About the Workshop: Navigating Grants and Open Calls for Creatives

Navigating Grants and Open Calls for Creatives focuses on demystifying the world of grants and arts funding. In this workshop, Kadija de Paula explores practical tools and strategies for crafting compelling proposals and maximizing your chances of success in the competitive world of grants and open calls. Drawing from her extensive background as an artist and arts administrator, Kadija shares valuable insights on striking a balance between the administrative demands of grant applications and the nurturing of one's creativity.  

This workshop was held on November 30th for online and in-person audiences. Participants learned about arts and culture funding for creatives, then engaged in self-guided research with their peers in small groups. If you missed this session, navigate the vast opportunities available to artists while staying true to your artistic practice by checking out the recording below!

Talk Recording

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Speaker Bio: Kadija de Paula

Kadija de Paula is a Brazilian/Canadian artist, writer and arts administrator interested in the value of labour resources and social practices. She holds an International MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and a BFA from OCAD University. She was an artist in residency at Sommerakademie Paul Klee, a 16-month research programme hosted by the Bern Academy of the Arts and winner of the Institut Français residency program at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

Her work has been recently presented at Kunsthaus Dresden, MdbK Leipzig, Q21 MuseumsQuartier Vienna, and the 32nd São Paulo Art Biennial, amongst others. Her writing was published in Arts of the Working Class Berlin, the online magazines of the Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab in Taipei and the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw.

She is currently the Evaluation Manager at the Toronto Arts Council and Foundation. Prior to that she acted as Interim Strategic Programs Manager at TAC, and visual arts consultant for the development of the National Arts Policy in a joint program between UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture in Brazil. Kadija facilitated the collaboration of a network of 27 artist residencies in 14 Latin American countries, with the support of the Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation AECID, and was a marketing assistant for diverse audience building in New York City. In Toronto she has held positions at the Ontario Arts Council, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, and XPACE Cultural Centre, amongst others.