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Harbourfront Centre issues a call for submissions:
Fresh Ground new works seeks creations for children and youth

TORONTO, September 23, 2009 Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the fourth Call for Submissions for Fresh Ground new works. Created in 2004, this Canadian arts commissioning initiative supports new multidisciplinary works in the areas of theatre, dance, literature, music, film, visual arts, new media, fine craft, and community arts.

New this year is that the awarded commissions must focus on works created for children (age 5-12) or youth (age 13-18). Harbourfront Centre is particularly interested in submissions from artists and companies who have not previously undertaken creation for these specific age groups. The commission challenge is to devise works which will involve, stimulate, entice, intrigue and engage young people in the arts while reflecting the diversity of today's Canadian youth.

A maximum of $20,000 each will be awarded to up to five separate projects which successfully fulfill the criteria of a new, collaborative artistic creation incorporating more than one discipline or field. As in previous years, the work must be original, never before presented or performed, and be ready for presentation or installation at Harbourfront Centre between April 2011 and May 2012.
The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 30, 2009.

Fresh Ground new works is made possible by the generosity of several major individual donors who have actively assisted in the creation of new Canadian artworks: Peter Allen, Lionel F. Conacher and Joan Dea, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Michael and Sonja Koerner, Judy and Wil Matthews, George E. Myhal, and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the J.P. Bickell Foundation.

For more information on Fresh Ground new works, Harbourfront Centre's national commissioning programme, the first nine projects commissioned and the five Fresh Ground new works projects being presented this season, as well as guidelines on applying for funding from Fresh Ground new works, please visit or call 416-973-4000.


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