Emerging Indigenous Artists Award

Volunteer Opportunity by Native Women in the Arts

Job type: Part Time Contract

NWIA (Native Women in the Arts) is a not-for-profit organization for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women who share the common interest of art, culture, community and the advancement of Indigenous peoples.

NWIA is accepting nominations for the Barbara Laronde Award!

Nominations are now open for emerging Indigenous artists from Northern Ontario who are Women (Trans, Cis, Two-Spirit, Non-Binary, Genderqueer).
Please note that you CAN nominate yourself or someone else.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • To be considered for an award the artist must be an Indigenous person living in Northern Ontario (Métis, Inuit, Status and Non-Status First Nations peoples).
  • This award is for Indigenous artists who are Women which includes Trans and Two-Spirit Women as well as Cis Women. This award is also open to Two-Spirit artists who may identify as Non-Binary and Genderqueer who prefer the use of they/them pronouns.
  • Must be at the emerging stages of artistic career. We define an emerging artist as:
  • In the early stage of their career, regardless of age
  • Has created a modest body of work
  • Has had some evidence of professional achievement but may not yet have a substantial record of accomplishments.
  • One who is not yet recognized as an established or mid-career artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, community members, and arts administrators.

    Open to all artistic disciplines including:

  • Traditional/Customary Arts (Beading, Carving, Quillwork, Tufting, Weaving)
  • Visual Arts (Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Installation and Performance art)
  • Performing Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre)
  • Media Arts (Film, Video, New Media)
  • Literary arts

    Live in one of these geographical regions in northern Ontario:

  • Kenora District
  • Algoma District
  • Cochrane District
  • Manitoulin District
  • Nipissing District
  • Parry Sound District
  • Sudbury District
  • Timiskaming District
  • Rainy River District
  • Thunder Bay District

    All eligible artists are encouraged to apply
    Individuals can also nominate an eligible artist they feel deserves this award.

    To apply please submit the following: Resume & Biography

    One-page letter outlining why you or the artist you are nominating should receive this award. Images, audio, written or video support material of your artwork. Please do not send original artworks. Letter of support from someone who is familiar with the nominee’s career in the arts.

    Application Deadline: August 30, 2019

    Value of Award: $1500 Cash

    Award Jury: NWIA Board of Directors

    Submit your application to Native Women in the Arts: awards@nwia.ca