Here and There art installation at Sunset Community Centre

How the Artists in Communities residencies work

What you need to know

Each year, several community centres profile local issues and interests, and host selected artists to carry out projects in work-only residencies that respond to these profiles.

  1. Community cultural development goals
  2. Eligibility and budget
  3. Prepare your application and apply
  4. Selection process

Key dates

  • Artist information sessions:
  • Application deadline: October 10, 2022
  • Jury selection and interviews: November 2022
  • Selected artists announced: January 2023
  • Residencies complete and final reports due: December 2023

Community centre associations and Park Board staff, with the support of artists experienced in community-engagement, select artists for the residencies.

If your project is awarded a residency, you will devote around 300 hours to research and develop your project, complete it with community members, and publish a blog and final report. Along the way, you will work with Park Board community arts programmers, community centre staff, the public, and local partners.

Creekside stroller dance

Drawdown at Cambie

Prepare your application

Ready to apply?

Apply online now

Other ways to apply

Download a paper application to mail or deliver (267 KB)

Oral applications will be considered for artists facing barriers within this application process. For more information on oral applications and consideration, email

Flax harvest at Trillium Park North

Julie Chapple and Elisa Thorn at Coal Harbour Community Centre

Selection process

Program in-depth