Grants

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Indian Summer Arts Society

Taiké: An Inter-Cultural Arts Development Project

There’s a Punjabi word for First Nations people that is only used in Vancouver. It doesn’t exist in India, or even in Toronto, Winnipeg or Calgary. The word is taiké and it was used when First Nations and South Asian men worked and lived together at lumber mills. Taiké translates to mean ‘father’s elder brother’. According to cultural researcher Naveen Girn, “It speaks to the idea of cousins between First Nations and South Asians, but also this idea of shared ancestry.” (Source: Vancouver Courier) The relationships that early South Asian immigrants were able to establish with Indigenous peoples has largely been lost and little is known of its history. What is evident though, is a shared sense of community, of storytelling traditions, and of respect for cultural inheritance. This project seeks to renew and re-build that respect and sense of kinship, through developing opportunities for First Nations and South Asian artists to work collaboratively on artistic projects, with the intention of eventually culminating in an outcome at Indian Summer Festival. Development funding from the Vancouver Foundation will enable us to offer South Asian and First Nations artists the opportunity to spend time together, begin exploring what their collaborations might look like and come up with viable project plans. We aim to create one or more projects to fit into Indian Summer Festival’s omnivorous, multi-disciplinary curatorial approach.
$10,000.00
2016

Instruments of Change

Greenhorn Community Music Project (GCMP)

The Greenhorn Community Music Project (GCMP) provides an accessible weekly after school music program where youth of all ages work with amateur and professional musicians to play music, gain performance skills, create new compositions, perform in the community and become familiar with the inner workings of a working band. The objectives of the GCMP are to: - support youth leadership in the arts - remove barriers for youth involvement in artistic expression - provide an inclusive community-oriented space for people of all ages, cultures and socio-economic status to engage in the arts - build intergenerational connections through transfer of skills between musicians of all ages Young people collaborate in the development and implementation of the music project through relationship building, decision-making, project design and mentorship. The GCMP aims to explore creative collaboration across disciplines, cultures, generations and skill levels while giving participants the tools and the confidence to more effectively work together. The GCMP fosters creative engagement by highlighting that the audience can become the performer at any time by joining rehearsals and performances. The music project will initiate a cascade effect within the community, with people passing on learned skills to others, who do the same and thereby empowering people to realize that they don’t need to be ‘qualified’ or ‘special’ to participate in the creation of their own culture.
$10,000.00
2015

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

Youth Voices

Through the Lens: Immigrant Youth Perspectives is a youth-led project that will train 15-20 immigrant youth on film and video on themes of anti-violence, anti-bullying and healthy relationships. Youth will be 13-15 years old. The first phase of healthy relationship training will take place over a weekend retreat in December, 2013 followed by 10 weekly training sessions from January - March, 2014. The second phase of film and video technology and production skills will take place from February - March 2014 and over five half-day sessions during school spring break. During the school spring break the youth will design, film and produce the remaining 10 podcasts. The podcasts will be aired as weekly Internet TV episodes from March-May 2014. The project will be supported by up to five youth peer mentors and the Project Coordinator. The project will run from October 2013-June 2014. This project originated from feedback from youth, teachers, community service providers and local and provincial social issues. Consultations were held with teachers, youth, community service providers.
$10,000.00
2013

Island Mountain Arts Society

Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure is a gathering in Wells, BC for rural presenters and organizers of arts and culture with panels, workshops, round tables, networking opportunities and artist showcases. Northern Exposure will draw together individuals, festivals, organizations and artists to share ideas and knowledge on arts presentation and event organization, and to foster growth and support networks in the north and central interior. The program will cover such topics as: Building Audiences, Marketing, Financial Sustainability, Cultural Tourism, Funding, Sponsorship and Community Partnerships. Facilitated by Inga Petri, author of the seminal CAPACOA Study, “The Value of Presenting,” producers and organizers will be invited to give presentations outlining their challenges and successes in developing their projects. Learning from the expertise in the room, participants will be encouraged to share their personal experiences in roundtable discussions focusing on specific issues of interest. There will be intensive workshops, including on Friday with an all day workshop on “Audience development: A roadmap to engaged audiences and vibrant communities” and then on Saturday and Sunday with workshops on Marketing, Cultural Tourism, Funding and Working with Sound.
$10,000.00
2015

