SMOLT Emerging Artists Program
If you’re a youth artist between the ages of 16-24 looking to deepen your artistic development and to expand your showcasing experience, look no further! Still Moon is currently recruiting youth artists to join our Emerging Artists Program, SMOLT (Still Moon Opportunities for Luminary Transformations). This pilot project will support young emerging artists in Renfrew-Collingwood with mentorship, resources, and studio space to create works to showcase during the 19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival.
The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is an annual community arts festival in Renfrew-Collingwood that celebrates the full moon, harvest abundance, and diverse cultural traditions. SMOLT participants will have the opportunity to create art pieces for the Streamside Lantern Installation – a signature Moon Festival event where dozens of artists create lantern installations to illuminate Renfrew Ravine Park. This year, the Moon Festival will take place throughout the month of September with the Streamside Lantern Installation on September 18th, 2021.
“Smolt” is the name for a young salmon just before they go out to sea for the first time. Just like the rivers that guide smolts to the ocean, we hope our program can support young artists with skills and experiences to help develop their professional artistic practices.
Through this program participants will:
- Meet other local emerging and established artists in the Renfrew-Collingwood area
- Receive up to 75 hours of free studio space in the Slocan Fieldhouse
- Attend weekly workshops on lantern making and illuminated installations
- Receive mentorship led by diverse experienced artists
- Receive guaranteed showcasing at the Emerging Artists Showcase and the Streamside Lantern Installation (with an optional additional showcase at one small Moon Fest event)
- Receive an honorarium for their participation
Mentors: Augusta Lutynski, Kathryn Wadel and Nathanial Marchand
Program Coordinator: Madelyn Read
Festival Theme: Balancing
Location: Slocan Park Fieldhouse (at 29th Avenue and Slocan St)
Some online programming and mentorship may take place depending on participant/mentor comfort levels
Residency Dates: July 12th – August 22nd
Workshop Dates: Wednesdays July 14th – August 22nd
Emerging Artist Showcase: August 22nd
Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival: September 1st-26th
Streamside Lantern Installation: Saturday, September 18th
Applications Due: Sunday, June 20th at 9pm
If you have any questions or need support with your application, please contact Madelyn Read at firstname.lastname@example.org.