Grants

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Belfry Theatre Society

Island of Hope

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

Home is a Beautiful Word

The project for which we are requesting funding is a production of a new play, Home is a Beautiful Word, to be presented on the Belfry Theatre Mainstage in the 2013-14 Season. In 2010, the Belfry Theatre commissioned playwright and journalist, Joel Bernbaum, to create a piece of verbatim theatre that addresses the issue of homelessness in Victoria, an issue that Artistic Director Michael Shamata felt could be addressed in a meaningful and unique way through the forum of theatre. Homelessness is a highly visible and controversial issue in Victoria and communities across the country. Verbatim theatre refers to the process of constructing a play using dialogue drawn from interviews conducted with members of a community. Verbatim theatre facilitates the inclusion of voices not usually heard - in the theatre or elsewhere. It allows us to bring many sides of the homelessness discussion to the stage. This project fits well within the Belfry's mission to produce contemporary theatre that generates ideas and dialogue, and that helps our audience to see the world from different perspectives.
$20,000.00
2012

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

Indigenous Communities Consultation Project

Through this project, we are seeking to change the status quo of the ways in which arts institutions create and deliver programming. We are addressing the colonial history of arts institutions and exploring ways to break down the barriers between institutions and the Indigenous community. We will address this issue by creating a community consultation process that will seek to build strong, long-lasting, and reciprocal relationships with community organizations and members. Our goal is to create a space that builds bridges between people. We want to create a space that is shaped by and for the community to support them in participating in safe and accessible educational opportunities.
$10,000.00
2017

Carrying on "Irregardless": Humour and Creativity in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art

Aboriginal art incorporates humour for many purposes, yet to date no exhibit in contemporary NWC Native art has treated humour in any critical fashion. Aware of this serious gap after having experienced Bill Reid's wit in his artwork, M. Reid invited Tahltan curator Peter Morin to co-curate 'Irregardless' to further explore the nature and dimensions of humour in the artworks, writings, and interviews of 15 Aboriginal NWC artists to contextualize and interpret humour in their creative processes and artistic practices. 'Irregardless' will exhibit a diverse body of recent works in many media, including videos, by internationally recognized and mid-career artists to explore how humour allows Aboriginal people to cope with change with resilience and amusement while maintaining a sense of community and continuity. 7 Public programs will celebrate humour's power to heal and unify. A 120-page colour catalogue will accompany the exhibition. 'Irregardless' will provide Aboriginal and art communities as well as the general public opportunities to 'decolonize' their minds with a sense of play.
$25,000.00
2012

Time Warp: Contemporary Textiles of the Northwest Coast

Time Warp is the first comprehensive exhibition of contemporary northwest coast textiles, a vital force in the cultural revitalization of Northwest Coast Aboriginal art. Fabric arts have often been dismissed as women’s art, therefore decorative or meaningless. Time Warp explores how gender, identity and the characterization of textile-making as a feminine activity contributed to their lack of recognition within northwest coast art genres.
$25,000.00
2010

Blue Bridge Theatre Society

Roxy Theatre Electrical Upgrade

The Roxy Theatre is currently in its first phase of renovations wherein BBRT has: constructed a raised stage for performance, installed lighting trusses, painted the lobby and auditorium, and installed flooring in the auditorium, amongst many other aesthetic enhancements. These improvements allowed BBRT to open our season with our first Roxy show "True West" in November; however, all of the productions this season have been required to make significant technical compromises due to the current limitations of the space. For the Roxy Theatre to progress, these limitations need to be addressed - and one of the most important is the upgrade from 200Amp electrical service to 400Amp electrical service. The current electrical service for the building is not sufficient to power a proper lighting and sound setup for live performance. The audiences and artists who have come to the Roxy Theatre thus far have shown great support and understanding for the current 'in-process' status of the renovations - but we need to address these shortcomings as quickly as we can.
$10,000.00
2014