ITSAZOO Productions Society

Pipeline

Pipeline will be an original production created by some of Canada's leading artists based on Extract: The Pipeline Wars written by the Vancouver Observer. The question explored in the book is one that has been on the forefront of the minds of Canadians for years: should we allow Enbridge to build a pipeline to extract and ship oil from our country and what questions should we be asking about this complex issue? It has been difficult for the average citizen to gather all the information in order to understand the subject and formulate the right questions. Pipeline is an effort in gathering this information and questions it in human terms. The implications extend into bigger questions, the most profound being 'HOW ARE WE MEANT TO LIVE?'. Extract examines the environmental, social and economic effects of the potential pipeline and makes it a priority to represent a wide variety of individuals from different sides of the argument from first nations communities to Stephen Harper. We will animate these voices on stage in an attempt to illuminate this vital issue for the public.
$10,000.00
2013

"Debt" AKA "And One by One"

ITSAZOO Productions requests the financial assistance of the The Vancouver Foundation for the production of And One By One by Mackenzie Gordon. And One By One is a contemporary horror show inspired by the classic stories and poetry of Edgar Allen Poe. The script will be performed as a promenade play at The Roedde House Museum, located in Vancouver's West End. The show will take place in and around the house and is suited to an audience capacity of 15 patrons to maximize the intimacy of the piece and ensure the museum is maintained. And One By One will be a tight one-hour production that will run in the weeks leading up to Halloween 2011: October 19-22 and 25-31 with two shows per evening, at 7pm and 9pm, to maximize exposure. And One By One is ITSAZOO's first foray into horror, a genre that is rarely seen in the contemporary theatre landscape. This original script by emerging playwright Mackenzie Gordon is a combination of the stories and poems of Edgar Allen Poe, 1980’s slasher films, old radio dramas and haunted houses.
$10,000.00
2011

Judith Marcuse Projects Society

JMP: Futures Forward

Community-engaged arts for social change (ASC) are increasingly acknowledged around the world as potent and effective ways for communities to engage with diverse, often complex and challenging issues. The field of ASC has developed unique goals, methods, pedagogy and scholarship; Canada (and, particularly, Vancouver) are acknowledged leaders in this burgeoning arts practice.This project aims to advance the field by providing new resources, job opportunities, networking, research, and knowledge exchange opportunities for artists, community members, scholars and diverse changemakers working in agendas for positive social change through the arts.
$10,000.00
2017

Justice For Girls

Young Women and Girls Advocacy and Education Center

JFG will bring together community stakeholders, and in particular young women with experience of marginalization and homelessness in Vancouver, to shape our response to these systemic educational barriers. This community dialogue and current needs assessment will be organized and facilitated by a Project Team comprised of a JFG Team Leader, a Youth Advocate and 3-5 Youth Mentors who have experience of marginalization. The Develop Grant will fund this development process: 1. Apr.:Build Project Team *Training on girl’s rights, advocacy and accompaniment, interviewing skills, facilitating focus groups, leadership skills, public speaking, researching/analyzing data, etc. 2. May-Oct.:Engage Community *Stakeholder Engagement-conduct outreach, interviews, focus groups with "first voice" young women; their families; frontline youth, anti-violence and anti-poverty workers; educational and health professionals; Youth/ Women's/Aboriginal organizations, etc. *Research-current reports and promising practices nationally/internationally *Public Awareness-share learning through speaking engagements, writing, media, blogs, website, etc. with the intention of influencing public understanding, as well as educational policies, programs and training 3. Nov.:Create Project Plan *With the collected body of knowledge, create an innovative and strategic project plan with the goal of transforming the way we support and educate marginalized girls 2017: Test *Implement project plan and test
$10,000.00
2016

Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society

Mobilize Change for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

A Way Home is a committee led by youth with lived experience implementing Kamloops Youth Homelessness Action Plan. We have identified a two component project. The first is a launch event to release results from our Youth Homelessness Count – the first in Canada. Findings showed 56 youth currently homeless and 73 who experienced episodic homelessness. The event’s purpose is to educate public through the voices of youth providing recommendations for social change. The event would inspire a community movement pre-election. Youth will be involved in the planning and leadership. The launch event will engage everyone around youth homelessness and how to prevent it for youth aging out. The second component would be to hire a contractor to create a business plan on the Youth Count key recommendation: Safe Suite housing program. There is a significant need for Youth Housing First for youth ages 18-24 that are aging out of foster care and/or experiencing homelessness. In 2015, we completed a pilot of this model with 4 youth and limited staffing where we recognized the need for 24/7 staffing. Safe Suites would serve youth who need a supportive environment to stabilize and transcend homelessness. A contractor would complete a Safe Suites business plan from youth and community feedback and research.The plan would be used to engage provincial ministries and the private sector for funding sustainability. A Way Home would mobilize this plan in community to bring this project to life.
$5,500.00
2017

