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Marissa Laderoute

The Do Good Residency 2020

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Upstreet Craft Brewing and this town is small inc. partner for the third year of The Do Good Residency.

Launched in Summer 2018, The Do Good Residency is an artist-in-residence program located at Upstreet Craft Brewing’s warehouse in Charlottetown, PEI. The program is supported by Upstreet Craft Brewing’s Do Good Fund for Arts Initiatives and coordinated by this town is small inc., PEI’s Artist-Run Centre.

Deadline to Apply for the 2020 program is February 28 at midnight Atlantic Time.

This residency is a natural partnership for the brewing company and not-for-profit artist-run centre that share a deep love for their community in PEI, and believe in the power of collaboration, interactivity, and good-natured fun.

To help meet their mission of creating positive social and environmental impacts and supporting the community as a whole, Upstreet created the Do Good Fund – a fund dedicated to supporting artists and art initiatives throughout the year on Prince Edward Island. With every sale of their popular Do Gooder APA, a portion of the proceeds goes directly into this fund.

this town is small’s mission is to foster sustainability for contemporary arts practice on PEI, encouraging communication and collaboration among members of the artistic community and with the community at large.

Regional, national, or international professional contemporary artists with a strong interest in community engagement and collaboration are invited to apply. There are two 3-week slots available this year:

one in June and one in September, both open to all artists.

This is a self-directed residency that includes a collaboration with Upstreet: selected artists will work together with the Brewmaster at Upstreet to design a beer recipe. The artist will also create a design to be featured on the label of the custom beer. At the completion of the residency an artist talk and special event will be held to present the artist’s work, as well as launch their beer collaboration.

Selected artists receive studio space, lodging, administrative support, community engagement & networking support, and a stipend. Travel costs and materials are not provided.

Full application details can be found at or email Monica Lacey at with Do Good Residency in the subject line for more information.

Imagine Charlottetown

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The Charlottetown Arts Advisory Board is working with the City of Charlottetown to create an Idea Bank – essentially, a public database of artwork ideas, potential locations, and suggested mediums to inspire more art in the city. It’s called: the Imagine Charlottetown Idea Bank – because what better time to imagine Charlottetown?

The Idea Bank will be presented by the Board to City Council for future consideration and potential use. Submissions to the Idea Bank can be written concepts, art suggestions and include maps, photos, and examples from other locations. There are no restrictions for ideas, which can range from sculptures and murals to light or sound installations.

So how can you get involved? Click here for more details!

This is our opportunity to imagine ways to brighten up the corners, intersections, blank walls and neighbourhoods in Charlottetown!

Dotgain PEI’s Creativity Conference

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CreativePEI invites you to Dotgain: PEI’s Creativity Conference, October 18 at Holland College in Charlottetown.

This year, CreativePEI is partnering with Holland College, KKP and Thinking Big to offer a one-day professional development conference specifically tailored to the creative community on PEI. Dotgain has three tracks: Design, User Experience, and Arts and Creativity Education on PEI. CreativePEI is hosting the Education track and we encourage anyone who is interested in shaping the future of arts and creativity education on PEI to attend.

The morning will feature two keynote speakers: Emily Cohen, author of “Brutally Honest No-bullshit business strategies to evolve your creative business” and Chris Govias, internationally recognized expert on delivering transformative user-centred experiences.

After lunch (catered by Leonhard’s), we’ll break out into separate tracks. Our track, Arts and Creativity Education on PEI, will have two sessions and a drop-in Rumpus Room for hands-on creative exploration.

Session 1: Do We Really Need Arts Education?
People made art long before art schools. Paul McCartney can’t read music. Pablo Picasso famously said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Some argue that arts education is downright dangerous – actually killing creativity instead of promoting it. This session will feature a Great Debate moderated by trained trumpet player and self-taught comedian, Patrick Ledwell. Do we really Need Arts Education? Prepare to be offended and inspired.

Session 2: The Future of Arts and Creativity Education on PEI
What is the true state of our arts and creativity education landscape? What’s already happening and what can we do to move ourselves further down the path to excellence? Join us for a World-Café style discussion around the Future of Arts & Creativity Education on PEI—you’ll have a chance to discuss the experiences that have been most valuable in your own education, and how we can work together as a sector to build more of these experiences into PEI’s arts & creativity education ecosystem. The afternoon will be punctuated by “reports from the field” of innovative initiatives happening here and elsewhere, to bring fresh ideas and energy to our afternoon dialogue. Bring your best…the revolution starts here!

For more details on the program as it evolves, check out the Dotgain website.

Promo code for Self-employed Creative Professionals
Regular price registration for Dotgain is $50 plus HST. CreativePEI has a limited number of half-price registrations available on a first come, first served basis. If you are a self-employed creative professional on PEI and would like to access this promo code, please apply here.