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Made in BC - Dance on Tour Dance Society

Province-wide Community-Engaged Dance Residency Program

This project pairs regional communities with professional dance artists for intensive periods of learning and artistic collaboration. Community participants explore artistic ideas, build relationships and learn new skills while dance artists enrich the social relevance of their practice by working with a diversity of people. Projects planned for 2013-14 include: Mar. 16- Apr. 14, 2014. Dance artists from Joe Ink will visit Stewart, Prince Rupert, Terrace and Kitimat to deliver a series of workshops. Participants collaborate with artists to create a dance piece which is showcased in public at the end of each week. Feb. 9-15th, 2014. Vertical dance troupe Aeriosa will visit Revelstoke to deliver a series of vertical dance workshops and a public performance. Feb. 28- Mar. 4, 2014. Five members of Ewh Ayowh Hozdli, a Witsiit Wini dance and drumming group from Moricetown, will travel to Vancouver to explore cultural practices with Raven Spirit Dance and Dancers of Damelahamid and attend the Talking Stick Festival.

Malaspina Art Society

MAS 25th Anniversary Project

Celebrate 25 years of the Arts in Powell River by way of an art bench design project for the benefit of the community of Powell River, British Columbia with the delivery of 25 benches with a painted panel done by a local artist and commemorative plaque on the back of each bench. The city has already approved this project and will help with the permanent installation. Call to Artists has gone out and submissions will be approved through a public display and the chosen designs by public vote. Those artists chosen will then begin their panels while the benches are being built. The unveiling ceremony and installation of benches will take place in August 2013. A brochure will be produced and information about the Malaspina Art Society forwarded to other cultural partners for dissemination on BC Ferries and websites.

Malaspina Printmakers Society

Residential Schools Exhibition, (formal title is pending)

In September 2013 The Truth and Reconciliation Commission will meet in Vancouver to conclude its five year mandate of listening to the stories of aboriginal people across Canada, pertaining to their experience in the Indian Residential Schools. These Final Dialogues will bring to a conclusion the retelling of a very painful part of Canadian history that has had little airing in the past 150 years. Discussing the truth will be one part of it. Malaspina intends to also act within the Reconciliation aspect. It is our intention to mount an exhibition of Aboriginal work in three separate locations: the Malaspina Gallery, the Concourse Gallery of Emily Carr University and the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery, between 16 and 30 of Sept, 2013. The work would depict images associated with the Aboriginal experience of the Indian Residential Schools. The work will be done by people who directly experienced this trauma as well as those from successive generations who are still affected by it. The show will coincide with the Commission's Final Dialogues, Sept 18-21, 2013

Mandala Arts and Culture Society

Gait to the Spirit Festival 2013

There are several other festivals which focus on a specific dance style or demographic (such as Talking Stick, Flamenco Dance Festival, Tap Dance Festival). There is an evident need to sustain audience interest and to provide a platform, to those engaged professionally, for the practice and performance of a specific dance style. Mandala has been presenting and collaborating with various dance presenters for the past 20 years and has recognized the void in the presentation of the Indian classical dance forms within the Canadian context. It has determined that there is indeed a real need to fill this gap locally, by presenting an annual festival of Indian classical dance in B.C. highlighting the pulse, evolution and dynamism of these dance forms around the globe. The 4th edition of the Gait to the spirit Festival is scheduled for October 18 to 21, 2013 in Vancouver at the Scotiabank Dance Centre and the Jewish Community Centre. The festival will include performances including one with a four-piece orchestra from India, and will also feature workshops, master classes and a lecture.

