Grants

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Bard on the Beach Theatre Society

Production of Elizabeth Rex by Timothy Findley

The staff and Board of Directors of Bard are currently in the midst of a strategic review of the Festival's mission, vision and values. Part of the strategic review is examining Festival programming possibilities beyond the Shakespeare canon. In 2012 Bard commissioned an Angus Reid survey that concluded 7 of 10 patrons would support Bard expanding its repertoire to include works by his contemporaries or a Bard related '˜twist'. Elizabeth Rex, received its premiere production at Stratford, Ontario in 2000. The play brings together Queen Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare and his acting troupe on the eve of the execution of Robert Deveraux Earl of Essex, the rumoured lover of Queen Elizabeth. The universal themes explored by Canadian playwright, Timothy Findley, will appeal to traditional Shakespeare audiences as well as those who may not otherwise be attracted to a Shakespeare play. Elizabeth Rex will be rehearsed in repertory with Measure for Measure for 7 weeks in May/June, 2013 and be presented at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in July thru early September.
$20,000.00
2012

Belfry Theatre Society

Home is a Beautiful Word

The project for which we are requesting funding is a production of a new play, Home is a Beautiful Word, to be presented on the Belfry Theatre Mainstage in the 2013-14 Season. In 2010, the Belfry Theatre commissioned playwright and journalist, Joel Bernbaum, to create a piece of verbatim theatre that addresses the issue of homelessness in Victoria, an issue that Artistic Director Michael Shamata felt could be addressed in a meaningful and unique way through the forum of theatre. Homelessness is a highly visible and controversial issue in Victoria and communities across the country. Verbatim theatre refers to the process of constructing a play using dialogue drawn from interviews conducted with members of a community. Verbatim theatre facilitates the inclusion of voices not usually heard - in the theatre or elsewhere. It allows us to bring many sides of the homelessness discussion to the stage. This project fits well within the Belfry's mission to produce contemporary theatre that generates ideas and dialogue, and that helps our audience to see the world from different perspectives.
$20,000.00
2012

Canadian Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC)

The School Gardens Project Outreach and Expansion

Experienced SPEC facilitators assist teachers in the implementation and maintenance of an organic vegetable garden on school grounds. They facilitate lessons both outdoors and in the classroom which train teachers in an innovative, project-based method of meeting curriculum expectations in science, health and many other areas. This solutions-focused project engages students in an enjoyable and memorable experience which fosters citizenship and volunteerism in partnership with the community. In 2009 the Vancouver Foundation supported the piloting of this project in 2 Vancouver schools. SPEC has supported its expansion to 5 additional schools including locations with high cultural diversity and socioeconomic barriers. In 2012-2013 SPEC seeks to conduct outreach throughout Vancouver to support schools seeking to begin similar projects through the finalizing of SPEC's manual, school-based assistance and Pro-D opportunities. It also seeks to expand upon the current waste reduction element of the project and connect students and the project increasingly with the surrounding community.
$20,000.00
2012

Dance Victoria

Joe Laughlin Retrospective

DV is requesting support for Vancouver choreographer Joe Laughlin's retrospective project. The project includes a new commission, a remount of two older pieces and the reworking of a fourth. These four pieces will comprise a production that will be given two performances at the McPherson Playhouse, February 6 and 7, 2013 as part of Dance Victoria's 2012/13 Resident Artist Season. Next year marks 25 years since Laughlin began making dance. During that time he has created over 40 pieces. This project brings together three of his strongest and best-loved short works and a new commission that he will set on Ballet Victoria. Laughlin is DV's Artist-in-Residence in 2012/13. The production will include a work for four dancers from 1997 (Harold, Billy, Stan and Jack), a duet for a man and a tea cup (Left, 2003) and a 2011 work entitled dusk. In addition to the work with Ballet Victoria, Laughlin will re-work dusk in Victoria. When not in Victoria he will work with his company in Vancouver. All of the pieces will be combined and the transitions developed at DV's fully-equipped Studio 2.
$20,000.00
2012

Earthwise Society

Feed the Bees Planting Program

The Feed the Bees Planting Program addresses root causes of pollinator decline by engaging widespread community action to plant "bee friendly" gardens at homes, schools, businesses and boulevards. The gardens will be mapped on-line to show how individual plantings collectively start to create habitat corridors, reducing habitat fragmentation and assisting in the movement of pollinator populations within urban areas. The Earthwise Garden is a learning resource for the project, demonstrating how ecological plantings of diverse flowering species enhance biodiversity. These concepts will be applied on a community wide scale to replace natural vegetation lost through development. Supporting the widespread adoption of specific planting programs that provide flowers over a long season helps to meet the habitat needs of pollinators. By engaging residents living in urban areas to help address a problem that impacts farming, the project creates greater awareness of how we are all interconnected and how individual actions can impact regional biodiversity and ecological health.
$20,000.00
2012

Edward Milne Community School Society

Play and Learn Academic Intervention Program

Play and Learn is a free, 4-week day-camp for low-income or Aboriginal children ages 6 to 9 years old who are not meeting expectations for their grade level in reading and math. The idea originated from concerns over students arriving to secondary school, unprepared. Research shows a gap in the level of achievement between children from low-income and higher income students; this gap begins in early grades and compounds year after year, attributed to the accessibility of programs to stimulate learning over the summer. Aboriginal students face an additional problem of feeling excluded when their culture is not perceived to be valued in school. This play-based learning intervention program is taught in small groups. Students participate in literacy, numeracy, recreation and Aboriginal Culture activities during the morning and field trips, crafts and physical games in the afternoons. We offer healthy meals because hungry kids cannot learn. The camp is staffed by remedial education teachers. We will expand to offer a year-round Play and Learn after school program in Year two.
$20,000.00
2012

