Awarded Grants

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221A Artist Run Centre Society

Standard Size

Since 1965, Vancouver's architectural direction could be defined as one 'without architects'. First, through the proliferation of the mass-produced, builder-designed 'Vancouver Special' houses in the 60s to 80s, then through the master-planned and developer-led creation of over one hundred podium-style condominium towers in Downtown Vancouver. Widely labelled 'Vancouverism' and lauded as a model for global urbanism, Vancouver is often referred to as one of the most livable cities and simultaneously one of the most unaffordable - a contradiction emerges. Ken Lum's "Standard Size" is comprised of a replica Vancouver Special scaled down in size based on the difference in property value from 1986 to present. The project reveals an ideology of globalization, where development is accepted as infinitely repeatable in any context or culture and notions of 'livability' are flattened into a global metric, in what Urbanist Andy Yan calls an 'insecurity of belonging'. Standard Size holds up a mirror to Vancouver's spatial commodification and simultaneously to a global reality.
$20,000.00
2014

Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society

Improving Okanagan Habitat Connectivity "Going from here to there"

Improving Okanagan Habitat Connectivity 'How do we get from here to there' is an educational outreach initiative that will provide the tools to understand and take action on the results and recommendations from the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy project and also to help the general public to understand why connected ecosystems and wildlife habitat corridors are an essential part of maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Okanagan region. Both the SOSCP and the OCCP are working on a Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for the Okanagan region. The strategy promotes a “big-picture” landscape view of the region and provides a framework for considering conservation options for entire ecosystems and watersheds that go beyond municipal or rural boundaries and includes all land-tenures. The project that we are presenting here forms part of the implementation of the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy.
$20,000.00
2014

Ballet Victoria Society

Ballet Victoria's Dracula

To open Ballet Victoria's 12th season, the company will create a new full-length narrative ballet based on Bram Stoker's classic gothic novel, Dracula. Ballet Victoria will create a unique score comprised of: modern music mixed by Jason King with special effects, a pair of commissioned sections (a tango by Ruy Boff and a classical section by Robert McBride) as well as a selection of works by Gustav Mahler, Arvo Part, and Knut Nystedt. The present-day setting and plot of this production will make it unique and more widely appealing. The demanding choreography will be rooted in classical ballet vocabulary (pointe work) with a strong emphasis on contemporary movement quality. As with the recent successful production of Frankenstein, Paul Destrooper's Dracula will incorporate humour and popular culture references in his effort to recount the story of the infamous vampire as he attempts to fit in new surroundings. Ballet Victoria strives to bring the highest technical and artistic quality to all its creations, as well as appeal to as wide audience and introduce many to the art form.
$20,000.00
2014

Boca del Lupo

Big Bad

The Vancouver International Children's Festival (VICF) is commissioning Boca del Lupo to create Big Bad, a deconstructed fairy tale for children and adults to experience together. Big Bad tackles the sensitive and complex issue of identifying danger in the modern age. Recognizing that the metaphors present in Little Red Riding Hood are very different for a parent than for a child, the performance will utilize technology such as synchronized split audio tracks and split screen video to provide very different experiences for parent and child even as they sit side by side. Working with child psychologist, Elizabeth McLaughlin, there will be sensitive and meaningful treatment of this important subject matter and the dynamic artistic team will bring an immersive world to life. Big Bad will be presented at the Revue Stage on Granville Island. Creation will take place over the course of 18 months. It is the final production phase starting in March 2015 that we are applying for in this application.
$20,000.00
2014

Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Ensuring Accessibility for British Columbians with Vision Loss

Canada is a prosperous and technologically advanced society yet many Canadians with vision loss are excluded from social and economic opportunities. The lack of skills training and support results in 65% unemployment of working age adults with vision loss and 50% earning less than $20,000 annually. The harsh reality is only 45% of blind or partially sighted Canadian children graduate high school compared to 90% of sighted kids. To tackle these challenges, CNIB Specialists train those with vision loss to access information using assistive devices. These devices coupled with the skills taught by CNIB Specialists increases self-reliance, personal capacity and the ability to be productive, contributing community members. Our project, Ensuring Accessibility for British Columbians with Vision Loss, ensures no one in our province with vision loss is denied the fundamental right to access information. With your support we will expand our stock of assistive devices to eliminate our wait list and meet the increasing demand for vision rehabilitation services and equipment in British Columbia.
$20,000.00
2014

