Call for Participation for Indigenous Performing Artists and Organizations

Linked Digital Future, an initiative led by the Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA), is looking to improve the visibility and representation of the performing arts in Wikidata as we enter a digital future.

A necessary part of this work is to better understand how to accurately and respectfully represent information about IBPOC artists and their practice. Our first step is to consult meaningfully with Indigenous Performing Artists across Canada. What factors do we need to recognize in order to appropriately represent these communities in the web of data?

We are calling Indigenous performing artists and organizations to participate in group consultations with our small team. The goal of the session is to understand what is working and not working for Indigenous artists and organizations when populating information about your practice, work, and artist profiles into Wikidata.

The sessions are 2 hours long and will involve the following:

  • Reviewing Wikidata entries of Indigenous artists to see if Wikidata provides the ability to accurately represent Indigenous performing artists
  • Considering some key research questions around items of concern that have already been flagged to us.
  • Discussion about terminology related to identity, artistic practice, disciplines, and works.
  • Potentially exploring recommendations and solutions from the group as a whole.

How to Apply

To apply for this opportunity, please fill out this expression of interest form by midnight on October 25th 2021.

We will be responding to selected applicants by October 27th 2021 with your confirmed session.

We will be conducting the consultations via a video call, during which you will have the opportunity to actively participate as we walk through the process together. We hope you will provide candid feedback throughout the session.

Our expected timeline is to book all the group consultation sessions between November 3rd – November 10th 2021.

The fee paid for the consultation session is $150 which is e-transferred once the session ends.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please send them to

If you are interested in this opportunity, we are happy to provide accessibility, translation, or other accommodations to ensure that you may participate in the consultation session. 

If you have questions about this opportunity, please send them to and we will post responses to the call’s FAQ’s here for the reference of all artists.


What is Linked Digital Future?

The Linked Digital Future initiative seeks to enhance the discoverability of the performing arts. Our goal is to help the sector leverage the potential of new linked data technologies and to foster collaboration along the performing arts value chain.

What is CAPACOA?

The Canadian Association for the Performing Arts/l’Association canadienne des organismes artistiques (CAPACOA) is a national arts service organization for the performing arts touring and presenting community. CAPACOA represents and serves more than 150 professional for-profit and not-for-profit presenters, festivals, presenter networks, artistic companies, agents, managers and other stakeholders working across the presenting and touring sector in Canada. Collectively, our network members represent nearly 2000 professional and volunteer organizations, associations and companies.

What is Wikidata?

A free, open, multilingual knowledge base. Wikidata was designed to hold information about pretty much everything. But can it meaningfully and respectfully represent information about Indigenous artists and their practices? That’s what we would like to figure out with you.