Grants

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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.
$10,000.00
2012

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.
$7,500.00
2012

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.
$15,000.00
2010

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.
$12,000.00
2014

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.
$20,000.00
2014

The 605 Collective: Inheritor Album Project

The Inheritor Album is a new, full length presentation of multiple short works derived from contrasting notions of “inheritance”. Much like songs in a recording artist’s album, each piece will be distinct on its own, but combined, will become a cohesive album that pulls apart the roles of inheritor and predecessor, capturing brief snapshots of these ideas from the perspective of this group of emerging artists, in this generational place in time.
$20,000.00
2011

Neworld Theatre Society

The Complicated Whole: Performing Inclusion Across Perceptions of Ability

Arguably much of the world is rooted in a history that excludes people with developmental disabilities. Often our culture focuses on what people are unable to do, as opposed to what they are good at. Three years of work between artists with and without developmental disabilities has shown us that, given the opportunity to collaborate equally with professionals, people with developmental disabilities are extraordinary artists, with extraordinary and specific strengths. This project showcases those strengths through the development of a performance ensemble, the production and tour of three shows, and dissemination of our creative model across the Lower Mainland, Canada and the US.
$96,250.00
2018

Doost

Neworld Theatre is seeking support for creative and skills-development collaboration between non-professional and professional artists. The project is centered around the development and presentation of a new work, Doost, led by playwright/director/community organizer Camyar Chai. This is a community-engaged collaboration with the Vancouver Sufi Centre and the Canadian Memorial United Church. Camyar Chai will work with the Vancouver Sufi Centre and 8-10 of its members, with involvement from professional actors, designers and dramaturge, to create a theatrical interpretation of Sufi teachings and poetry. The goal is to collaboratively create a text that investigates Sufi's universal themes of love and unity with a wider audience, and to encourage the development of specific theatrical and performance skills among the Sufi Centre membership. As Camyar works with the participants to create the piece, spiritual music in multiple forms - traditional and modern, eastern and western - will be woven into the script through a process of collaboration.
$20,000.00
2014

Blue Box

Blue Box is a one-woman play performed and written by Chilean-Canadian, Vancouver-based theatre artist Carmen Aguirre. Based on Carmen’s experience as an underground resistance fighter in Chile in the 1980s, Blue Box is a dark comedy about a revolutionary in hot pursuit of love, sex and danger. It weaves multiple stories into a provocative and personal investigation of a revolutionary living in post-revolutionary times, while undergoing her own sexual revolution.
$12,500.00
2011

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

What are You? Exploring Nikkei Identity

We propose a three part project to raise awareness of youth identity issues within the Nikkei community and how this fits into the tapestry of Canadian culture. Through a special exhibit, complementary programming, and satellite projects, we will build opportunities for engaged learning and inter-generational dialogue. A) The first Canadian presentation of part asian, 100% hapa - powerful yet intimate portraits of mixed race Asians of all ages and walks of life by award-winning filmmaker/artist Kip Fulbeck. hapa means half. The portraits are paired with each participant's response to the question, "What are you?". These portraits explore the complexity and the diversity of hapa individuals. B) Program of youth based special events and projects, including Kip Fulbeck public presentation, video outreach project inviting youth to reflect on their own identity, and educational outreach workshops around photography, writing and identity. C) Digital projects: series of podcasts engaging youth and identity, and enhancement of the museum database especially for youth to explore history.
$25,000.00
2013

Japanese Canadian Museum Collections Community Outreach Project

The Japanese Canadian National Museum will undertake important community outreach and collaboration programs to preserve Japanese Canadian history and culture. Japanese Canadian elders are very concerned that their history be preserved, and the human rights abuses suffered during the forced evacuations of the Second World War not be forgotten. The Museum will work with volunteers in Vancouver, New Denver and Kamloops to catalogue and scan photographs and documents, and make them available to all Canadians, researchers and students through the JCNM’s online database.
$33,000.00
2011

Nuxalk Nation

Nuxalk Language Documentation

Our goal is to record our language for learning purposes. We need to work with dedicated language learners to get our language systematically recorded. We have elders who spoke Nuxalk as their first language but do not speak it on a daily basis any longer. They need to practice to remember their fluency. We will hold practice/immersion sessions with those who are interested in doing the work of being recorded. We have a team of motivated workers who realize the urgency of having our authentic speakers recorded. We have many people who understand but cannot speak. The pronunciation and conversational-flow must be recorded while we have authentic speakers. It cannot be learned correctly from books, it must be heard over and over again. This portion of our language revitalization efforts is the focus of this project HOWEVER there are simultaneous efforts to teach and practice and digitize existing recordings as well. This will be ongoing work.
$14,000.00
2014

