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DTES artists showcase their art

May 22, 2012

Vancouver Foundation and Carnegie Community Centre are co-sponsoring a group show of 48 emerging artists from the Downtown Eastside:

May 22 , 2012 — Vancouver Foundation and Carnegie Community Centre co-sponsor a group show of 48 emerging artists from the Downtown Eastside. The artists are part of Vancouver Foundation’s Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grants program, which funded a total of 67 artists this past year with grants of up to $1,000 each to develop their artistic and business practice.

Forty-eight of these artists will show their art or perform during the opening celebration. Their work will be on display at Gallery Gachet from May 25 to June 3.

“We are proud to continue supporting artists in the downtown eastside, in partnership with the Carnegie Community Centre,” says Faye Wightman, President and CEO of Vancouver Foundation. “We know the downtown eastside is home to many artists. We also know that a small amount of money can make a big difference in someone’s career. So I’m very pleased to announce that our Board has approved a third year of funding, which will take this vital program into 2013.”

Modelled after the Foundation’s successful Neighbourhood Small Grants program, the DTES Small Arts Grants program supports a variety of artists at different stages in their career. Some, who are just starting out, need help with the process of applying for grants. Others use their grant to expand their portfolio, or organize an important show that will take their career to the next level.

For more information on the DTES Small Arts Grants Program, visit

With more than 1,400 funds, and assets of almost $750 million Vancouver Foundation is Canada’s largest community foundation. Since it was founded in 1943, Vancouver Foundation, in partnership with its donors, has distributed more than $830 million to thousands of community projects and programs.

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