Boca del Lupo

Expedition

Expedition is a suite of performance works and installations set in 2167 that explore how climate change might affect our future and how our future selves might look back upon the present. Placing the audience as complicit participants in this collective future, the key creators include scientists, journalists and academics working together with artists to disrupt the inertia of now, drive away despair and engender hope. If one imagines back to 1867 and considers how people lived their lives, the place of women in society, notions of race and ethnicity, the treatment of the LGBTQ community, it quickly becomes clear that there has been progress. In the study of ethics there is a theory, supported by research, that tells us when two cultures intersect and are not ethically aligned, it is the more progressive ethical position that most often prevails. This is not a linear path, of course, but whether it be the subjugation of women or slavery or colonization, ethicists tell us that liberty, emancipation and independence eventually take the day. It is in this notion of progressive ethics that we found hope for the future and inspiration for this project. As an iterative and participatory live performance movement, the ongoing nature of presenting a suite of works that share a common frame serves to deepen impact, expand reach and points of access, lengthen engagement and increase the chances of authentic transformation with participants.
$60,000.00
2017

Big Bad

The Vancouver International Children's Festival (VICF) is commissioning Boca del Lupo to create Big Bad, a deconstructed fairy tale for children and adults to experience together. Big Bad tackles the sensitive and complex issue of identifying danger in the modern age. Recognizing that the metaphors present in Little Red Riding Hood are very different for a parent than for a child, the performance will utilize technology such as synchronized split audio tracks and split screen video to provide very different experiences for parent and child even as they sit side by side. Working with child psychologist, Elizabeth McLaughlin, there will be sensitive and meaningful treatment of this important subject matter and the dynamic artistic team will bring an immersive world to life. Big Bad will be presented at the Revue Stage on Granville Island. Creation will take place over the course of 18 months. It is the final production phase starting in March 2015 that we are applying for in this application.
$20,000.00
2014

Fall Away Home

Our proposal is to mount an original site-specific multidisciplinary performance in the summer of 2013 entitled 'Fall Away Home'. A mash up of live feed video, animation, improvised music and contemporary performance, Fall Away Home will be an extraordinary experience for an intergeneration audience in an unconventional space that will transform our perception of who we are, where we came from and our relationship to the place we call home. Thematically the work draws on the grim realities of human trafficking. Careful to avoid perpetuating dated stereotypes, the work will be a fiction/fairytale drawn from contemporary research and first hand interviews with human trafficking victims. Working with the Vancouver Port Authority, our vision is to perform the piece down at the port or near to it, on the water's edge. The setting will be constructed out of shipping containers stacked three and four stories high alongside cranes and other industrial machinery. This all-ages piece will explore the world of children who are not entirely in control of their own lives and destiny.
$15,000.00
2012

Boundary Museum Society

Centennial Building in honor of BC Forest Service, Elks Lodge, 4-H & Co-op Movem

Our project is twofold. Since the Museum's relocation to the new Heritage Site at Fructova, larger items located in the Gyro Park display such as the Community logging exhibit and other related artifacts are not being taken care of because of inadequate space and/or poor building design. Although the items are being restored at no charge by our local Woodworker's Guild, once completed we do not have suitable facilities to store or display them. Our proposed project will not only see the development of a dedicated space which will allow us to showcase forestry and logging memorabilia which has been so important to our area, the interior 20' x 40' space will also give us an area where temporary displays and celebrations can take place. BC Forest Service celebrates their 100th Year Anniversary in 2012 as does the Elks Lodge 493 and the Co-operative movement of Canada. Next year is the 100th Anniversary of 4-H in Canada. The Boundary Museum Society would like play a part in their 100 year celebrations by hosting picnics as well as providing this exhibit space in their honor.
$16,400.00
2012

British Columbia Choral Federation

British Columbia Youth Choir 2011 in Prince George (BCYC 2011)

The British Columbia Youth Choir (BCYC) is a core program of the British Columbia Choral Federation. Entirely managed by 60 young volunteer singers from across BC, BCYC engages top choral professionals to conduct and accompany the choir, recruits, auditions and encourages young singers, ages 16-25, and produces and promotes the program throughout the year. In 2011, it will take place in Prince George.
$3,500.00
2011

