Indigenous Artist Recognition Award

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Nova Scotia


All Regions

Contact Information

David Goudie

Program Officer


Phone Number: (902) 497-8538


All funds are available in English and French.

Grant Description

The Indigenous Artist Recognition Award recognizes artists who are Indigenous (Mi’kmaq as well as other First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) who have emerged from their initial training and development and are active in the Nova Scotian/Mi’kma’ki arts community.

The awards help showcase the recipients’ work to residents of the province and to people beyond our borders. This visibility will encourage artistic and economic well-being for the recipients and contribute to the health of Nova Scotia’s artistic sector in support of a well-rounded community. The Artist Recognition Awards are presented annually at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala Funded from the Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund, the award carries a cash value of $5,000.

It is an award of recognition and may be used by the recipient for any purpose.

Additional Information

Eligibility Criteria
Artists may be nominated by individuals or organizations. Nominees must have achieved professional recognition, as recognized within their arts discipline(s).

Only one nomination package can be submitted per nominee. Nominators should confirm with nominees.

An artist cannot be nominated for both an Indigenous Artist Recognition Award and the Portia White Prize in the same year.

Previous recipients of an Indigenous Artist Recognition Award cannot be nominated for another in the same category. Previous recipients of the Portia White Prize cannot be nominated for an Artist Recognition Award.

Only one nomination package can be submitted for an artist in a year.

Nominees must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants and have been resident in the province for at least the past four years.

Nominator Statement
Applications must include a maximum one-page nominator’s written statement OR five-minute video that describes the nominee’s artistic achievement. Assessors will be looking for excellence in artistic achievement, momentum for the future, professional recognition, and provincial and national recognition.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Type
Artistic Discipline
Any or All Disciplines, Architecture, Literary arts, Performing arts - Dance, Performing arts - Theatre, Performing arts - Other, Visual Arts, Media Arts, Crafts/Artisan, Music and Sound
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Priority Community
Indigenous artists
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