Grants

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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

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

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

Drama Queer: Seducing Social Change

QAF’s mandate is the very definition of systemic intervention—interrupting basic routines, interrogating ingrained beliefs of truth & right/wrong. From Oscar Wilde to General Idea, queer artists have been the vanguard of civil rights; with social & aesthetic innovation inextricably entwined. Curated by renowned scholar Jonathan Katz—best known for co-curating Hide/Seek, the Smithsonian’s 1st ever openly LGBT exhibition—the exhibition Drama Queer: Seducing Social Change explores this legacy. Katz explains: Wildly diverging queer artists have shared credence in art’s ability to, if not produce social change, at least lubricate its prospects. Central to this generalized belief is the idea that queerness works a seduction away from naturalized, normative & thus invisible ideological creeds towards a position that is precisely other to, at a tangent from, social expectation. In deviating from social norms, queer art thus calls the viewer, of whatever sexualities, to an awareness of their own deviancy. Our artists seek to change beliefs by making the viewer accomplice, queering their perspective, to see from a dissident vantage point. A curator tour & hands-on workshop for street-involved youth, public discussion salon & panel invite debate, with active participation from our most disenfranchised. Katz’s importance entices eminent artists to exhibit openly as queers, promoting greater regard in the art world, increasing visibility & engaging individuals in complex inquiry.
$45,000.00
2016

Runaway Moon Theatre Arts Society

Birds, Birds, Birds

In August 2018, scientists and bird enthusiasts from around the world will flock to the 27th International Ornithological Congress & 1st Vancouver International Bird Festival. We’ll greet them with a grand opening parade along the seawall. Birds on stilts! Bird puppets! Bird flags & Bird choruses, representing and celebrating local and migratory birds from our communities. Workshops between now and next summer in Vancouver, Victoria, Vernon and smaller communities will foster greater participation in the congress and festival, and create one large body of birds on stilts as the central parade element. Parade workshops in July/August will grow momentum leading up to the opening event.
$45,000.00
2018

The Arts Club of Vancouver Theatre Company

Helen Lawrence, A Cinematic Stage Work

Helen Lawrence is an ambitious and innovative new work. World renowned visual artist Stan Douglas, award-wining screenwriter Chris Haddock (Da Vinci's Inquest) and internationally acclaimed stage and film director Kim Collier are co-creating what will be the crown jewel in the Arts Club's 50th season. Inspired by post-war Film Noir, Helen Lawrence intertwines theatre, visual art, live-action filming and computer-generated recreations of historical backgrounds for a groundbreaking multi-media showcase. With Canadian Stage and the Banff Centre as co-producers, we will develop and workshop the piece in 2013 and will premiere the new play in March 2014 at the Stanley Theatre. While Helen Lawrence represents our largest ever investment in a new play, we have undertaken this project as part of our 50th season because it serves our commitment to develop new work, it reveals an important part of our local history, it underscores our commitment to the evolution of the art form and because the collaboration of such an incredible artistic team must be supported.
$50,000.00
2013

The Only Animal Theatre Society

SLIME

SLIME is a world premiere of a play by Bryony Lavery about the impact of climate change on ‘the great animal orchestra' from which we have become disconnected by our infatuation with the sound of our own voices. The play is set in a fictional conference on marine extinction. Audience are welcomed as conference delegates and seated among animals. You hear a dolphin at your elbow or a sea bird on your shoulder: animals too have something to say. We come together to face an absolute threat to life on earth—an insatiable creature taking over seas called SLIME. Like other forces in our 21st century lives, facebookslime or googleslime, SLIME moves with viral force, gobbling up all available resources. We must learn a new way to survive. This conference is the last hope for salvation. SLIME is an immersive event, where audiences are decision-makers with the world at stake. It requires us to tune into our animal sensibility and operate within natural systems instead of as super-predators. SLIME requires of its audience a new kind of listening - listening to our indivisible relationship with the biosphere. As we return from the world of the play to our lives, SLIME asks that we confront our connection to all inhabitants of the earth. The Only Animal's process of creation extends each show into a year of curated programming to more deeply affect audiences and issues. This year of SLIME also engages the ensemble in seeding future work creating legacy and impact in the community.
$50,000.00
2017

