Applications for RiVAL Accelerator opportunities are now closed and accelerator meetings with successful projects are ongoing. Please watch this space and our email list and social media for future opportunities in Fall 2020.

Past opportunities

RiVAL, the ReImagining Value Action Lab, is pleased to announce its first project accelerator program for individuals or small independent groups who work at the intersection of art, activism, and critical theory.

We want to help you take an idea of for an “impossible” project and turn it into an actionable plan.

We support projects that actively challenge power and seek to change the world. These projects might be anti-capitalist, feminist, queer, abolitionist, or otherwise confront or reinvent society.

You must familiarize yourself with RiVAL’s orientation and activities before applying.

RiVAL will work with you for two weeks on intensive project development, and offer an honourarium of $1,000 (Canadian) at the successful conclusion of the residency.

Applications due April 20, residency begins May 4.

What is it?

RiVAL co-directors Max Haiven and Cassie Thornton will join you for a series of four one-hour online meetings, focused on helping you clarify and move forward on an exciting, ambitious project that you are enthusiastic about. We want you to try something that challenges you in new ways to offer a public something they don’t know they need in this time (or in coming times) of crisis.

In our meetings we will support you to refine your idea by offering our critical feedback and helping you plan how to secure and creatively use resources, including brainstorming funding streams and developing your networking strategies. This might include providing links to institutional partners and independent collaborators (including artists, activists, researchers, theorists, dancers, and curators).

At the conclusion of the two-week mini-residency, we will offer you an opportunity to present your project proposal and plan to peers and experts in an online talk.

Eligible projects

We wish to support projects (artistic, intellectual, and/or activist) that excite and mobilize the radical imagination, a force that seeks to overturn and reinvent the dominant institutions, habits, and power relations of society.

We want to accelerate your weirdest, most challenging and impolite socially transformative projects. We want you to create a storm of new revolutionary possibility from the depths of crisis.

This opportunity is open to people and groups around the world.

Our expectations of applicants