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Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

An Arts Hub for South Surrey: Engaging Community Through the Arts

The Media Room is a recently refurbished, fully accessible,1800 square foot space located in a heritage building at Camp Alexandra. Our vision is to re-purpose this space by providing equipment and resources to transform it into a venue for arts collaboration, creation, and presentation. This would include audio/visual equipment, display stands, drop sheets, drawing tables, and easels; as well as providing supplies in our crafts room for use by children and youth. Working with the artists and networks with whom we have established relationships, we will populate this space with artists committed to collaborating on projects aimed at social transformation. In keeping with our commitment to hearing the voices of those affected by oppression and marginalization; initially, there will be a specific focus on attracting artists who identify as newcomer Canadians and LGTBQ elders and youth - populations who have self- identified as needing support in our growing and changing community. The collaborative projects created through this facilitation would be presented under the auspices of Alex House. Our intention would be to work with the artists to organize and promote public events, connecting them to a larger engagement strategy. Rather than be an end-in-itself, Alex House would subsequently follow-up by supporting participant-led programs and activities aimed at creating change around the issue highlighted by the performance or installation.

Contemporary Art Gallery Society of British Columbia

BMFH Artist-in-Residence: Artists Collaborating in Community

CAG uses the BMFH as a studio to incubate socially-engaged participatory projects in Vancouver, programs strategically identified as missing in the cultural provision of the city. From this site we develop multi-year community-focused residency initiatives. Hosting up to twelve Canadian/international artists in collaboration with and as mentors to local groups, organizations and communities over a three year period, this hub connects with diverse audiences such as youth, families and the under-privileged. Each artist is invited to undertake research and outreach toward new production in consideration of resonant urban issues and local histories, often self-identified by community participants, generating platforms where art is a catalyst for local exchange and dialogue among a range of voices and perspectives. BMFH enables us to work with communities and artists sitting outside of conventional gallery contexts, representing, and encompassing a differing set of concerns, scale, timeframe and approach than typical exhibition making. Furthermore it challenges notions of the artist as auteur, instead considering community-based participation and social activism as a methodology for production, thus allowing artists to set a structure but audience determines content. This format of urban residency is unique to and innovative in Canada, institutionally not happening elsewhere. CAG proposes to develop this program through implementing a series of public projects through to mid-2019.

Dancers of Damelahamid Society

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival’s Youth and Emerging Artist Development program

This project will focus on finding ways to strengthen the impact of the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival’s Youth and Emerging Artist Development program. The festival has been produced annually in partnership with the UBC Museum of Anthropology since 2008. The impetus behind the festival is not only to present dance but also to sustain the art form and the community of artists it serves. CFNDF’s Youth and Emerging Artist Development program will include a set of performances for K-12 audiences. Emerging Indigenous artists will be presented in these performances. This is a unique opportunity to witness Indigenous dance in a cultural setting, and for the students to develop an understanding of diverse artistic practices from an early age. The festival will also partner with Aboriginal youth organizations who will partake in movement workshops facilitated by the professional emerging artists. The workshops for CFNDF 2017 will focus on Metis jigging, hoop dancing, song and story. There will be 5 performances and 3 workshops. Audience size is 250-300 per performance. The total number of people anticipated to be served by this program will therefore be approximately 1,300 to over 1,500 persons.

District of Fort St. James

Youth Empowerment in the Arts Community Project

The Youth Empowerment in the Arts Project unites municipal and aboriginal governance, local and regional arts organizations, businesses, professional artists, the public education system, and youth in the Fort St. James area as a broad community team. As a collective, each working from our strengths and resources, we will integrate arts and cultural learning into the education our youth receive. The six elements of this project are: 1. Youth Arts Strategy – Youth help articulate, create and lead a community youth arts strategy as part of broad community team; 2. Collective Creations Theatre Program – Youth work with a professional theatre artist to collectively create theatre and public performances; 3. Collective Creations Media Program– Youth work with a professional actor/media artist to create media art and public presentation of their ‘art work’. 4. Collective Creations Music – Youth work with emerging and professional musicians and lyricists to create music, lyrics and public performances; 5. Arts Program Sustainability - Each ‘arts’ program will incorporate mentoring into its program development. Mentoring, community strategic planning and business planning are how this ‘arts and cultural’ programming becomes self-sustaining within the education system and continue to be accessible to our young people; 6. Education – The high school will work within this project to devise a means where youth will receive credits and teacher support towards their graduation

