Grants

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Amy Ferguson Institute

KHAOS, the opera

KHAOS is a re-imagining of the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone set in a contemporary world of climate change and looming global catastrophe. KHAOS asks the question, ‘What if Persephone were prevented from returning from the underworld to console her mother? Would Demeter’s continuing grief and despair end life on Earth as we know it?’ This is a request for funding of the premiere production and touring.
$30,000.00
2011

Aventa New Music Society

Marilyn, Anyone can see I love you

This opera is based on aspects of the life of actress Marilyn Monroe, with libretto from BC author and poet, Marilyn Bowering. It examines Marilyn Monroe’s intellectual and emotional relationship to death and love. As the work progresses, the performance interweaves what is taking place on stage with the trajectory of Monroe’s life through relationships, fame and myth.
$30,000.00
2011

Belfry Theatre Society

Island of Hope

We are seeking support for the commissioning of a large-scale musical by the local award-winning team of playwright Jacob Richmond and composer Brooke Maxwell (Ride the Cyclone). Titled Island of Hope, this is a unique project based on a true 'stranger than fiction' story that addresses the dire consequences of environmental degradation and the depletion of natural resources.
$40,000.00
2014

British Columbia Library Association

BC Books Online: Delivery of an eBook Collection to BC Libraries

The BC Books Online consortium aims to deliver a collection of BC published books in e-book format to every public, academic and school library in the province. In partnership with the Association of Book Publishers of BC, BC Books will hire staff to create marketing and information packages for the libraries, work with publishers and writers to develop terms of trade, and develop a program to sustain the project over time, ensuring access to the BC Books Online collection across the province and creating a significant literary legacy.
$30,000.00
2011

Campbell River & District Museum & Archives Society

Our Culture and History Go Mobile

The Grand Foyer of the Museum overlooks Discovery Passage, a waterway rich in First Nations and marine history, coastal lifestyles, unique landmarks and natural features. It highlights Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuuchalnulth and Coast Salish cultures as well as logging, fishing and coastal life styles. This project will place a user-activated, large screen kiosk, akin to an ‘IPod on wheels’ in the foyer. It will offer layers of interpretation with interview clips, slide shows, video clips, narration and images, both archival and current, grouped by thematic icons. Custom programming would allow for easy updating and adding of content or images.
$35,000.00
2011

Chemainus Theatre Festival Society

The Discovery Series (the Series)

The Discovery Series is a dynamic, diverse season of theatre for youth and family audiences, presented by Chemainus Theatre Festival Society. Munsch Ado About Nothing celebrates the work of Robert Munsch in Shakespearean style. The Remarkable Emily Carr partners with Victoria playwright Susan Shillingford. Wilde Holiday Shorts engages local artists and students in creating a 45-minute image-rich work based on Oscar Wilde’s short stories. The Society aims to demonstrate a strong commitment to local audiences and developing new work.
$40,000.00
2010

City Opera Vancouver

Pauline: A new chamber opera

Pauline is a new chamber opera, built for eight singers in 14 roles, and an orchestra of seven. It addresses issues of identity, national and intimate. This is librettist Margaret Atwood's first opera and composer Tobin Stokes' fifth. It is set at Vancouver in the last week in the life of Pauline Johnson (1861-1913). Shifting between a shattered present and a vivid past, Pauline examines her identities as poet and entertainer, white and Mohawk, independent woman and desperate lover. Figures from her life move in and out of her consciousness and portray Pauline Johnson as a great, tragic, and essential Canadian artist. In Pauline, Atwood deploys material from Johnson's poems, letters, and essays. The genius of her libretto lies in its fusion of Johnson's 19th Century voice with Atwood's 21st Century voice. Pauline is a deeply Canadian statement of who we are, and who we are becoming. Over a century ago, Pauline Johnson was leading a life of independence and vision that we are just beginning to understand. It turns out she was one of us today.
$30,000.00
2013

