Government of New Brunswick


A collaborative initiative between Tourism, Heritage and Culture and the New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb), the 2021 Fresh AIR program places professional artists in provincial parks and tourism sites during the summer (between June 23 and August 29) to engage with the public and develop their artistic practice or existing projects for 5 days in a natural setting during the challenging reality of COVID-19.


Eligible artistic disciplines include architecture, craft, dance, literary arts (including spoken word, storytelling, literary performance and literary translation), media arts, multidisciplinary arts, classical and non-classical music, theatre and visual arts.

Eligible genres for all artistic disciplines include those whose intent and/or content places creativity, self-expression and/or experimentation above the current demands and format expectations of the mainstream industry, and has a significance beyond being solely a form of entertainment.

The artist must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and must have resided in New Brunswick for at least the last 12 months.

The Arts, Culture and Commemorations Branch and the New Brunswick Arts Board support projects that foster diversity, inclusivity, engage equity-seeking groups and underserved communities. Artists from equity-seeking groups including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) artists are encouraged to apply.

The program is open to professional New Brunswick artists. This includes emerging professionals and traditional knowledge-based practices. Please refer to the full definition of ‘professional artist’ HERE.


The artist will submit one application and select from the following list of provincial sites. Due to the possibility of COVID-19 travel restrictions, the artist is required to select a site within the zone in which they live. Exception: Applicants living in Zone 7 may apply to sites within Zone 6.

The program is planned for the following locations:
• Mactaquac Provincial Park
• Herring Cove Provincial Park
• Hopewell Rocks
• Fundy Trail Parkway
• Parlee Beach Provincial Park
• Miscou Lighthouse
• Village Historique Acadien
• Sugarloaf Provincial Park
• Jardin Botanique du Nouveau-Brunswick
• Mount Carleton Provincial Park

• The artist will receive an artist in residence fee of $3,000.
• The artist will be on-site for a minimum of 4 hours per day, during daylight hours, for 5 days.
• The artist should be comfortable interacting with the public and is expected to provide some demonstration and/or performance during the residency, while respecting social distancing.
• The artist is provided with complimentary accommodation, where available.

*Please refer to the guidelines which contain important information about the criteria and conditions of this program

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