Grants

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Pacific Rim Arts Society

Launch of a West Coast Carving Festival - CARVING ON THE EDGE

The Carving on the Edge Festival 2010 will feature many facets of West Coast carving with exhibits and family programs from September 16 to 23 in Ucluelet and Tofino. Art exhibits, demonstrations, studio tours, lectures, films and community feasts will round out the event. The rich cultural history of the region as well as the contemporary explorations of carving will be showcased with exhibitions and demonstrations of canoe-building, traditional tools, masks and more.
$7,000.00
2010

Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble

PSWE Youth Musical Initiatives

PSWE is made up of skilled musicians who have all benefited from inspiring mentors, and strong school music programs in our youth. It is part of our mandate to help school music programs and other youth musical groups through mentorship, collaborative events, and by performing with, and for, young musicians. We have created the PSWE Youth Musical Initiatives Project to expand our outreach to younger musicians. This program will include: - A joint concert with the North Vancouver Schools Honour band for 200 students and their families - Masterclasses on every band instrument with those students taught by PSWE members - A professional training session for young BC musicians on how to prepare live auditions which will feature video taped resources and live coaching - A Youth Soloist competition that allows talented young wind and brass players to perform with PSWE, get professional musical coaching, and a video tape of their performance - The first prize Soloist will perform in a professional concert with PSWE, bring 25 classmates, and have a professional recording for their resume
$3,250.00
2012

Pandora's Vox Vocal Ensemble Society

A Canadian Musical Feast

In 2012 and the spring of 2013, Pandora's Vox will prepare and perform repertoire that celebrates the diversity of Canadian songwriters while collaborating with guest artists: an Inuit throat singer, First Nations singer/ drummers, fiddlers, small orchestra, Vancouver Children's Choir, a local high school, Pro Arte Dancers, and others who help us represent the Canadian musical mosaic. In 2012, we will perform for at least 3 community venues in addition to our main 2 concerts in April 2013 at Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver and Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver. Repertoire will include great Canadian songwriters such as Stan Rogers, Connie Kaldor and Leonard Cohen; folksong arrangements from the Maritimes to the Prairies; arrangements of Donald Patriquin, Willi Zwozdesky, Ron Smail, Stephen Smith, and our own resident accompanist Anita Comba; and Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer's entertaining 'Gamelanâ'. First Nations will be an intrinsic part of our concert, from the opening prayer by a Squamish Elder to singing and drumming by Inuit and First Nations artists.
$5,400.00
2012

Pangaea Arts Society

Beneath the Northern Lights (working title)

We will create a 'Theatre for Young Audiences' production combining Inuit legends, physical theatre, mask, puppetry, video projection, and traditional throat-singing. When director Heidi Specht met Inuit storyteller and award-winning author Michael Kusugak, they found they shared common goals. Michael works hard to preserve his traditional culture and to share it with the world. Our production will inter-weave traditional stories with Michael's life; he will play himself both as a young boy and an adult as he struggles to adapt to a changing world. We will work together to seamlessly combine Michael's mastery of oral storytelling with Pangaea Arts' expertise in physical theatrical forms, in an effort to increase the range and appeal of his message – large polar bears, walruses, creatures from Inuit mythology will share the space with projections of northern lights, and audiences will see the inside of an igloo. We will target young audiences, while sending a message to all ages, encouraging others to find their own cultural stories and building bridges across communities.
$20,000.00
2012

Patrick Street Productions Society

FLOYD COLLINS

Our project is a professional production of the musical FLOYD COLLINS, music & lyrics by Adam Guettel, at the York Theatre in March 2014, joint production with Talk Is Free Theatre in Barrie, ON. In many ways FLOYD COLLINS inspired us to found PSP. Telling a complex story with intelligence, sophistication, and emotional truth while staying true to its time and place, FLOYD COLLINS goes to the heart of our purpose. FLOYD is an innovative telling of the true story of an American cave explorer who became trapped 100 feet underground. Alone but for sporadic contact with the outside world, Floyd fought for his sanity and his life as the rescue effort exploded into the first genuine media circus. In a framework of faith and family, the show explores the thirst for glory that motivates people to do astonishing things. Unlikely material for a musical, but listening to the score for the first time was like discovering an unimagined new marriage of song and story; it crystallized our understanding of what musical theatre can do. This is what we will bring to Metro Vancouver audiences.
$25,000.00
2013

