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Langley Arts Council

Music Rules in Schools Literary Project

THE MRIS Program has four parts that bring together education, live performance, physical activity and literacy. Established artists and industry professionals will facilitate each of the components through live performance, interaction, discussion and participation.Most of the artists are young to enhance interaction and the ‘star’ factor.If known recording artists are presenting the program, it is more acceptable and ‘cool’ to the youth.The MRIS program can be tailored to suit all grade levels and is offered to the schools as an afternoon program so youth realize the important links between the music, literary, academic and performance worlds. Part 2:Literacy Through Songwriting-This part focuses the craft of songwriting as a literary art of poetry to music.An established artist will present this ‘workshop’.They will interact with the students by taking keywords, stories, and ideas from the students to write a song together.This component will emphasize the importance of literacy, reading, comprehension and the importance of telling a story that is relevant to society.

Lions Gate Sinfonia

Sinfonia's World

The concert Sinfonia’s World invites the audience to be delighted by poetry and music of many cultures that are part of Canada: Persian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Czech, Romanian, First Nations, East Indian, and many more. It will also feature a very special piece: Common Harmony, created by students of Handsworth School, under the guidance of composers and mentoring musicians. The piece addresses language barriers, cultural differences, lack of cross-cultural communication and intolerance.

Lookout Society

Downtown Residential Art Collective

Lookout proposes to create a peer-led art collective, supported by Lookout’s Life Skills workers and Tenant Support Workers. Through this art collective tenants and staff will work together to facilitate art groups, programs and workshops aiming to develop and empower artists living in the DTES through creative expression and education with the goal of hosting an Art Exhibit. This project will collaborate with a local non-profit art gallery. Group facilitation will educate residents in the DTES and surrounding communities about inclusion and reduce the stereotypes related to poverty. We will collaborate with various cultural groups to encourage artists to embrace their culture.

Tide Pools: Art Thrives

The Lookout Society has worked with people with low or no income who have few, if any, housing or support options for over 40 years in the DTES area. Regaining and maintaining stability requires access to healthy choices and livelihoods. For many here this includes creative practices and social programs. Through our partnership with Gallery Gachet this project will strengthen outreach to community art programs. We will grow external relations to enhance training and mentorship. We can advance our community artists’ livelihoods. The Canada Council recognizes arts training beyond college and university education and includes mentorship, a history of exhibition, peer recognition and civic arts involvement as contributing to an artist’s profile. We can increase artist’s access to artist fees and recognize the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2014 decision to protect the minimal rights of artists to be paid. We will find new and alternative venues for exhibition, performance, sales and social engagement and we will broaden our participation in realms of cultural production beyond our neighbourhood. This project will advance both outreach and 'inreach'. With the support of staff and volunteers we will improve points of contact with culture-producing venues to gain and share a clear picture of arts programming. Identifying gaps, Gallery Gachet will create new educational opportunities and form a community alliance for the arts.

Lytton First Nation

?'q'?mcín [Two Rivers] Remix

BC First Nations youth on reserve and many BC contemporary Indigenous musical artists face extreme economic, cultural and social exclusion. ?'q'?mcín [Two Rivers] Remix is a free outdoor feast of contemporary Indigenous music on Nlha'7kapmx territory that features BC Aboriginal musicians creating a critical new grassroots sound that empowers Indigenous youth and women. Regenerating the Lytton Block Party through a series of exploratory, creative and collaborative workshops with Indigenous youth, artists, educators and elders - the festival will engage new audiences for this rowdy musical remix of urban/rez, visual/aural, hip-hop/pow-wow, and personal/political.

Made in BC - Dance on Tour Dance Society

MiBC Province-Wide Community Engaged Programs - 3 year plan

Based on the success, lessons learned and direct feedback from our partners from the Northern BC 2013-14 Community-Engaged Dance Residencies Project, MiBC’s Province-Wide Community-Engaged Dance Residency Program plans to grow engagement with remote and underserved BC communities through extended dance residencies. The Program pairs professional dance artists with local community members for intensive periods of workshops and collaboration. Dance artists will be supported to expand their skills in community-engaged work through mentorship, training and peer sharing. Key to successful community participation are the Community Engagement Facilitators, regional champions who connect dance artists with the local community. This program will serve rural and urban participants, rural presenters and BC-based dance artists. The Program will focus on three BC Regions over three years: Southern Interior, Coastal/Island and Northern Communities. Partnering with regional presenters, the Program will support dance artists to delve deeper into community-engaged practice. Projects include: - Joe Ink Move It! Multi-generational workshops - 3 year multi-region - All Bodies Dance Project – Engaging mixed ability community & training/mentoring dance artists-3 year, lower mainland & Vancouver Island - MACHiNENOiSY - Queer Youth Program - Kelowna - Co. Erasga Dance - Diversity through dance -Northern region - Dancers of Damalahamid – First Nations residency – Moricetown/Smithers

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.