Canadian equivalent of Macarthur Fellows?
March 20, 2013 12:20 PM   Subscribe

I know someone who is the kind of person who ought to receive a Macarthur Fellowship—those no strings attached grants commonly known as the "genius grants." This person is, by any definition, a "talented individual who ha[s] shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction." Beyond the fact that I wouldn't know how to bring this person to the attention of the nominators for that particular fellowship, the person I know is a Canadian citizen, and does not live in the US, so is ineligible for the Macarthur grants. Are there any similar (if less awesome) grants in Canada? The person I have in mind is a traditional artisan.
posted by ocherdraco to Grab Bag (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Well, there's the Order of Canada, as well as the various provincial orders, but as far as I know there's no cash associated with any of them — only prestige.
posted by Johnny Assay at 12:41 PM on March 20, 2013

Canada Council grants might be a place to look.
posted by KokuRyu at 1:04 PM on March 20, 2013

I was just about to say the Canada Council, as well.
posted by jokeefe at 1:15 PM on March 20, 2013

posted by ocherdraco at 3:49 PM on March 20, 2013

Each province would have its own granting body as well -- there's the Ontario Arts Council, BC Arts Council, and so on.
posted by emeiji at 4:52 PM on March 20, 2013

I would agree that the Canada Council and more specifically the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts are the closest equivalent, although they tend to focus on contemporary art.
posted by oulipian at 8:04 PM on March 20, 2013

I just saw this today and thought of this question. These are grants that are available to artists in the United States, but they don't all stipulate that you have to be a US citizen, so I'm assuming that means they are programs that you may apply for as an American rather than all being programs that you must be an American to apply for. The Awesome Foundation money, in particular, I know is available to Canadians.
posted by looli at 11:03 AM on March 21, 2013

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