Penticton Art Gallery

The End of the World as We Know It

The End of the World as We Know It, plays off the contemporary phenomena and endless fodder of conspiracy theorists who believe in the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21. Over the six weeks of the exhibition the gallery will be transformed by six unique teams of artists blending music, visual arts and dance in an exploration of contemporary electronic culture exemplified by the rave community. The tragic deaths due to individuals having taken tainted Ecstasy has once again cast a dark shadow over the rave community. The accompanying weekly workshops will provide frank and in depth discussions on all aspects of the culture and will bring together a range of experts, health professionals and artists in a highly publicized public forum to answer questions regarding all aspects of their culture and community. This is an opportunity for the community to come together in a public forum to talk about the rave community and demystify the culture and public perception and celebrate the transformative power of art, culminating with the all ages, End of the World Party on December 21.
$15,000.00
2012

Perspective Arts Foundation o/a New Forms Media Arts Society

"Locating the City" (Community Workshop/Performance/Exhibition)

The project involves mapping and visualizing the City of Vancouver, then creating a participatory installation with the images, sounds, and content recorded. The process begins with a workshop for participants (artists, practitioners, theorists, performers and audience/community members) around means of gathering visual data about the urban space. Over the week, participants will go out into areas of Vancouver and document imagery, sound, etc, using cellphone cameras, recorders and other mobile devices. Each area will then be 'mapped', with this content then forming the basis of a 'digital scrapbook' formed around the City itself. Mentoring artists will work with the groups to document info on their 'digital precinct' Each precinct will become a documentation hub, relaying the information to the central projection location. Captured imagery is then transferred online to the main installation space, the media will also be projected at other sites (e.g. Woodwards & Canada Line stations). In addition, we are expecting thousands more to view it online and through social media.
$17,500.00
2012

Pi Theatre

Between the Sheets - Pilot Project

Pi Theatre is requesting Vancouver Foundation support for Phases 2 and 3 of a unique site-specific production and tour of Canadian playwright Jordi Mand's new play, Between the Sheets. Pi's been granted the Canadian rights to produce and tour our own unique interpretation of Ms. Mand's play. Both the playwright and her agent are fully behind our concept. With support from the Vancouver Foundation, we can build a bold, original, site-specific version of an exhilarating new work by an emerging female Canadian playwright and take that innovative production straight to the heart of community life in British Columbia. The play is set in an elementary school on the night of the school's parent-teacher interview sessions. Rather than using a conventional theatre, the artistic concept is to install and perform the show in active elementary school classrooms around BC. This highly immersive event will offer local communities a robust cultural experience that's sure to stimulate discussion wherever it's seen.
$15,000.00
2013

Livepod - Visions of Vancouver

Four Vancouver-based playwrights will each write a short play expressing their personal visions of Vancouver as part of the Vancouver 125 celebration. Each playwright will partner with three community representatives, selected from outside the arts community, who will offer factual experiences or emotional responses to the work as it develops. The plays will be performed by an inter-cultural repertory company of five professional actors, digitally recorded live and made available as a audio Podcasts, creating both a live performance event and a way to explore Vancouver through an innovative use of technology, content and form.
$25,000.00
2011

Playhouse Theatre Centre of British Columbia

Reanimating the Vancouver Playhouse

This is an ambitious plan to “re-animate” the Playhouse Theatre and its auxiliary spaces. Components include introducing a Theatre for Young Audiences series in partnership with a youth company, and adding their Recital Hall to the inventory of Vancouver performance spaces, with a series of curated and produced works, readings, workshops, classes, rehearsals, auditions and industry gatherings. A permanent box office window will be created as a visitors’ information booth.
$70,000.00
2010

