Grants

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Abbotsford Cultural Centre

Program Activities textual vishyuns: image and text in the work of bill bissett

The Reach will present the exhibition: textual vishyuns: image and text in the work of bill bissett and develop related interpretive programming. This exhibition is based on the recently published book textual vishyuns: image and text in the work of bill bissett and survey his art practice from assemblages and constructions, paintings, drawings, to hand-made books and archival papers, including letters and "small press" ephemera. Since this will be the second major exhibition and the first exhaustive survey of bisset's work, The Reach plans to develop a series of public activities including lectures, seminars and interactive workshops around his poetry, films and the exhibition. The engaging programs will be co-created with Carl Peters of Contemporary Literature & Visual Arts at the University of The Fraser Valley. UFV students and visitors will have an opportunity to examine and engage in a distinctive body of visual art, text and film and to explore a wide range of aesthetics issues and concerns. Our staff educator will utilize the information for student/visitor tours.
$9,500.00
2013

Arnica Artist Run Centre Society

Arena

'Arena' is an innovative project that will draw together artists in dialogue and collaboration as they explore two homegrown Kamloops sports phenomena: ice fishing and skater culture. The project will encompass two exhibitions by artists working with site specific installation and photography. The project will engage local artists through mentoring opportunities, artist talks and workshops. A catalogue documenting the project will be published. The 'Arena' project covers two distinct exhibitions, linked under one overarching project that explores the intersections between sport, youth culture, and contemporary art. "Hard Water" will illuminate the culture of ice fishing through the highly evocative photographs of emerging Kamloops artist Devon Lindsay and the chilling ice cave installation of Josh Cleminson and Monte Burman. Steve deBruyn's installation, "Skater!" will explore the aesthetic and functional qualities of DIY built objects associated with skater culture through a fusion of functional skate-park architecture with formal sculptural and painted explorations.
$7,000.00
2013

Axis Theatre Company

RIP! a collaborative creation with KC Brown

RIP! is a new play for adult/family audiences, inspired by the story of Rip van Winkle, an unlikely protagonist to any modern tale. Developed through two exploration workshops, that collaborative effort resulted in a rehearsal script penned by KC Brown. The projects groundwork was laid over several years and the Vancouver Foundations' initial support was critical to our completing the workshop phase in 2012/13. The rehearsal script is based on the material developed with four actors, two directors and the playwright, a unique process that Artistic Director Wayne Specht implements in some form to each new creation. This process has resulted in over 57 productions. In January 2014 the directors will use the script to complete the scene breakdown and map out the staging. Advance preparation is a key goal to this collaborative creation process which involves everyone with artistic input, from the actors to the designers. This world premiere production of RIP! is scheduled to run for three weeks at the Waterfront Theatre, performing 23 shows including three student matinees.
$25,000.00
2013

Balcone Art Society

Vancouver Now: Emerging Artists' Portfolio Series

The project will provide a forum to articulate the idea of "Vancouver Now" from the perspective of emerging and culturally diverse artists and curators. Through Decoy Magazine's website, we will publish a series of emerging visual artists' portfolios investigating specific topics in Vancouver's current socio-economic and cultural situation in relation to the city's history and projected future. Concretely, we will commission 3 Vancouver-based emerging curators to develop the content of a portfolio series, each showcasing the work of 3 emerging Vancouver-based artists. Organized as 3 thematic portfolios series, the final outcome of this project will consist of the online exhibition of the work of 9 emerging artists and publication of 3 critical texts produced by the participating curators. Exhibiting this project through a flexible online platform will enable us to present artworks produced in multiple formats and medias, while not being limited by the durational and spatial constraints associated with traditional exhibition venues.
$5,000.00
2013

Caravan Farm Theatre

Mr. Punch - an original play by Jacob Richmond for Caravan Farm Theatre

Caravan Farm Theatre is seeking Vancouver Foundation support for the commissioning, development, and production of a new play called Mr. Punch, to be performed in the summer of 2014 as part of our 2013-14 season. We wish to commission Victoria playwright, Jacob Richmond, and Vancouver composer, Steve Charles, to create the show. Caravan Artistic Director, Courtenay Dobbie, will direct the piece; Vicki Stroich, of Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary, will dramaturge; and puppets will be created by Old Trout Puppet Workshop, also from Calgary. In commissioning and developing Mr. Punch, Caravan Farm Theatre has an opportunity to develop a creative relationship with one of British Columbia's most promising playwrights. Jacob Richmond is the Co-Artistic Director of Atomic Vaudeville in Victoria. He most recently wrote the critically acclaimed Ride the Cyclone that is presently touring Canada and has been optioned to run off-Broadway in New York. Mr. Punch will introduce Jacob's exciting work along with that of music composer, Steve Charles, to Caravan Farm Theatre audiences.
$25,000.00
2013

