Grants

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City Opera Vancouver

Research, creation and development of the new chamber opera 'Missing Women'

“Across the globe, the arts have provided a creative pathway to breaking silences, transforming conflicts, and mending the damaged relationships of violence, oppression, and exclusion. From war-ravaged countries to local communities struggling with everyday violence, poverty, and racism, the arts are widely used by educators, practitioners, and community leaders to deal with trauma and difficult emotions, and communicate across cultural divides.” -- Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, 2015 Over a three-year period we will create and test a new chamber opera, MISSING WOMEN, set on the Downtown Eastside and Highway of Tears. It will tell a story everyone knows, from the vantage of a woman no one remembers. The subject is well known. Its social innovation as chamber opera is unique. It will derive from research and scholarship, interview and consultation, public workshop and analysis. It will be given multiple performances and thereafter analyzed for response, shortcomings, and strength. Our art is a vivid and memorable way to tell such a story. As a chamber opera, it may readily be taken to audiences where they live. Its libretto will be written by the distinguished First Nations playwright Marie Clements. MISSING WOMEN is conceived for small forces, affordable and portable, testing the prospect that this story can be told in opera – faithfully and well. If successful, it will be a breakthrough in the art, and in the community.
$127,143.00
2015

Community Arts Council of Vancouver

WePress

WePress is social enterprise community makerspace that would provide access to equipment and training for DTES residents and organizations for artistic development and capacity building. This innovative space will blend older technology such as the W2 (Woodwards) Reynolds letterpress and an industrial sewing machine with the newer technology of 3D printing. 3D printing can be used to print replacement parts for machines in the makerspace as well as being used to print out type plates for the letterpress that can be used for new printing projects, including many other creative projects with shared technologies. We also have a large historic collection of both English & Chinese typefaces that were saved from the Woodwards shop and the Ho Sung Hing Print Shop. A group of stakeholders including Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV), Ho Sun Hing Project Community, Gallery Gachet, Vancouver Letterpress League and several independent artists have been collaborating to create and develop a safe, accessible, affordable makerspace in the Downtown Eastside. Our goal is to have the space become self-sustainable through grassroots participation and social enterprise. The space will welcome diverse populations, including those marginalized by class, sexuality, gender, race, culture, disability, mental health, and addictions. Our collective experience working with wide demographics of oppressed and marginalized people has given us the skills needed to create this accessible space.
$10,000.00
2015

Fight With a Stick

Station

Station is about creating a performance design for social encounter. The performance design is a container where a variety of experts and non-experts are put together to hash out pressing social issues . The intent is to use design elements to encourage encounter with difference and to open up the participants mind to a variety of ideas from the humanities. Through an exchange of ideas within the scenographic environment we hope to develop new perspectives and approaches to local issues and connections among participants. Precedents for the performance design and social encounter include our salon serires and aestheticized post-show discussions, as well as other models we have begun to research (see below). Our post-show discussions are unique. Our performances put the audience in a performance machine (examples are described below in #2). The architectural, sonic, and lighting enviroment of the performance is extended to the discussion, making it an extension of the performance, co-created with the audience. Station will take this idea and make it the entirety of the event. In order to achieve this, we will combine what we have already discovered with new reserch into existing models (noted above).We enjoy a diverse, eclectic, and hybrid following. Over the years we have developed inclusive and affordable performance events that do not create social division based on categories of marginalization defined in opposition to an abstract social norm.
$10,000.00
2015

Greater Vancouver Society to Bridge Arts and Community

SpaceFinder Vancouver

The Society to Bridge Arts & Community is leading a local consortium of organizations in launching the digital platform SpaceFinder in Vancouver. SpaceFinder is a free online matchmaking tool for artists and art spaces, intended to help facilitate the connection between artists and space. It provides extensive search functions with a focus on short or medium term rentals of creative spaces for rehearsal, performance, film production, workshops, & other arts related activities. SpaceFinder was designed by Fractured Atlas, an American based national non-profit arts service organization. It is currently in use in 11 US and two Canadian cities. This is a well-tested tool with thousands of current users. Operating in Toronto since November 2014, SpaceFinder users have found it to be an easy to use system that meets the needs of renting and/or finding space. As an accessible, free marketplace, SpaceFinder can be used by any size organization regardless of budget. The City of Vancouver and the Social Purpose Real Estate networks both have simple creative space directories. They lack the technological sophistication to contain detailed information and complex search functions based on the needs of artists and creative spaces.
$71,000.00
2015