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Arts Counci

Exhibition catalogue Falling from Grace

In the spring of 2014, the Maple Ridge Art Gallery will mount an exhibition of selected tapestries of Barbara Heller and publish a comprehensive catalogue. This publication, which is the primary subject of our application, will include all the tapestries in the exhibition, statements by the artist on each piece, and essays by both the curator and a tapestry expert. The title, 'Falling from Grace', refers to the frequent appearance of birds in Heller's work and the symbolic role they play. They are generally falling from the sky or have already met their fate and are lying lifeless on the ground. In the world of Heller's imagination they utter a message of warning and call to action to prevent further destruction of both humanity and the natural environment. The catalogue will include two new works by Heller that highlight the rapidly declining population of the ancient albatross bird. This publication will attract valuable critical commentary, increase the attractiveness of the exhibition as a touring proposition, and serve as a lasting tribute to the artist.

Marta Marta Hop Society

The Ligeti Touring Project, Phase 1

THE LIGETI TOURING PROJECT is an initiative to prepare our recent performance work for a tour around BC, across Canada and beyond. This project will happen in two phases. The first 'residency' phase starts with rehearsals of two dance/music pieces, 'SONATA' and 'SPEAKING IN LIGETI', involving five MMP dancers and four musicians of the Microcosmos Quartet at The Dance Centre from July 1-August 15, 2014. The project continues with rehearsals and performances during a one-week theatre residency on Saltspring Island, August 16-23, sponsored by the Artspring Theatre, allowing the company to refine all aspects of the production, integrate a new performer and keep the piece alive for the second 'touring' phase. Throughout the rest of the year, MMP will work closely with Touring Consultant Mirna Zagar from The Dance Centre who is assisting the company to connect to dance, music and interdisciplinary performance networks. The second phase starts in 2015 with a tour around BC (TBA) and performances with Live Arts and the Scotia Music Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (confirmed).

Mascall Dance Society

Put The Kettle On

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

Massey Theatre Society

Indigenous Arts Series (Skookum Arts Series)

The Skookum Indigenous Arts Series will celebrate some of the most dynamic Aboriginal Theatre artists, musicians, dance artists, visual and media artists from across the country. This arts celebration will help to raise awareness of First Nations talent, artistic practices, and foster cultural exchange and dialogue. With this, Massey Theatre Society is creating a new program to create a focus in its physical and cultural renewal. This celebration project will priorities inclusion of indigenous artists at the forefront as the theatre enters its 70th anniversary year and beyond. Innovation is furthered by the accompanying goals of identifying a presenting network for the series moving it beyond its host community and developing Savage Society's capacity to promote the program on an ever widening network creating opportunities to showcase Savage Society's productions along with other Aboriginal Performance works. Savage Society, an aboriginal theatre company and partner in this project has a curatorial goal is to create an arts series that brings participants into a shared experience of indigenous arts and culture in a way that is inviting, inspiring and illuminating. Performances will include dance, theatre, and music. We will also showcase Indigenous films, animation, literary and media artists and visual artists. We intend to promote socio-political dialogue as well in partnership with community organizers and institutions.


The Next Generation

The Next Generation is an innovative professional training program for MP alumnae and young artists/ professionals struggling with various mental, physical and developmental disabilities as well other issues of marginalization; as well as a socially innovative public education campaign directed at artistic leaders, and arts-based funders. The vision is to develop un- and under-employed young arts professional within a unique career skill development environment, working alongside professional artists and arts administrators; and pushing forward a message about their vision of the future. Through an artistic educational campaign (a series of short films for social media developed by the youth interns and staff and distributed internationally) which will begin with an analysis of intersectionality and tokenism in the hiring practices in the next generation of artistic leaders, conduct outreach to arts organizations and relevant funders and promote a message of inclusion of diverse artists in their hiring practices and educate powerful leaders about community-engaged artistic practice. Our history working with marginalized youth makes us uniquely positioned to meet their needs by providing them with tailored opportunities to gain the necessary professional artistic and business skills to promote these innovative ideas in the arts sector, to advocate for pro-active systemic change in the arts and create possible models to address the imbalance of artistic leadership in BC.