Playwrights Theatre Centre

Write Space - a playwright residency program

Write Space is a flexible residency opportunity for emerging to mid-career playwrights, with residencies ranging from one week to three months, serving 20 writers in its pilot year. It is a new strategy to match playwrights to writing space, with a stipend to support their work. It is inspired by the success of our Associates and Colony programs and by the feedback provided by our writers. Virginia Woolf in A room of one's own, said it best: "a [writer] must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction" - or plays. We have identified space, time, financial support, and process planning as the necessary factors that take writers from good work to excellent work. Work intensives offer writers a chance to take the writing that often happens at the margins, and make it the centre of their lives for the duration of the residency. PTC will provide the forum to share the writers' experiences with their hosts and the wider community, and assist the writers to plan their next step. The program model will be shared nationally to increase creative approaches to residencies.
$25,000.00
2012

The PTC Associates Program

This program helps practicing playwrights of exceptional ability and unique imagination develop important new work for the Canadian theatre. For three years, six selected writers will receive creative and professional support, including a writing stipend in the second year. The writers will have access to directors, dramaturges, and actors to help develop their work. The outcome will be six new plays whose writers have made significant inroads to production.
$30,000.00
2010

posAbilities Association of British Columbia

Mobilizing the Arts to Catalyze a Movement

For the next year (2016), we will work with a broad-base set of arts-based and non-arts based partners to host meet-ups, events and activations that begin to map and network the landscape of people, projects and associations that are trying to engender citizen engagement, as well as social connection, inclusion and resiliency. This work will culminate in a festival in May/June 2017 wherein we will partner with the Spur Festival to host a public and accessible festival with the theme of (presently) “Alone Together.” The Festival brings thought leaders, artists and the public together to reflect on this topic. Publicly accessible art is already an integral feature of the festival—spoken word, dance, music, etc. However, we will expand the arts component so that there are many activations occurring throughout the city while also focusing them all on a call to action that inspires audiences to make the shift from spectators into participants. We will (1) mobilize and network many artists from diverse backgrounds, (2) deploy a broad range of interactive medium and modalities, and (3) optimize exposure (public places, buzz, etc.). Insofar as inclusive community is one where everyone belongs, it will be essential that the artists are representative of the broad constituency of community: aboriginal artists, children and youth, persons with disabilities, etc. Bursaries will be made available to arts groups and they will be provided ongoing project support, as needed.
$10,000.00
2016

Pound of Flesh Theatre Society

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

The play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot places Judas on trial for betraying Christ, calling individuals such as Satan, Mother Teresa, Saint Peter, Pontius Pilate and Sigmund Freud as witnesses. Using fresh, urban dialogue and current references, the play casts contemporary light on classical events. The play will be produced in association with Pacific Theatre and Neworld Theatre and appear in the VECC’s season and headline Rumble’s Tremors Festival.
$20,000.00
2011

Powell Street Festival Society

Advocacy and Outreach Through Arts-based Community Development at WePress (Years 2 and 3)

The Powell Street Festival Society is partnering with WePress on an exciting new project that harnesses the power of arts and culture to bring money, skills, and opportunities to low-income and marginalized people, while engaging professional, emerging, and self-taught artists to create new works and build community. WePress is an inclusive, accessible artspace that provides workshops, events, studio time, and access to its letterpress and equipment while hiring low-income DTES artists, thus re- directing the flow of resources to those who need them most, and helping to improve participants' mental health and quality of life.
$150,000.00
2018

Advocacy and Outreach Through Arts-based Community Development at WePress

This project will build on the ongoing work of PSFS to have a year-round presence in the DTES, to link the history of Japanese Canadian (JC) expulsion from the DTES during WWII with challenges of displacement faced by current residents, and to be a committed partner with residents and groups working in the neighbourhood. This partnership combines PSFS’ historical perspective and activity with the goals and operational infrastructure of WePress Community Arts Space, which houses a variety of art-making platforms, and welcomes people marginalized by class, sexuality, gender, race, culture, disability, mental health, and addictions. The social innovation lies in the ability to run paid workshops and sell merchandise to those who can afford them in order to generate revenue that allows PSFS and WePress to provide job and economic opportunities for low-income and marginalized people, teach new skills through free and low-cost workshops, provide a welcoming space and access to unique equipment for art-making and community-building, support DTES social justice groups, and promote JC art, culture, and history and the work of PSFS. In this way, PSFS and WePress can bring together people from diverse income levels to interact, make art together, and learn a little about each others’ lives. Furthermore, PSFS will continue to contribute to the development of a new independent social justice arts organization in the DTES and its long-term survival.
$75,000.00
2017

