Thursday, October 27 to Sunday, October 30, 2016


Opening Date: Friday, April 1, 2016       DEADLINE:  Friday, June 3, 2016

The SPARC Organizing Committee is committed to making the Symposium for Performing Arts in Rural Communities accessible to people from settings and communities with limited resources, including youth, volunteers and community-based creators, producers and presenters in the fields of dance, music, theatre and media arts. SPARC is eager to provide opportunities for participants to expand connections, share ideas and be inspired.

Although every attempt will be made to assist as many people as possible, we regret that the Scholarship Fund is limited, and we will not be able to meet all requests. We ask that you make every effort to seek outside funding support before applying to the SPARC Scholarship Fund and ask only for what you really need so that we can assist as many as possible. We reserve the right to offer partial scholarships or to propose alternative arrangements.

Applications will be reviewed and decisions made based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated financial need.
  • No other funding opportunities available: we expect that you will seek funding from alternative sources e.g. organizational assistance, performing arts professional development funds etc., before you apply to the SPARC Scholarship Fund.
  • A demonstrated benefit to the applicant and to their community: priority will be given to those whose attendance at the symposium will help enhance their work in their own communities, to those who are able to assist in the transfer of skills and knowledge acquired at the symposium, and is relevant to their professional or community work or field of study.
  • People who have been selected to present their work (seminar, workshop, panel, research or community bytes) at the symposium.
  • What does the Access Fund cover?
  • Registration fees.
  • Travel: by the most economical means
  • Accommodation – up to 3 nights: we hope you will agree to share a room, which helps us support more people. If you decide not to share, we will be able to offer a contribution towards the cost of a private room – you will be responsible for the balance.

Applications will be reviewed by the SPARC Working Group. You will be notified of the outcome by Friday, June 30, 2016.

 Click here to download the application.

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