Kutz & Dawgs BC Regional Tour - Year One

Tour, HD video documentation, free webcast/screenings, evaluation with Social Psychologist Dr. George Tien. Reach larger audience in cities where gangs flourish and provide youth artists with professional tour experience. Our professional team and performing arts youth will co-lead theatre, dance and hip hop music workshops and film screenings for at-risk youth in Surrey, Kelowna and Prince George with facilitated discussion and work with UBC Okanagan Theatre Department to present events with and for students and faculty. Tour will develop artistic skills of professional team and youth cast, show leadership and innovation in community-engaged theatre and open doorways to arts careers. Professional HD video crew will document/edit Kutz & Dawgs performances. Screenings/webcasts presented before each workshop. Social media will enable youth audience members to communicate with performers and professionals, interaction with fans, workshop participants, students and access to urban music from our play. In 3 cities, will set up a larger tour of the play in 2013 - 2014 for Year 2.

Mortal Coil Performance Society

The Faery Play

Mortal Coil has been invited to produce a site-specific theatrical production The Faery Play, by and at The Sharing Farm, a community farm in Richmond that grows food organically for the Food Bank and for community meals programs in the city. The Sharing Farm is an urban farm, where the public is encouraged to understand the importance of food and to have respect for the land, its creatures and the interaction of humans in the environment that they farm. The Faery Play's production will bring non traditional audiences to the property and introduce them to these issues. The Faery Play is a play designed for children and families where a child is stolen by one of a farm's resident fairies and must be found before she disappears forever into the fairy world. Utilizing puppets, site specific technique and live actors, the audience is led through the site and shares the secrets of the land and its residents through an accessible family entertainment. Each performance will create a community comprised of audience members who move through the farm learning and seeking together.

Movement Dance Productions Society

Pierced: A new full-length ballet by Joshua Beamish

MOVE: the company proposes support of Phase 3, Final creation and Presentation, of Joshua Beamish's new full-length work, Pierced. The work yields an innovative collaboration of leading artists from Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB), Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) & New York City Ballet in one creative process. In development since August 2011, the project exists in 3 phases. Phase 1 occurred in 2012 through the support of RWB, PNB in Seattle, the Manhattan Movement & Arts Centre, the Banff Centre and NYC's Jerome Robbins Foundation. Beamish created a series of short works which would eventually fuse into a cohesive full-evening structure. These shorts were presented by Dancing on the Edge in July 2012. Phase 2 occurs in Spring 2013 through the support of RWB and the American Dance Institute in Washington, DC. Beamish will create 2 final shorts. The various fragments of Pierced will be reworked and woven together during Phase 3's 3 weeks of creative residencies at Jacob's Pillow and Mission's Clarke Theatre. The work will be self presented Oct 25-26 at the Vancouver Playhouse.

Museum of Vancouver

What's Trust Got to Do With It?

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


Individual and group relationships are critical for community health, sustainability, and resilience. But, per the Vancouver Foundation and City of Vancouver, many Vancouverites are socially isolated and civically disengaged. Fortunately, “people are happier working together for a worthy purpose,” as UBC wellbeing expert John Helliwell reports. Connecting and collaborating, however, rest on a foundation: trust. The Trust project utilizes art and design as the foundation for a social and cultural innovation: engagement for cross-boundary connection. Trust’s ideas and activities aim to catalyze intra- and intergroup relationships while creating new understandings of social connection and its civic value. The project encourages connection across social and community boundaries through a TrustLab; and wider participation through onsite and public programming and a participatory immersive exhibition featuring art, design, historic artifacts, video, and digital media. Trust, surprising and fun, will increase the number of people who participate in artistic and cultural offerings. Trust brings renowned Vancouver artists into a multidisciplinary team dedicated to co-designing and testing innovative techniques with community members and organizations that work with populations the VF has identified as acutely isolated (25-34-y.o.’s and immigrant/newcomers); and families. Trust is strategically scaled to address social isolation and intensify the Museum’s community value.