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 tool, and integration with Elektra’s outreach programs with youth (2 programs) and young professionals (1 program)

Fugue Theatre Society


Les Filles du Roi is a new, tri-lingual musical that uses the deep relationships between language, art and culture to create opportunities for cross-cultural understanding. It serves Vancouver's Aboriginal, Francophone and new immigrant communities, with a focus on women and youth. Sung in a dialect of Iroquois, French and English, Les Filles du Roi traces the arrival of the historical filles du roi in the 1600s. Young fille du roi Marie Jeanne Lespérance finds her hopes for a new life are complicated by the competing interests of the people of Ville-Marie (later Montréal), the nearby Mohawk settlement of Kahnawà:ke, and the British settlements further south. Over the course of four tumultuous seasons, French, Mohawk, Métis and English characters build a complex web of relationships that sets the stage for the Canada we know today. Fugue Theatre has commissioned Julie McIsaac and Corey Payette to create this project as a way to address the historical roots of the current debates about migration, cultural diversity, gender equality and Aboriginal sovereignty. The project is inspired by the writers’ personal connections to their Francophone and Aboriginal heritage and by the need to grow diversity in Canadian theatre. By combining artistic creation with community outreach to Aboriginal youth, women, Francophones and new Canadians, Les Filles du Roi disrupts our ideas, beliefs and actions: building a peaceful, equitable society lies in reclaiming the voices of the past.

Haida Gwaii Museum Society

Digitally Accessing Haida Culture

Our goal is to enrich the visitor experience in our museum, as well as in our partner’s institutions by providing a more in-depth learning experience through dialogue that stimulates interaction with visitors, and collaboration with researchers, scholars from other museums. We see the Haida cultural treasures in other museums as resources through which we can help educate people about Haida culture from the past and the present. The proposed project will allow us to “virtually repatriate” important cultural treasures, while, at the same time, building cultural knowledge that we can offer our partners that will help support their collections and provide knowledge about Haida culture. The proposed project will investigate the use of a technology called telepresence robots. This technology allows people to move virtually through a museum by remotely controlling a wheeled robot equipped with a camera, microphone, loudspeaker and screen display of a live video of the face of a museum interpreter. Using this technology, it is possible to visit a museum in an interactive, innovative, that has the potential for dialogue. This technology helps visitors who are geographically distant from a museum, and/or people who cannot travel, to follow a virtual guided tour from a remote location, and with complete independence. We would like to explore how this technology can be used by our museum and partners to make Haida culture more accessible to the public and to our communities.

Il Centro

Cultural Exploration and Engagement (working title)

Il Centro has been actively been pursuing and developing the collaborative, co-presentation and partnership approach for the past two years, the results to date, have had a significant impact on our organization as we are now perceived by our professional partners and collaborators as a valid and credible cultural entity that can play a more proactive role in the broader cultural context in the City. At the same time, il Centro has engaged in several projects that have linked the professional arts world with our multicultural partners, demonstrating the value, and we believe, our hypothesis that connecting the two assets-culture and multiculturalism-both addresses the systemic challenges as well as creating new and exciting content for our evolving culture. Despite the positive organizational experience we feel that the engagement approach has not been developed into its full potential. While we have broached the concept in a discussion with the City Vancouver Cultural Affairs department we have recognized that we need to create a proof of concept or study that documents our hypothesis and measures the impact in both artistic outcomes as well as quantitative outputs. Working with our partners, Il Centro will track and gather data from the collaborative and partnership events that will test the concept and, we believe, allow us to begin to address the systemic issue through a documentation, dissemination and engagement outreach strategy and campaign.

