Grants to Aboriginal Curators for Residencies in the Visual Arts


Grant Amount

$35,000 - $40,000

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The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from people with disabilities.

Program Description

The Grants to Aboriginal Curators for Residencies in the Visual Arts program supports Canadian Aboriginal curators at their chosen host institution to develop their curatorial practice.

For residencies in the United States 

The Canada Council for the Arts has extended this program to include curatorial residencies in the United States. These residencies are for a maximum of one year. We require the same commitment criteria from the host institution in the United States as we would require in Canada plus assurances that the applicant has satisfactory accommodation.


Activities normally funded through this program will be eligible in the New Funding Model, starting April 1, 2017.

Grant Amount

This program provides subsistence support to a maximum of $35,000 per year for Canadian-based residencies. The grant amount for United States-based residencies has been increased by $5,000, to accommodate additional incidental and moving expenses, for a maximum grant amount of $40,000.

The grant will be payable to the curatorial resident.


The curatorial resident and the eligible host institution must apply jointly.

Curatorial resident

Eligible individuals will have past experience and/or education that demonstrates their commitment to further development in the curatorial profession. Such experience can include cultural activities within communities as well as some basic level of training (for example, curatorial internships or museum/gallery work).

The curatorial resident must be of Canadian Aboriginal origin and be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Applicants do not need to be living in Canada when they apply.

Students at a school, college or university are not eligible to apply.

Host institutions

Eligible institutions will have a demonstrated commitment to the collection, exhibition and documentation of Aboriginal visual arts. Eligible institutions include public galleries, art museums and artist-run centres in Canada and the United States.

Further Information

Jim Logan
Program Officer
Visual Arts Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5266

TTY: 1-866-585-5559