UPCYCLED URBANISM: An Everyday Design Assemblage

Upcycled Urbanism is a participatory art project that will invite artists, designers, makers and laypeople to reimagine Vancouver's public art and amenities, as well as invite them to become part of Vancouver's evolving design culture. Working together, participants will design and build their own public art or amenity prototypes using large blocks of polystyrene salvaged from the construction of the Port Mann Bridge. A series of workshops will culminate in an outdoor design/build event where the wider community will be invited to critique and encourage the builders. Sculptures will be displayed at Mini Maker Faire in June and other public venues. Multimedia documentation will be shared online, and through partners' extensive social media networks. Learnings and lessons from the workshops and build event will then be shared at a public forum. Material will be recycled for industrial use.

Music on Main Society

Digital Storytelling Project

Our main goal with this program is to discover how we can deepen the involvement of people with classical and new music. The tools we are interested in developing will be created through a process of understanding what our community needs in order to create tools and platforms to enhance the initial experience before a concert, as well as during and after a concert for our existing and potential audience members. We will hire a Digital Strategy Project Manager who will spearhead the project and work with the Music on Main team to bring digital tools into our everyday operations. This person will be responsible for coordinating the project and involving the organization in moving forward. We plan to conduct a focus group with members of two identified groups of people, (people with extensive knowledge of classical music who want to deepen their experience; and people who have little knowledge of classical music but who have a knowledge in other areas of arts and culture), and armed with the data from the focus group, we will research the options available to us as an organization to put these tools and platforms into operation. In our initial discussion, we centred on enhancing the digital experience for both groups to anticipate what to expect at a concert, so were looking at promotional tools. However, as mentioned, we want to go further by integrating digital tools and platforms that will deepen the experience before, during and after the concert.

Music on Main's "diffusion line"

'Diffusion line' (n) - a term used by fashion houses for a secondary line of products sharing core brand values with a couture line that helps establish new relationships with consumers. Music on Main's diffusion line will be comprised of 5 musical events created specifically for new audiences to experience classical, new, and genre-bending music for the first time. Each event will be a social gathering at which short 10- to 15-minute sets of serious music will be performed in non-intimidating environments, where audience members can mingle, meet and build community. The diffusion line is not about prescribing information about art or educating new audiences; it's about creating a space for meaningful exchange and presenting extraordinary music through a social dimension. It's about embracing art and artistic connections as a tool for building community through carefully curated events that are welcoming, open, and conducive to social interaction. The project will also allow Music on Main to engage Validated Learning as a tool for ongoing project development.

Nanaimo Art Gallery

Three Questions for Nanaimo

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

Black Diamond Dust

Black Diamond Dust is a multi-site art exhibition curated by Jesse Birch, which considers the sedimentary nature of stories and histories. The title Black Diamond Dust refers to the coal mining industry that Nanaimo was built upon; an industry that both formed and fragmented communities through economic development, racial segregation, and labour inequity, and served as the foundation of global industrialization. The artists in Black Diamond Dust look toward forgotten or under-acknowledged histories, while considering both local contexts and the forms of cultural expression that surround global industrial practices. From sculpture, to video, to folk song, Raymond Boisjoly, Peter Culley, Sarah Ogan Gunning, Devon Knowles, Kerri Reid, Scott Rogers and others will employ a wide range of creative approaches to articulating the resonance of material pasts. The exhibition Black Diamond Dust will connect with the broader community of Nanaimo through a series of off-site public projects, a robust body of public programming, and an innovative publication.

First Nations Curator

The Gallery will engage a First Nations curator to develop a First Nations program for the Gallery that will include plans for a major exhibition of the work of established First Nations artists in the summer or fall of 2012 (including a catalogue of the exhibition as well as an educational component), commissioning of a new work of First Nations public art and preliminary planning for a major exhibition of local Coast Salish art in 2013.