Indian Summer Arts Society

Taiké: An Inter-Cultural Arts Development Project

There’s a Punjabi word for First Nations people that is only used in Vancouver. It doesn’t exist in India, or even in Toronto, Winnipeg or Calgary. The word is taiké and it was used when First Nations and South Asian men worked and lived together at lumber mills. Taiké translates to mean ‘father’s elder brother’. According to cultural researcher Naveen Girn, “It speaks to the idea of cousins between First Nations and South Asians, but also this idea of shared ancestry.” (Source: Vancouver Courier) The relationships that early South Asian immigrants were able to establish with Indigenous peoples has largely been lost and little is known of its history. What is evident though, is a shared sense of community, of storytelling traditions, and of respect for cultural inheritance. This project seeks to renew and re-build that respect and sense of kinship, through developing opportunities for First Nations and South Asian artists to work collaboratively on artistic projects, with the intention of eventually culminating in an outcome at Indian Summer Festival. Development funding from the Vancouver Foundation will enable us to offer South Asian and First Nations artists the opportunity to spend time together, begin exploring what their collaborations might look like and come up with viable project plans. We aim to create one or more projects to fit into Indian Summer Festival’s omnivorous, multi-disciplinary curatorial approach.

Kelowna Art Gallery

Okanagan Boys & Girls Club in partnership with the Kelowna Art Gallery

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are dedicated to assisting their members gain access to experience and grow up to become all they can be. We know some of the youth accessing our programs at the Downtown Youth Centre face barriers to participating in something like art classes - something so many of us may take for granted. The partnership between the Kelowna Art Gallery and the OKanagan Boys and Girl Club, Downtown Youth Centre (and shelter) will help the partners remove those barriers and invest in youth's artistic growth and social development. By providing monthly art classes, hosted by professional artists, youth will be exposed to different forms of artistic expression in the forms of different approaches to art making and mediums. In addition, Youth will also be engaged in pre-scheduled community art workshops hosted by the Kelowna Art Gallery." We are hoping that the Kelowna Art Gallery can become a space where youth feel safe connecting, and trying something new, where they laugh at their failures, and blow their own minds" - Downtown Youth Centre Director; Sarah MacKinnon.

Kelowna Community Resources Society

BREASTFEEDING ART EXPO: Influencing Change through Art

This project will influence systemic change towards our broad outcome to increase the number of people who attend and participate in artistic and cultural offerings through 15 culturally/artistically diverse community breastfeeding art projects (dance & music, poetry, painting, sculpting, quilting, photography, traditional Aboriginal art, children’s art & scientific art) that will tour across IH region. This will increase awareness of breastfeeding among target vulnerable populations and public, teaching its importance and benefits. This supports behaviour change at the individual level leading to change in cultural norms and beliefs of the social system. The project will remove barriers to intercultural artistic expression by broadening working partnerships between artist, community agencies, IH and schools serving multicultural communities. This will provide new opportunities for the flow of knowledge, resources and social capital within the system. Further, resource development such as an Art Catalogue, Teacher’s Guide, How-to-Guide, PowerPoint, online website, and a project evaluation led by UBC-O team, will provide evidence to support the value of art in improving health and encourage new ways of thinking about health through arts-based mediums. This will impact the authority flow of policy within the system by supporting BFI policy and practices within IH, and support the restructuring of health services to incorporate breastfeeding promotion into food security work.