MY Place/Lived Experience Drop In Centre Life Skills development Program for Social Change

The innovation lies within the hearts and minds that know the crisis first hand - those with lived experiences. The challenge in implementing the innovation is twofold: 1) how do we move people in crisis that are tired and feel disenfranchised and move them to an environment of planning and implementing strategic and direct sociopolitical action and; 2) how do we, as a team of people with lived experience and those with socioeconomic privilege, come together and cause these different new relationships to form between these key stakeholder elements that sustain a campaign that makes systemic change on a municipal level possible and beneficial for all.Our project actions have to be innovative as to where, why and how those with lived experiences gather together for reasons other than daily survival (soup kitchens and \social service appointments), we come together as well for strategic reasons that bring us face to face with other entities that either don't understand the issues or have limited information that has been shared in a more sanitized version and approach. We must bring the truth of what we know and how we know this directly to the halls of power through presentations, workshops, panels and testimonies that dispel myths & stereotypes and foster awareness of the need for the collective responsibility and not individualize the reasons for the crisis.Finally,we must navigate and infiltrate the influential interconnected social systems and create a new flow of change.
$10,000.00
2017

Life Skills Development Project

The Life Skills Development Project (LSDP) consists of 2 key pieces: My Place, a weekly, drop-in based life skills and service navigation program resulting from a community-wide needs assessment; and the Life Skills Network (LSN), a group of community professionals working in the area of housing and life skills who come together to build working relationships, identify and address gaps in life skills programming, and oversee My Place. The life skills topics at My Place are facilitated by members of the LSN. Workshop topics range from to tenancy rights to communication to conflict resolution to budgeting, etc. The goal of the drop-in is to provide professionally facilitated, peer-driven discussion related to finding and maintaining housing, and improving quality of life. This structure allows clients to self-identify their needs in a safe, non-judgmental setting that they have ownership in. My Place also provides information about services in the community, and resources to assist individuals in reaching the support they need. A pilot stage of the LSDP has been completed and evaluated. Through this process, a refined product is being developed that supports collaboration and gives an active voice to our most vulnerable citizens. In the coming year, we hope to continue this success through a seamless transition from the project’s pilot stage, to a well-developed and sustainable program. We need to test our refined program and continue to develop it to meet community needs.
$10,000.00
2015

Karen Jamieson Dance

solo|soul

To fund year 3, the creation, production and performance stage of the new dance work solo|soul, bringing to fruition the in-depth research processes of the past 2 years solo|soul is a solo dance work to be created by and for Karen Jamieson. Choreography will be developed from the 2 year progression of dialogue with colleagues, engaging in a series of 'danced conversations' that involved the community in creating new research processes. The work is concerned with transformation from inside out, the body as a temporary garment, and the transition from muscular to energy body that is demanded by the process of aging. Karen Jamieson will perform and tour solo|soul starting in July 2014 throughout BC, Canada and Europe. -Time is running out for me. My body, the sole repository of rich dance experiences of a lifetime, is aging. Yet my understanding of the meaning and significance of the work that I have been doing these past years grows. There is a race going on “ to render this understanding into choreographic form before my body ceases to be an expressive vehicle." Karen Jamieson
$7,000.00
2013

Kelowna Art Gallery

Okanagan Boys & Girls Club in partnership with the Kelowna Art Gallery

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are dedicated to assisting their members gain access to experience and grow up to become all they can be. We know some of the youth accessing our programs at the Downtown Youth Centre face barriers to participating in something like art classes - something so many of us may take for granted. The partnership between the Kelowna Art Gallery and the OKanagan Boys and Girl Club, Downtown Youth Centre (and shelter) will help the partners remove those barriers and invest in youth's artistic growth and social development. By providing monthly art classes, hosted by professional artists, youth will be exposed to different forms of artistic expression in the forms of different approaches to art making and mediums. In addition, Youth will also be engaged in pre-scheduled community art workshops hosted by the Kelowna Art Gallery." We are hoping that the Kelowna Art Gallery can become a space where youth feel safe connecting, and trying something new, where they laugh at their failures, and blow their own minds" - Downtown Youth Centre Director; Sarah MacKinnon.
$5,000.00
2016

