IBBY Canada invites published Canadian children’s book illustrators to apply for the annual Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program. The 2022 program in October will be primarily online, with some in-person sessions at the Toronto Public Library North York Central Branch. The deadline for applications is Wednesday June 15.
The Illustrator in Residence program, launched in 2013, offers a published Canadian children’s book illustrator a month-long residency at a public library. The selected illustrator receives $5,000. Illustrators who’ve applied in previous years are welcome to apply for the 2022 program.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The annual Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program, launched in 2013, offers a published Canadian children’s book illustrator a month-long residency at a public library. The programming includes hands-on art activities for Grade 2 to 6 students, presentations to high school and college art students, evening sessions for adults, and individual portfolio reviews for artists and art students.
The previous Illustrators in Residence have been Martha Newbigging, Patricia Storms, John Martz, Dianna Bonder, Ashley Barron, Nahid Kazemi, Diego Herrera (Yayo) and Soyeon Kim. The program honours Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), whose books include Plain Noodles, Emily’s House and Doctor Kiss Says Yes, and is a joint project of IBBY Canada, Toronto Public Library, and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, sponsored by Joanne Fitzgerald’s family (Robert Young and Laura Young).