Kokoro Dance Theatre Society

Downtown Eastside Artistic Community Outreach

This is a capacity building project to increase the participation of DTES artists and groups in using our studio spaces and in attending events that take place there. This project is connected to a sustainability issue that we face in operating the new cultural spaces. We have completed a draft business plan with consultant Linda Gorrie that identifies the financial challenges we will have in covering the overhead costs of operating the facility. Since our intention is to make KW Studios affordable and accessible to marginalized artists and groups in the DTES, we need to have a better understanding of the numbers of potential DTES users, their specific needs, and their financial capabilities, or lack thereof, toward contributing some cost returns, and the potential amount of time their use would entail. This will establish a target financial goal for providing partial or complete subsidies for those with artistic projects that could benefit from access to our physical resources. The facilities consist of a 1,050 sq.ft. dance studio adjacent to the Woodward's Atrium, a 3,802 sq. ft. basement production and recording studio, and a 450 sq. ft. meeting/workshop room on the 2nd floor. To find out what we need to know, we plan to hire a consultant with knowledge of the DTES community.

Lookout Society

Tide Pools: Art Thrives

The Lookout Society has worked with people with low or no income who have few, if any, housing or support options for over 40 years in the DTES area. Regaining and maintaining stability requires access to healthy choices and livelihoods. For many here this includes creative practices and social programs. Through our partnership with Gallery Gachet this project will strengthen outreach to community art programs. We will grow external relations to enhance training and mentorship. We can advance our community artists’ livelihoods. The Canada Council recognizes arts training beyond college and university education and includes mentorship, a history of exhibition, peer recognition and civic arts involvement as contributing to an artist’s profile. We can increase artist’s access to artist fees and recognize the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2014 decision to protect the minimal rights of artists to be paid. We will find new and alternative venues for exhibition, performance, sales and social engagement and we will broaden our participation in realms of cultural production beyond our neighbourhood. This project will advance both outreach and 'inreach'. With the support of staff and volunteers we will improve points of contact with culture-producing venues to gain and share a clear picture of arts programming. Identifying gaps, Gallery Gachet will create new educational opportunities and form a community alliance for the arts.

Mascall Dance Society

Put The Kettle On

Put the Kettle On (PKO) is a youth-led dance community event that provides marginalized youth access to creation, production and management. The PKO artistic team will partner with community service agencies in Port Hardy and inner-city Vancouver. PKO disrupts basic routine (how we act and what we do), providing structured workshops that offer a foundation in dance and rhythmic movement, a physical outlet for self-expression and a shared dance experience that creates a sense of community/culture. Further, PKO disrupts resource flow (money, knowledge, people) to provide youths unique access to artistic expression. Participants will learn to create, produce and manage a community dance event from start to finish. In recognition of the time and commitment of involved youth, PKO will pay honoraria. Shoes and socks are supplied. Meals will be provided at workshops for the duration of the project. A sense of authentic achievement comes from making art with others and bringing it to life in event form. From a healthy creative outlet for self-expression, a toolkit of practical and emotional skills, and a connection with others comes empowerment. It is likely that with this experience, participants will go on to engage in artistic production in future.

Museum of Vancouver

What's Trust Got to Do With It?

What’s Trust? is intended to move the levers how we act and what we believe. The goal Is to enhance social connection in order to create community value—and ultimately have region-wide impact. The social innovation art and design for social change will focus artists and an interdisciplinary team on encouraging individuals to connect with others. Based on collaboration with a major arts and design institution, local and internationally known artists and designers, and organizations that engage Vancouverites at risk of isolation, MOV will create partner-driven research and engagement activities in 2016-17 and a groundbreaking exhibition and programming in 2017-18. Our social innovation development process will bring together institutional partners and a working team of artists, designers, and social science experts with isolated groups and museum members in collaborative workshops to express, test, and develop prototypes: the strategies, programs, and exhibition that will form the project products. Core project partnerships, partnering organizations, knowledge sharing, and media outreach will promote innovation discussion and adoption. Trust is the essential, but not sufficient, condition for social connection. What’s Trust targets the root causes of social isolation by engaging people in exploring the meanings of trust through storytelling that explore ‘simple’ questions of unexpected complexity—‘who will fix my car?’ ‘will I vote?’ ‘would I talk to him?

