TORONTO — Atlific Hotels has announced that its managed property, Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown/Beltline District, is launching an on-site artists-in-residence program.
Set to coincide with Alberta’s Month of the Artist, the Artist Inn Residence Inn (AIRI) program will invite two artists — one visual and one performance artist — to live full-time in the hotel’s suites while having access to all guest amenities and a dedicated space to work on and create their art for up to six months.
As the program is intended to enhance the hotel experience for anyone finding themselves within the space, the artists will be encouraged to create performances, workshops or artwork for display in the hotel’s public spaces. In turn, the artists have their biographies featured in the hotel lobby and will be rewarded with a stipend.
“Here at Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown, we believe arts and culture are the lifeblood of a vibrant and thriving city, and a vital ingredient in what makes the Beltline District a fantastic place to stay” says Tim Ostrem, area director, Atlific Hotels and general manager at the Residence Inn Calgary Downtown. “It is our goal to be the premier arts, culture and entertainment hotel in Calgary, and this is one of the ways in which we are proud to support and nurture the local arts community and better the lives of Calgarians and travellers alike.”
AIRI is now accepting applications through Sept. 30, 2021. The first two artists will be selected by October 15, 2021. Submissions are open to Canadian residents and the application process will seek to uncover the artist’s biography, project overview and a description of planned activities during the residency.