Preserves

Preserves is a community project that will explore the development of Kelowna and the history of the people who have shaped it. As Kelowna develops into a hub for the high-tech industry, and as the wine industry flourishes, the regions multicultural history is becoming less apparent. Our aim is to use art and technology to create a bridge among generations and ethnicities, such as the Aboriginal, Asian, and Indo-Canadian communities, and to explore the history of land use and development. The inspiration for Preserves came from a conversation with BC artist Maggie Shirley about the desire to hear and document people's stories and memories of the area. Kelowna's community is fragmented, and a project like Preserves would strengthen and maintain the spirit of tolerance and understanding in our city. This project will consist of an exhibition where works of art will be created by local artists who are paired with elders and individuals from various ethnic groups, community workshops to preserve objects in mason jars filled with clear gelatin, and use of augmented reality technology.
$8,291.00
2014

Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society o/a Rotary Centre for the

Dance Floor

We need to purchase a professional dance floor to improve the artistic experience for dancers of all skill levels and ages. The current situation is not satisfactory as our floor surface is painted black, although suitable for drama, it is not acceptable for dance as the black paint wears off and the dancers doing any type of floor work, as well as point shoes, become black from the paint which wears off as its used. We have tried many types of paint to come up with a multipurpose surface; there is not a solution that is workable. If we coat the paint with a clear varnish it becomes too slippery and unsafe. We estimate that the proposed dance floor will last 15 years with regular use and proper care.
$4,000.00
2011

Kesho Trust

Child and Nature Alliance

Child and Nature Alliance
$10,000.00
2010

KidSafe Project Society

KidSafe Food Program

Our Summer Food Program consists of providing food for up to 300 inner-city children every day during the entire eight weeks of their summer break. KidSafe provides nutritious food for breakfasts, lunches and snacks for five inner-city school program locations and hires five Food Coordinators who prepare the menus, do food preparation, provide nutritional information and do clean up at each of the KidSafe locations. We are in need of support to help offset the costs of Food Program for this summer to ensure that this service that children and families of innercity Vancouver have come to rely upon can be provided in the manner have grown accustomed to and take great comfort in. It is a small piece of their lives that provides them with some security in knowing that the children are safe and fed.
$10,000.00
2010

Kimberley Arts Council - Centre 64

Farm Fragments: An Installation by Jean Pederson

The installation Farm Fragments uses fragments from the past and present social fabric of rural Canada, including parts of the artist’s family farm (linoleum, doors and windows, molding, shingles, etc.), old receipts, photographs, Polaroid transfers, and original paintings and collages by the artist depicting all that is left of a century of farming on the Prairies. A video made by the artist will be projected in an adjoining room. Under the guidance of a professional consultant, the organizing committee will learn new techniques in preparing, organizing, and hosting a major exhibition.
$5,000.00
2011

Kimberley Summer Theatre Society

Kimberley Summer Theatre 2013 Season

Kimberley Summer Theatre (KST) is moving in a bold new artistic direction in 2013, presenting an adult-oriented comedy and adding a large-scale musical to our summer programme. Our upcoming season will run from July 9 through August 17 and will include 21 performances of Self-Help, a farce by acclaimed Canadian playwright Norm Foster, in the 120-seat theatre at Centre 64 and nine performances of the Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptation of The Wizard of Oz at McKim Theatre, which seats over 500. The Kimberley Summer Theatre School will once again run two month-long instructional camps, one for students aged 7 to 10 years, and one for students aged 11 to 14 years, from July 16 through August 11. The 2013 season will be overseen by experienced producer Tony James of Victoria. Local director Tanya Laing-Gahr will direct Self-Help, and Truus Verkley, artistic director at Puddle of Mud Productions, will direct The Wizard of Oz. Students in the KST School, along with members of the Kimberley Dance Academy and other local youth, will be cast in auxiliary roles in The Wizard of Oz
$10,000.00
2013

Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre

Exploring/Creating Models in Inter & Multi Generational Child Care

We would like to use a development grant to hire a child care systems analyst to create a business plan in order to offer Inter and Multi Generational Child Care within the Kitsilano Community Centre. This will include researching and presenting required building upgrades, licensing, staffing, accreditation requirements, training, support, and methods of volunteer recognition.
$10,000.00
2015

Kitty Cat PAL Prevent A Litter Society

Healthy Holding Cages for Intake and Adoption Areas

To increase our capacity to accept cats in need into our Society while providing the best care possible which includes isolating new intakes that appear ill from new intakes that appear healthy. In 2014 we would like a much needed isolation room to be roughed in and finished, in the same manner as our intake room was in 2013. The part of this project we are applying to Vancouver Foundation for is for the longer-term stay holding cages, as well as the 2 of the same cages for adoption areas, as sometimes the kitties will be staying more than a week in the cages and we want to provide a healthy environment for them. With large, multi-level, easy to sanitize cages, this new equipment will increase our ability to care for the cats, increase the cats’ welfare while they stay in the cages which in turn aids the “show quality” of adoptable kittens. Often, irritability in kittens that can’t play and climb is an obstacle that inhibits adoptions. These new cages will help our Society’s overall community image and help overall capacity building.
$4,475.00
2013