Tinkers

Known for ambitious theatre set anywhere from swimming pools to igloos, The Only Animal now takes us deep into the wilderness. Tinkers is a large-scale, site-specific theatre show set off-grid in a threatened old-growth forest. We were drawn to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Paul Harding, because of the transcendentalism: it proposes that Human = Nature = Divine. This is the heart of the piece--a deeply hopeful message in our times. As activists trying to protect a local old-growth forest, we saw the opportunity to create a sited performance piece with a conservationist agenda. Working with both professional artists of the highest caliber (including international art superstar, Cornelia Konrads) and up to 30 local community makers/performers, and an activated audience, our goal is to nurture a deep, creative relationship to place. The story centers on an epileptic peddler, estranged from his wife, distant from his children, but in an ever-ecstatic relationship with the natural world. Our version of Tinkers asks: How can we embrace the wilderness within ourselves? With a surreal set that integrates with the growing forest and choral music based on local birdsong we nurture in our team and audience a new connection with their nature. For 10 months, we host a weekly events combining theatrical elements of the show and solutionary activism. Summer 2016 we rehearse and premiere the piece as the first professional theatre show created in/for the rural Sunshine Coast.
$49,000.00
2015

The Polygon Gallery

Speaking Pictures (Photographs and Oral Histories)

Arts and culture institutions have historically separated photographic representations and oral accounts of events, while prioritizing the validity of the photograph qua historical record, resulting in the exclusion of oral accounts in the presentation of culture and history. The Polygon Gallery’s Speaking Pictures project will facilitate a change in this largely unexamined dichotomy. It will include an exhibition of historical photographs of Vancouver’s North Shore, combined with oral histories relating to the photographs. Through witnessing this presentation, audiences will broaden their expectations, and the presence of multiple sources for a story should come to be expected.
$44,000.00
2018

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

Turning Point Ensemble

Ahakista-Air India Flight 182

Turning Point Ensemble is a co-producer of Ahakista – Air India Flight 182, a new opera commissioned by the Banff Centre for the Arts, Cork Midsummer Festival (Ireland), and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. As the story of Air India Flight 182 begins in Vancouver, stops in Toronto, and tragically explodes over Ireland, this opera weaves together local, national and global threads to tell a human story of our time.
$50,000.00
2010

Vancouver Moving Theatre Society

Weaving Reconciliation

The TR Commission calls for Canadians to grapple with Canada’s history of colonization in a process guided by principles of respect, reciprocity, mutual recognition, shared responsibility. WR speaks to Native communities vitally interested in seeing their experiences on stage; settler/immigrants vitally interested in learning about Aboriginal presence, history, concerns; and Canadians seeking to participate in reconciliation process. People will witness: • Original, innovative local art informed by Indigenous cultural practices and impact of 500 years of colonization; • Re-balancing of power relations between Indigenous/non-indigenous artists; • Native-led cultural resurgence in Canada
$40,000.00
2018

Vancouver Opera Association

VOIS New Production Creation: 'Hansel & Gretel'

For the 2011/12 Vancouver Opera In Schools (VOIS) touring season, Vancouver Opera plans on creating a new production of the classic fairy tale opera Hansel and Gretel. This would include an adaptation of the full length opera to a 45-minute opera in English, a new transportable set and new costumes. In 40 years VOIS has brought opera to over 1.6 million children.
$45,000.00
2011

Vancouver Society for Early Music

G.F. Handel's "Theodora"

This project consists of three concert performances of Handel's baroque oratorio 'Theodora'. The artistic forces involved include the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (28 players), five vocal soloists and the Vancouver Cantata Singers (36 singers), all led by music director Alexander Weimann. Featuring some of the composer's most glorious music, this tragic work depicts the self-sacrificial love between a Christian virgin and a Roman imperial bodyguard. It serves as a timeless parable of spiritual resistance to tyranny and an indictment of religious persecution, topics that still resonate with audiences today. These performances will employ roughly 50 Vancouver-based professional performers out of a total of 70.
$50,000.00
2014

Victoria Conservatory of Music

Youth Engagement in remote BC communities through fiddle music

The VCM’s “Youth engagement in remote BC communities through fiddle music” will provide cultural and artistic offerings, especially for families living in communities affected by wildfires and floods. Providing fun and creative community-based folk music through Old-Time Dance Bands give youth focus and purpose, improving their well-being and self-confidence. It also provides them with a community of like-minded peers to connect with and share their experiences, both good and bad, through learning and performing traditional Canadian folk music. Connecting people in a positive way within these communities is essential given the challenges they face in the aftermath of disasters.
$50,000.00
2018