Caravan World Rhythms Society

Sufi Voices and Dance, from Azerbaijan to Iran & Canada

Caravan will present a week of activity around the visit of world-famous singers Alim Qasimov and his daughter Ferghana, from Azerbaijan. They perform traditional spiritual music heavily influenced by Sufi traditions. They are part of the Aga Khan Foundation's Cultural Trust, and recognized by UNESCO as a cultural treasure. Their visit will come on the heels of the Museum of Anthropology's exhibit of Middle-eastern art. We will host the Qasimovs during the week of September 24-29, and organize various activities around their visit, including: - Major concert at the Chan Centre on September 28 featuring the Qasimov group and a local Sufi music and dance group, led by Iranian musician Ali Razmi and Sufi dancer Raqib Burke. The concert will include new compositions by the group, and two pieces with the Qasimovs. - Film showing of 'WAJD', about sufi music and dance made by Vancouver-based film-makerof Syrian background: Amar Chebib. www.salamfilms.com plus a post-film talk. - Two Lecture-demos by the performers at the Ismaili Centre in Burnaby, and at the MOA at UBC.
$17,500.00
2013

Carousel Theatre for Young People

The Wondrous Tales of Old Japan

In April 2014 Carousel Theatre for Young People (CTYP) will stage The Wondrous Tales of Old Japan by David Furumoto. We are increasingly aware of the diversity of our young audiences, and we feel a responsibility to reflect and honour that diversity. The Wondrous Tales represents our first step in this direction. The script explores the folklore of Japan through Kabuki, shadow puppetry and Japanese taiko drumming. Tales include: Momotaro: The Peach Boy, Urashimatoro: The Enchanted Fisherman, Yuki Onna: The Snow Woman, and Hanasaka Jiji: The Old Man That the Trees Bloom. The project will also provide the opportunity for our company to actively engage the Japanese community in Vancouver, seek out new partnerships, and foster new relationships. In addition, CTYP will offer community workshops in shadow puppetry, drumming and kabuki during the run as a means of educating and engaging our audiences.
$20,000.00
2013

Chor Leoni Men's Choir

Passion and Resurrection

The Vancouver premiere of two celebrated contemporary works for mixed choir is a co-production of Chor Leoni Men's Choir and Elektra Women's Choir. American composer David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion is a 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition and the concert's title work is by Latvia's Eriks Esenvalds. In addition to the public performance on April 12, 2014 at the Chan Centre, the project includes a free 30-minute preview performance on April 2 at St. James Church in the Downtown Eastside. This project was conceived last year by Chor Leoni's new AD, Erick Lichte, and Elektra Women's Choir's AD, Morna Edmundson, as the first collaboration between the two conductors. The Lang work speaks to homelessness and the Esenvalds is a gripping new interpretation of the Passion story. We will not only serve the established choral audience but, with the free preview, people who may never have heard a choral performance. We hope to make a strong connection between the theme of homelessness presented in this music and the realities of life in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
$20,000.00
2013

City of Nelson

Nelson Civic Theatre Restoration

We intend to renovate the theatre to better facilitate cinematic and performing arts. We have already installed seats, purchased and installed a new digital projector and surround sound system, constructed temporary acoustic walls and set up a simple online ticketing system. This project will include: -schematic design and design development for the entire project -lobby renovation work and installation of new concession equipment -a new energy efficient mechanical air handling unit -electrical system upgrades for the theatre: replacing the current patchwork of panels,old wiring and obsolete equipment with a new dimmer panel and controls, new aisle lights for patron safety, and a rationalization of all the theatre wiring to allow for central dimming control. -new energy efficient lighting A subsequent project will involve renovation of the theatre into three separate spaces.
$10,000.00
2013

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

Columbia Valley Arts Council

Steamboat Mountain Music Festival

This year our music festival dates are July 6 & 7, 2013. We are adding an additional day this year due to overwhelming interest in our festival. The festival starts on Saturday at noon with 50 minute acts and then while our stage crew gets ready for the next act we will have a 'tweener' (comprised of youth and older aspiring amateur musicians) entertain the crowds. This schedule will run alld day Saturday until 10 pm and continue on Sunday from noon to four. On Sunday morning we will be offering two music workshops for free to the attendees, a chance to meet some of the musicans and learn about a specific part of music. In the afternoon we are planning a kids festival with two musical acts and various activities to entertain children, young and young at heart. For the duration of the festival we will have food vendors as well as other vedors selling their wares. We will be partnering with The Edgewater Recreation Society, The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #199, The Rocky Mountain School District #6, business and non-profit organizations in our area.
$5,800.00
2013