Marketing and Fundraising collateral creation

To date, the society's collateral visual materials have been hand-made by volunteers and last less than one year before they tear or break. We would like to have a few key pieces of signage professionally produced so that they will last years in aid of the long term capacity of the society to reach the community. Key Signage is needed, such as sandwich boards and rigid plastic banners announcing our presence at community events, durable tabletop display boards to feature what we do, and professionally produced pamphlets that the public can take home as reference. Also, There have been requests by schools and service societies for presentations from the society in order to increase fundraising activities. We would like to have produced a short informative documentary video about the society, what our volunteers do and the needs of the cats in our community. This video can be accompanied by a distribution of kid-friendly magnets in schools, so that they can take home something about the society and put it on the fridge, increasing the exposure of the society to the entire household.
$5,200.00
2012

Kiwassa Neighbourhood Services Association

Neighbourhood Love Letters

Neighbourhood Love Letters (LL): an arts-based community engagement process connecting youth-in-and-from care (YIC) with residents in Hastings-Sunrise & Grandview-Woodlands to harvest the deep, unspoken seeds of belonging that make up a neighbourhood , and reflect the spirit of neighbourhood back to itself, in it’s own words, illustrated in shared public spaces. Supported by Corrina Keeling, Lead Artist, Diego Cardona, Youth Coordinator and Vicki Li, Volunteer Coordinator, a spring and summer engagement process for resident volunteers, inclusive of a group of youth-in-care, gain skills in art installation and community-directed inquiry, and interact at multiple points along the way, including meeting in person, contributing to the LL Scrapbooks, and witnessing the fruits of their own dialogue through temporary sidewalks and street installations in the neighbourhood. Fall harvest of scrapbook writings and photo documentation of sidewalk/street installation will form the basis of an arts exhibit and dialogue between youth and adults. LL will work w youth through networks including VACFSS-CRUW, Urban Butterflies, Youth Matters, Templeton CST, RISE, Roving Leaders. Importance of connections & social capital for all people is well-documented. Weaving YIC connection to and aspirations for place and home with those of other residents will provide a tangible, beautiful record of community affection and dialogue, & insight into strengthening connections in place.
$9,900.00
2017

Kokoro Dance Theatre Society

Downtown Eastside Artistic Community Outreach

This is a capacity building project to increase the participation of DTES artists and groups in using our studio spaces and in attending events that take place there. This project is connected to a sustainability issue that we face in operating the new cultural spaces. We have completed a draft business plan with consultant Linda Gorrie that identifies the financial challenges we will have in covering the overhead costs of operating the facility. Since our intention is to make KW Studios affordable and accessible to marginalized artists and groups in the DTES, we need to have a better understanding of the numbers of potential DTES users, their specific needs, and their financial capabilities, or lack thereof, toward contributing some cost returns, and the potential amount of time their use would entail. This will establish a target financial goal for providing partial or complete subsidies for those with artistic projects that could benefit from access to our physical resources. The facilities consist of a 1,050 sq.ft. dance studio adjacent to the Woodward's Atrium, a 3,802 sq. ft. basement production and recording studio, and a 450 sq. ft. meeting/workshop room on the 2nd floor. To find out what we need to know, we plan to hire a consultant with knowledge of the DTES community.
$6,500.00
2016

Kootenay Animal Assistance Program Society (KAAP)

KAAP's Focus on Kootenay Ferals

Our project is to physically assist and educate local people who have a 'feral cat' (unsocialized, not able to be touched by people, unfixed) problem. People are noticing feral cats who have been abandoned in their area/property/barns, but have not been addressing the problem immediately. They wait until they start seeing kittens, and then wait some more until they start seeing kittens of kittens, and then start asking for help. The local animal shelters will not assist in trapping these cats and may not assist in planning for them. KAAP volunteers will provide equipment, instructions, physical set up, spay/neuter surgery for healthy cats, aftercare, and relocation to suitable habitats. We also provide education and referral services in the community, via our web site www.homes4animals.com, central communications phone number (250-551-1053), and personal contact/site visits.
$4,133.00
2010

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