Green Thumb Theatre

The Crowd

In 2016, Green Thumb Theatre will partner with Studio 58 to bring a new Canadian play to life. The 15/16 season marks Green Thumb’s 40th anniversary and Studio’s 50th. To celebrate, we are coming together to commission Governor General Award winner George F Walker, arguably the most celebrated English Canadian playwright, to write a new play specifically for Studio 58's post secondary conservatory theatre training program. This project will be immeasurably beneficial to the students working on the play. The bulk of work available to emerging theatre artists in Canada is new work, which continues to be revised and edited right up until opening night. Students will finish this project with a deep understanding of the kind of focus, adaptability and attention to detail required when rehearsing new work, and the rehearsal rooms they enter in the professional sphere will be better for it. Because Walker is writing this play with the specific intent that its inaugural production will be at a theatre school, he will also be able to write to suit the needs of a theatre school, namely, he will be able to write a large cast play for a cast of more than a dozen people – something almost unheard of in contemporary Canadian playwriting. Not only will the play ensure that all students involved will be guaranteed a role they can passionately sink their teeth into, but it will also be one of the first large cast plays written by a celebrated Canadian playwright in the last 20 years.
$10,000.00
2015

Grunt Gallery

Vancouver Independent Archives Week 2015

Our proposed project is the presentation of an inaugural Independent Archives Week (Nov 2015), as a way to build direct community awareness of and interaction with artist-run-centre (ARC) archives in Vancouver. Three leading Vancouver ARCs (grunt gallery, Western Front and VIVO Media Arts Centre), with over 100 years of collective community history will lead the event, organizing a series of free community education/engagement activities and events (archive tours, performances, public talks, screenings, publication, hands-on art/archive youth & family activities). Vancouver artists have a long and recognized history as cultural innovators, activists and archivists – their work, preserved in the distinct collections of the participating centres, has captured moments in Vancouver’s cultural evolution, while at the same time often becoming a catalyst for societal change. The distinct curatorial focus of each centre makes each of these collections unique – it is these differences we hope to highlight and celebrate during Independent Archives Week. The project’s innovation comes from its approach to engagement, one that invites audiences in to our archives and encourages them to share and participate through hands-on immersive activities. The digital age has made us all into our personal ‘archivists’ and ‘curators’ - selecting and preserving photos, video & text that inspire and motivate us. Archives Week works to connect residents to a greater collective community/art heritage.
$10,000.00
2015

GVPTA

Theatre Engagement Project

Metro Vancouver’s theatre community consists of over 80 theatre companies & even more individual artists & co-ops who are creating occasional theatrical projects. There are two large & a couple of mid sized companies & over 70 small to tiny theatre producers. There are cooperative pockets of organizations – primarily based on companies who share physical space, such as Progress Lab and PTC. However, for the most part, the Metro Vancouver theatre community is disconnected and many organizations are struggling in isolation, reaching out to small personal networks for information & support. The community shares core needs – such as the critical need for audience development, the need for professional and organizational development, & effective tools to share resources. And the often expressed need to be “in community” – to have more developed networks & opportunities to convene. To move from a feeling of working in isolation or small networks to a sense of working in community towards a stronger, healthier future. In late 2011 Dawn Brennan & Howard Jang began a series of informal conversations with theatre community members, with the objective of discussing how the Metro Vancouver theatre community could work together to build a stronger industry. In 2013 a steering committee was established; the committee developed and tested values & a Mission: To create a plan that will fuel social engagement and relevance for theatre in Metro Vancouver.
$10,000.00
2015