Okanagan Falls' Heritage and Museum Society

Okanagan Falls Women's Institute Centennial Park Band Shell Project

In 1997, a bequest was received from Isabell Hester, a member of a pioneer family, to build a Band Shell in Centennial Park. A Site was chosen, concrete foundations, footings and stage floor were poured. That being done, the project is shovel ready. Due the the Provincial Corrections facility being built 10km south of Okanagan Falls, a significant revitalization plan is planned for the centre of town. Growth in population, new businesses, homes and services are in the new community plan. The Band Shell in Centennial Park will be a natural gathering place for all residents of the community for celebrations, concerts, live outdoor theatre, festivals and other public and private events.
$10,000.00
2014

Okanagan Symphony Society

Symphonic Slam with Shane

A key priority for the Okanagan Symphony is proving the relevance of the symphonic experience to generations and demographic groups beyond that of our core audiences. Of course the reciprocal challenge is to maintain a balance of programming to ensure a sufficiency of continued appeal to the core audiences. In an effort to balance these priorities, The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is planning a unique, innovative program for its March, 2014 concerts. We will present Slam Poet Shane Koyczan and the OSO performing new music commissioned for the occasion from Jordan Nobles and Jocelyn Morlock. Mr. Koyczan will also appear a cappella and the orchestra will be featured in repertoire chosen to support and enhance the passionate and dynamic character the evening will necessarily attain. Mr. Koyczan tends to focus with great intensity on universal issues affecting the contemporary human condition, and it is the intent of the OSO to mirror and join in this theme for these performances. The concerts will take place March 14, 15 and 16, 2014 in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon, respectively.
$20,000.00
2013

Oliver Community Arts Council

Quail's Nest Arts Centre Garage Door Replacement

The Oliver Community Arts Council owns and operates the Quail's Nest Arts Centre. The one-acre property was gifted to the arts council by the Town of Oliver in 2004. Originally the property was used as the Argo Maintenance yard for Business Corp BC. As such, the structures and grounds were in a state of disrepair and neglect. There are two buildings on site: a large unheated maintenance shed and a smaller office building with two heated bays perfect for studio, exhibit and workspace. It is this smaller building (the Studio Building) we wish to renovate. This project will replace 2 large bay doors on the Studio Building. Currently, they are uninsulated, mechanically faulty, and dangerous and difficult to operate. They also provide no natural light necessary for artistic activities. The proposed replacements are insulated steel rollup doors with weatherstripping, smooth glide mechanism for open and close, and provide window panels for natural light. They will increase heating efficiency, light, attractiveness of the space (inside and out) , and the number of artistic users.
$4,704.00
2011

Other Guys Theatre Company Society

BC In Song - Creating Legends

Folk music traditions exploit story telling as a means to pass historical lessons from generation to generation. Artistic Director Ross Desprez is inspired to build a richer folk tradition on the west coast of Canada and to acknowledge our past through song and story. Paired with this interest in folklore is Desprez's theatrical bent which is constantly searching for new and interesting ways to convey stories through dramatic action. To this end the Other Guys Theatre intends to research and compile events from British Columbia’s past and experiment with ways to translate historical events into folklore. Our ultimate goal is to create a theatrical piece comprised of West Coast events by transforming them from simple events into folk legends through theatre, song and storytelling. Our process will involve exploring different folk story telling techniques and apply them to local events. At this early stage Desprez envisions a collection of dramatic stories and songs intended to enlighten the audience as to aspects of BC's history creating a West Coast folk music tradition.
$10,000.00
2012

Good Timber - Songs and Stories of the Western Logger

Good Timber is a live, musical theatre revue inspired by the logging poetry of Robert E. Swanson. The Other Guys have brought together a stellar cast of actor/musicians who have developed Swanson’s work into songs and dramatic readings. Visual artists will create a multi-media stage environment and the show will be performed against a unique and rarely seen collection of archival film and photography from the Royal BC Museum archives.
$30,000.00
2010

Other Sights for Artists' Projects Association

Deadhead

Deadhead is a large floating sculpture on a barge created by Vancouver artist, Cedric Bomford, in collaboration with his father Jim and brother Nathan. It will travel through local waterways and be docked at various locations over the course of a year. Built mostly of salvaged wood and wrapped in a large-scale photo-mural, the project is part stage set, part multi-purpose social space designed to foster engagement with contemporary art among diverse audiences. Deadhead will reach new communities as it travels around the lower mainland. The project will re-invent itself at each port and will evolve and change by incorporating local community programming, interest and needs. Deadhead builds on our ongoing efforts to present art in spaces and sites that are accessible to a broad public and to cultivate new and unexpected exhibition platforms beyond the gallery walls. Deadhead significantly expands upon the sites and potential audiences we have worked with to date. This aquatic, interactive artwork activates public and private spaces, extending the Gallery's reach into new areas
$25,000.00
2013

