2021 Winter Programs: Online and On Campus

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Mount Rundle in the Background over Banff Centre Campus Buildings

Banff Centre campus' serene beauty in the Winter. Photo credit: Krista Bell

October 22, 2020, Banff, AB – Building on the successful launch of Banff Centre's first digital programs in Fall, 2020, and the gradual re-opening of campus that began with the Walter Phillips Gallery in September, 2020, Banff Centre is announcing a preview of our upcoming winter programming.

Between January and April 2021, Banff Centre will connect and serve artists, Indigenous and cultural leaders, and audiences around the world through at least 20 online and on-campus educational, training, and creation programs.

In addition to offering online programming in Winter 2021, Banff Centre will begin to bring artists and leaders back to campus in small numbers, following all relevant health guidelines.

While welcoming artists, leaders, and guests back to campus, Banff Centre will continue to move thoughtfully and deliberately through the ongoing pandemic, following all municipal, provincial, and federal restrictions on activities to do our part in protecting the health of our community. 

 Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity remains committed to our mission as a post-secondary arts and leadership education institution as we adapt to the current needs and realities of our program participants. We are thrilled to connect and serve artists and leaders in new and meaningful ways as we enter 2021.

Janice Price, President and CEO of Banff Centre

The winter programming will continue to deliver education and training opportunities through digital platforms, as well as some planned in-person programming. The first phase of resuming on-campus learning and creation activities will include small programs and self-directed residencies, with plans in place to pivot these programs to online delivery should the evolving situation with COVID-19 prevent in-person plans to proceed. 
The winter schedule follows the successful implementation of Banff Centre’s first digital programs in arts and leadership running from September to December, the virtual Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival, and the upcoming Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival.

We are learning from our community what exactly it is they need right now and what it is we can do to continue to support their professional and creative development. It feels great to connect again with artists and leaders, and to see Banff Centre’s mission being revealed in this way.

Howard Jang, Vice President of Arts and Leadership, Banff Centre

Winter Programs will include:

  • Indigenous Digital Media Self-Directed Residency
  • Visual Arts: Post Photography/Post Truth*
  • Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI)*
  • Leighton Artists Studio Independent Residencies (Multiple programs)
  • Banff Musicians in Residence (BMiR)
  • Project Management for Indigenous Organizations*
  • Indigenous Leadership: Negotiation Skills Training (three programs)
  • Winter Writers Session*
  • Opera in the 21st Century* (continued from Fall, 2020)
  • Akunumustitis Ecological Engagement through the Seasons, Indigenous Arts Residency
  • Anti-Racist techniques in the Theatre Classroom
  • Banff Playwrights Retreat
  • Leading Teams: Governance for Indigenous Councils and Boards*
  • Visual Arts: Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) Emerging, Late Winter
  • Adventure Filmmakers Workshop*
  • IBPOC Emerging Stage Directors Lab
  • Spring Writers Retreat
  • Performing Arts Residency Program
  • Indigenous Arts: Write Over Here Open Rezidency*

* denotes online program

Details on these upcoming online and in-person programs and events in 2021 will become available on a rolling basis beginning soon. Applications for adjudicated programs will also open on a per program basis in the coming weeks. If you wish to be the among the first to know about how to apply, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Thank you for your continued support and inspiration. As we adapt and evolve through this period, Banff Centre is finding renewed resilience and opportunity to fulfill our social and educational purpose. We are continuously inspired by our community’s creativity in sharing hope and beauty in times of uncertainty. 

Janice Price

Banff Centre is supported by funding from the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Arts programs are supported by funding from the Government of Canada through the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Arts Training Fund. The experience at Banff Centre is also enriched through generous support from individuals, corporations, and foundations.