Grants

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Documentary Media Society

Motion Picture Film Series

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

EDAM Performing Arts Society

EDAM Choreographic Series 2014-15 Season

We are requesting your assistance to support EDAM's choreographic series for 2014-15 (our season runs from Sept 1- Aug 31st). This series will involve two residencies: a fall residency from mid-Sept-Dec 2014 and a spring residency from Feb-May 2015. We wish to offer residencies to 4 guest choreographers: Serge Bennathan and Ziyian Kwan (fall '14) and Shay Kuebler and one other TBA (spring '15). During each residency, Peter Bingham and the guest choreographers will share EDAM's studio. Each participant will create a 20 minute work on dancers of their choice. At the end of the process EDAM will produce a show featuring this work-- 6 shows over 2 weeks. These residencies provide the participating artists with a fully subsidized opportunity to create in a highly supportive environment. Each guest will receive a commissioning fee, money for dancers' salaries, performance fees and free rehearsal time at EDAM. At the close of each residency, EDAM will produce the newly created dances, covering all of the production, administrative and publicity costs of with these shows.
$15,000.00
2014

Electric Company Theatre Society

TRIPTYCH - Artistic Development for large-scale theatrical production

Electric Company is commissioning, developing and producing a theatrical adaptation of three recent collections by some of Vancouver's most exciting female writers (Jennica Harper, Elizabeth Bachinsky, and Marita Daschel) in an immersive fusion of theatre, poetry and visual art. Appearing in three parts across three venues as a special, featured event at the International Writers Festival as a part of their 25th anniversary, TRIPTYCH (working title) celebrates the vitality of the local literary scene as well as the creative potency and invention that has identified Vancouver's independent theatre community as national leaders in the form. In the tradition of such celebrated Canadian installation artists as Janet Cardiff and George Mueller, the viewer of TRIPTYCH is given an intensely active role in the creation of the experience. We're inspired to combine this aesthetic quality with theatre's capacity to tell a strong story within a communal or group experience wherein we break down the isolating components in our culture and encourage contact, collaboration and community.
$20,000.00
2012

Electric Company Unplugged: ALL THE WAY HOME - Artistic Development

All the Way Home is a story about the inexplicable bonds we share with those of the same blood; about celebrating love and sharing pain, and growing from both. It is simple in the best way, built with so many universal truths that there is little room for anything else. Written by Tad Mosel and directed by Kim Collier, the performance is staged so that the action occurs in and around the audience in a non-traditional venue (Heritage Hall, Mount Pleasant). The artistic objective is to pare back the technical aspects of live theatre to focus on acting.
$20,000.00
2010

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 www.elektra.ca/repertoire/ tool, and integration with Elektra’s outreach programs with youth (2 programs) and young professionals (1 program)
$31,950.00
2016

Norwegian Spring

Through the 'Norwegian Spring' project, Elektra's priorities are to learn, to experience cultural and musical exchange, and to share the results with the public at the highest artistic level. Norwegian conductor, Maria Gamborg Helbekkmo, is one of the finest conductors of women's choirs in the world. With decades of exemplary leadership, she is an artist and a teacher and all involved will grow immeasurably from their contact with her. Primarily, the full-length concert format will combine Ms. Edmundson, Artistic Director of Elektra, and Ms. Helbekkmo's presentation of Norwegian, Canadian and other repertoire new to Elektra and to Vancouver audiences through a true artistic, cultural exchange and collaboration. The most important goal of this project will be the fostering of bonds between communities: Elektra (a week long schedule of rehearsal and mentorship), Mira (Elektra's high school mentorship program), local conductors and choristers (BCCF and Kiwanis Music Festival), and choral students from UBC, allowing for observation, robust engagement and social connection.
$10,000.00
2012

Kindred Spirits: Elektra & Shelagh Rogers

This collaboration with CBC journalist Shelagh Rogers combines choral singing with Canadian stories, including those of First Nations women. The full-length concert format will intertwine music and spoken word, with Ms. Rogers sharing the stage with the choir to read letters, fiction and her thoughts. With themes of transformation and reconciliation, the show is structured on the cycle of the seasons with folk songs and original compositions, and will also likely use Canadian photographs to depict the seasons.
$10,000.00
2010

Emily Carr University of Art and Design Foundation

The Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship

Artists and designers face challenges including economic marginalization, disconnection from established spheres of entrepreneurial teaching, and widespread misunderstanding of their role in creating new ideas that have practical application in the world. But the impact that artists and designers could have on innovation in society is huge. Efforts to support professional development for artists and designers are often ill-suited to their specific needs. By identifying the barriers that they face in a changing social and technological environment; supporting great ideas; and applying business model development methods, a socially inclusive and economically impactful future is within reach.
$225,000.00
2018

