CCRC partners with Artscape on bursary, R2R conference opportunity
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
The Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity (CCRC) and Toronto-based Artscape are now working together on a project called the Rural Creatives Springboard.
“The three-month virtual program, with bursaries for 30 participants, will connect practicing artists, social entrepreneurs and other creatives from rurally/remotely situated places, and focus on delivering a balance of technical training, creative mindset-building, with opportunities for networking, industry connections, co-creation, peer support and one-on-one mentorship,” a press release stated. “Other benefits include a 12-month membership to Artscape Daniels Launchpad and the CCRC - with an invitation to participate in the Rural Talks to Rural conference in November, 2022.”
In an interview with The Citizen, Peter Smith, the executive and creative director of the CCRC, said he is really hoping to connect all of the program participants for next year’s R2R conference. The participants would attend, Smith said, either in-person or virtually, from across the country and his hope is that they could be charged with solving a specifically rural problem and come together with a solution to be presented at the end of the conference. Nothing has been confirmed yet, though, Smith said.
“The CCRC is adapting its approach to support social purpose organizations that include non-profit, charitable, local projects, co-operatives and for-profit enterprises that have embedded social, environmental and socio-economic missions,” Smith said in the press release. “Through this terrific collaboration with Artscape, we continue to develop relationships, build networks for rural changemakers in order to support well-being and vibrant rural communities.”
Garrick Ng, managing director for Artscape Daniels Launchpad, said the CCRC partnership is exciting for a number of reasons.
“We are building inclusive local economies and reducing barriers for entrepreneurs so they can get to where they need to go,” Ng said. “By supporting alternative business models and focusing on change-oriented strategies, this collaboration with the CCRC is exciting, with plenty of potential for partnerships down the road.”
The program is set to begin on Jan. 17, 2022. Applications are now being accepted and they are due by Dec. 10.
Visit artscapedaniellslaunchpad.com/rural-creatives-springboard for more information or to apply.