Nanaimo Festival Heritage/Theatre Societ TheatreOne

The Ginger Goodwin Project

TheatreOne aims to develop and produce a new play based on the life of coal miner and labour activist Albert "Ginger" Goodwin, an iconic figure to many British Columbians especially those whose parents and grandparents were caught up in the struggle for fair and safe working conditions when coal mines on Vancouver Island and across the country were at their peak. We're now working toward a 6 day workshop with playwright Michael Stephen and 5 professional actors in July 2012. We'll need funding to follow-up with a 3-day workshop in Nov. and to take the play through to a full production in April 2013. The Ginger Goodwin Story has been conceived as an ensemble piece; a core group of actors will play all the parts. During the workshop we will explore every aspect of the script and how the ensemble can best be utilized. Between Nov. and Mar. the writer will channel what we discover into work on a final draft . Production will include a large cast and crew, and a projection based set design using archival photographs to evoke the historical context, and set each scene with ease.

Narrative 360

Ocean Falls Reunion

At its heart, this is a reunion of former residents of Ocean Falls, currently a remote ghost town on the northern BC coast. It was shattered as a community in 1981 due to the paper mill closure. By 1985, it was physically destroyed. The project begins with the creation of two or more electronic social media sites to provide former Ocean Falls residents with means to reconnect with each other and share memories, pictures, newspaper clips etc. We will place ads in community newspapers. We will also provide a telephone number for offline communication and to record audio memories. The memories sharing and collection phase will last 6 to 8 months. The actual reunion and public events, including seminars, will take place at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Approximately 30 of Christopher Grabowski's large format contemporary photographs of Ocean Falls will be combined with pictures, documents and artifacts added by community members. The event, and the 'new' exhibit will be documented as a web exhibit, along with portraits of community members taken at the reunion.

New Orchestra Workshop Society

Game Theory

Inspired by their recent work with composer Stefan Smulovitz in L.E.D. by the Light, this new evening concert, Game Theory, will deepen their exploration of technological improvisation games and offer newly composed pieces by two master improviser/composers, George Lewis and Diane Labrosse. Orkestra Futura will be joined by special guest trombonist George Lewis, by local conductors in person, and by remote conductors via the Internet.

New Works

Yet-to-be-titled ensemble work for 7 dancers

The application request is for the second year of creation and production of the newest work by Out Innerspace Dance Theatre (OIS) under the co-artistic direction of David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen. This phase takes place both in Vancouver and other BC locales, will impact professionals of dance and its related arts, and will reach audiences and the general public in many informal and three ticketed public performances. Taking inspiration from mass social and political movements and critical historical turning points, this character-based 7 dancer ensemble work interrogates the power of propaganda in group/social dynamics, asking "how do we want to be seen, heard and understood in the world as a group, a generation, a people?" OIS's aesthetic is an eclectic blend of modern and traditional dance forms married with diverse cultural influences ranging from Hollywood cinema and mime to Noh Theatre and Commedia del'Arte, assembling a challenging and utterly unique dance language that is nonetheless widely accessible to diverse audiences.

The Sensationalists - Production Phase

The Sensationalists is a new collaboration between Vancouver-based theatre company Theatre Replacement and 605 Collective, who are together building a full-length dance work hrough a theatre-based creative process. The Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch) is a major partner in this work, presenting its premiere in May 2015. One of the central themes emerging from this project surrounds our innate human desire to feel more connected with those around us and share experiences with one another. Audience members will step into an immersive performance environment the moment they enter the venue. Using The Cultch`s lobby, hallways, stairwell, etc. in addition to the Historic Theatre stage, attendees will witness the work while moving alongside and around the performers, blurring the lines between performance and audience space. By implicating the audience and inviting them into closer proximity, this allows them to then become part of the choreography. The aim is to offer a performance event so deeply personal and inclusive, they feel changed as they exit the theatre.