Company Erasga Dance Society

Shifting Geography

Shifting Geography is the dance creation of Co.ERASGA for its 2013-14 season to be presented to Vancouver audiences. This is a new creative project to be created by sharing resources and a vision to build a co-creation between two points of reference, Bonn and Vancouver. This collaboration will see Artistic Director Alvin Erasga Tolentino partner with choreographer Rafaele Giovanola, Artistic Director of Bonn, Germany's COCOONDANCE in a full length collaborative dance work. Using Vancouver and Bonn as the two homes of this dance project, Tolentino and Giovanola will reflect the geographic points of the two cities, continents and environments that influence signify and shape their visions of the body in motion. Research, creation and theatre residencies, production and final performances will take place in Vancouver and Bonn. Referencing the body, the impetus of Shifting Geography is to map, describe and write about the body through movement and dance, to free the body's inner story, marking its relation to time and the varied characteristics it presents in space and place.
$10,000.00
2013

Dancing on the Edge Festival Society

The Downtown Eastside Animation Project

The Downtown Eastside Animation Project will commission three Vancouver choreographers to create site-specific work for three different outdoor locations within the Downtown Eastside. Within those site works, one will include a community dance project which integrates members of the DTES community. These performance will be shown during the Dancing on the Edge Festival in July 2014. The overall goal of the project is to animate Vancouver's Downtown Eastside with accessible performances which engage and entertain local and non-local residents and promote the culturally diverse and dynamic neighbourhood. The project will work with three choreographers to create commissions for sites within the DTES. Drawing on the success of projects within the 2013 Festival, we will create specific works for the Chinatown Night Market, SFU Woodwards, and CRAB/Portside Park. The Festival, upon realization of funding constraints, is currently considering commissioning work from the following artists: Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Yvonne Chartrand, Josh Martin, Colleen Lanki, Michelle Olson.
$15,000.00
2013

Documentary Media Society

Motion Picture Film Series

In 2008, DOXA expanded its programming to include The Motion Pictures Film Series, responding to a demand from our audience and partners for ongoing programming. The series offers audiences the opportunity to attend films and actively participate in post-film discussions with the filmmakers and panelists. The 2014 Series will deliver 8-10 screenings, each paired with ancillary programming that is directly aligned to the film’s content and/or style. The discussions are conceived of as a salon-style experience with the filmmaker(s), creative stakeholders, and invited panelists forging active connections between artists and audiences through dialogue and meaningful exchange. In 2014 the series will add new venues, across the Lower Mainland and throughout British Columbia, building province-wide networks and partnerships. DOXA is the only Vancouver-based festival to offer screenings outside of the city and is unique in that it presents films (both Canadian and International) that have not had a commercial release nor been shown in any other local festival event.
$15,000.00
2013

Evergreen Cultural Centre Society

Ancestral Subsistence, Natalie Purschwitz: Exploring Ritual & Collective History

Ancestral Subsistence originated from a desire to involve our community in innovative multidisciplinary art practice. This project will introduce award-winning artist Natalie Purschwitz to Coquitlam, showcase her new work to the lower mainland and engage the general public in participatory performance. Purschwitz is on the forefront of collaborative multidisciplinary art creation. Such practices are becoming more prevalent but there is a belief that they remain inaccessible to those not trained in the arts. We need to further break down barriers by presenting innovative work in a welcoming site such as Evergreen Cultural Centre (ECC). ECC will exhibit key pieces from Natalie Purschwitz's body of work, Trace and Makeshift, as well as her newest work inspired by her international residency at La Cite Internationale des Arts. Purschwitz will create an interactive performance piece, Disambiguation, where she will transform the public's personal items into artwork and engage the public in discourse about contemporary art, sustainability, DIY culture, collaboration and community building.
$8,200.00
2013

Friends of the Quesnel and District Museum Archives Society

Integrating digital content into the exhibits of the Quesnel Museum

The objectives of this project is to integrate interpretive content into the existing exhibits of the Quesnel Museum making use of QR codes, to sustain the oral history program - adding a video component, to undertake preliminary research to redevelop our forestry exhibit and to increase access by translating materials. We proposes to develop 50 QR web pages. These will provide an interpretive text and link associated images, audio or video clips to objects on display. A few pages will follow a theme through several exhibits. The purchase of a digital video camera will enable us to film oral histories and integrate segements into the exhbits via the QR codes. During the project the focus of interviews will be on the development of the forest industry in the region. The purpose of the grant is to hire a researcher/writer to conduct interviews and develope the content of the web pages. We will also hire 2 translators: 1 to translate materials into Chinese and the second to translate interviews from Dakelh to English.
$10,000.00
2013