FishStix

Salmon is the unifying symbol for Fish Stix. Salmon drew Japanese people to Canada in the early 1900s and helped form a distinct Japanese Canadian culture. Five taiko groups will each create new 5-8 minute pieces based on aspects of salmon history and culture to develop a collaborative, multidisciplinary performance piece for the 2014 PSF. These pieces will be unified through percussion, spoken word, song, masks and movement performed by taiko players and guest artists and will include processions of colourful visual elements created by local Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents, community volunteers and children. This project arose from recent taiko group collaborations and a desire to more fully explore the sense of community and shared history. It also stems from PSFS' ongoing outreach to DTES community members through free artistic programs. As a non-traditional approach to taiko composition, the project will provide a catalyst for growth within the Vancouver taiko community, and will provide community participants with an opportunity to more fully participate at the Festival.
$8,000.00
2014

Spatial Poetics XI: Some Monster

Spatial Poetics provides Asian Canadian artists an opportunity to collaborate and produce new interdisciplinary bodies of work. Selected artists are invited to choose collaborators from different artistic disciplines and cultural backgrounds to create works based on a particular theme. This unique process enables artists to re-think artistic practices whereupon techniques are exchanged, creative friction is exacerbated and/or disciplinary distinctions break down entirely. The resulting eclectic body of work is presented in one space for an evening of the unexpected. This year's installment Some Monster, curated by Vanessa Kwan, is sound-and film-focused and features lead artists: sound composer Yota Kobayashi, musician and visual artist Andrew Lee and experimental cellist Peggy Lee. Extending the idea of interdisciplinary forms, collaborative gestures and recombinant art processes, the starting point for this year's event will be the idea of the chimera--or hybrid monster. With their cross-disciplinary collaborators, these artists will consider the idea of the monstrous.
$5,500.00
2012

Presentation House Theatre

Learning and Forgetting

Young children entering the schools for the first time can have a tough time socializing, adding stress and challenge to their teachers and the school system. Parallel to this, seniors, in particular those developing dementia are experiencing more and more isolation being cut off from their communities as they enter long term care facilities. Presentation House Theatre is exploring a new program and performance experience that brings these two groups together for a shared, inter-generational connection involving live performance and interactive workshops that will increase the socialization of young children, while reducing the sense of isolation and disconnection for seniors.
$75,000.00
2018

Prince George Symphony Orchestra Society

Colas & Colinette, A Comedie Melee d'Ariettes

Colas & Colinette, a 'comedy in prose intermixed with ariettas' with text and music by Joseph Quesnel, is widely regarded as the first operatic work to be written in Canada with the score written in the French language. At the heart of the story is Colinette, a shepherd's daughter being wooed by Colas, a young shepherd boy and le Baili, a successful, but degenerate potential suitor. In collaboaration with le Cercle des Canadiens Francais, the PGSO will present this historic opera in September, 2012. Our performance will be filled with traditional song and dance set in the Canadian countryside in the late 1700's. Our project will coincide with the French community's annual 'Corn Roast', family fun event presented on grounds adjacent to the performance venue. As part of the festivities, the public is invited to participate in a corn shucking competition, corn toss, good ol' potato sack races, tug of rope and all-you-can-eat corn!
$5,000.00
2012

Puente Theatre Society

Development workshop for a show about Mexican Immigration

There’s a great deal of political rhetoric right now in the US that casts Mexican immigrants as job-thieves and criminals – but they’re actually refugees from a country ruined by violence and corruption. Puente Theatre would like to give voice to actual Mexicans, so that a more complex picture might emerge of the issues that face our continent: gathering a team of Mexican artists from across the country, Puente will host an initial creative workshop, with the aim of creating a full stage production the following season: a show about the roots of the Mexican diaspora, a tremendously personal testament by a group of veteran artists, bound by common heritage, far from the land of their birth.
$10,000.00
2017