Elektra Women's Choir

Celebrating Women Composers

With 29 years of leadership, 13 CDs, over 70 commissions, and a strong reputation in international choral circles, Elektra is in a position of influence regarding performances, recordings, and promotion of all of its repertoire. Over the next three seasons, starting in 16/17 ( 30th Anniversary), we plan to promote the work of women composers through the proposed project with a goal to changing attitudes and doing our part in improving the percentages described above. We will raise awareness of six women composers whose music will be sung by Elektra. Our plan increases real, professional employment for the composers (paying them commissioning fees for new works) while also involving them with young women, the general community of composers, and choral audiences. The project involves both commissioning new works and promoting the body of repertoire already written by selected women composers. It exists both within the choir’s regular concert season (our highest profile public performances), in recording projects (professional recordings that will result in music available on iTunes and streaming services), music publishing (through the Elektra Women’s Choir series on Cypress Choral Music), online and live interviews with the composers, residencies to enable “live” interaction, enhanced profiles and score descriptions on the choir’s www.elektra.ca/repertoire/ tool, and integration with Elektra’s outreach programs with youth (2 programs) and young professionals (1 program)
$31,950.00
2016

Health Arts Society

Beethoven, Bob and Borealis in BC

In this project the distinguished pianist Robert Silverman and British Columbia's principle string quartet, the Borealis String Quartet, will be undertaking a substantial series of concerts across British Columbia in 2013. It is the intention that the Society look for opportunities for these performers to play public concerts as well as to play two hundred 45-minute concerts in residential care environments. The performers have expressed a keen interest in undertaking these concerts. The Society has established a relationship with the homes to which these programmes will be provided and anticipates an average of forty attendees at each concert. In 200 concerts, an audience of 8,000-10,000 will be reached.
$30,000.00
2012

Kamloops Art Gallery

Luminocity

As part of the KAG's mandate to bring art, artists and communities together, it proposes to organize an event for residents to take pride in the creative energies and achievements of their city. From October 31 to November 8, 2014, the KAG will present Luminocity, a week-long public art project featuring video projection and new media works in public spaces located throughout the downtown core of Kamloops. This new offsite initiative will broaden the scope of the Gallery's audience to engage new communities and expose the public to innovative new media works by contemporary artists. Luminocity is a critical forum for independent media arts regionally, nationally and internationally and provides artists a public platform in which to present their projects. The selection of artworks and events will evoke the overall theme of light and dark/sound and time and are linked critically through an interest in bridging traditional and contemporary cultural forms and an underlying examination of the constant flow commodities through the movement of goods and people and its impact on our city.
$36,500.00
2014

Kokoro Dance Theatre Society

The Book of Love

The Book of Love will include an initial creative period from Sept.8, 2014 to June 27, 2015 and a final creative period between Sept.7, 2015 to Dec.5, 2015. We are commissioning Vancouver composer Jeffrey Ryan (http://jeffreyryan.com/) to write a score for clarinet, bass clarinet, viola, and violoncello, and commissioning UK artist Jonathan Baldock (http://jonathan-baldock.com/) to create a set and costumes for the work that will feature choreography by Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi for six dancers. The Book of Love continues our interest in interdisciplinary collaborations and will result in a seriocomic production rich in kinetic, visual, and musical textures. Our audiences will be a mixture of patrons who enjoy unorthodox dance, music, and art. The premiere performances with take place during a two-week run of 8 to 10 performances at the Roundhouse from Nov. 23, 2015 to Dec. 5, 2015. This project had its genesis with musical collaborations with Jeff Ryan between 2004 and 2007. An impromptu collaboration in January, 2014 led to our interest in working with Jonathan Baldock.
$30,000.00
2014

