Consultations with artistic and cultural organizations



Call for artists

Application Deadline : December 12th, 2019 at 11:59p.m

Project Description

In November 2018, we presented our report entitled “Towards a cultural equity process: a consultation report on systemic racism in the arts, culture, and media sectors in Montreal”. This report also outlined 31 recommendations split into six areas where arts and culture organizations can take immediate action. These six areas are: awareness, representation, recruitment, funding, mediation and integration mechanisms in the arts, and references and redress mechanisms.

In efforts to continue the fight against systemic racism in the arts, this pilot project aims to test the implementation of these recommendations with partner organizations and turn them into concrete actions.

More specifically, the objectives of this project are to:

  • Accumulate existing resources worldwide linked to best practices in Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.
  • Test the implementation of DAM’s recommendations and create a concerted action plan that can be applied to the entirety of the arts and culture sector.
  • Develop practical tools for equipping and educating artistic and cultural organizations on how to systemically de-colonize their practices.



We are looking for racialized artists in the following disciplines: dance, theatre, music, literature, cinema, visual art, media to join the co-constructed consultation process with up to 15 selected organizations. Five types of artistic/cultural organizations are involved in this project: Professional Associations, Presenters, Institutions, Production Companies, and Education Institutions.

Artists will be paired with one or more organization based on their experience. Candidates must be aware of the issues around systemic racism in the arts and have an interest in social transformation. A functional understanding of French is required.



Your role in each of the activities listed below is to be a voice for the experience of racialized artists in your discipline as well as to witness the process and provide insight on choices being made for moving forward and breaking down barriers for full participation in the professional artistic sectors. This pilot project is a space for mutual learning and respect; any intolerances will not be accepted.


If selected, you engage to:

  • Participate in a preparatory meeting of approximately 1.5hrs,
  • Participate in a minimum of two full-team full-day gatherings,
  • Participate in a minimum of three half-day workshops for each organization you are assigned to,
  • Participate in a minimum of one focus group with other representatives from the same type of organization(s) that you have been paired with,
  • Share your experience (e.g. perceptions, barriers) related to this process, and
  • Keep regular contact with DAM resource person.

Artists will be remunerated at a rate of $25/hour for a minimum of 24 hours.  



The full-team gatherings and focus groups will occur at a venue on the island of Tiohtià:ke/Montreal and will be communicated to you once they are confirmed. The half-day workshops are expected to occur at the organization’s office, unless otherwise specified.



The full project duration is 2 years. Your implication, as an artist, will be to join from January 2020 to Spring 2021. Given the expected evolution from beginning to end of this project, selected candidates must be available for all activities.


How to apply?

Please send the following documents (combined into one pdf) to erpurepur+qvirefvgrnegvfgvdhr+bet before December 12th, 2019 at 11:59p.m. with the subject line “Candidature artiste- concertation” :

  • The link (and password if required) to a 1-minute (max) video of you explaining in French why you want to be a part of this project and why you would be a good candidate.
  • The dates of any travels you expect to have during the project duration.
  • CV (maximum 2 pages).
  • Proof of professional experience in your discipline, in Canada or elsewhere. For example, news articles, posters, programs, video links, IMDB page, etc.

Please note that DAM members will be prioritized.