September 30, 2022

The MZD Progressive Artist Award Nomination: Nominations Now Open

The Mile Zero Dance Progressive Artist Award recognizes the achievements of Edmonton-based artists who actively work in the arts and engage with the community in challenging and exciting ways. Award recipients will be chosen by a local panel of adjudicators.

The recipient will receive a $1,000 cash prize, announced later in our 2022-23 Season, Carte Blanche. This biennial award was made possible by a gift from private donors in celebration of Mile Zero Dance’s 30th anniversary, and is now gifted in memory of Harry Garfinkle.

Nominations for the 2023 MZD Progressive Artist Award are now being accepted until December 15th, 2022.

Guidelines for Eligibility
Recipients for this award must:
Be nominated by an individual or group (nominators may not nominate more than one individual per year)
Be involved in the Edmonton Arts Community in a professional capacity and have a body of work (in any discipline) that displays innovative, progressive, or political intent and/or results. Areas of focus may include: community health, social equity or change, colonialism/reconciliation, dis/ability, accessibility, race, gender, sexuality, and environmental or educational issues
Artists of all ages, communities, cultural backgrounds, and artistic discipline and approaches are encouraged to apply.

Evaluation Criteria
Nominee fulfillment of eligibility criteria
Nominee’s body of work
Evidence of nominee’s engagement with broader ideas, theories, politics, and aesthetic issues relevant to the Edmonton region
Impact of the nominee’s work, artistically and aesthetically
Significance of artist’s impact on the community and Edmonton’s art ecology

How to Nominate
Apply with a one-page letter that identifies how the artist has engaged with larger issues, including specific examples of how the applicant has met the eligibility criteria, and a list of recent works. Please include two references with self- nominations.

Send your applications to
Please contact us at 877-708-2213 for further questions about the opportunity.
Applications due by December 15, 2022

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