Health Arts Society

Health Arts Society Growth to Sustainability Project

Health Arts Society (HAS) provides professional music performances that contribute to the quality of life of people in care. The Society presents 45-minute concerts of one to four performers, generally in series of ten a year, as "Concerts in Care." The hallmark of these concerts is the exceptionally high quality of performance. The value of the concerts is in the pleasure and enrichment they bring to audiences – people in care are as important an audience to serve with first-class music making as any other. Health Arts Society is engaged in an innovative programme to achieve sustainability by 2018, the GROWTH TO SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT. Its two pillars are the raising of a fund of $500,000 and a gradual increase in the revenues developed from the long-term care and retirement homes participating in the programme which will, by then, cover the majority of operating expenses. The result will be that although the Society will continue to grow, and to enlarge its programmes through philanthropic contributions, it will always have a stable foundation. This unusual strength is vital at a time when philanthropic organisations and individual donations cannot each be expected to indefinitely maintain organisations.
$100,000.00
2015

Heiltsuk Tribal Council

Interactive Travelling Exhibition Sacred Vessels Project Ocean Going Canoes of the Pacific North

Through this project we will support and encourage cross cultural and public awareness about the history and culture of North West Coast maritime Indigenous nations. It will preserve and enhance our ocean going canoe maritime heritage by encouraging aboriginal communities and youth in particular to engage in Tribal Journeys We will share our stories about decolonization and the resurgence of ocean going canoe culture. What was old is new, communities working together for common good, affirming ancestral ties and customary practises. First Nations people and the general public will be served through this communication and public awareness project. We will share traditional native practises, values and world view that has sustained us through the millennia, this can inform sustainable development of natural resources not only for native communities but society as a whole. Our “Sacred Vessels project” plans to develop and create an interactive travelling exhibit that will share the history of the ocean going canoe and the story of its resurgence; where the story will be told by tribal journey participants and canoe families from along the BC coast. The interactive and engaging exhibit with authentic interviews, stories, and artifacts will captivate and inform a wide aboriginal and non-aboriginal audience. Many will benefit from the interactive experience, accompanying programs, offerings and discussions.Our goal is for it to tour most major BC museums and Aboriginal centres
$10,000.00
2015

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

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

Made in BC - Dance on Tour Dance Society

MiBC Province-Wide Community Engaged Programs - 3 year plan

Based on the success, lessons learned and direct feedback from our partners from the Northern BC 2013-14 Community-Engaged Dance Residencies Project, MiBC’s Province-Wide Community-Engaged Dance Residency Program plans to grow engagement with remote and underserved BC communities through extended dance residencies. The Program pairs professional dance artists with local community members for intensive periods of workshops and collaboration. Dance artists will be supported to expand their skills in community-engaged work through mentorship, training and peer sharing. Key to successful community participation are the Community Engagement Facilitators, regional champions who connect dance artists with the local community. This program will serve rural and urban participants, rural presenters and BC-based dance artists. The Program will focus on three BC Regions over three years: Southern Interior, Coastal/Island and Northern Communities. Partnering with regional presenters, the Program will support dance artists to delve deeper into community-engaged practice. Projects include: - Joe Ink Move It! Multi-generational workshops - 3 year multi-region - All Bodies Dance Project – Engaging mixed ability community & training/mentoring dance artists-3 year, lower mainland & Vancouver Island - MACHiNENOiSY - Queer Youth Program - Kelowna - Co. Erasga Dance - Diversity through dance -Northern region - Dancers of Damalahamid – First Nations residency – Moricetown/Smithers
$89,000.00
2015

Museum of Vancouver

Trust

Individual and group relationships are critical for community health, sustainability, and resilience. But, per the Vancouver Foundation and City of Vancouver, many Vancouverites are socially isolated and civically disengaged. Fortunately, “people are happier working together for a worthy purpose,” as UBC wellbeing expert John Helliwell reports. Connecting and collaborating, however, rest on a foundation: trust. The Trust project utilizes art and design as the foundation for a social and cultural innovation: engagement for cross-boundary connection. Trust’s ideas and activities aim to catalyze intra- and intergroup relationships while creating new understandings of social connection and its civic value. The project encourages connection across social and community boundaries through a TrustLab; and wider participation through onsite and public programming and a participatory immersive exhibition featuring art, design, historic artifacts, video, and digital media. Trust, surprising and fun, will increase the number of people who participate in artistic and cultural offerings. Trust brings renowned Vancouver artists into a multidisciplinary team dedicated to co-designing and testing innovative techniques with community members and organizations that work with populations the VF has identified as acutely isolated (25-34-y.o.’s and immigrant/newcomers); and families. Trust is strategically scaled to address social isolation and intensify the Museum’s community value.
$10,000.00
2015