Fugue Theatre Society

DOG PARK

DOG PARK is a musical about savage loneliness. Four dog owners from disparate backgrounds let their dogs run off leash in a designated urban park area at five in the morning each day. Romance and competition lead to antagonism and violence as tension erupts between humans and canines. The first stage of the project is the development of the libretto and music in series of workshops. It originated with a conversation between Artistic Director Laura Di Cicco and librettist, Lucia Frangione; Turning Point Ensemble was approached to provide the live musical performance and a collaborative project was created. Tapestry New Works will also be included development to broaden our outreach. Vancouver is a city in which housing issues continue to play a role in our lives. The project will appeal to a diverse BC audience including those interested in music and theatre, and those interested in how living environments can affect the human condition. The public workshop is one way we can make our work accessible. Full production is scheduled for 2015.
$8,000.00
2013

Gordon & Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists

"Crossing Continents, Gu Xiong: a Journey through Water" Exhibition and Project

Crossing Continents is a project which will explore the politically-engaged artwork of Gu Xiong within the context of our current "global village" by using the significance of rivers and waterways as symbols for worldwide immigration and a metaphor for the greater ebbs and flows of life. The exhibition will explore the diversity of Canadian culture, the politics and universality of the immigration experience, Chinese-Canadian relations and many other important issues. Audiences will be taken on a journey through the gallery learning of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Tiananmen Square, contemporary immigration experiences, pertinent environmental concerns for our rivers and waterways, and will be encouraged to explore different worldviews.
$20,000.00
2013

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

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

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

Kinesis Dance somatheatro

Ulysses Waltz

This project integrates the creation phase of a new work Ulysses Waltz which focuses on the collaboration of Choreographer/Lighting Designer and Set Designer involving all collaborators skills into the creation. In Ulysses Waltz, Paradise is equated with light and the notion of paradise is explored. Terezakis uses James Joyce's modern Ulysses as his muse; the journey to find light is one of stark contrasts. Five dancers cut through space limited by defined structures and lighting influences. The Waltz, a motion around a fixed body or axis, describes a time that existed before our existence was tainted by temptation and distraction. Situations of familiar domesticity contrast with more ethereal elements of rapture and bliss. Vital to the creation process is the early engagement of both lighting and set. The team will build and manipulate tensions, layer the physical movements with psychological significance and create emotional contrasts. The grant ensures valuable time is set aside for this key phase, and the commitment of expertise is secured to allow for such innovative work.
$13,550.00
2013

Made in BC - Dance on Tour Dance Society

Province-wide Community-Engaged Dance Residency Program

This project pairs regional communities with professional dance artists for intensive periods of learning and artistic collaboration. Community participants explore artistic ideas, build relationships and learn new skills while dance artists enrich the social relevance of their practice by working with a diversity of people. Projects planned for 2013-14 include: Mar. 16- Apr. 14, 2014. Dance artists from Joe Ink will visit Stewart, Prince Rupert, Terrace and Kitimat to deliver a series of workshops. Participants collaborate with artists to create a dance piece which is showcased in public at the end of each week. Feb. 9-15th, 2014. Vertical dance troupe Aeriosa will visit Revelstoke to deliver a series of vertical dance workshops and a public performance. Feb. 28- Mar. 4, 2014. Five members of Ewh Ayowh Hozdli, a Witsiit Wini dance and drumming group from Moricetown, will travel to Vancouver to explore cultural practices with Raven Spirit Dance and Dancers of Damelahamid and attend the Talking Stick Festival.
$25,500.00
2013

Malaspina Art Society

MAS 25th Anniversary Project

Celebrate 25 years of the Arts in Powell River by way of an art bench design project for the benefit of the community of Powell River, British Columbia with the delivery of 25 benches with a painted panel done by a local artist and commemorative plaque on the back of each bench. The city has already approved this project and will help with the permanent installation. Call to Artists has gone out and submissions will be approved through a public display and the chosen designs by public vote. Those artists chosen will then begin their panels while the benches are being built. The unveiling ceremony and installation of benches will take place in August 2013. A brochure will be produced and information about the Malaspina Art Society forwarded to other cultural partners for dissemination on BC Ferries and websites.
$2,500.00
2013

Mandala Arts and Culture Society

Gait to the Spirit Festival 2013

There are several other festivals which focus on a specific dance style or demographic (such as Talking Stick, Flamenco Dance Festival, Tap Dance Festival). There is an evident need to sustain audience interest and to provide a platform, to those engaged professionally, for the practice and performance of a specific dance style. Mandala has been presenting and collaborating with various dance presenters for the past 20 years and has recognized the void in the presentation of the Indian classical dance forms within the Canadian context. It has determined that there is indeed a real need to fill this gap locally, by presenting an annual festival of Indian classical dance in B.C. highlighting the pulse, evolution and dynamism of these dance forms around the globe. The 4th edition of the Gait to the spirit Festival is scheduled for October 18 to 21, 2013 in Vancouver at the Scotiabank Dance Centre and the Jewish Community Centre. The festival will include performances including one with a four-piece orchestra from India, and will also feature workshops, master classes and a lecture.
$6,000.00
2013

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