Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert Fellowship for Indigenous Curators

The deadline for this funding opportunity has passed.

This one-time fellowship is designed to support the growth and development of curatorial talent and enhance representation of Indigenous artists in the  AFA collection by providing up to $30,000 by contracting an individual or an ensemble of individuals to develop a curatorial research project.

Application Deadline
February 8/18

Who can apply

This funding opportunity is intended to support artistic and cultural activities led by Indigenous individuals residing in Alberta including First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

To be eligible for a fellowship you must be a resident(s) of Alberta. This means you:

  • are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
  • have had your primary residence in Alberta for one full year before applying
  • ordinarily live in Alberta for at least six months each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

Ensembles and collectives are eligible if they are made up of members who meet the individual criteria:

  • applicants, including ensembles, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation

The following applicants are ineligible:

  • individuals currently enrolled in undergraduate programs

Please note: applicants that currently hold an open AFA project grant are eligible to compete for, and enter into, a contract with the AFA through the Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert Fellowship for Indigenous Curators.

What does this grant support

The project would include reviewing current holdings in the collection and working with Indigenous artists to identify potential works to be acquired in alignment with the AFA Collection Development Plan. This is a one-time funding opportunity.

The project is intended to bring a new perspective to art acquisition at the AFA and build on previous work undertaken by Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert: 

In 2008 and 2009, the AFA supported a special curatorial initiative focused on building the holdings of the AFA Collection with contemporary Indigenous art. Blackfoot artist Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert (1942 – 2009) was contracted to conduct a curatorial assessment and make recommendations for curatorial acquisition into the AFA Collection. Through her mentoring and respected reputation in the art community, she approached both established and emerging artists, and conducted interviews and studio visits, which led to acquisitions of artwork by Indigenous artists.

How to apply

The AFA will accept fellowship applications by mail or email at the address listed below. Email applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. of the deadline date; while all mailed applications must be postmarked with the application date. Please note:

  • the AFA does not accept late or incomplete applications
  • applications must be received prior to the commencement of the project
  • projects involving more than one artist must be submitted by one individual on behalf of the ensemble or group
    • the AFA does not accept separate applications for the same project

Applications can be mailed or emailed to:

Gail Lint, Art Collections Consultant
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts
10708 105 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5H 0A1

What to include in your application

Applicants must include the following:

  • a draft project plan (up to 1500 words) including the description of the project and strategic justification for proposed actions
  • an initial list of suggested Indigenous artists in Alberta proposed as part of the proposed actions (images of artworks are encouraged)
  • a working schedule including a suggested minimum of one (1) on-site visit to the AFA collection in Edmonton
  • a proposed budget for the project, including travel costs and honoraria
  • resumes/Curriculum Vitae of all individuals involved in the submission
  • a representative selection of completed projects that convey an impression of the candidate’s distinctive approach presented as images, text, video or links to websites
  • contact information for two references who are familiar with the candidate and previous work
  • completed checklist of all mandatory application elements

How will my application be assessed

This funding is administered at the discretion of the AFA board on a project-by-project basis.

All submitted proposals will be reviewed by an experienced panel of Indigenous arts and curatorial professionals. The panel assesses the merit of each application both on its own terms and in relation to all other applications received for a given deadline.

 Assessment of a project is based on the following general criteria:

  • quality, innovation and originality of proposal
  • applicants’ experience and profile
  • feasibility of project, timeline and budget
  • approach to community engagement and development

When will I hear

The successful recipient will be notified after March 8, 2018.


This is a one-time funding opportunity. Successful proposals will be developed and finalized in partnership with Arts Branch staff, taking into account financial constraints, artists’ requirements and other programming specifics. The anticipated completion date of the contract is October 18, 2018.

The final contract between AFA and successful applicants will generally include the following information:

The successful candidate(s) will be required to:

  • prepare a project plan demonstrating understanding of Indigenous art in Alberta
  • research and prepare artist statements and/or biographies for all artists recommended for acquisition
  • provide rationale for artworks recommended for acquisition
    • these must be supported by Acquisition Criteria as outlined in the AFA Collection Development Plan and reasonable justification of fair market value,
  • prepare an educational package (final report, presentation) and share results with participating communities

The AFA will provide:

  • curatorial consultation on AFA collection
  • access to individual artist files at the Capital Arts Building in Edmonton

Funding acknowledgement

Whenever possible, you must acknowledge the AFA for financial support in any publicity prepared in relation to the project, including electronic, print, or visual material.

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Any specific reporting requirements will be outlined in the final contract between successful applicant(s) and the AFA.

Helpful resources

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) collects, manages, and provides access to the largest collection of visual artwork by Albertan artists. Established in 1972, the AFA Art Collection is a unique representation of the history, development and achievements of Alberta's provincial visual arts community. Today, the AFA is proud to manage one of the strongest, most active provincial art collections in Canada. View the collection online.