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Call for Submissions

Myseum Intersections 2020:
Call for Submissions

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Myseum of Toronto is launching a call for submissions for our fifth annual Myseum Intersections festival.

Festival Dates: April 1 – 30, 2020

Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2019 @ 11:00PM (EST)

Myseum Intersections is an annual festival that will take place during the month of April 2020. The festival explores intersectional perspectives of Toronto through collaborative exhibits, events, and experiences. Intersections presents a wide array of programming intended to create dialogue on civic issues and inspire a deeper knowledge and appreciation of our city.

Project proposals can range from exhibitions to events such as walking tours, workshops, panel discussions, lectures, public programs, exhibition tours, community celebrations, interactive experiences, walking tours and performances. We prioritize participatory and co-created projects, and encourage collaborative partnerships between organizations, collectives and individuals.

To view examples of Intersections projects from previous years, click here. To see project snapshots from last years’ festival, click here.

Should you have any accessibility concerns that might impact your ability to access or complete the digital submission form, please inform Yan Wen Chang (by email: [email protected] or phone: 416-583-2030) in advance of June 15th, 2019 to allow Myseum to appropriately accommodate your requests.



Myseum’s Intersections festival fosters collaboration and partnership, bringing together community, culture, arts and heritage partners to produce compelling programs that explore the lesser known narratives of under-represented communities. As a presenting partner, Myseum assists with program execution, promotion and coordination of events, and provides a platform to enhance the visibility of projects that examine Intersectionality in Toronto. Myseum can provide consultation for partners on producing exhibitions and events depending on their access to resources and administrative capacity.


Applicants must identify the program category or categories that the proposed project will fall under.

Projects categories include: exhibition, workshop, walking tour, performance, discussion or lecture, community celebration, film screening, interactive experience and other. All media and art forms will be considered.


Intersections funding requests typically range from $3,000 to $10,0000. If your total funding request exceeds $10,000, please inform Programming and Volunteers Coordinator Yan Wen Chang by email [email protected] or phone 416-583-2030 in advance of June 15th.

We welcome applications from individuals and organizations who do not require funding support and would like to host a Myseum Intersections project. Please clearly identify your project as ‘UNFUNDED PARTICIPANT’ in the budget section of your application.


  • Material expenses (film, art supplies, etc.)
  • Content development fees: curatorial fees, artist fees, honoraria, panellist fees
  • AV and equipment rentals
  • Fees for space/venue
  • Transportation expenses within the GTA
  • Production expenses
  • Production of artworks (printing, framing etc.)
  • Hardware for hanging/installing etc.
  • Display expenses
  • Signage and labels


  • Projects already covered in an organization’s ongoing operating budget or another festival or exhibition.
  • Staff time of existing employees.


We strongly encourage, and prioritize, collaborative projects between two or more individuals/groups/ organizations to apply with an exhibition or event based project that can animate their own community space(s) or a mutually decided upon space.

Submissions are encouraged from different disciplines, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds including but not limited to: historical societies, archives, artist and design collectives, natural history organizations, cultural organizations, community groups, communities with disabilities, youth and student groups, indigenous communities, architects, ecologists and naturalists, LGBTQ+ communities, designers, urbanist groups, and unique collaborations involving two or more groups.

Organizations, collectives or individuals are not required to have charitable or non-profit status in order to apply. Organizations or individuals who have participated in Myseum Intersections previously are eligible to apply.

Each project must offer free programming and access to the general public. If you wish to submit a project that has an admission fee or does not provide access to the general public please inform Programming and Volunteers Coordinator Yan Wen Chang by email [email protected] or phone 416-583-2030 in advance of June 15th.


To apply, complete the Application form. PLEASE NOTE: Applicants cannot save this form and return to complete it at a later time. We strongly recommend downloading the following form and saving your answers on a separate document prior to filling out the online form. The downloadable document is available here.

You will be asked to provide the information listed below:

  • Proposed Project Title
  • Description of each of the participating community partner(s)/organization(s)
  • Description of your project idea, exhibition or event
  • Website (if you have one) and social media account handles
  • Project Category
  • Describe how your idea is accessible
  • Describe how your project will be marketed within your community network (newsletter, social media following, etc)
  • Please provide images/photos (jpeg) or (short) video clips that help to illustrate your project idea
  • Budget for the project. Myseum Intersections project funding requests typically range from $3000 to $10,000. Any requests for funding in excess of $10,000 must be approved by Myseum prior to submission at least two weeks before the final deadline. Requests can be made by contacting Programming and Volunteers Coordinator, Yan Wen Chang by email [email protected] or by phone 416-583-2030.
  • Any resources that you may need help sourcing (e.g. marketing and promotion, venue, equipment, volunteers, collaborate partnerships and etc.) and your strategy for sourcing these resources.


We are offering an Information Session for organizations, collectives and individuals to meet prospective collaborators, share resources and develop ideas. The session will also provide insight into the proposal writing and application process. Registration is required, to register, click here.

Date: Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Location: 401 Richmond St. W, Suite 303

*Depending on demand, a third info session may be added


All proposals will be reviewed by Myseum and selected proposals will be juried by a diverse committee of arts, culture, and heritage professionals. Projects may also be selected by invitation from Myseum staff.


CLARITY/FEASIBILITY Does the proposal clearly state what the festival can expect? Does it outline an approach that makes sense? Does the proposal seem realistic? Is the budget in line with the ambitions? Are there any outstanding questions or issues that have not been addressed?
COLLABORATION Does the project demonstrate how it will connect different groups to each other or describe how the parties involved will work together in a new way?
RELEVANCE Does the project reflect on Intersectionality in Toronto? Does it address a more complex topic in some way? Does the project present an issue or idea that is relevant to Torontonians? Does it shed light on a particular topic that has resonance with others?
ENGAGEMENT/PARTICIPATION Does the project reflect a sense of civic engagement? Is there a way for visitors to the project to get involved?
AESTHETIC & INNOVATION Does the project describe an interesting strategy for display or presentation? Will the project be presented with care to details? Have they considered the visual, performative or spatial qualities that are of good quality?
ACCESSIBILITY In what ways is the project accessible? Is the proposed venue accessible? Is the project content accessible? Does it reach outside of the downtown core? Does it consider those with differing abilities? Does it reach to the GTA?
HISTORICAL/TOPICAL Does the project relate to history in any way, be it contemporary history or traditional history? Does the project reveal an untold history or bring attention to a lesser known story
REACH What communities does this project serve and what methods of community outreach does it employ. Does the project bring together new audiences?

Applicants will receive feedback by Friday, August 9th 2019. If your proposal is approved, you will be required to submit a Plan of Execution/Timeline. A representative from your organization/group will also be required to attend the following events and workshops by Myseum:

  • Participant Meet and Greet & Accessibility Workshop – Thursday, September 12, 2020
  • Marketing Info Session – Wednesday, January 15th 2020, 6-8 PM
  • Myseum Intersections Launch – Thursday April 2nd, 2020, 7-10 PM


For questions or inquiries please contact Yan Wen Chang (by email: [email protected] or phone: 416-583-2030)


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