Oweekeno-Kitasoo-Nuxalk Tribal Council

Nuxalk Language Documentation

Our goal is to record our language for learning purposes. We need to work with dedicated language learners to get our language systematically recorded. We have elders who spoke Nuxalk as their first language but do not speak it on a daily basis any longer. They need to practice to remember their fluency. We will hold practice/immersion sessions with those who are interested in doing the work of being recorded. We have a team of motivated workers who realize the urgency of having our authentic speakers recorded. We have many people who understand but cannot speak. The pronunciation and conversational-flow must be recorded while we have authentic speakers. It cannot be learned correctly from books, it must be heard over and over again. This portion of our language revitalization efforts is the focus of this project HOWEVER there are simultaneous efforts to teach and practice and digitize existing recordings as well. This will be ongoing work.
$28,000.00
2012

Oxygen Art Centre

Kootenay Arts Collaboration Marketing Project - Phase 1

The "West Kootenay Arts Collaboration Marketing Project" is a collaborative initiative to develop a digital marketing and planning tool for the arts and heritage sector in the West Kootenays. Funding is sought for the research and development of this digital tool, that will serve to improve the business operations of Kootenay based arts and heritage organizations, build community through the networking of arts related cultural activities, and make strategic use of new technologies. Located in South Eastern British Columbia, the West Kootenays includes the following cities and areas; Nelson, Kaslo, Castlegar, Salmo, Creston, Trail, Rossland, Nakusp, New Denver, Slocan Valley and includes areas defined by the Columbia Basin Trust. The region covered by this project is considered rural and remote, and this project will serve to connect and engage these communities through the development of a shared resource for the planning, marketing and dissemination of information about arts and heritage activities. This social innovation will effect change in the social system by affecting the flow of resources. This tool will provide a collective “identity” for the arts sector in the region, and the collective marketing of this tool will increase the visibility of the arts sector and its activities in the region, and thereby increase the number of people who attend and participate in artistic and cultural offerings. This tool will enable the sector to attract new audiences.
$4,600.00
2015

High Muck a Muck: Playing Chinese

High Muck a Muck: Playing Chinese is a multidisciplinary collaboration with poet Fred Wah, composer Jin Zhang, performers and designers Bessie Wapp and Thomas Loh and director Nicola Harwood. Responding to historical narratives of Chinese immigration and to contemporary tensions regarding China's emerging power, the artist team will create a mobile game application and a live interactive event.
$8,000.00
2012

Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

The Elephant Mountain Literary Festival, to be held in Nelson July 12 to 15, 2012, will present readings and talks by Canadian authors Lisa Moore (Newfoundland novelist, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and Giller Prize nominee), John Vaillant (nonfiction author, Governor-General's Literary Award and Writers' Trust Nonfiction Prize winner), Fred Wah (poet, Governor-General's Literary Award Winner and longtime Selkirk College and University of Calgary writing instructor); and Sheri-D Wilson (director of The Banff Centre's Spoken Word program, and founder and executive director of the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival). Representatives of Anansi Press, Freehand Books, and Caitlin Press will provide a snapshot of the current state of Canadian literary publishing. West Kootenay authors will be featured at a BC Wines/local writers pairing. Other events planned include writers' and publishers' panels, a cabaret-style evening featuring young local spoken word artists, a three-hour spoken word workshop, and a presentation on writing the local.
$7,000.00
2012

Pacific Opera Victoria

Presentations of a new First Nations children’s opera by Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Young people have few opportunities to engage with quality performances that explore issues of contemporary cultural importance. Pacific Opera Victoria and Vancouver Opera will commission and present a new First Nations children’s opera that explores environmental stewardship and individual empowerment. Adapted by renowned Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas from his book Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment, this new production model invites youth to participate in the creation process by providing feedback at workshops. The completed opera will be presented in schools and Indigenous communities throughout British Columbia.
$205,000.00
2018

Mary's Wedding

Composer Andrew Macdonald and playwright Stephen Massicotte are developing an opera of Massicotte’s successful play, Mary’s Wedding. They seek support for the final workshop phase before production in November 2011. Mary’s Wedding is about a young bride-to-be who dreams about one last night of love and war. Hiding from a summer thunderstorm on the Canadian prairie, Mary is charmed by the sweet vulnerability of the young farm boy Charlie Edwards. But the year is 1914, the world is about to fall under the dark clouds of the Great War.
$20,000.00
2010

Pacific Rim Arts Society

Carving on the Edge Festival 2011

The Carving on the Edge Festival is a celebration of our region’s rich cultural history of wood carving arts and its re-emergence through various contemporary fine art forms. We will be hosting First Nations fine art exhibition with a 3-day forum of workshops and storytelling, Contemporary Carvers show, a 10-day traditional canoe making workshop, documentary filming , and various other community opportunities for demonstrations and discussion. This will be taking place in Tofino, Ucluelet, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Ucluelet FN's Welcome Ctr from September 15th through 25th, 2011. We are working in partnership with local galleries, businesses & municipalities to create a Carving Map that will guide local residents and visitors to public carvings and the festival's various venues and local highlights. The festival is built on the artistic, cultural, educational and environmental aspects of coastal carving. It is in our mandate to build cultural bridges between local artists, between our municipalities and reserves, and between our local residents and visitors to the region
$10,000.00
2011

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