Music on Main Society

Digital Storytelling Project

Our main goal with this program is to discover how we can deepen the involvement of people with classical and new music. The tools we are interested in developing will be created through a process of understanding what our community needs in order to create tools and platforms to enhance the initial experience before a concert, as well as during and after a concert for our existing and potential audience members. We will hire a Digital Strategy Project Manager who will spearhead the project and work with the Music on Main team to bring digital tools into our everyday operations. This person will be responsible for coordinating the project and involving the organization in moving forward. We plan to conduct a focus group with members of two identified groups of people, (people with extensive knowledge of classical music who want to deepen their experience; and people who have little knowledge of classical music but who have a knowledge in other areas of arts and culture), and armed with the data from the focus group, we will research the options available to us as an organization to put these tools and platforms into operation. In our initial discussion, we centred on enhancing the digital experience for both groups to anticipate what to expect at a concert, so were looking at promotional tools. However, as mentioned, we want to go further by integrating digital tools and platforms that will deepen the experience before, during and after the concert.
$10,000.00
2015

Oxygen Art Centre

Kootenay Arts Collaboration Marketing Project - Phase 1

The "West Kootenay Arts Collaboration Marketing Project" is a collaborative initiative to develop a digital marketing and planning tool for the arts and heritage sector in the West Kootenays. Funding is sought for the research and development of this digital tool, that will serve to improve the business operations of Kootenay based arts and heritage organizations, build community through the networking of arts related cultural activities, and make strategic use of new technologies. Located in South Eastern British Columbia, the West Kootenays includes the following cities and areas; Nelson, Kaslo, Castlegar, Salmo, Creston, Trail, Rossland, Nakusp, New Denver, Slocan Valley and includes areas defined by the Columbia Basin Trust. The region covered by this project is considered rural and remote, and this project will serve to connect and engage these communities through the development of a shared resource for the planning, marketing and dissemination of information about arts and heritage activities. This social innovation will effect change in the social system by affecting the flow of resources. This tool will provide a collective “identity” for the arts sector in the region, and the collective marketing of this tool will increase the visibility of the arts sector and its activities in the region, and thereby increase the number of people who attend and participate in artistic and cultural offerings. This tool will enable the sector to attract new audiences.
$4,600.00
2015

Puente Theatre Society

Lieutenant Nun

Puente Theatre is joining forces with SNAFU Theatre and Theatre SKAM to produce an exciting outdoor musical about gender diversity called Lieutenant Nun. Written by Vancouverite Elaine Avila, the play tells the true story of Catalina de Erauso, a 16th century Portuguese nun who escaped the convent, dressed as a man, and became famous as a ferocious conquistador under the name of Antonio. The play will be performed outdoors in September at Macaulay Point Park in Esquimalt. The production has been commissioned by Theatre SKAM as part of their SKAM Remixed 20th anniversary season. They have asked several local companies to mount classic SKAM plays, adding their own twists. Lieutenant Nun was a huge hit in 2003, but it portrayed the title character as a lesbian. Our own theory is that the historical figure was in fact transgendered. With this show, we hope to generate awareness and acceptance for transgendered people in our society. While exploring sensitive issues surrounding gender identity, it’s a rowdy adventure tale, with puppets, masks, and music, performed in a public area, which makes the subject matter accessible to a general audience. The play will serve the transgendered community, by portraying a transgendered person as a hero, and by creating awareness for issues in their lives that will foster tolerance amongst the broader population. The broader population will also be served, by increasing their capacities for understanding and acceptance of difference.
$10,000.00
2015