British Columbia Library Association

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

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

Burnaby Art Gallery Association (City of Burnaby)

Chronicles of Form and Place: Works on Paper by Takao Tanabe

The Tanabe exhibition, publication and online resource will be a lasting contribution to the art historical record, especially in the context of an important Canadian artist continuing to produce work in Canada. Tanabe’s unusual dexterity in a variety of media will make the touring show of some 75 drawings, watercolours and collages reflect key themes and conceptual shifts the artist has been engaged with during his career.
$20,000.00
2011

Campbell River & District Museum & Archives Society

Our Culture and History Go Mobile

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

Canadian Music Centre

CMC-BC Composer Mentorship Program

Canadian Music Centre’s BC Associate Composers will take part in mentorship outreach program serving both schools and emerging composers across BC. This project encourages music students and faculty to collaborate with the creative writing, drama, dance and math departments. CMC senior composers will also work closely with emerging composers to support their creative endeavors.
$60,000.00
2011

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

The Trail's End: Caravan Farm Theatre's 2011-12 Commissioning Project

Caravan Farm Theatre is seeking support for the commissioning, development, and production of a new play called The Trail’s End, taking place in 1933 small-town BC during the Great Depression. A poor young man and woman fall in love and share dreams of escaping their small-town existence. They begin to commit petty crimes and rise to fame as notorious bank robbers, offering the audience two thematic questions: to what lengths would you go to achieve your dreams? And, in the face of adversity, what is the price of freedom?
$20,000.00
2011

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

Carving on the Edge Festival Society

The Nuu-chah-nulth Living Archive Project

We propose to increase the number of people who participate in artistic and cultural offerings by creating a local cultural archive created by Nuu-chah-nulth people. We will gather a Working Group of community members already actively involved in Nuu-chah-nulth cultural knowledge, renewal, history, or art. This group will provide consultation to ensure we network with all of our existing resources and to ensure that the archive is accessible to the larger Nuu-chah-nulth community and is beneficial to wide range of community projects. They will guide the work of the Project Coordinator, Project Archivist and the team of Youth Archivists. Through the Carving on the Edge Festival we will feature guest speakers involved in community archival, museum or repatriation projects in order to stimulate a larger discussion in the west coast carving community. The end outcome will be a Nuu-chah-nulth Living Archive with information on the Nuu-chah-nulth collections held in many worldwide museums. This may include photographs, audio recordings, documents, and displays. Some resources may be flagged as culturally sensitive and will only be available within the Nuu-chah-nulth community and will be protected according to the protocols set out by the Living Archive Working Group. A permanent installation of the components of the Nuu-chah-nulth Living Archive that can be shared publicly and we will hosted yearly at the Carving on the Edge Festival.
$142,000.00
2017

Chemainus Theatre Festival Society

The Discovery Series (the Series)

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

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

Cineworks Independent Filmmakers' Society

Terra Nullius: Commissioned Film by Banchi Hanuse

The project facilitates the production a short film (under 30 minutes) by emerging First Nations filmmaker Banchi Hanuse (Nuxalk), whose first film, Cry Rock, has been nominated for several awards since its premiere at National Geographic's All Roads Film Festival, including Best Documentary Short at the 2010 American Indian Film Festival. This film explores a local narrative from Hanuse's community in Bella Coola, BC, and centres upon traditional and contemporary notions of land ownership, incorporating animated elements to interweave past and present day narratives. Looking at the idea of Terra Nullius, the term from Roman Law meaning 'no man's land', the film will portray a visually evocative story from Nuxalk tradition that is tethered to present day realities. A full website with film clips will be produced in conjunction. This film would be presented at three local venues (Cineworks Annex, Pacific Cinematheque, and The Cultch), and 5 locations across Canada (Victoria, Winnipeg, Toronto, and St. John's), including the Banff Centre for the Arts, who have partnered on these events.
$15,700.00
2012

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

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

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