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Welcoming Spaces Project

The development of our Community Council in 2013 initiated a process of more active involvement in the programming and running of the NH. Residents clearly identified that one of the things that set the NH apart within the many services offered in the DTES, was the fact that the NH embraced and welcomed them in a variety of capacities: member, visitor, contributor, programmer. Because of this exciting feedback we are mindful that our success lies in the critical dimension of allowing those involved to shape and control their lives in meaningful ways. Our projects engage a “many hearths theory” or a multiple small groups approach to build community capacity. We also recognize that healing is a necessary part of development in our community. Our project involves piloting program development through 6 key projects: 1. Support group for Fathers 2. Healing and wellness days 3. Support group on Death and Loss 4. Social Nights--outreach– Music/arts groups 5. Re-connection with Nature: Field Trips, Walking Groups 6. Social justice Indian Residential Schools Survivors’ Support Group
$20,000.00
2014

Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition

RESTORING WATERWAYS THROUGH HANDS ON ACTIONS, OUTREACH AND EDUCATION

Our proposed project will improve both Luckacuck Creek, Stewart Creek, and off-channel habitats in the Chilliwack River watershed through enhancing and restoring riparian and aquatic habitats along these watercourses. Coupled with these “shovels-in-the-ground” tree plantings and restoration activities, we will work with the landowners and the community to raise awareness and appreciation for the importance of watershed health. This will include community participation at planting events, and the promotion for the importance of stewarding local waterways. We will provide opportunities for community members to be involved in collecting, analyzing and understanding data on stream health. It is paramount to foster a sense of place, and care for waterways, wildlife and habitat especially during changing land-uses and increasing populations.
$20,000.00
2014

Gordon & Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists

Robert Davidson: Progression of Form

Robert Davidson is an internationally renowned multidisciplinary artist who is critically engaged in the contemporary arts and deeply rooted in Haida cultural expression. Davidson is a vital force in the Haida community and an advocate for First Nations culture, education, ceremony, politics and art and also shares cultural knowledge with broader multi-cultural communities. 'Robert Davidson: Progression of Form' is a multi-faceted project which will explore Davidson's latest artwork within the context of the current landscape of contemporary Canadian art and Davidson's cultural and artistic history. Comprised of a three-month art exhibition, an exhibition catalogue, programs, workshops & performances, the project will recognize the importance of the integration of the visual and performing arts and their intrinsic relationship with culture, ceremony, and Haida identity. The exhibition will showcase twenty of Davidson's most recent paintings, four epoxy-coated aluminum sculptures, two new masks, two totem poles and a house post to be finished specifically for the exhibition.
$20,000.00
2014

Hard Rubber New Music Society

Riot

Riot will be a live music/ video piece of the 2011 Vancouver Hockey Riot. We will use new and unique elements not used in any other show in Vancouver to our knowledge. We aim to treat the 2011 riots as a sociological phenomenon, something that was powerful, disturbing, intense and confusing. Woven into the fabric of the event will be interviews of UBC psychologists and sociologists to create context and theories about what lead to the riot, as well as reporters, bystanders and police to describe their perspectives. Brian Johnson will create visuals, John Korsrud, the music and Andrew Laurenson of Radix Theatre will design the look of the show. Possible venues are The Roundhouse, CBC Studio 40, the Vancouver Main Library Atrium and possibly the soon-to-be empty Main Post Office. The 2011 riots were a powerful BC event that gained attention around the world. But there has yet to be a documentary or an art piece made about this. We hope to convey the energy and the horror and the chaos of those few hours.
$20,000.00
2014

Kidd Pivot Performing Arts Society

Betroffenheit (working title)

From November 2015 to July 2015 Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre will work together to create Betroffenheit (working title), an ambitious, full-length work for six dancers and an actor that merges theatre and dance. The project was conceived through a shared desire between key creative collaborators, choreographer Crystal Pite and writer/performer Jonathon Young, to create a full-length stage work that fuses beautifully integrated design, technology, musicality, physicality, and story. The relatively large scale of the work will make it a unique creation in Vancouver's, and Canada's contemporary dance landscape. The project will be developed primarily in Vancouver throughout 2014-15. The completed piece will premiere in Toronto July 23 - 25, 2015 as part of PANAMANIA Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. The work will receive its Vancouver premiere in 2016, and will tour throughout Canada, and to the UK in spring of 2016. Kidd PIvot is seeking funding support from Vancouver Foundation for the phase of the project beginning in Jan. 2015.
$20,000.00
2014

Kitasoo Kitasoo Band Council

Community Energy

Our program supports member Coastal First Nations communities in achieving their clean energy goals. We do this by hosing a supportive 'community of practice' where local leaders learn from each other, have access to external resources on an as-needed basis, and record progress towards their implementation goals on an annual basis. This program is in its third year, and is working towards achieving the objectives of the Great Bear Clean Energy Action Plan (2011) and the updated Clean Energy Strategy (2014). This work is important as it supports a strong peer-to-peer program that helps local leaders be stewards of their environment while supporting their local economies, moving communities off diesel generators, and fostering community pride. The next two years of work will focus on engaging community memebres and famililes in each community on how to better use energy in their homes, saving money, reducing diesel generation, reducing local pollution, and improving personal and ecosystem health.
$20,000.00
2014

