Youth Focus Group with Artist in Residence Kathryn Calder
February 28, 2020
City of Victoria Artist in Residence Kathryn Calder is launching a Youth Focus Group; an opportunity for youth to gain leadership experience and offer input on local arts programming.
The Youth Focus Group will provide advice to Kathryn during her term as Artist in Residence, and help develop three major projects including: a youth busking space, song writing and professional development workshops, and a music and arts space for youth.
To be considered for this group, youth ages 14-24 are encouraged to apply online by Monday, March 16 at 8 a.m. Pacific Time. Members must live in the Capital Regional District and attend regular monthly meetings. Successful applicants will be accepted based on their interest in empowering youth through music. Some musical ability is recommended but not necessary.
Kathryn Calder was announced as the City's new Artist in Residence in June 2019. Kathryn is a Victoria-based musician, songwriter/recording artist and recording studio owner.
The Artist in Residence program aims to ‘keep art in mind’, providing the opportunity for a professional artist to work collaboratively with City staff and the community to identify and develop a creative artwork/project to augment one or more capital projects annually over a two-year term.
The position is embedded in the City’s planning process, providing a unique creative and collaborative approach to enhance the value and aesthetic appeal of upcoming capital projects in Victoria, while broadening the community’s involvement in the arts.
Calder’s professional experience in Victoria’s music industry is well-aligned with the City’s Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan, which identifies the need to build on Victoria’s diverse and active music scene by positioning Victoria as a “Music City.”
Kathryn Calder’s submission was one of 59 applications the City received in response to a Request for Expressions of Interest, which was open to artists and artist teams who are residents of British Columbia.
She was one of four artists shortlisted and was selected unanimously by the City’s Art in Public Places Committee, based on her strong reputation as an artist who works collaboratively with other artists in a variety of disciplines, and for her proven track record working on community-based projects as an artistic lead.
In addition to being a local musician, songwriter and recording artist, Calder is a record label and studio owner. For the past 15 years, she has been recording and touring as a vocalist/keyboardist with the Indie rock group The New Pornographers. She has also released three solo records, five albums with Immaculate Machine, and one album with her latest project, Frontperson.
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