Evergreen Cultural Centre Society

Ancestral Subsistence, Natalie Purschwitz: Exploring Ritual & Collective History

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

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

Firehall Theatre Society

PostSecret The Show

The Firehall will produce the Canadian premiere of PostSecret The Show in January, 2015. PostSecret The Show is based on an ongoing community mail art project, created by Frank Warren,in which people mail their secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard. Select secrets have then been posted on the PostSecret website or have been turned into books and museum exhibitions. Working with Mr. Warren, TJ Dawe, Kahlil Shanti and Justin Sudds have devised an entertaining and moving interpretation of the stories of never before shared secrets. With the assistance of projected images and video, three actors and a musician guide the audience through a crowd-sourced narrative using sad, funny and controversial postcards that have made Postsecret.com one of the most popular blogs in the world. The project will include the rehearsal, production and presentation of the play for twenty-three performances from January 20th-Febuary 7, 2015. The play will be directed by TJ Dawe and will feature three actors from culturally diverse backgrounds including Kahlil Ashanti and one musician.
$10,000.00
2014

Premiere Production of Sally Stubbs play KID GLOVES (working title)

The Firehall will undertake a fully professional premiere production of Sally Stubbs' Kid Gloves, a play that takes us back to 1912 Vancouver. Its lead characters, Lurancy Harris and Minnie Miller, are loosely based on the first two women police officers in Canada, who were sworn in Vancouver. At a time when Vancouver was a bustling harbor city, vice and prostitution was on the rise and the Women's Christian Association fought for the enrollment of women into the police force as they felt women in the force might be able to assist 'fallen women' in redeeming themselves. Within the play there are eight characters played by six actors including an Alderman with a secret; his wife, the leader of the Women's Christian Association; the owner and operator of a number of bawdy houses; his girlfriend and her bodyguard/friend; a genial but sexist police sergeant; and the two lead characters, Lurancy Harris and Minnie Miller. Written in the style somewhat of silent movies, the production of the play will involve film/video as well as period costumes, a period setting and soundscape.
$25,000.00
2012

First Pacific Theatre Society

Re:Union

Re:Union dramatizes a real event, when a Quaker set himself on fire and died below the Pentagon window of US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, as a protest of the escalating Vietnam War. His one year-old daughter Emily, in his arms, miraculously escaped unharmed. His death is said to have been the catalyst that forced McNamara and the US to face the inhumanity of the war. In Re:Union, an adult Emily returns to Washington in aftermath 9/11, seeking to persuade McNamara to stopping a war that is just beginning. She ends up reuniting with her long-dead father. The company will also present a community outreach program ‘The Activist City: An Inter-Community Dialogue’ to extend the social impact of our work.
$14,000.00
2011

Friends of Film Society of Powell River

2012 Powell River Film Festival

Our 2012 Festival will be a celebration of the local and regional arts: • Documentaries, dramas, & animation: local, BC and Canadian films with presentations by the filmmakers to provide maximum public engagement • Focus: Media Arts for Schools: two days of films to assist in developing critical thinking and appreciation of the media arts • Adventures in Film Camp: three days of screening films and learning production skills by making short films with mentors, open to youth 15-19 years • 5-Minute Film Contest (students) and 24-Hour Film Contest (adults): winning films are screened during the festival, highlighting the achievements of filmmakers • Newsletters and web presence: promotion of all community film-related events and initiatives to youth and the general public throughout the year
$10,000.00
2011

Friends of the Old Hastings Mill Store Museum

First Nations Basketry Project - Exchanging Baskets (Working Title)

The Old Hastings Mill Store Museum (OHMSM) contains thousands of objects from diverse origins and cultures. The collection represents the meeting of aboriginal North Americans and a diverse group of pioneering peoples. We can sum this up as a unique collection representing 'contact-culture' primarily but not limited to Vancouver, British Columbia or Canada. A questionnaire survey in the summer of 2014 identified the aboriginal artefacts especially the basketry as interesting, but badly labelled, ill contextualised and poorly understood. The grant will be utilised to: 1) Label and catalogue the basketry collection. 2) Create and execute new educational initiatives. 3) Build bridges with the First Nations and increase their participation in the museum's activities. 4) Seek to increase the number and diversity of the Friends of the Old Hastings Mill Store. 5) Initiate inroads into basketry and artefacts from the varied communities of Vancouver. 6) Lead the Native Daughters back to their origins as an organisation that serves the community in all of its diversity.
$2,500.00
2014

Friends of the Quesnel and District Museum Archives Society

Integrating digital content into the exhibits of the Quesnel Museum

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

Fugue Theatre Society

LES FILLES DU ROI

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.
$25,000.00
2016

DOG PARK

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

Full Circle: First Nations Performance

Moccasin Trek: Arts on the Move!

