Combating Hate, Advancing Inclusion

Image source Michaëlle Jean Foundation

May 20th, 2017 — Youth from Muslim communities living across Canada, aged 15 to 30, are invited to submit proposals for a digital video production to be part of a travelling 4th Wall video art exhibition project entitled Combating Hate, Advancing Inclusion. Proposals can be for videos containing other art forms including dance, animation, spoken word, and visual art.

Ten submissions will be selected by a jury to be part of this ground-breaking exhibition on Muslim youth to be presented at the “Beyond Labels” 2017 Human Rights Symposium of the Canadian Human Rights Commission in September 2017, alongside other venues in Canada.

Each of the 10 winning submissions will receive:

  • A $1,000 award;
  • Up to $250 to cover the cost of materials needed to create the artwork;
  • Unprecedented visibility at high profile venues in Ottawa and Toronto.

The proposed artwork must articulate a vision of Canada’s diverse identity and offer suggestions on ways to foster the full inclusion of Muslim youth in Canadian society.

Submit Your Artwork


  • Strength of concept related to theme of exhibition;
  • Visual appeal;
  • The narrative;
  • Size: works must be in high-definition digital video format, no less than 720p (1280 × 720), but preferably 1080p (1920 × 1080).


  • This video art competition is open to youth from Muslim communities, aged 15 – 30 residing in Canada;
  • Individual artists and collaborative artist groups can submit proposals, but the lead artist for a collaborative group must be between the ages of 15 – 30; and
  • Staff of the sponsoring organizations are ineligible.

Submission Guidelines

Artists must submit examples of their past artwork and a proposal for a new piece to be created for the exhibition, or a description of an existing piece of art that fits with the themes of the exhibition. The following outlines the necessary materials to be submitted.


  • 3-5 digital images or video clips of artwork completed by the applicant (school artworks are acceptable);
  • Letter of recommendation and, if applicable, press clippings.

Proposed Artwork on the Theme

  • Proposed project to be completed, in the form of an outline or a storyboard, for original artwork focused on diverse identities in Canada, along with strategies to foster the full inclusion of Muslim youth in Canadian society;
  • A statement of intent by the artist describing the project (maximum 250 words);
  • The title of the proposed artwork, a description of the material(s) to be used, the approximate duration, and digital format.

How to Enter

  • Complete the online form at
    • If you are submitting work as a group, send from one email account only. If you use more than one email, we will disqualify your entry. The lead artist on the project must be between the ages of 15-30 years.


Submit by August 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM (Pacific).

Artist Agreement with Lead Partners

You must give the project’s lead partners—Michaëlle Jean Foundation, Vancouver Foundation, Silk Road Institute, National Council of Canadian Muslims—permission to reproduce your work and modify the image. When you submit work, it means you accept the terms and conditions of this project.

Read the Terms and Conditions.

Questions? Want more info?

Please contact for further information.

About the project

The “Combating Hate, Advancing Inclusion” project is supported by major partnerships and sponsors:

Lead partners and sponsors
Michaëlle Jean Foundation
Vancouver Foundation

Other Lead Partners
Silk Road Institute
National Council of Canadian Muslims

Edmonton Foundation
Oakville Foundation
Winnipeg Foundation
Canadian Human Rights Commission
Toronto-Nuit Blanche

Community Partners
AMAL Quebec
Arts Network for Children and Youth
The Canadian-Muslim Vote
The Institute for Research and Education on Race Relations
Muslim Link

The 4th Wall: Make the Invisible Visible is a Michaëlle Jean Foundation initiative, with the collaboration of several prestigious museums and art galleries.