Raven Spirit Dance Society

Salmon Girl

Raven Spirit Dance is in the creation period of a new dance/theatre work for young audiences. Salmon Girl explores the world of water and salmon. Through theatre, dance and shadow and live puppetry, Salmon Girl will share a First Nations perspective on the importance of salmon. At the helm of this collaboration is our Artistic Director Michelle Olson from the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation (as choreographer) and Quelemia Sparrow from the Musquem First Nation (as playwright). These two artists bring together their respective cultural perspectives, stories and disciplines to create a piece that is both meaningful and delightful to young audiences. The social innovation in this work is the sharing of traditional First Nations knowledge with the broader community. The piece bridges Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities through audience attendance and advocates for environmental sustainability, a value that is deeply embedded in traditional First Nations stories.
$10,000.00
2015

Ruby Slippers Production Society

Advance Theatre: New Works by Women

Ruby Slippers Theatre is launching a new social innovation project, a festival of staged readings, called Advance Theatre: New Works by Women. As a response to the underrepresentation of women in theatre, the Advance Theatre Festival will showcase dramatic readings of five new plays by Canadian women playwrights over five days during the Vancouver Fringe Festival in September 2015, and annually after that. Priority when curating the festival will be given to diversity of all kinds (age, cultural background, sexual orientation, physical ability). Ruby Slippers Theatre has a strong reputation for furthering the voices of women in theatre and this project seeks to provide greater exposure to Canadian women playwrights with the aim of increasing production opportunities. At this time, we are seeking Vancouver Foundation support to test and implement this initiative over the next three years, after which point we will have been able to evaluate the program's efficacy and ongoing financial viability.
$10,000.00
2015

Shameless Hussy Productions Society

Love Bomb

shameless hussy productions will present the premiere production of Love Bomb written by Meghan Gardiner with music by Steven Charles. A flood of emotion sweeps through Justine's first performance in years, and all because of a guest who got the night wrong. Suddenly her music takes on a life of its own ... Love Bomb is a 90-minute play with original music that takes on the sex trafficking industry in Vancouver. Sensational stories about sex trafficking - unfortunately true - have been in the news in our city for a number of years, yet not a whisper has been tackled on the stage. And although most people think sex trafficking only involves women from overseas, according to a recent report from the Canadian Women’s Foundation, over 90% in Canada are actually from Canada. Based on research and stories we have been collecting over the past 2 years, shameless hussy's two female performers will dissect this topic in a personal, dramatic, relevant and entertaining format. We will premiere Love Bomb at the Firehall Arts Centre September 25 - October 10th for a 17 show run.
$9,000.00
2015

Sunshine Coast Arts Council

Rainforest Circus Interactive

Over the past six years, The Art Farm has developed a signature production we call The Rainforest Circus: a collaboration between 12-14 professional multi-disciplinary artists and the community over two and a half months culminating in an interactive “circus in the forest”. Every summer, the ensemble has worked with the community on a chosen theme to create an entirely new production performed in Gibsons BC in late August. Last year, for the first time, we added an additional weekend of shows in a provincial park in Sechelt, about 30 minutes north of Gibsons, and we included local children and youth into the creation and performance process. The resulting production, based on the theme of The Underworld, performed to sold out audiences in both parks. Over the six years, the quality of the productions has steadily improved, while the devising process has become more and more community-driven. As an arts organization, we have focused our artistic resources on designing and refining the collaborative creation and performance process between community and artist, and the results continue to astound us. In our small coastal community, there is a hunger for creative engagement—and the Rainforest Circus has emerged as a dynamic vehicle for providing this. Rainforest Circus Interactive (RCI) will test whether this collaborative creation and performance process can be catalyzed in multiple coastal communities along the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island.
$20,000.00
2015

Surrey Art Gallery Association

Youth Empowered Stories (YES) from Here: Collaborative Digital and Interactive Screen Installations