MISCELLANEOUS Productions

Kutz & Dawgs BC Regional Tour - Year One

Tour, HD video documentation, free webcast/screenings, evaluation with Social Psychologist Dr. George Tien. Reach larger audience in cities where gangs flourish and provide youth artists with professional tour experience. Our professional team and performing arts youth will co-lead theatre, dance and hip hop music workshops and film screenings for at-risk youth in Surrey, Kelowna and Prince George with facilitated discussion and work with UBC Okanagan Theatre Department to present events with and for students and faculty. Tour will develop artistic skills of professional team and youth cast, show leadership and innovation in community-engaged theatre and open doorways to arts careers. Professional HD video crew will document/edit Kutz & Dawgs performances. Screenings/webcasts presented before each workshop. Social media will enable youth audience members to communicate with performers and professionals, interaction with fans, workshop participants, students and access to urban music from our play. In 3 cities, will set up a larger tour of the play in 2013 - 2014 for Year 2.
$30,000.00
2012

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

Japanese Canadian Museum Collections Community Outreach Project

The Japanese Canadian National Museum will undertake important community outreach and collaboration programs to preserve Japanese Canadian history and culture. Japanese Canadian elders are very concerned that their history be preserved, and the human rights abuses suffered during the forced evacuations of the Second World War not be forgotten. The Museum will work with volunteers in Vancouver, New Denver and Kamloops to catalogue and scan photographs and documents, and make them available to all Canadians, researchers and students through the JCNM’s online database.
$33,000.00
2011

Other Guys Theatre Company Society

Good Timber - Songs and Stories of the Western Logger

Good Timber is a live, musical theatre revue inspired by the logging poetry of Robert E. Swanson. The Other Guys have brought together a stellar cast of actor/musicians who have developed Swanson’s work into songs and dramatic readings. Visual artists will create a multi-media stage environment and the show will be performed against a unique and rarely seen collection of archival film and photography from the Royal BC Museum archives.
$30,000.00
2010

Playwrights Theatre Centre

The PTC Associates Program

This program helps practicing playwrights of exceptional ability and unique imagination develop important new work for the Canadian theatre. For three years, six selected writers will receive creative and professional support, including a writing stipend in the second year. The writers will have access to directors, dramaturges, and actors to help develop their work. The outcome will be six new plays whose writers have made significant inroads to production.
$30,000.00
2010

PuSh International Performing Arts

Vancouver 125th Anniversary Suite

To commemorate Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary, the PuSh Festival plans a suite of contemporary works involving local and foreign artists, commissions and adaptations of iconic works. The project will explore questions of identity, memory, urban politics and experience. It involves six separate works: City of Dreams, PodPlays, Complaint Choir, Portraits in Motion, Bonanza (Colorado) and Iqaluit. Collectively, these works are characterized by community engagement and collaboration, and will be presented in the 2011 PuSh Festival.
$40,000.00
2010

Queer Arts Festival

When the Sun Comes Out: a new opera by composer Leslie Uyeda & poet Rachel Rose

Pride in Art is applying for funding for Canada's first lesbian opera: When the Sun Comes Out, by Leslie Uyeda and Rachel Rose. Directed by Robert McQueen, of the Vancouver Opera's acclaimed First Nations Magic Flute, this chamber opera stars soprano Teiya Kasahara, starring as Queen of the Night in the Vancouver Opera's upcoming Magic Flute remount, mezzo-soprano Shirin Eskandani, and baritone Joel Klein. Commissioned through the Canada Council and the BC Arts Council, the opera received a first workshop at QAF 2012, receiving a sold-out house and a standing ovation. The artists have outdone themselves, and created an exceptional work that is passionate, moving, troubling and thought-provoking, aligned perfectly with both the social and the artistic facets of our mandate. We ask the Vancouver Foundation to help fund the second stage of workshopping, the fully staged premiere at QAF 2013. With the help of our partners, we are planning significant community outreach programs through public discussions and an online memory project to raise awareness about homophobia around the world.
$35,000.00
2012