For 3 years, we will focus on communities we have not reached plus return to those where we were unable to deliver the services due to lack of resources and high demand. We will offer a wider variety of cultural artistic workshops and take more artists out on tour more frequently. We will increase our marketing and outreach plus invest considerable time consulting with the communities that we visit. The workshops will be educational as well as inspirational. The artists who teach them will serve as role models. For remote communities requiring more extensive travel, we will restructure to program to suit the needs of the community. We believe growing this project will have a clear and lasting outcome for those who participate because it is intended to foster understanding of cultural differences alongside pride in their own heritage plus encourage dialogue with their friends and their families. This will have a direct effect on social issues such as cultural understanding, marginalization and prejudice. MT! will open the door to many, who for a variety of reasons, have never had the opportunity to participate in live performance and witness the incredible power it can have. By sharing our cultural art practices, protocols and traditions with as wide a populace as possible, both the artists and the participants from the community will be inspired, develop insight and deeper understanding. Knowledge is the key to understanding, tolerance and acceptance.
$150,000.00
2017

Gabriola Arts Council

Gabriola Contemporary Public Art Initiative

The initiative originates out of the need to enhance 'brown public spaces' and provide artistic expression, which is currently absent. The initiative will take the following format: 1. Each Island neighbourhood will be asked to identify a high visibility site, suitable for the location of public art installation 2. Individual artists will be invited to submit proposals for public art installations. 3. Each installation submitted will be collaboration between an established professional artist and an emerging artist and a neighbourhood 4. The viability of each proposed installation will be assessed by an Advisory Committee on the basis of: • Artistic merit • Cultural sensitivity • Ability of proposed installations to garner support of the community 5. A prioritized list of installations will be agreed and adopted until all available funding is exhausted 6. Each installation will be evaluated by way of an Installation Specification with clear expectations 7. Stewardship of each installation will be the responsibility of the Gabriola Arts Council
$10,000.00
2011

Golden and District Community Foundation

Golden's 6th Annual MasqueParade

Community arts activities will begin in December 2011 culminating in the festival week with the Masque Costume Ball on Friday, Feb. 17 and the Spirit Square Pageant/Parade & Street Dance on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. The MasqueParade is a community arts celebration that honours the history and cultural heritage of our mountain home. The 2.5 months of community engagement hearkens back to a time when neighbours joined together to make their own entertainment and bring meaning to their lives through celebration. It is about nurturing the artist in all of us and creating opportunities for self-expression. This community art making process engages young and old and draws upon our cultural diversity to create a theatrical spectacle that celebrates who we are and where we live.
$8,500.00
2012

Gordon & Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists

Robert Davidson: Progression of Form

Robert Davidson is an internationally renowned multidisciplinary artist who is critically engaged in the contemporary arts and deeply rooted in Haida cultural expression. Davidson is a vital force in the Haida community and an advocate for First Nations culture, education, ceremony, politics and art and also shares cultural knowledge with broader multi-cultural communities. 'Robert Davidson: Progression of Form' is a multi-faceted project which will explore Davidson's latest artwork within the context of the current landscape of contemporary Canadian art and Davidson's cultural and artistic history. Comprised of a three-month art exhibition, an exhibition catalogue, programs, workshops & performances, the project will recognize the importance of the integration of the visual and performing arts and their intrinsic relationship with culture, ceremony, and Haida identity. The exhibition will showcase twenty of Davidson's most recent paintings, four epoxy-coated aluminum sculptures, two new masks, two totem poles and a house post to be finished specifically for the exhibition.
$20,000.00
2014

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

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

Know Your Treasures

"Know Your Treasures" 2013 Exhibition in the new Gordon Smith Gallery. The "Know Your Treasures" exhibition will introduce the community to the extensive teaching collection of Canadian art which North Vancouver School District's Artists for Kids program has acquired since 1990. This outstanding community owned resource depicts significant ideas developed by 48 of our country's leading artists. The AfK collection will also become the basis for on-going winter exhibition and education programming for the Smith Gallery in the future. Engaging the community with this new public art gallery and developing pride and ownership in this new artistic resource is the primary goal of the "Know Your Treasures" exhibition. Through broad marketing, the development of an exhibition catalogue, an artists symposium, school and community programs, weekly artist talks, interactive displays and introducing a 'Treasures' gift shop, audiences young and old will gain a greater knowledge of Canadian artists, their work and the important role visual art plays in our contemporary culture.
$20,000.00
2012

AfK Alumni All Stars

The AfK Alumni All Stars exhibition and education program will be held in the Artists for Kids Gallery April 12 to May 8, 2010. The exhibition will highlight the success of 20 former students who have become gallery artists with international reputations or award-winners in related careers. Their outstanding work depicts courageous forays into photography, video, performance art, painting, childrens’ book illustration and graphic design. The exhibition also provides educational programming for more than 1,000 North Vancouver students ages 8 to 18.
$10,500.00
2010

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