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Grunt Gallery

Vancouver Independent Archives Week 2015

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


Activating the Archive involves the digitization and web publishing of substantial sections of grunt gallery’s 26+ year archives, consisting of documentation of over 300 exhibitions, 200 performances, 100 conferences, festivals and special events, with over 200,000 slides and digital images, 10,000 hours of videotape, and thousands of pages of printed materials. The archive contains significant exhibitions and performances by Canadian artists and national Aboriginal artists; materials not available in any other collection.


Theatre Engagement Project

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

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.

Research and Development-Contemporary work of Robert Davidson and Haida Society

The proposed exhibition will not only consider how Robert Davidson engages with concepts of abstraction, but also how Davidson reveals Haida concepts of form and representation and how these concepts should be seen as contemporary critical discourse. This exhibition will demonstrate how Davidson is drawing inspiration from history and grappling with the challenges of interpreting traditional design and transforming it into contemporary Haida art practice. In his work, Davidson shifts between abstract and representational images, often blurring the boundary between the two, and continually challenges himself to expand his knowledge and evolving art practice. This exhibition will be one of the first thematic examinations focusing on Davidson contemporary art practice and its relationship to artists in Haida society that will be researched, developed and presented by the Haida Gwaii Museum. This exhibition will feature current and new works from private collections as well as the artist's collection.This exhibition will feature current and new works from private and public collections.

Hard Rubber New Music Society


Riot will be a live music/ video piece of the 2011 Vancouver Hockey Riot. We will use new and unique elements not used in any other show in Vancouver to our knowledge. We aim to treat the 2011 riots as a sociological phenomenon, something that was powerful, disturbing, intense and confusing. Woven into the fabric of the event will be interviews of UBC psychologists and sociologists to create context and theories about what lead to the riot, as well as reporters, bystanders and police to describe their perspectives. Brian Johnson will create visuals, John Korsrud, the music and Andrew Laurenson of Radix Theatre will design the look of the show. Possible venues are The Roundhouse, CBC Studio 40, the Vancouver Main Library Atrium and possibly the soon-to-be empty Main Post Office. The 2011 riots were a powerful BC event that gained attention around the world. But there has yet to be a documentary or an art piece made about this. We hope to convey the energy and the horror and the chaos of those few hours.

Health Arts Society

Health Arts Society Growth to Sustainability Project

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

Beethoven, Bob and Borealis in BC

In this project the distinguished pianist Robert Silverman and British Columbia's principle string quartet, the Borealis String Quartet, will be undertaking a substantial series of concerts across British Columbia in 2013. It is the intention that the Society look for opportunities for these performers to play public concerts as well as to play two hundred 45-minute concerts in residential care environments. The performers have expressed a keen interest in undertaking these concerts. The Society has established a relationship with the homes to which these programmes will be provided and anticipates an average of forty attendees at each concert. In 200 concerts, an audience of 8,000-10,000 will be reached.

Heiltsuk Tribal Council

Sacred Journeys -The resurgence of Indigenous Canoes -Travelling Exhibit

Social innovation and change intertwine in the main goals of Sacred Journeys. Sacred Journeys an engaging travelling exhibit about Indigenous canoe culture. At a fundamental level, it is about cultural revival,cultural health and cross cultural understanding. By touring15-20 major BC museums and Indigenous cultural centres over 4-5 years, it will engage and educate 10,000s of visitors from children to leaders. Appropriately, the exhibit will become a permanent display in Bella Bella, where it will continue to inspire both visitors and community members alike. Through its many teachings, metaphors, and values, the ocean going canoe was and is central to the daily life, culture, and spirituality of First Peoples of the Pacific Coast. Almost lost through the effects of colonization and technology, the Heiltsuk were instrumental in reviving this canoe culture and for the first time will share their story. Against the norm of museums, this story will be produced an told from Indigenous peoples prospective. By walking through a stylized ocean going canoe one will be able to touch a screen embedded in the symbolic supernatural paddles ; each screen will share the Indigenous people’s history, culture and stories, leading to the present, with an option to comment and ask questions. It will inspire visitors to engage in the revival of the Indigenous culture, thus leading to better health and wellness in our local communities and educating the general public.

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

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

I.E. Artspeak Gallery Society

Praxis: Past and Present

Praxis: Past and Present is a two-part project that examines Vancouver’s identity and history through an expansion of Artspeak’s summer and fall exhibitions, Holly Ward: Future Present and Finite + Infinite. Programming will include: artist and curator talks, an artist’s poster project, a musical performance, tours to offsite exhibitions on display in civic and university libraries throughout the city, publications that will extend the project to future audiences, and a symposium bringing together international, national and local librarians, community leaders and artists.

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.

