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 session: September 12, 2023, 6pm to 8pm, Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, Room B, 181 Roundhouse Mews
  • Application deadline: October 16, 2023
  • Jury selection and interviews: November 2023
  • Selected artists announced: January 2024
  • Residencies complete and final reports due: December 2025

New 2 year pilot project: Youth focused residency 

In 2024 and 2025, 2 community centres will host an Artists in Communities project with an intended focus on youth engagement. 

This 2 year pilot will enable artists to establish deeper relationships within the community and provide an opportunity for activities to evolve and new projects to emerge over a longer time frame. While the project may involve other age groups, it will prioritize youth involvement. Work developed during these residencies will be featured in a public presentation for BC Youth Week at the Roundhouse Community Arts Centre in May 2025.

Artists are selected by Community Centre Associations and Park Board staff, with the support of artists experienced in community-engagement.

If your project is awarded a residency, you will devote 600 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.

Two people looking at an Indigenous art display

Art in nature with Bernardette Phan

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

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Artists at a table with bowls

Selection process

Program in-depth