Nanaimo Art Gallery

Three Questions for Nanaimo

Exploring themes that are integral to the identity of this community, "Black Diamond Dust" and "Silva" empowered residents to encounter contemporary art on their own terms. "Three Questions for Nanaimo" will build on this momentum and engagement involving more people and more points of view. The Gallery will scale deeper through sustained, long term dialogues with community stakeholders, partner organizations, and local thought leaders, growing a community that supports the gallery because the artworks and ideas it shares matter to them. Our project will launch with the question: "What Does it mean to Live on an Island," and will engage expertise from a range of constituents including members of Vancouver Island’s indigenous communities, marine biologists, ecologists, fishers, and academics, along with local, national, and international artists, creating an innovative and sustainable year long program of exhibitions, public events, and encounters. This model will also build our organizational capacity: we will hire a curatorial assistant and increase education staff hours. Through expanded field research and outreach, we will create opportunities to connect with specific partners, and work in more sustained long-term relationships. Years two and three will explore questions around communication and mobility. Each project will be based in the gallery, but extended through the region, and widely activated through digital and print platforms.

posAbilities Association of British Columbia

Mobilizing the Arts to Catalyze a Movement

For the next year (2016), we will work with a broad-base set of arts-based and non-arts based partners to host meet-ups, events and activations that begin to map and network the landscape of people, projects and associations that are trying to engender citizen engagement, as well as social connection, inclusion and resiliency. This work will culminate in a festival in May/June 2017 wherein we will partner with the Spur Festival to host a public and accessible festival with the theme of (presently) “Alone Together.” The Festival brings thought leaders, artists and the public together to reflect on this topic. Publicly accessible art is already an integral feature of the festival—spoken word, dance, music, etc. However, we will expand the arts component so that there are many activations occurring throughout the city while also focusing them all on a call to action that inspires audiences to make the shift from spectators into participants. We will (1) mobilize and network many artists from diverse backgrounds, (2) deploy a broad range of interactive medium and modalities, and (3) optimize exposure (public places, buzz, etc.). Insofar as inclusive community is one where everyone belongs, it will be essential that the artists are representative of the broad constituency of community: aboriginal artists, children and youth, persons with disabilities, etc. Bursaries will be made available to arts groups and they will be provided ongoing project support, as needed.

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Society

Concord Floral Youth Canada 150 – Community-Engaged Youth Workshops, Production and Arts Congress

Our project is entitled Concord Floral Youth Canada 150 – Production, Community-Engaged Youth Workshops, and Arts Congress” – an ambitious, Metro Vancouver-wide, 16-month (June 2016-Sept 2017) multi-layered youth initiative inspired by Canada’s Sesquicentennial, that brings together future arts and community leaders for creative expression, dialogue and skills development. The project will take place across Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey. It will involve: 3) a three-month series of professional artist-led youth workshops on performance, industry best practices, community leadership skills and opportunities, career development in the arts, and innovative approaches to social media (Sept-Nov 2016); 2) a locally cast production (with Touchstone Theatre) of “Concord Floral” by Jordan Tannahill, 2014 Governor General Award winning Canadian playwright, ( (Dec 2016-Feb 2017) to premiere at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, then tour to the PuSh Festival and the Surrey Arts Centre; and 3) a (free) youth-driven Arts Congress, to be held at Surrey’s new City Hall (July 2017). Concord Floral Youth Canada 150 partners came together out of a desire for exploring and developing a collaborative model to share resources, perspectives and best practices. The project will impact the lives of over 450 youth (ages 15-25) and is envisioned as highly participatory, inclusive, and accessible.

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.

