Grants

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Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

Time Warp: Contemporary Textiles of the Northwest Coast

Time Warp is the first comprehensive exhibition of contemporary northwest coast textiles, a vital force in the cultural revitalization of Northwest Coast Aboriginal art. Fabric arts have often been dismissed as women’s art, therefore decorative or meaningless. Time Warp explores how gender, identity and the characterization of textile-making as a feminine activity contributed to their lack of recognition within northwest coast art genres.
$25,000.00
2010

Chemainus Theatre Festival Society

The Discovery Series (the Series)

The Discovery Series is a dynamic, diverse season of theatre for youth and family audiences, presented by Chemainus Theatre Festival Society. Munsch Ado About Nothing celebrates the work of Robert Munsch in Shakespearean style. The Remarkable Emily Carr partners with Victoria playwright Susan Shillingford. Wilde Holiday Shorts engages local artists and students in creating a 45-minute image-rich work based on Oscar Wilde’s short stories. The Society aims to demonstrate a strong commitment to local audiences and developing new work.
$40,000.00
2010

Company Erasga Dance Society

Shadow Machine

Shadow Machine is a fusion of dance, video, audio, photography and interactive technologies that juxtaposes Vancouver’s industrial development in the early 20th century with the post-industrial modern age. Central to Shadow Machine are the workers, machinery and people who have built Vancouver’s past and present. This event will feature live performances by new-media artists Carol Sawyer, Peter Courtemanche and Ken Gregory, as well as dancer Alvin Tolentino and a dozen others performing his choreography. Partners include W2 Media Arts Centre and the Roundhouse. The premiere is planned for October 2010.
$15,000.00
2010

Contemporary Art Gallery Society of British Columbia

Following A Line

Following A Line refers to “following a line of investigation.” This exhibition presents an international roster of artists whose work began in the archives, library, or from statistical data. The artistic investigations do not lead to certain answers, but are more about the way information is conveyed. For example, Los Angeles artist Paul Sietsema recreated pictures of pre-colonial artifacts such as a fishing net, cape, ceramics and coins in his studio, filming his remakes in a pseudo-anthropological manner.
$21,100.00
2010

Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society

Naming and Claiming: the Creation of Bute Inlet

This installation will depict the geography, ethnography, ecology and pre-history of Bute Inlet, a coastal fjord rich with resources. A large-scale double-sided map will depict First Nation and settler sites, while other maps will display the history and the economy. Photos, archival photographs, text and artifacts will combine to give viewers a greater understanding and appreciation of this wilderness and its history.
$7,835.00
2010

Cumberland and District Historical Society

Museum and Exhibit Signage Project

This project will research, write, design, manufacture and install interpretive signage in the Cumberland Museum and Archives. This will allow the Historical Society to better tell the story of Cumberland, which has a rich history that yearns to be shared. From coal mining and Chinatown to labour martyrs and lemon teas, the stories of early Cumberland are fascinating for both visitors and residents. The signage will ensure their stories are represented in an accurate, professional and respectful manner.
$8,000.00
2010

Electric Company Theatre Society

Electric Company Unplugged: ALL THE WAY HOME - Artistic Development

All the Way Home is a story about the inexplicable bonds we share with those of the same blood; about celebrating love and sharing pain, and growing from both. It is simple in the best way, built with so many universal truths that there is little room for anything else. Written by Tad Mosel and directed by Kim Collier, the performance is staged so that the action occurs in and around the audience in a non-traditional venue (Heritage Hall, Mount Pleasant). The artistic objective is to pare back the technical aspects of live theatre to focus on acting.
$20,000.00
2010

Elektra Women's Choir

Kindred Spirits: Elektra & Shelagh Rogers

This collaboration with CBC journalist Shelagh Rogers combines choral singing with Canadian stories, including those of First Nations women. The full-length concert format will intertwine music and spoken word, with Ms. Rogers sharing the stage with the choir to read letters, fiction and her thoughts. With themes of transformation and reconciliation, the show is structured on the cycle of the seasons with folk songs and original compositions, and will also likely use Canadian photographs to depict the seasons.
$10,000.00
2010

Gordon & Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists

AfK Alumni All Stars

The AfK Alumni All Stars exhibition and education program will be held in the Artists for Kids Gallery April 12 to May 8, 2010. The exhibition will highlight the success of 20 former students who have become gallery artists with international reputations or award-winners in related careers. Their outstanding work depicts courageous forays into photography, video, performance art, painting, childrens’ book illustration and graphic design. The exhibition also provides educational programming for more than 1,000 North Vancouver students ages 8 to 18.
$10,500.00
2010

Intrepid Theatre Company Society

Production of 'Influence' by Janet Munsil

Intrepid Theatre will stage the second production of Influence by Janet Munsil in late January 2011 at the Metro Studio. The play examines complicated and controversial issues surrounding art appropriation – in particular, removing the statues from the Parthenon in Athens to the British Museum. Although originally written for an adult audience, the original production revealed that the play had an unexpected appeal for young adults, who responded with great enthusiasm to the themes and characters in the play.
$18,000.00
2010