Realwheels Society

Act of Faith

We believe that theatre has the power and capacity to bring about social change, through the empathic understanding that results from audiences’ experience of and exposure to the ‘other’. Despite comprising approximately 14% of the Canadian population, one of the challenges of living with a disability is simply being seen. This project will challenge the stereotypical experience of people who use wheelchairs as invisible to society and culture. We propose that the Vancouver Foundation support the development and production of a new play. We have commissioned award-winning playwright Janet Munsil to write ACT OF FAITH, a play inspired by the true story of the inexplicable recovery from paraplegia by a Vancouver teacher/dancer, after 13 years of life in a wheelchair. We will contract a cast comprised of a combination of performers with disabilities and able-bodied performers. Foundation funding will support laboratory exploration of a new, hybrid art form and its realization in production. By employing mixed-ability (or ‘integrated’) wheelchair dance as a means of storytelling, we will find alternatives to the usual pattern of storytelling, a departure from habitual forms. Our process will test the capacity for integrated dance to challenge stereotypes of disability as a negative experience. This is a compelling and innovative way to push the boundaries of theatre, and has the correlated benefit of shifting audience perceptions of disability in a completely new way.
$35,000.00
2017

Richmond Gateway Theatre Society

Gateway to the Pacific Festival

The inaugural Gateway to the Pacific Festival will be a showcase of world-class contemporary theatre from Hong Kong. Over 10-days in August 2014, the Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC will present 3-plays that will be performed in Cantonese with English surtitles. Concurrent with this programming will be the Gateway Pacific Conservatory, a professional development program comprising professional actors from across Canada. Future iterations of the Gateway to the Pacific Festival will see the addition of programming in Mandarin with English surtitles. The Gateway to the Pacific Festival originated as part of the Gateway 15-year plan, titled Gateway 2028. Over the next 15-years, Gateway Theatre will develop programming that is more connected to the cultural landscape of the City of Richmond. The Gateway to the Pacific Festival is an integral component to the start of our new vision for our theatre. The festival is needed in our community because as the only professional theatre company based in Richmond, we have a responsibility to celebrate our city's cultural diversity.
$35,000.00
2013

Theatre Conspiracy

Victim Impact

Victim Impact examines the Samji Ponzi scheme involving $110 million & over 200 victims – mainly the elderly in Surrey’s South Asian community.  Over two years, the project will fuse investigative journalism, community engagement, media and inter-disciplinary theatre. With direct community engagement in the creation, the project is a catalyst for education and outreach.. Engagement consist of: Research: Ongoing process attending court trials/hearings; interviewing victims & key players including lawyers, regulators, psychologists and victim support groups; sourcing/ analyzing of documents (transcripts; judgments; media, legal & accounting reports); research into financial law and practices.   Creation: October 2017 workshop - two weeks with artists of diverse practices, staged reading with community feedback session.   Podcasts: Five 35-45 min. episodes of interviews and dramatizations: Through the Samji case examine the causes of fraud; educate & provide context to recognize fraud; destigmatize victims; facilitate support networks; encourage participation in future episodes, workshops and theatre attendance.   Performance/ Events: Workshop Production Performance (PTC, 2017) and The Cultch Premiere Performance (Spring, 2018) will include community activities such as: Open rehearsals, post-show talks, a facilitated public forum by experts on financial law; facilitating dialogues with victim services; address the social stigma & its effects on families/ communities.
$40,000.00
2017

Foreign Radical

Development and production of the play Foreign Radical, with workshop and presentation in July 2014 and a full production in March 2015. Foreign Radical is a play by Tim Carlson that takes a deep look at the value of privacy in the age of cyber-surveillance and online censorship. With elements of documentary, drama, participatory game play and online presence the work seeks to establish an intensely personal relationship with the audience, asking hard questions about privacy and security. The production plan follows on a year of development funded by BCAC Innovations, a BCAC writing grant to Tim Carlson and Canada Council multi-year project support, which included research with the Citizen Lab at the UofT, a workshop in at the UofT Drama Centre and three weeks of creation including a three-night studio showing in December 2013. In July, 2014, we will further develop the play in a residency at the Cultch and present three shows at the Your Kontinent Film and Media Arts Festival in Richmond, and produce a nine-show run following three weeks of rehearsal in April 2015.
$30,000.00
2014

