Grants

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City Opera Vancouver

Pauline: A new chamber opera

Pauline is a new chamber opera, built for eight singers in 14 roles, and an orchestra of seven. It addresses issues of identity, national and intimate. This is librettist Margaret Atwood's first opera and composer Tobin Stokes' fifth. It is set at Vancouver in the last week in the life of Pauline Johnson (1861-1913). Shifting between a shattered present and a vivid past, Pauline examines her identities as poet and entertainer, white and Mohawk, independent woman and desperate lover. Figures from her life move in and out of her consciousness and portray Pauline Johnson as a great, tragic, and essential Canadian artist. In Pauline, Atwood deploys material from Johnson's poems, letters, and essays. The genius of her libretto lies in its fusion of Johnson's 19th Century voice with Atwood's 21st Century voice. Pauline is a deeply Canadian statement of who we are, and who we are becoming. Over a century ago, Pauline Johnson was leading a life of independence and vision that we are just beginning to understand. It turns out she was one of us today.
$30,000.00
2013

Civic Orchestra Society of Victoria

Symphonic Masterworks

The 'Symphonic Masterworks' project is the third concert in the Civic Orchestra of Victoria's concert season, taking place on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall in Victoria, BC. This concert will be directed by renowned conductor Yariv Aloni and features the Victoria-based soprano Susan Young, who will be the solo singer in Edward Elgar's 'Sea Pictures'. The rehearsals for this concert will begin on January 15, occurring once a week until the concert. The complete program includes the 'Rosamunde Overture' by Franz Schubert, 'Sea Pictures' by Edward Elgar, and Cesar Franck's Symphony in d minor. All three pieces are staples of the orchestral repertoire and will provide an engaging concert for both the musicians and for the audience. This project will involve 50 orchestral musicians of varying ages and abilities, as well as a professional conductor and soloist. Many of the musicians volunteer to fill a variety of positions, including Librarian and Stage Manager, to help make this project successful.
$1,500.00
2014

Columbia Valley Arts Council

Steamboat Mountain Music Festival

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

Community Arts Council of Prince George

Supporting Northern Indigenous Artists

Indigenous artists in the Northern Interior of BC do not have access to professional development, marketing services, exhibition and performance spaces, and funding and arts-related employment opportunities, that are available to their non-Indigenous counterparts. The Community Arts Council of Prince George & District has begun the work to understand how we can forge an authentic and autonomous entity that will accomplish this. To date we have helped to support a group of Indigenous artists form the "Northern Indigenous Artists' Collective" who are continuing to advise us with the end goal of creating an Indigenous Arts Support Office, staffed with a full-time Indigenous Arts Administrator.
$7,860.00
2017

Community Arts Council Of The Saanich Peninsula

ArtSea Festival

The objective of the Festival is to enhance the reputation of Sidney and the Peninsula as a cultural destination and encourage further community involvement in the arts, and attract visitors to the Saanich Peninsula over the Festival period by building on the success of the Sidney Fine Art Show and the Fall Studio Tour which attracts many thousands of people into Sidney and the Peninsula. In addition to the Art Show and Studio Tour, the Festival provides opportunites for the community and visitors to more broadly enjoy all forms of art. The work of artists from film, creative writing and performing arts, as well as visual artists will be showcased in a variety of venues.
$4,600.00
2011

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

Community Arts Fund Cultural Development Worker - Downtown Eastside, Phase 2.

The Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV) is establishing a Community Arts Fund (CAF) with the Downtown Eastside as the community of first priority. The Fund will support community organizations that bring professional and non-professional artists together to generate artistic activities and works of art reflective of the people, cultures, and history of the Downtown Eastside. This application is for Foundation support for one component of the CAF, the engagement of a Community Arts Cultural Development Worker for phase 2. The job entails organizing the Council’s new Downtown Eastside Community Arts Program Committee and the local funding program including criteria and support to community organizations (while the financial reserve for the Fund is being accumulated over the next several years the Council is intentionally raising short term dollars that enable small amounts of money to be provided annually now. This builds credibility for the fund and provides experience in the fund granting process).
$8,000.00
2011

Compagnie Vision Selective Arts Society

Creation of 'DVOTE: Lust, Madness and Mayhem'

Noam Gagnon's creative impulse is to delve into personal experiences to create transcendent performances. This has drawn him to collaborate with Nova Bhattacharya, a highly regarded Toronto-based dance artist trained in classical Indian dance. It may seem the two artists from different cultural and dance backgrounds have little in common, but their independent work reveals a shared fascination with the autobiographical. 'DVOTE: Lust, Madness and Mayhem' is their shared investigation into themes of devotion, submission, sexuality and spirituality. Playing with the twinned notions of voyeurism and exhibitionism, DVOTE is an intimate journey that blurs the traditional lines of performance and confessional. DVOTE exposes the continuum of submission and control that begins with the socially sanctioned relationship between performer and audience, and ends somewhere between master and slave. Conflating the opposing ideas of public performance and intensely private experiences of sexuality and spirituality, the work hopes to expose personal taboos and challenge current social discourse.
$15,000.00
2012