Lieutenant Nun

Puente Theatre is joining forces with SNAFU Theatre and Theatre SKAM to produce an exciting outdoor musical about gender diversity called Lieutenant Nun. Written by Vancouverite Elaine Avila, the play tells the true story of Catalina de Erauso, a 16th century Portuguese nun who escaped the convent, dressed as a man, and became famous as a ferocious conquistador under the name of Antonio. The play will be performed outdoors in September at Macaulay Point Park in Esquimalt. The production has been commissioned by Theatre SKAM as part of their SKAM Remixed 20th anniversary season. They have asked several local companies to mount classic SKAM plays, adding their own twists. Lieutenant Nun was a huge hit in 2003, but it portrayed the title character as a lesbian. Our own theory is that the historical figure was in fact transgendered. With this show, we hope to generate awareness and acceptance for transgendered people in our society. While exploring sensitive issues surrounding gender identity, it’s a rowdy adventure tale, with puppets, masks, and music, performed in a public area, which makes the subject matter accessible to a general audience. The play will serve the transgendered community, by portraying a transgendered person as a hero, and by creating awareness for issues in their lives that will foster tolerance amongst the broader population. The broader population will also be served, by increasing their capacities for understanding and acceptance of difference.
$10,000.00
2015

PuSh International Performing Arts

Concord Floral Youth Canada 150 – Community-Engaged Youth Workshops, Production and Arts Congress

Our project is entitled Concord Floral Youth Canada 150 – Production, Community-Engaged Youth Workshops, and Arts Congress” – an ambitious, Metro Vancouver-wide, 16-month (June 2016-Sept 2017) multi-layered youth initiative inspired by Canada’s Sesquicentennial, that brings together future arts and community leaders for creative expression, dialogue and skills development. The project will take place across Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey. It will involve: 3) a three-month series of professional artist-led youth workshops on performance, industry best practices, community leadership skills and opportunities, career development in the arts, and innovative approaches to social media (Sept-Nov 2016); 2) a locally cast production (with Touchstone Theatre) of “Concord Floral” by Jordan Tannahill, 2014 Governor General Award winning Canadian playwright, (http://www.suburbanbeast.ca/concord-floral) (Dec 2016-Feb 2017) to premiere at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, then tour to the PuSh Festival and the Surrey Arts Centre; and 3) a (free) youth-driven Arts Congress, to be held at Surrey’s new City Hall (July 2017). Concord Floral Youth Canada 150 partners came together out of a desire for exploring and developing a collaborative model to share resources, perspectives and best practices. The project will impact the lives of over 450 youth (ages 15-25) and is envisioned as highly participatory, inclusive, and accessible.
$150,000.00
2016

DIS/APPEARING CITY

DIS/APPEARING CITY is a creative residency and community engagement project involving two Netherlands-based artists Lotte van den Berg and Dries Verhoeven. The project includes a suite of immersive, site-specific works that play with notions of public space and our urban landscape (IMAGINARY CINEMA and FARE THEE WELL), as well as various outreach events and activities. DIS/APPEARING CITY explores questions of our personal versus collective experience of shared urban landscape, utilizing new audience/performer relations and aesthetic innovation. Much of van den Berg's work takes place in public spaces, eschews conventional dramaturgy for a cinematic poetry, and is often devised with non-professionals. Verhoeven's practice lies between theater and fine arts. Both are deeply concerned with the place - physical and otherwise - that the performing arts occupy in our world. Each holds the politics and nature of "perspective" as a central axis for their practice. They are widely considered to be two of the most articulate, thought-provoking and rigorous artists to be found anywhere.
$20,000.00
2014

FICTION(S)

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is seeking support to realize an ambitious suite of works for public spaces, which explore notions of public and private fiction. Collectively, entitled FICTION(S), the project consists of three interrelated pieces: DO YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN? (DYSWIM) (a 2.5 hour, blindfolded tour of Vancouver's Downtown), HUMAN LIBRARY (HL) (visitors check out a 'human book'), and SOMETIMES I THINK, I CAN SEE YOU (SITICSY) (writers muse, reflect and devise narratives of what they observe in pubic spaces and project their writing live for public viewing). The project furthers the Festival's interest in situating the performing arts within the public realm, encouraging new and innovative engagement with local communities, fostering groundbreaking partnerships, re-contextualizing iconic works, and enabling collaborative residencies between local and visiting artists. Fiction(s) will be presented as part of the 2013 PuSh Festival. Over 160 artists and community members will participate directly in creation of the project. Anticipated audience is 5,000-6,000.
$25,000.00
2012

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