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Mixed Media Arts 101

Indigenous Arts

Program Information

Indigenous Arts programs at Banff Centre

Re(Claim) with Iskwe performance; Ora Barlow-Tukaki with Re(Claim) participants. Photo by Donald Lee.


The world of digital media is evolving at a rapid rate, whether it be through augmented or virtual reality, coding, programming, web applications, gaming, podcasting, vlogging – and the list goes on. Mixed Media Arts 101 seeks to address the growing digital literacy chasm that can reflect socioeconomic trends. The residency will deliver focused, intimate workshops in various knowledge “pods” that explore innovations in digital media.  

The program is an opportunity for global Indigenous artists in all disciplines to access digital literacy training. The aim is to develop digital literacy for artists who have not been able to obtain training across select software, hardware, and technology platforms.

In addition to learnings around the production process, Mixed Media Arts 101 will also foster conversations about the social impacts of this changing landscape, digital racial profiling, cultural appropriation, technological elitism, and more.

What does the program offer?

Artists will work with Banff Centre Media and Production staff and with guest faculty to learn from specialists in the following areas: 

  • Editing (Media Composer, Adobe Premiere)
  • Video production (camera work, lighting, shooting outdoors/indoors steadicam, green screen)
  • Audio Post (protocols, location sound, editing of dialogues, voice overs, etc.)
  • Audio recording (music recording, simple/extensive)
  • Animation graphics (plug-ins)

Applicants are encouraged to indicate their preferred knowledge pod(s) during the application process.

Who should apply?

This program is an ideal fit for established Indigenous artists who want to enrich their practice by learning how to use new skills to create or enhance a current body of work. Artists who wish to develop a new creative narrative using new technology are encouraged to apply.


What's Included

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Your program fee includes a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Single rooms may be available upon request for an additional fee. Please contact the Office of the Registrar. 

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

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Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Full Flex Meal Plan includes $40 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

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This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress in one of our performance venues.

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Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

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Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

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Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

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Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee (Shared Room)
$3 557.75
Single Room Upgrade Fee

Application fee: $35

*Participants accepted to the program will be eligible for up to 100% scholarship of the program fee (shared room). 

Single rooms are available for the upgrade fee at the cost of the participant. 

The program fee includes a shared room and the Full Flex Meal Plan at Banff Centre. Travel to and from Banff Centre is the responsibility of participants.

If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials.

Help fund your experience at Banff Centre! View a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.

How to Apply

Learn more about the steps to Complete Your Application.


A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.

Cover Letter

A one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in this program and what you hope to achieve by attending it.


Provide a 100-word artist biography. These summaries will be used as a narrative for administrative and public use.

List of Technical Skills

Provide an outline that describes the technical skills in which you have acquired intermediate to advanced knowledge:

  • Beginner 
  • Intermediate = have completed an introductory course of study in the medium 
  • Advanced = have worked with this medium in a significant capacity and produced a body of work demonstrated in my portfolio submissions


  • Artists can submit 10 samples of work.
  • Curators and researchers must submit three samples of written work.

File sizes and specifications are available in our upload tool.

Resource Request

Outline all studio, equipment, software, facility, or staff support requested in our upload tool. Final resource allocation is at the discretion of the department.

Financial Assistance

Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section to be eligible for financial assistance.


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program. 

Based on the requested workshops, offerings may be altered to better suit the cohort needs.

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.


All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre.

Contact Admissions

For questions on preparing your application, please contact Admissions:

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