Company Erasga Dance Society

MigARTion: Art and Migrants towards a Critical and Creative Empathy in Collaborative Art Making

This project aspires to contribute to the contemporary Philippine global diasporic artistry, activism and community through an intergenerational, interdisciplinary, intercultural, cross-aestehtics and transcultural engagement. Filipino and Filipino-Canadian artists, migrant group, independent artists and professional arts companies will collaborate to build a new practice and discourse on migration in Canada through art. Issues like family separation, cultural trauma, and settler colonialism are explored through this process. Migrant stories and perspectives are foregrounded through arts-based methodology grounded from a decolonizing creation process.
$10,000.00
2017

Shifting Geography

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

Colonial

Colonial is a full evening work of contemporary dance based on life in a colonized society and the effects on the individual, choreographed by Alvin Erasga Tolentino, with creative partners; Dennis Gupa, Theatre Director and Dramaturge; Filipino Video Artist Ted Armitanio and two senior Filipino pioneering choreographers, Denisa Reyes and Agnes Locsin. Their expertise will help facilitate and strengthen the company's growth to incorporate and open further interpretive techniques through other media such as theatre, interviews and dialogue. The project has the support of PETA and UPLB in the Philippines, MAI in Montreal and the Roundhouse in Vancouver, the creative process will be opened up to the local dance communities and general public through a series of open rehearsals and unique workshops. The opportunity to learn more about Filipino culture and history through dance is a rare prospect and one that will have a great impact on the partners involved as well as the significant Filipino community of Canada.
$15,000.00
2012

Shadow Machine

Shadow Machine is a fusion of dance, video, audio, photography and interactive technologies that juxtaposes Vancouver’s industrial development in the early 20th century with the post-industrial modern age. Central to Shadow Machine are the workers, machinery and people who have built Vancouver’s past and present. This event will feature live performances by new-media artists Carol Sawyer, Peter Courtemanche and Ken Gregory, as well as dancer Alvin Tolentino and a dozen others performing his choreography. Partners include W2 Media Arts Centre and the Roundhouse. The premiere is planned for October 2010.
$15,000.00
2010

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.
$60,000.00
2016

Following A Line

Following A Line refers to “following a line of investigation.” This exhibition presents an international roster of artists whose work began in the archives, library, or from statistical data. The artistic investigations do not lead to certain answers, but are more about the way information is conveyed. For example, Los Angeles artist Paul Sietsema recreated pictures of pre-colonial artifacts such as a fishing net, cape, ceramics and coins in his studio, filming his remakes in a pseudo-anthropological manner.
$21,100.00
2010

Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society

Expansion of Archive & Artifact Collection Rooms

The proposed project will expand the size of the existing Museum, by constructing a West Wing with 2 new rooms adding 240 square feet. This project addresses the infrastructure challenges of working in an old building with very limited space, by creating a purpose-built space to house our growing Artifact & Archive Collections in proper climate controlled rooms, a public archives research room, a workroom for creating exhibits. At the moment, our ability to expand our successful Public Education & Archives Programs is constrained by space limitations to house and access the Archive & Artifact Collections. These collections provide materials for these growing programs; which in turn influence our revenues, as some of the programs raise funds for museum development. To ensure financial sustainability, the CIMAS board has made the building expansion a priority.
$10,000.00
2012

Naming and Claiming: the Creation of Bute Inlet

This installation will depict the geography, ethnography, ecology and pre-history of Bute Inlet, a coastal fjord rich with resources. A large-scale double-sided map will depict First Nation and settler sites, while other maps will display the history and the economy. Photos, archival photographs, text and artifacts will combine to give viewers a greater understanding and appreciation of this wilderness and its history.
$7,835.00
2010

CRES

Access to Media Arts - PILOT PROGRAM

This project's main aim is long-term sustainability of a program that offers low-barrier access to equipment, studios, training, education, and workshops. This sustainability is being sought through a "Fee for Service" program, which will use revenue obtained to be put back into the program. We have noticed a gap in services provided for artists, film-makers, media artists, radio producers, and documentary producers to have an affordable place to do audio work, or have audio work done for them by our technicians, with affordable but professional audio equipment. The program will offer a pay scale: one for professionals/regular clients; one for artist-members; and for artist-members who require low barrier access (by application). The cost of rentals and services will reduce for each category. The program will offer services such as: -rental of a professional audio studio -use and rental of professional equipment (following training) -hiring out MAC technicians/artists for work -technical services (dubbing audio, transferring files, audio editing/mixing/mastering) -more to be assessed during pilot phase As VIVO Media Arts Centre members and previous employees, we witnessed the success of their equipment, studio, and service booking system. With this program, we will offer a service we are not able to offer at all right now: access to studios and equipment; and further, with the revenue we receive, we can offer scholarships and lower rates to reduce barriers
$10,000.00
2017

