Civic Engagement Artist Residency


Pacific Opera Victoria is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where all feel welcome, safe, accepted and appreciated in their creating, performing and learning.

Pacific Opera Victoria is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, inclusion, reconciliation and environmental stewardship in our performing, learning and working environment. We recognize that we all share responsibility for creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive community.

This residency will include mentors from the BIPOC arts community, and include Indigenous Elders and knowledge keepers from the local territory on Vancouver Island.

We use the four quadrants of the Medicine Wheel to guide our work as we: celebrate people, place, and culture; create safe spaces; build respectful relationships; and share truths. We are privileged to do this work on the traditional lands of the L’ekwugen speaking people, and is informed by this land they have stewarded since time immemorial.

The residency will include virtual and in person opportunities and will be delivered in two distinct parts.

Part One: Virtual Residency

The virtual residency will be 21 days in length and take place between October 2022 and April 2023 over four different weeks. The main focus of the virtual residency will be the invention, development and execution of a 10 – minute digital work. The work that results will be promoted by Pacific Opera online in the summer of 2023 and will be the property of the artist. You can see previous works from this residency here.

Artists will receive a budget and support in executing this project in the role of artist and producer. Artists will also receive a budget for musical coaching to prepare the music for this project.

The virtual residency mentorship weeks will offer mentorship in the craft of storytelling employing music and the visual medium, filming and editing work in the digital format and Indigenous worldview and land protocol. Mentors will include: Shawn MacDonald and Miriam Khalil. During the virtual residency, artists will also work with a partner in Victoria to create an installation piece for the in person portion of the residency in June of 2023, as part of Voices in Nature. Mentors will include Isaiah Bell and Rebecca Hass.

The dates for the virtual residency are:

  • October 31-November 5, 2022
  • November 28-December 2, 2022
  • January 9-13, 2023
  • April 3, 2023

Part Two: In Person Residency

The in person residency will be in two parts, in partnership with Vancouver Opera. The in person residency with Pacific Opera in Victoria takes place from June 5-26, 2023, over three weeks. Artists will be creating site-specific work for Voices in Nature, preparing and performing in a concert at the Baumann, and be engaged with various community partners as an artist and artist advocate.

The in person residency with Vancouver Opera in Vancouver takes place from June 27 to July 11, over a two week period.  Artists will be creating site-specific work for Voices in Nature, and be engaged with various community partners as an artist and artist advocate.

Projects with Pacific Opera Victoria:

  • Voices in Nature: site specific inventive performances in two to three local parks, over 8 nights. Artists will be showcased in creative installation pieces conceived during the virtual residency in collaboration with local partners and artists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.
  • A Concert Performance and Interactive Event at the Baumann: created in collaboration with local partners and community.
  • Watch Party and Panel: Discussion of video works created by the artists during Part One of their residency.
  • Other community engagement will be determined by the successful artists civic practice goals and interests in collaboration with the Director of Engagement Programs and Partnerships.

Projects with Vancouver Opera

  • Voices in Nature: Artists will perform in a pop up style through out designated Vancouver parks (TBD)
  • Pop Up Opera: Artists will perform outdoors around Vancouver and engage with the public in this barrier free artistic installation of music in surprising spaces.
  • Other community engagement will be determined by the successful artists civic practice goals and interests in collaboration with the Director of the Civic Engagement Artist Residency

Mentorship and training will be provided in several areas including:

  • Site-specific musical programming
  • Opportunities to learn and work in community engagement
  • Developing a deeper understanding of self-created work
  • Marketing of your work
  • Budgeting a project
  • Project management
  • Relationship development for self directed work
  • Mentorship directed towards building confidence and capacity for autonomy for an artist in traditional and non-traditional career paths in music

The successful applicant for a position in this creative residency will be a practicing singer who is engaged in a professional career and who:

  • Is civic-minded with a history of engagement in community spaces
  • Has an appetite for self directed projects and experience in this area
  • Is exploring, or is interested in exploring, the operatic voice and music as a vessel for social comment and engagement
  • Has an established practice of working in the area of social justice or other related fields of social change
  • Is a self-starter with an artistic entrepreneurial spirit
  • Is looking to stretch out of their comfort zone creatively
  • Is looking for a space to create and work collaboratively with others
  • Is a Canadian citizen or has landed immigrant status
  • Is between the ages of 22 and 40

Applications will be reviewed with an emphasis on:

  • Civic engagement resume
  • Written submission outlining your interest in civic engagement and self driven projects
  • Written video proposal
  • History of self driven creative projects to date
  • Preference given to those who identify as Indigenous, Black, People of Colour or from other marginalized communities
  • Previous Experience as professional singing artist
  • Vocal ability

Applications: Due September 5, 2022 by midnight Pacific Time
Equity and non-equity artists are eligible for this program. This is a paid residency.