Kelowna Ballet Society o/a Ballet Kelowna

New Work Ballet Kelowna: Fall 2010 Fall Music and Dance Commission

Ballet Kelowna will commission award-winning Vancouver choreographer Simone Orlando to create a new work to music by acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Stu Goldberg, who lives in the Okanagan valley. Simone Orlando danced with Ballet BC for many years and began choreographing in 1997. Goldberg performed alongside some of the most daring artists of the mid-’70s fusion era as part of John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra and later embarked on a successful solo career. The world premiere will open the fall 2010 season and tour to Kelowna.
$15,000.00
2010

Kokoro Dance Theatre Society

Kokoro Dance/VSO Project

This new collaboration between Kokoro Dance and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will premier at the 2011 Vancouver International Dance Festival. Kokoro Dance’s Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi will create choreography to existing works by composers Michael Hynes, Joseph Schwantner, as well as a new composition by VSO Composer-in-Residence Scott Good. Seven dancers will perform the piece.
$24,250.00
2010

Langara College

When the Hosts Come Home

Artists Kabberling and Kaltwasser will create situations that encourage the participation of a diverse public in the heart of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Athletes’ Village. They use informal methods to make visible the transformation of begged, donated, salvaged and found materials into publicly used objects and spaces. Using recycled materials from the Olympic Village’s transition from dormitory to home, they will create a site-specific temporary artwork on an adjoining site. Their partner Other Sights for Artists Projects will set up project headquarters at Langara College campus, as part of the summer programming there.
$20,000.00
2010

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.
$10,000.00
2010

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

Other Guys Theatre Company Society

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

Pacific Opera Victoria

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

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

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

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

PuSh International Performing Arts

Vancouver 125th Anniversary Suite

To commemorate Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary, the PuSh Festival plans a suite of contemporary works involving local and foreign artists, commissions and adaptations of iconic works. The project will explore questions of identity, memory, urban politics and experience. It involves six separate works: City of Dreams, PodPlays, Complaint Choir, Portraits in Motion, Bonanza (Colorado) and Iqaluit. Collectively, these works are characterized by community engagement and collaboration, and will be presented in the 2011 PuSh Festival.
$40,000.00
2010

Ruby Slippers Production Society

Silent Cruise

Set in a betting lounge, this show is about the promise of free money. A crooked broker and a mathematical savant fight to stave off business and personal disaster when a stock deal they’ve been promoting goes sour. The theatre lobby will be transformed into a hallway at the racetrack. Inside the theatre is the Fat Choy room, a run-down betting lounge based on Hastings Park. Six actors will inhabit this expressionistic nightmare. As our protagonists’ hunger to win deepens, it pulls the audience down like an anchor into a dark, delirious dream
$10,000.00
2010

Runaway Moon Theatre Arts Society

Pi en Ngima, Water Is Life

The cultural partnership Pi en Ngima, Water is Life will produce a puppetry story The World is Upside Down, in English and Dholuo, which will be performed for family audiences in the Shuswap/North Okanagan, Vancouver, and in Nyanza, Kenya. Based on reflections on water from Enderby, BC and Akonjo Village in Kenya, this was also inspired from a true anecdote of a boy named Jakonia, whose eyes are opened wide by visitors carrying possessions that he has never dreamed of – and a proverb, about a frog whose appeal for help for his drying home is unheeded because of the loud slurp of a cow who comes to drink.
$15,000.00
2010

Shuswap District Arts Council

Arts Centre Bathroom Renovation

The Arts Council maintains the Arts Centre that it leases from the City of Salmon Arm for $1 per year. This heritage building is the absolute hub of cultural activity in downtown Salmon Arm, hosting the art gallery and numerous arts groups, plus renting the facility out for concerts, recitals, book launches, poetry readings, weddings, meetings, school tours and special events. In our agreement with CSA, all interior improvements are done at our expense. The two bathrooms are in poor condition; floor tiles are raising, ceramic tiles are falling off the wall, the toilets are old and use too much water, the water taps are old and one has been shut off at source because it is “inoperable.” The washrooms are not legally up to code for wheelchair access. We have a plan to renovate the wall between the two washrooms to create one wheelchair-accessible bathroom, replace the flooring, and to upgrade the fixtures to bring both washrooms up to code.
$8,000.00
2010

Solo Collective Theatre Society

New Play, Playwright, and Intern Development

This project offers two programs for developing writers: 1) the Emerging Playwrights’ Competition in which writers submit work and five are selected for development and 2) the Public Staged Reading in conjunction with the dramaturge intern program to foster script development for future production. These are the only programs of their kind in BC. The final element of the project is the professional production of work by local playwrights with a focus on issues that are important to Vancouverites. This season presents two one-act plays under the umbrella title: Love and Death: Bridging the Gap.
$10,000.00
2010

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