Cumberland and District Historical Society

Museum and Exhibit Signage Project

This project will research, write, design, manufacture and install interpretive signage in the Cumberland Museum and Archives. This will allow the Historical Society to better tell the story of Cumberland, which has a rich history that yearns to be shared. From coal mining and Chinatown to labour martyrs and lemon teas, the stories of early Cumberland are fascinating for both visitors and residents. The signage will ensure their stories are represented in an accurate, professional and respectful manner.
$8,000.00
2010

Dance Victoria

Gabi Beier Choreographic Workshop

This project has two phases. Dance Victoria is seeking support for Phase One. It recently received confirmation of a $12,000 contribution from the Canada Council for this phase. DV will bring Berlin-based dance mentor Gabi Beier to DV Studios and the Dance Centre (Vancouver) to lead a choreographic workshop in each city. Beier will work with two Victoria and two Vancouver artists in an immersive two-week process. Participating artists will be selected from a proposal call for small group works and/or solos by artists that have at least one professional production of a previous work. Beier's methodology is detailed and comprehensive (but also responsive) and includes everything from planning the work to bringing it to the stage. The short works developed during Beier's tenure will be given presentations on a mixed bill in Victoria and Vancouver (April 2015). Beier will also interact with audiences and artists through lecture demonstrations in each city. Phase Two (not included in this request) will take one or more of these works to Berlin for further development in 2016.
$13,830.00
2014

Joe Laughlin Retrospective

DV is requesting support for Vancouver choreographer Joe Laughlin's retrospective project. The project includes a new commission, a remount of two older pieces and the reworking of a fourth. These four pieces will comprise a production that will be given two performances at the McPherson Playhouse, February 6 and 7, 2013 as part of Dance Victoria's 2012/13 Resident Artist Season. Next year marks 25 years since Laughlin began making dance. During that time he has created over 40 pieces. This project brings together three of his strongest and best-loved short works and a new commission that he will set on Ballet Victoria. Laughlin is DV's Artist-in-Residence in 2012/13. The production will include a work for four dancers from 1997 (Harold, Billy, Stan and Jack), a duet for a man and a tea cup (Left, 2003) and a 2011 work entitled dusk. In addition to the work with Ballet Victoria, Laughlin will re-work dusk in Victoria. When not in Victoria he will work with his company in Vancouver. All of the pieces will be combined and the transitions developed at DV's fully-equipped Studio 2.
$20,000.00
2012

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.
$5,000.00
2016

Flicker

The project will be the second phase of a collaboration between the Dancers of Damelahamid and multi-media artist Andy Moro to create an innovative dance piece, to be titled Flicker, with a unique scenographic hybrid of projected environments and live-action shadow dance. Through this project vividly rich environments and characters will be created to represent the 'spirit world', the mystical realm portrayed through Gitxsan masked dance, which the Dancers of Damelahamid will be able to interact with in a live dance performance. This proposed phase of the project is to be completed in early 2015 and will be an opportunity to work again with Andy Moro to edit and combine the various elements created as part of the earlier 2014 exploratory residency and begin to create a coherent structure for the new dance work that ties the piece together. The project will be supported by The Dance Centre, which has agreed to provide a Dance Lab that consists of two weeks of studio time, which can be used to develop the work that was done in the initial research stage of creating Flicker.
$7,500.00
2014

Dancing on the Edge Festival Society

The Downtown Eastside Animation Project

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

DanStabat Performance Society o/a Tara Cheyenne Performance

How to Be

After the success of the ensemble work, Highgate, there has been an impetus to create another group work. How to Be, originated after research work on another project experimented with "being" in performance. The seed for the work is the idea of "being" and trying to be incompetent (to place oneself in a transparent state of vulnerability) and not worrying about being entertaining, which both to an artist are incredibly difficult. Tara chose to create with talented and successful Vancouver artists at various stages of their careers and who are creating/performing very different kinds of work. The desire is for the work to be shared, and a dialogue to develop as a result. As an artist, Tara is interested in the exchange of ideas and artistic sensibilities to discover the parts of ourselves that come from, not what we already do as artists and creators, but from what we don't think of putting on stage or presenting. This phase of the research and development of this new work is to support the rehearsals prior to the work-in-progress presentation in the spring of 2015.
$5,000.00
2014

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
$144,755.00
2016

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