Sunshine Coast Arts Council

Indigenous non Indigenous

Mainstream culture is a system built largely on stratification to facilitate an efficient flow of resources to arts and heritage professionals. Culture is, after all, a highly subjective experience. What is great to one is meaningless to another. How then do we choose to distribute our money, time, and energy on the arts? The elements of popular, experimental and historical culture provide us with a clear hierarchy to make these decisions. And while we constantly aim for a meritocracy with-in this system, those who have greater access to (or relate well to) these elements flourish, while those who don’t…don’t. Youth are the great equalizer. It’s no co-incidence that the younger generations are the ones who re-invent our mainstream culture on an ongoing basis. Their biases are not as entrenched as their elders, their creative energy is vibrant, and their skills and abilities are beginning to emerge. We are proposing a series of two 2-day facilitated workshops that combine the resources of our organization and an established indigenous cultural organization with the fresh ideas and energy of local indigenous and non-indigenous youth and indigenous and non-indigenous artists. These workshops would explore the systemic issues noted above through the perceptions of local youth and artists; ultimately aiming to identify access points for marginalized voices with-in their communities, and ways that community-engaged arts could amplify them.

Surrey Art Gallery Association

Youth Engagement Strategy (YES) Program

SOCIAL INNOVATION: SAGA’s Partnering to Advance Social Capital through Strengthening Youth and Community Art 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 (audience 50,000 annually), and other cultural and community organizations, to further its mission to advance community engagement with the contemporary arts and to support artists. Youth Engagement Strategy (YES) Program will enhance connection with and develop programming for youth and young adults. This initiative will implement and evaluate best practices for engaging young people between the ages of 15-30 in Surrey. Social Innovations include: partnering to advance social capital; shifting power dynamics; enabling young people to learn from and with artists and their community to build their skills; providing programs driven by youth for youth; and demonstrating potential of sustainable growth for participants, partners, and community.



The STATUS UPDATE project will contribute to systemic change in the beliefs that both youth and adults hold regarding social media and life online. Presentations, activities and workshops will kickstart meaningful and non-judgemental discussions amongst youth about our online lives. We will look at a variety of issues: self-representation, identity, the lure of social media, privacy and surveillance, online anonymity, and the exciting creative capacities of social media and online access. Each group of youth artists will be challenged to answer the following question: If you could explore one key idea with your younger peers (or your younger self) about social media, what would it be? Youth will be encouraged to choose diverse topics, and to experiment with video and other art practices to answer this question. Youth artists will bring their creations into nearby Elementary Schools, using their artwork to teach younger peers about positive, thoughtful and creative uses of social media. In our experience, youth better understand ideas when they engage in peer mentorship. In this way, our test program will influence changes of habit and beliefs of both the youth and children involved, with the media and curriculum produced extending that change well beyond our project. The youth-produced art will also take centre stage in an exhibit that will bring older generations into this conversation and challenge common protectionist attitudes towards youth and digital citizenship.

Theatre Conspiracy

Migration Path

Migration Path is the first edition of a new Theatre Conspiracy initiative, Conspiracy Showcase. If our initial test with this project is successful, we may apply it further with provincial or national scope. The goal is to bring together a group of six exceptional theatre artists/companies (three local and three national) to create three new shows about the immigrant and refugee experience through interaction with communities in the Vancouver Lower Mainland. We seek diverse, multi-lingual, multi-generational voices to participate in the creation of the shows, to bring together communities who have not previously interacted, and to showcase their common experiences and successes. Overseen by Theatre Conspiracy, the selected artists will develop shows in residence at such venues as the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, the Gateway Theatre in Richmond, and (potentially) a Surrey venue between summer 2016 to summer 2017, and then showcase the projects together at The Cultch in Nov. 2017. We seek to involve public schools, community groups, refugee societies, and academics to integrate a wide variety of experience and knowledge that will lend depth to the project. The project’s core objective is to integrate Lower Mainland communities into the theatre-making process through workshops, open rehearsals and feedback sessions – free, inclusive, volunteer activities – that will guide our conception as we develop the project.

Theatre North West Society

Painting the Streets

a. Commission Artist b. Artist creates play synopsis and begins writing process c. Create a series of events to test out the content and form of the piece at various stages of its development in a public environment that involves the community d. To ensure that we are making art accessible to and reflective of all members of our community

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.