Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 byThe Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The NLAC is governed by a volunteer board of 12, appointed by government. This includes 10 artists, reflecting sectoral and regional representation, and two representatives of the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. The NLAC receives an annual grant from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.

The NLAC administers several awards programs including its annual Arts Awards, the Winterset Award, the Rhonda Payne Theatre Award and the Lawrence Jackson Writers' Award. It also administers the Cultural Assistance Plan for Emergencies (CAPE).

Peer Assessment Process - Overview

What is peer assessment?

In the context of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC), peer assessment is the process of having practicing artists and/or other experts review and assess the merit and viability of applications for funding. Peer assessors recommend which projects should be funded and amounts to award successful applicants. The NLAC uses peer assessment to determine funding for all of its funding programs.

Why does the nlac use peer assessment?

The NLAC uses peer assessment for three reasons:

  1. To ensure applications in a specific artistic discipline or area are evaluated by qualified individuals with experience in that area and knowledge of the artistic community
  2. To maintain an effective mechanism for the NLAC to stay connected with the artistic community and its developing trends
  3. To maintain the arms-length nature of the NLAC and protect arts funding from political influences.

How are peer assessment committees formed?

The program manager/officer selects individuals to serve on peer assessment committees for each of the funding programs administered by the NLAC. He/she works from a list of artists who have received NLAC funding in the past, or have a significant artistic background. This list was compiled by past and present NLAC members and staff and is updated regularly. Members of the community are encouraged to recommend people. You may recommend yourself. Recommendations are accepted on an ongoing basis, an official recommendation form is available from the NLAC.

In most programs a peer assessor will only be used once every two years. The Sustaining Program for Professional Arts Organizations and ArtsSmarts have assessment committees that sit for three year terms. Assessment committees usually include one NLAC member and between two and six members of the artistic community. Some programs, based on their nature, may require expertise from outside the arts community. The Professional Project Grants Program uses seven three-person committees to cover all artistic disciplines, and a committee of up to seven assessors for the organizations category. Applications to the Professional Artists' Travel Fund, the Labrador Cultural Travel Fund, and the Visiting Artist Program are reviewed by two assessors due to the responsive nature of these programs and the two week turn-around on applications.



The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council

Mail: P.O. Box 98, St. John's, NL, A1C 5H5
Office Location: The Newman Building
1 Springdale Street, St. John's, NL

Tel: (709) 726-2212 Fax: (709) 726-0619
Toll Free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)

Labrador Cultural Outreach Office

Mail: P.O. Box 2243, Station B
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, A0P 1E0
Office Location: Elizabeth Goudie Building
141 Hamilton River Road
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL

Tel: (709) 896-9565     Fax: (709) 896-9564
Toll Free: 1 (888) 896-9565 (NL only)

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