Mortal Coil Performance Society

The Faery Play

Mortal Coil has been invited to produce a site-specific theatrical production The Faery Play, by and at The Sharing Farm, a community farm in Richmond that grows food organically for the Food Bank and for community meals programs in the city. The Sharing Farm is an urban farm, where the public is encouraged to understand the importance of food and to have respect for the land, its creatures and the interaction of humans in the environment that they farm. The Faery Play's production will bring non traditional audiences to the property and introduce them to these issues. The Faery Play is a play designed for children and families where a child is stolen by one of a farm's resident fairies and must be found before she disappears forever into the fairy world. Utilizing puppets, site specific technique and live actors, the audience is led through the site and shares the secrets of the land and its residents through an accessible family entertainment. Each performance will create a community comprised of audience members who move through the farm learning and seeking together.
$20,000.00
2014

NEC Native Education College

Aboriginal Visual Arts Program

We completed our first Aboriginal Arts program, with a focus on Aboriginal Theatre, from January to March 2014. In May and June we are offering short courses on Drum-making and Drumming, Northwest Coast Wood Carving, The Art of Norval Morrisseau and Aboriginal Dance. We would like to offer a program of Aboriginal Arts in the fall, winter and spring semesters of the 2014-15 academic year. We have developed an Aboriginal Visual Arts course for the fall of 2014. The instructor has a PhD in Art Education and teaches Studio Arts and First Nations Studies for the Vancouver School Board. We would like to offer this course for at least 12 students with free tuition. This will be offered in the evening or on Saturdays. The Aboriginal Visual Art course promotes the acknowledgement of Aboriginal peoples as unique, individual artists, transcending stereotypes and fostering intercultural understanding.
$20,000.00
2014

New Works

The Sensationalists - Production Phase

The Sensationalists is a new collaboration between Vancouver-based theatre company Theatre Replacement and 605 Collective, who are together building a full-length dance work hrough a theatre-based creative process. The Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch) is a major partner in this work, presenting its premiere in May 2015. One of the central themes emerging from this project surrounds our innate human desire to feel more connected with those around us and share experiences with one another. Audience members will step into an immersive performance environment the moment they enter the venue. Using The Cultch`s lobby, hallways, stairwell, etc. in addition to the Historic Theatre stage, attendees will witness the work while moving alongside and around the performers, blurring the lines between performance and audience space. By implicating the audience and inviting them into closer proximity, this allows them to then become part of the choreography. The aim is to offer a performance event so deeply personal and inclusive, they feel changed as they exit the theatre.
$20,000.00
2014

Neworld Theatre Society

Doost

Neworld Theatre is seeking support for creative and skills-development collaboration between non-professional and professional artists. The project is centered around the development and presentation of a new work, Doost, led by playwright/director/community organizer Camyar Chai. This is a community-engaged collaboration with the Vancouver Sufi Centre and the Canadian Memorial United Church. Camyar Chai will work with the Vancouver Sufi Centre and 8-10 of its members, with involvement from professional actors, designers and dramaturge, to create a theatrical interpretation of Sufi teachings and poetry. The goal is to collaboratively create a text that investigates Sufi's universal themes of love and unity with a wider audience, and to encourage the development of specific theatrical and performance skills among the Sufi Centre membership. As Camyar works with the participants to create the piece, spiritual music in multiple forms - traditional and modern, eastern and western - will be woven into the script through a process of collaboration.
$20,000.00
2014

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Society

DIS/APPEARING CITY

DIS/APPEARING CITY is a creative residency and community engagement project involving two Netherlands-based artists Lotte van den Berg and Dries Verhoeven. The project includes a suite of immersive, site-specific works that play with notions of public space and our urban landscape (IMAGINARY CINEMA and FARE THEE WELL), as well as various outreach events and activities. DIS/APPEARING CITY explores questions of our personal versus collective experience of shared urban landscape, utilizing new audience/performer relations and aesthetic innovation. Much of van den Berg's work takes place in public spaces, eschews conventional dramaturgy for a cinematic poetry, and is often devised with non-professionals. Verhoeven's practice lies between theater and fine arts. Both are deeply concerned with the place - physical and otherwise - that the performing arts occupy in our world. Each holds the politics and nature of "perspective" as a central axis for their practice. They are widely considered to be two of the most articulate, thought-provoking and rigorous artists to be found anywhere.
$20,000.00
2014