Theatre SKAM Association

Shop Talk

Shop Talk is a new play that examines sexual politics in the work place. The performance takes place in a 10,000 sq. ft. working construction shop where the audience witnesses a dozen carpenters constructing and assembling a set for an opera. The action of the play follows Sarah, the protagonist, as she navigates this male-dominated work space. As we watch, jokes and stories are told and the collegial atmosphere strays into distasteful and rude territory. A sinister plot to harm Sarah emerges. The audience viewing area is the costume loft, a room with windows that looks down from a second floor onto the shop, providing considerable protection. The audience wears headphones. The actors are wearing wireless microphones and operate the tools and machinery in the shop. The audience has a chance to witness, to experience and to question the level of acceptability of using humour to repress women in the workplace. With a goal to build awareness and understanding, this project involves diverse communities of male, female and transgendered actors, designers and technicians, providing a strong sense of inclusion, fostering camaraderie and resilience, as well as building linkages with important members of our community. A female director is in place and we have begun to engage an all-female design team. This team provides leadership to a predominantly male IATSE crew, subverting traditional paradigms.
$31,400.00
2016

Touchstone Theatre Society

The Best Laid Plans

Touchstone Theatre proposes to adapt into musical theatre form Terry Fallis' award-winning novel 'The Best Laid Plans' (CBC Canada Reads 2011, Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour), one of Canada's most popular and successful works of fiction in recent years. A creative and producing partnership with Patrick Street Productions, the book is by one of the country's hottest playwrights, Vern Thiessen, with music and lyrics by the outrageously gifted local team of Benjamin Elliott and Anton Lipovetsky. The finished work will be a mid-sized musical for nine actor/singers and a small ensemble of musicians. Ideally suited to musical adaptation, the novel's characters are big and the stakes are high, but it is deeply honest -- wildly entertaining with serious undercurrents. Touchstone and PSP, drawing on their combined expertise in musical theatre and Touchstone's in new play development, are ushering the piece through an extensive development process in preparation for its world premiere in the fall of 2015 at the Cultch Historic Theatre, which will undoubtedly draw national attention.
$30,000.00
2013

UBC - Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Witnesses: Indian Residential Schools and Art

The exhibition 'Witnesses: Indian Residential Schools and Art' will present artists who have produced work arising from the history of Indian Residential Schools (IRS) in Canada. It coincides with and is related to, yet independent from, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) National Event that will take place in Vancouver from September 18 to 21, 2013. It will also be an important component of the UBC First Nations House of Learning programming around this event. The planned exhibition will include ten to fifteen artists from British Columbia and across Canada who have produced a substantive body of artwork addressing Indian Residential Schools. It will be cross-generational and include iconic artworks by artists who directly experienced Indian Residential Schools such as Norval Morrisseau, Carl Beam, Beau Dick, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Faye Heavyshield, and Alex Janvier as well as those artists who are witnesses to its residual impact such as Chris Bose, Cathy Busby, Lisa Jackson, Tania Willard, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
$30,000.00
2013

Vancouver Art Gallery Association

DOUGLAS COUPLAND: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

It is the mandate of the Vancouver Art Gallery to contextualize regional experience and artistic concerns within national and international fields of cultural practice; to introduce local and visiting audience members to the important art of this region; and to expand expectations for what art can be. This project will present the visual art of Vancouver-based artist Douglas Coupland. It will highlight principle themes of the artist's investigations such as what defines national culture and the impact of media communications on contemporary life. The national and international profile of the artist will be greatly strengthened through the Vancouver exhibition (with several major new works including a large Lego project and The Brain installation), the first substantial book on the artist, an international tour (tbc), and an unprecedented use of communications media to reach the public. We are planning an energetic engagement with renewed and new audiences via social media and special programs for adults, children and youth.
$38,500.00
2013

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