SOCIAL INNOVATION: SAGA’s Partnering to Advance Social Capital through Collaborative Community Art Project, Focussing on Specifically Youth Empowerment through Engagement with Art and Artists Surrey is an increasingly important urban centre with a diverse, multi-ethnic population of over 500,000, with 40% under the age of 30 (30% of population is under 19, and a further 10% are under 30) and the province’s largest school district. 1,000 new residents arrive each month, not including children born here. Since 1984, SAGA has partnered with the Surrey Art Gallery, and other cultural and community organizations, to further its mission to advance community engagement with the contemporary arts and to support artists. Youth Empowered Stories from Here (YES from Here) is a collaborative community art project for media artists to work with youth, using technology to develop digital and interactive artworks for exhibition, empowering and sharing youth voices and stories anticipating audience engagement and building social capital. SAGA’s main project partners for this project are Baobab Inclusive Empowerment Society and the Gallery (audience 50,000 annually) . Social Innovations include: partnering to advance social capital; shifting power dynamic of who tells what stories; enabling young people to learn from and with artists to build their skills; providing program driven by youth for youth; and demonstrating potential of sustainable growth for participants & partners.
$10,000.00
2015

The Chop Theatre Society

Sonic Elder

Sonic Elder is a unique theatrical experience that features a six-piece band of diverse performers—all aged between 65 and 75 years old—playing music that inspired them as young people. The musical numbers are interspersed with their personal stories of discovering music, major life changes, the beginnings of the anti-war movement, and Vancouver’s music culture in the 1950s and early 60s. The initial idea was to assemble a group of seniors to create a fresh, lively and relevant performance that would speak to multiple generations. We believe that exploring music from the 50s and 60s from the point of view of people who lived through those times provides a unique opportunity to tune into history with fresh ears. Hearing the performers’ stories and listening to old music anew not only gives us insight into the world of this older generation but to our current worldview, as well. The performers have a wealth of photos and print material from their younger days in music that we did not get a chance to delve into the first time around. We would love to integrate this element into the show through projections. We will also delve further into the show’s themes. We are particularly interested in the notion of aging: how the young perceive it and how the old experience it. We touched upon this idea in the original iteration and we intend to explore it more fully in this new version of Sonic Elder.
$10,000.00
2015

The Cultch

Democratizing our Stages

This project will challenge the status quo by prioritizing the presentation of theatre, dance and music productions produced by professional companies that identify with a specific ethno-cultural group or other under-represented community and are creating contemporary, non-traditional performance. Through the efforts of government funding programs that specifically target the creation of new works by emerging and established aboriginal, ethnically diverse and disability artists, there is increasing diversity in professional arts practices in Canada. However there are still very few established venues that present this work in a main stage context throughout a season of programming. We will incite change by including a significant body of work from these artists in our future seasons and properly supporting the performances so they can achieve the highest standards of artistic excellence. We will partner with like-minded organizations from the community to diversify the audience that attends the productions, finding innovative ways to provide access to under-served communities and increase the community's desire for productions that represent a diversity of voices and issues. It will be our job to create an effective communicational process between the artists and the citizens. Social exclusion can only be reversed by conscious and proactive efforts. Culture provides opportunities to deepen people’s knowledge of each other through a positive and sharing live interaction.
$130,000.00
2015

The Good Samaritan Society

The Imagination Network

The Imagination Network pilot project aims to widen the circle of community engagement for individuals living in residential and home care through creative engagement, an artistic process, public displays and the launch of a community-based participatory research (CBPR) project. Isolation can be one of the most destructive elements of daily life for those living within the residential or home care systems. Memory loss and mobility issues can result in increased isolation from the rest of their community. The Imagination Network is designed to reverse this trend. Inspired by TimeSlips—a story creation process developed by University of Milwaukee Professor Anne Basting that replaces the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine— The Imagination Network pilot project will use evocative photography, and the original stories created by people with dementia in response to these photographs, as its launching point. In collaboration with a team of professional media and theatre artists, community members—consisting of caregivers, family, youth, seniors and volunteers—will design, create and produce new media and theatre works (live action film, animation, puppetry and mask) that reflect the original responses to the photographs. Final outcomes will be presented at Good Samaritan Christenson Village as part of the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl in October 2015. Project evaluation and analysis will lead to the launch of a CBPR project in the spring of 2016.
$10,000.00
2015

The Only Animal Theatre Society

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

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