Solo Collective Theatre Society

Local Play Development Program

This project has 3 components: 1) Dramaturgy/Workshops 2) Production 3) Continued Engagement. It's goals are simple: to commission new work that's meaningful to Vancouver audiences right now; to foster local playwrights and their creative process; and to connect with other community organizations that have a direct link to the issues our plays deal with. This year, we have commissioned award-winning, emerging playwright/actress Meghan Gardner to write a play called 'At Liberty' about four people stuck at gulf island island retreat during a storm, who are forced to face their own demons and prejudices. The play is inspired by true events and research into Narcissistic Personality Disorder. We have also commission established multi-disciplinary artist and founding member of Electric Company Theatre, David Hudgins. David is basing his play 'Small Parts' on his real life experience dealing with his mother's death from cancer. For complete synopses of both plays see attached 'Artist Statement of Support'. For info on the project's potential artistic achievement see attached letters.
$20,000.00
2014

Sources Community Resource Centres Society

Sources Connection Cafe and Catering

Sources Connection Cafe and Catering is an inter-generational cafe that melds youth and seniors in voluntary and work options in a cafe and catering setting. The cafe is located in South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre and is a social enterprise model. The idea for the cafe was originally born with the Semiahmoo Seniors Planning Team (a group of citizens and agencies) interested in advancing the needs of older adults. The idea has quickly been embraced by the South Surrey Child and Youth Committee, The City of Surrey, The YMCA (youth programs) and local schools (Elgin Park, Semiahmoo Secondary, Earl Marriot and the Learning Centre). On September 17th we are hosting an inter-generational dialogue at South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre to bring both groups together to talk about creating more opportunities of this type and also to discuss opportunities at the cafe. The cafe will also create community economic development and at the same time address the need to connect and reverse mentor the generations. Enhancing social connections will bring out the best in both groups.
$20,000.00
2014

The Bloom Group Community Services Society

Collective Impact for Mental Health and Addictions

$20,000.00
2014

The Cultch

Motherload

The Cultch is applying to support Motherload (a collective of six BC artists & mothers with a new show taking a personal look at contemporary parenting) by providing developmental support and by presenting the show in February 2015 as part of our season. The production will be an accessible dramatic comedy that can tour in the future. The production will be created from real life stories and will give an honest portrayal of the everywoman, searching for meaning in her life as a modern mom. It will address postpartum depression, career upheavals, and the isolation encountered upon becoming a member of the world's largest club. The content will be funny, heartbreaking, highly entertaining and ultimately accessible. Motherload's greatest success will lie in its roots; based on candid storytelling: the artists will investigate their secrets,their hopes and fears and reflect on what they have learned as parents.
$20,000.00
2014

Theatre for Living Society

maladjusted tour

The origin of 'maladjusted' was our deep relationship with health professionals. The Vancouver production (created and performed by mental health patients and caregivers) was so well received, we imagined a tour. Native and non-Native community and health organizations across BC/AB were so excited, we decided to proceed. Vancouver Foundation funds would be used for BC ONLY. The original creators and cast are all back (minus one who cannot tour). We will have two weeks to remount the production. The tour will be 19 events in 19 BC communities, (many VERY under-served), 8 events in 10 Alberta communities, and 11 events back in Vancouver: 2 previews at the Maritime Centre and 9 shows at the Firehall, plus a global, interactive webcast. Sponsors decide ticket price. In Van: $15 with 1,000 free vouchers for homeless. Who is served? Native and non-Native patients and caregivers; youth, people in poverty, the homeless, families, health professionals.
$20,000.00
2014

Tides Canada Initiatives

Good Food Solutions for BC

$20,000.00
2014

Village of Queen Charlotte

Humpback Whale Sculpture

This public art project will be a life-size, copper clad sculpture of the first third of a breaching Humpback Whale, over five meters tall. It will be constructed by Lon Sharp, the local artist who also created the giant ten meter coho salmon sculpture in neighboring Sandspit. It will be constructed using a yellow and red cedar framework, along with polyethylene tubing and will be sheathed in copper. The base will be cast concrete and steel, with stainless steel structural reinforcement and support for the long pectoral fin. This fin will likely be a magnet for climbing children, so structural integrity is as important as artistic excellence and community engagement. The sculpture will be installed in the middle of the Visitor Centre's interpretive garden, which is situated in the village's downtown core, adjacent to the gathering place we call 'Spirit Square'. Queen Charlotte's recently completed one km.long waterfront sea walk starts a few meters north of the sculpture site and continues south through Spirit Square, and then west along the waterfront.
$20,000.00
2014