Instruments of Change

Greenhorn Community Music Project (GCMP)

The Greenhorn Community Music Project (GCMP) provides an accessible weekly after school music program where youth of all ages work with amateur and professional musicians to play music, gain performance skills, create new compositions, perform in the community and become familiar with the inner workings of a working band. The objectives of the GCMP are to: - support youth leadership in the arts - remove barriers for youth involvement in artistic expression - provide an inclusive community-oriented space for people of all ages, cultures and socio-economic status to engage in the arts - build intergenerational connections through transfer of skills between musicians of all ages Young people collaborate in the development and implementation of the music project through relationship building, decision-making, project design and mentorship. The GCMP aims to explore creative collaboration across disciplines, cultures, generations and skill levels while giving participants the tools and the confidence to more effectively work together. The GCMP fosters creative engagement by highlighting that the audience can become the performer at any time by joining rehearsals and performances. The music project will initiate a cascade effect within the community, with people passing on learned skills to others, who do the same and thereby empowering people to realize that they don’t need to be ‘qualified’ or ‘special’ to participate in the creation of their own culture.

Intrepid Theatre Company Society

I Have Seen Beautiful Jim Key - a new play by Janet Munsil

Inspired by the magical true story of an educated horse and the man who trained him, this new Canadian play for families will premiere in Oct 2014, and remounted in Feb 2015 as part of Black History Month celebrations in Victoria. Using only patience and kindness (and apple slices) former slave William "Doc" Key trained his horse Jim to read and count, and their travelling show became an inspiration for millions of school children learning their letters and numbers. The most enduring children's stories feature animals with human-like abilities. I Have Seen Beautiful Jim Key is a story of the relationship between humans and animals, the mysteries of animal intelligence, and the value of friendship, cooperation, kindness and patience. The play features two actors, live music(vocals/banjo), and shadow puppetry. Each show is followed by an invitation to the audience to share their own amazing animal stories and drawings, to be added to the Jim Key Hall of Fame. Development of the script has been supported by the BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the Stratford Festival.

Production of 'Influence' by Janet Munsil

Intrepid Theatre will stage the second production of Influence by Janet Munsil in late January 2011 at the Metro Studio. The play examines complicated and controversial issues surrounding art appropriation – in particular, removing the statues from the Parthenon in Athens to the British Museum. Although originally written for an adult audience, the original production revealed that the play had an unexpected appeal for young adults, who responded with great enthusiasm to the themes and characters in the play.

Island Mountain Arts Society

Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure is a gathering in Wells, BC for rural presenters and organizers of arts and culture with panels, workshops, round tables, networking opportunities and artist showcases. Northern Exposure will draw together individuals, festivals, organizations and artists to share ideas and knowledge on arts presentation and event organization, and to foster growth and support networks in the north and central interior. The program will cover such topics as: Building Audiences, Marketing, Financial Sustainability, Cultural Tourism, Funding, Sponsorship and Community Partnerships. Facilitated by Inga Petri, author of the seminal CAPACOA Study, “The Value of Presenting,” producers and organizers will be invited to give presentations outlining their challenges and successes in developing their projects. Learning from the expertise in the room, participants will be encouraged to share their personal experiences in roundtable discussions focusing on specific issues of interest. There will be intensive workshops, including on Friday with an all day workshop on “Audience development: A roadmap to engaged audiences and vibrant communities” and then on Saturday and Sunday with workshops on Marketing, Cultural Tourism, Funding and Working with Sound.

ArtsWells Pre-Festival Workshops and Performances

This project will provide more in-depth opportunities for artists and young people as part of the ArtsWells Festival Of All Things Art. Two adult-level workshops will assist professional and emerging artists to develop their skills. The youth workshop will engage young people in songwriting and spoken word poetry and help build confidence and self esteem through performance and audio recording (each participant will take home a recording of the songs they have written).

ITSAZOO Productions Society


Pipeline will be an original production created by some of Canada's leading artists based on Extract: The Pipeline Wars written by the Vancouver Observer. The question explored in the book is one that has been on the forefront of the minds of Canadians for years: should we allow Enbridge to build a pipeline to extract and ship oil from our country and what questions should we be asking about this complex issue? It has been difficult for the average citizen to gather all the information in order to understand the subject and formulate the right questions. Pipeline is an effort in gathering this information and questions it in human terms. The implications extend into bigger questions, the most profound being 'HOW ARE WE MEANT TO LIVE?'. Extract examines the environmental, social and economic effects of the potential pipeline and makes it a priority to represent a wide variety of individuals from different sides of the argument from first nations communities to Stephen Harper. We will animate these voices on stage in an attempt to illuminate this vital issue for the public.

