us, but we want to help you climb your own mountains, wherever they may be, so that we can all benefit from the truth you find on your climb.
- Ian Ihnatowycz and Marta Witer for The Shevchenko Foundation
Emerging Canadian theatre artist Andrew Kushnir, of Toronto, has received $21,000 from the inaugural $25,000 REACH Mentorship/ Residency for the Arts grant program, a project of the Shevchenko Foundation in partnership with the Ihnatowycz Family Foundation.
Mr. Kushnir, a director, playwright and performer, received the REACH funding for a self-created development residency with Tarragon Theatre in support of his proposed new play, The Time Piece.
Read the media release.
(OUR COMMUNITY & BEYOND)
Our community is the Ukrainian-Canadian Diaspora, a community that is 1.5 million strong, making us Canada's eleventh largest ethnic group and the world's third-largest Ukrainian population behind Ukraine itself and Russia.
We have seen many Ukrainian-Canadians succeed and influence culture globally and we want to nurture the talent, vision and drive of the next generation of our culture-makers and artists in earlier stages of development.
HERE ARE THE TYPES OF THINGS THAT INTEREST US:
projects of artists from the Ukrainian-Canadian community or artists whose work has a connection to Ukrainian heritage (i.e., you don’t have to be Ukrainian)
projects that promote the inclusion of Ukrainian-Canadian cultural heritage and help shape the image of who we are as Canadians at home and outside our borders
projects that have an aim/plan for presentation outside of the Ukrainian-Canadian community, nationally or internationally
artists who reach out to established/renowned artists, arts organizations and institutions for mentorship (i.e., those who seek ongoing support from mentors and expand networks with fellow artists)
projects with a goal of artistic growth and professional development
new projects (i.e., ones that haven’t been started in advance of the application process)
You choose a professional mentor in your field who will advance your art or craft through experiences that are imaginative, interactive, and transformative. Mentors don’t have to be Ukrainian-Canadian, but they can be. Maybe you want to study story-telling with Salman Rushdie (not Ukrainian) or maybe you want to learn how to take large-scale photographs with Edward Burtynsky (Ukrainian-Canadian!) or perhaps you want to learn the art of the interview from George Stroumboulopoulos (Ukrainian heritage and living in Canada). The key is reaching out to your potential mentor with a specific goal in mind and finding out what they need from us in order to make working with you possible.
You choose an existing residency program or create one based on your ideal space and circumstances and tell us what you need to make it happen. Ideally, a residency is for artists working on a specific project with a presentation date/location in mind who have had previous experience developing large-scale work (either their own or that of other artists) so they know how to make the most of a residency.
There’s an amazing post-production company in Silicon Valley that you want to work with or the culture desk at CBC is looking for interns. Unpaid work is sometimes the key to developing both the relationships and skills necessary to take the next step in your artistic and professional career, but it’s not always possible for artists who are already stretched thin because of their dedication to their craft. We can subsidize this kind of reaching as well.
Maybe you have found an incredible VJ software developer in Germany and you want to undergo training with them to up your live video projection mapping game. Or you need certain qualifications/certificates to use machinery crucial to your art form. Tell us about it and convince us how this kind of training will help you reach your goals.
There is a workshop on eradicating the fourth wall with Ariane Mnouchkine or combat photography with Sergei Loiko. You can apply for us to fund your reaching through workshops and even reach out to these people already equipped to teach to see if they would be willing to extend their lesson plan (see 1 MENTORSHIP)
Sometimes you just need to spend time in the stacks and not have to worry about working the night shift to make it feasible. Or maybe you’re in fashion and want to research traditional embroidery and textiles from several different villages across Eastern Europe before developing your next line. Research is an important part of the reaching process so we can help you there, too.
You can apply for up to $25,000, but our assessment is in no way related to how much money you need. So if you need $5,000 to reach your goals, ask for $5,000. On the other hand, if you need $100,000 and have secured funding from other sources, let us know about that, too.
An Adjudication Committee, chaired by a member of the Board of the Shevchenko Foundation, will manage the candidate application, adjudication and outcomes.
We’ll publish the results and send you notification by the end of April 2019.
Next deadline: To be announced.
(CAN I APPLY?)
The Reach Mentorship and Residency for the Arts is open to any Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Here are the other elements we’re considering:
Applicants must be connected to Ukrainian heritage through their background, art, culture and/or language (i.e. you don’t have to be Ukrainian), and working actively within the Ukrainian arts community in Canada and/or worldwide;
Applicants must be 40 years of age or under at the application deadline.
Applicants must have practised at a peer-recognized advanced career level for a minimum of 2 years in visual arts, literary arts, performing arts, new media, or arts management.
(WHAT YOU CAN ASK
FOR MONEY FOR)
Subsistence per diem
Artists’ fees (including mentors’ fees)
Marketing, promotion and administration
Direct costs related to the project
We officially launched REACH Mentorship / Residency For the Arts on September 13 at the Super Wonder Gallery in Toronto as part of the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival weekend.
There were art installations, live performances, and presentations from some of our most dynamic young musicians, artists, filmmakers and photographers across Canada.
Check out the launch video and the work of the artists below.
(larger than life paper cuts)
(blasphemous folk icons)
(sketch with video art)
(video designer and documentary cinematographer)
(acoustic indie folk)
(loop-y indie-folk cellist)
(photographer / filmmaker)
(Community activist, Folk artist, Kosa Kolektiv + Folk Camp)
(and not at the last minute!)
Don’t wait until the week before the deadline to start your application. Sure, you can probably pull something together, but it takes time to reach out to potential collaborators/mentors, time for them to respond, time for you to put together an appropriate schedule and budget, etc., so you may not put forward the best application if you leave it to the last minute.
And write to us! We’re here for you to bounce ideas off of us, to answer specific questions if something is unclear, or to let you know if your idea is in line with our vision for the program. Our correspondence doesn’t guarantee your application success, but a conversation with us will definitely help you wrap your head around what we’re after (and maybe better understand what you’re after!) After all, we are the ones who are going to be evaluating your ideas!