"Debt" AKA "And One by One"

ITSAZOO Productions requests the financial assistance of the The Vancouver Foundation for the production of And One By One by Mackenzie Gordon. And One By One is a contemporary horror show inspired by the classic stories and poetry of Edgar Allen Poe. The script will be performed as a promenade play at The Roedde House Museum, located in Vancouver's West End. The show will take place in and around the house and is suited to an audience capacity of 15 patrons to maximize the intimacy of the piece and ensure the museum is maintained. And One By One will be a tight one-hour production that will run in the weeks leading up to Halloween 2011: October 19-22 and 25-31 with two shows per evening, at 7pm and 9pm, to maximize exposure. And One By One is ITSAZOO's first foray into horror, a genre that is rarely seen in the contemporary theatre landscape. This original script by emerging playwright Mackenzie Gordon is a combination of the stories and poems of Edgar Allen Poe, 1980’s slasher films, old radio dramas and haunted houses.

Judith Marcuse Projects Society

JMP: Futures Forward

Community-engaged arts for social change (ASC) are increasingly acknowledged around the world as potent and effective ways for communities to engage with diverse, often complex and challenging issues. The field of ASC has developed unique goals, methods, pedagogy and scholarship; Canada (and, particularly, Vancouver) are acknowledged leaders in this burgeoning arts practice.This project aims to advance the field by providing new resources, job opportunities, networking, research, and knowledge exchange opportunities for artists, community members, scholars and diverse changemakers working in agendas for positive social change through the arts.

Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People

War of the Eagles

WAR OF THE EAGLES is an original Kaleidoscope Theatre work based on the novel by BC writer Eric Walters. Set at the Prince Rupert army base during World War II, we meet Jed - a Tsimshian/Caucasian boy, and his best friend of Japanese decent, Tadashi. Following the Japanese Canadian Internment, Jed must confront racism, the complexity of friendship, and his own mixed-cultural identity. The staging of WAR OF THE EAGLES on the historical site of Esquimalt's Macaulay Point, includes beach, ocean and dismantled gun turrets to reflect the themes of Walter's novel for youth by creating warlike or camp environments. Our young audience (jr/sr high school) will be guided through various outdoor spaces to provide an immersive, personal 'out-of-the-box' theatrical experience. Director Roderick Glanville will work with Dramaturg Ian Ferguson to create a physical and emotional journey for youth to reflect contemporary hope and understanding. Funding will support a key creation period followed by a production period. Support will help employ a larger cast (5 Equity actors, 3 youth) required.

Kamloops Art Gallery


As part of the KAG's mandate to bring art, artists and communities together, it proposes to organize an event for residents to take pride in the creative energies and achievements of their city. From October 31 to November 8, 2014, the KAG will present Luminocity, a week-long public art project featuring video projection and new media works in public spaces located throughout the downtown core of Kamloops. This new offsite initiative will broaden the scope of the Gallery's audience to engage new communities and expose the public to innovative new media works by contemporary artists. Luminocity is a critical forum for independent media arts regionally, nationally and internationally and provides artists a public platform in which to present their projects. The selection of artworks and events will evoke the overall theme of light and dark/sound and time and are linked critically through an interest in bridging traditional and contemporary cultural forms and an underlying examination of the constant flow commodities through the movement of goods and people and its impact on our city.

Germaine Koh: Weather Systems

The KAG will present a major solo exhibition (April 6 to June 15, 2013) and will produce a publication on the work of Germaine Koh, both entitled 'Germaine Koh: Weather Systems.' The exhibition is comprised of works from the past two decades and new works made specifically for this presentation. Notably, the exhibition brings together for the first time Koh's series of three Fair-weather forces works, comprised of architectonic interventions that suggest a reciprocal relationship between human behaviour and natural or meteorological phenomena. Each work in the series connects the interior space of the exhibition gallery with the world outside, as a way of revealing our tendency to physically and conceptually separate built and natural environments and, specifically, the art gallery and the outside world. The exhibition and publication will support the artistic excellence of one of British Columbia's foremost contemporary artists. This project also exposes Kamloops audiences to a comprehensive grouping of Koh's work while broadening the scope of its audience to engage new communities.

Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music Society

KISSM Band Expansion Project

The project that we are proposing would be an expansion of our current, successful Band Program. This project is being implemented to respond to an identified need. After interviewing music educators, parents and students we found that additional levels of band education would greatly augment this very popular program. The Band Expansion project is being introduced to respond to the growing demand for a higher level of excellence in music education at KISSM. The project will integrate the existing three levels of band with an additional 4th level of advanced instruction intended for music students playing at a very high level who are wishing to go on to post-secondary music education. Additional master classes will be offered as well which will give our students and faculty the benefit of learning from their peers. This project will have numerous benefits, including improved level of play, increased awareness of music professionalism and a greater awareness of available arts opportunities.