Electric Company Theatre Society

TRIPTYCH - Artistic Development for large-scale theatrical production

Electric Company is commissioning, developing and producing a theatrical adaptation of three recent collections by some of Vancouver's most exciting female writers (Jennica Harper, Elizabeth Bachinsky, and Marita Daschel) in an immersive fusion of theatre, poetry and visual art. Appearing in three parts across three venues as a special, featured event at the International Writers Festival as a part of their 25th anniversary, TRIPTYCH (working title) celebrates the vitality of the local literary scene as well as the creative potency and invention that has identified Vancouver's independent theatre community as national leaders in the form. In the tradition of such celebrated Canadian installation artists as Janet Cardiff and George Mueller, the viewer of TRIPTYCH is given an intensely active role in the creation of the experience. We're inspired to combine this aesthetic quality with theatre's capacity to tell a strong story within a communal or group experience wherein we break down the isolating components in our culture and encourage contact, collaboration and community.
$20,000.00
2012

Georgia Strait Alliance

Amplifying Community Voices - Stop Expansion of Tanker Traffic in Georgia Strait

The Georgia Strait region is faced with a serious threat from Kinder Morgan's proposal to build a second pipeline along the TransMountain route to carry diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to the Lower Mainland and the corresponding increase in tanker traffic transporting it to refineries in Asia and the US. The public, local governments, other conservation groups and our own members have expressed their concern over the proposed expansion and the accompanying increased risk of an oil spill. GSA is taking a leadership role in helping to coordinate the efforts of organizations working to stop the pipeline expansion and ensuring the public is informed about Kinder Morgan's plans, the associated risks, and what individual citizens can do to raise their concerns through the complicated consultation processes. GSA will also build on our existing relationships to serve as a link between governments, the shipping industry and environmentalists and ensure that the real costs of an increase in tanker traffic and decisive action to reduce the risks are considered.
$20,000.00
2012

Gordon & Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists

Know Your Treasures

"Know Your Treasures" 2013 Exhibition in the new Gordon Smith Gallery. The "Know Your Treasures" exhibition will introduce the community to the extensive teaching collection of Canadian art which North Vancouver School District's Artists for Kids program has acquired since 1990. This outstanding community owned resource depicts significant ideas developed by 48 of our country's leading artists. The AfK collection will also become the basis for on-going winter exhibition and education programming for the Smith Gallery in the future. Engaging the community with this new public art gallery and developing pride and ownership in this new artistic resource is the primary goal of the "Know Your Treasures" exhibition. Through broad marketing, the development of an exhibition catalogue, an artists symposium, school and community programs, weekly artist talks, interactive displays and introducing a 'Treasures' gift shop, audiences young and old will gain a greater knowledge of Canadian artists, their work and the important role visual art plays in our contemporary culture.
$20,000.00
2012

Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People

War of the Eagles

WAR OF THE EAGLES is an original Kaleidoscope Theatre work based on the novel by BC writer Eric Walters. Set at the Prince Rupert army base during World War II, we meet Jed - a Tsimshian/Caucasian boy, and his best friend of Japanese decent, Tadashi. Following the Japanese Canadian Internment, Jed must confront racism, the complexity of friendship, and his own mixed-cultural identity. The staging of WAR OF THE EAGLES on the historical site of Esquimalt's Macaulay Point, includes beach, ocean and dismantled gun turrets to reflect the themes of Walter's novel for youth by creating warlike or camp environments. Our young audience (jr/sr high school) will be guided through various outdoor spaces to provide an immersive, personal 'out-of-the-box' theatrical experience. Director Roderick Glanville will work with Dramaturg Ian Ferguson to create a physical and emotional journey for youth to reflect contemporary hope and understanding. Funding will support a key creation period followed by a production period. Support will help employ a larger cast (5 Equity actors, 3 youth) required.
$20,000.00
2012

Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society

Science on the Move-Early Years

NS3’s Science on the Move-Early Years programs will be series of science outreach programs specifically for children ages 0-7 delivered through our mobile science van. This outreach will engage children and families via experiments, hands-on activities, and traveling educators. The idea for mobile science outreach originated during NS3’s vision workshop (fall 2011) where local stakeholders and NS3 identified community needs and the action steps to address those needs. NS3 then gathered more than 30 scientists to generate local themes and activities for NS3’s place-based science outreach, and partnered with the City of Nanaimo’s Parks, Recreation and Culture to deliver 36 free science outreach programs this summer (Science in the Park). Science in the Park successfully reached 1,600 kids, many who would not be able to afford similar education. Based on program feedback, NS3 identified a new target audience for fun science-based programs, families with young children. Science on the Move-Early Years will provide hands-on science to 1,500 children in 2013.
$20,000.00
2012

Neighbourlink Vanderhoof

Best Moms and Dads Program

Activities are participant generated and a broad range of free literacy tutoring is provided. (Financial literacy, math, reading and cultural activities). The program is innovative, grassroots, and flexible enough to meet clients where they are in their lives. Program structure, outcomes, and goals are different for each participant depending on their need. While the small group size allows us to offer individual education plans in a group setting, the focus for all participants is parenting, budgeting, nutrition, lifestyle choices and literacy. Local groups involved in early education programs realise that those who most need their services are not accessing them. A need for 'pre-programming' targetting young, single mothers (or fathers) of (mainly) aboriginal ancestry was identified. Many participants are the second or third generation of unemployed, marginalized, under‐educated, impoverished people locked into a seemingly unbreakable cycle of poverty.
$20,000.00
2012

Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society

Syilx Indigenous Land-based Learning Project

This project proposes to create land-based learning experiences that incorporate Syilx (Okanagan) aboriginal perspectives to deliver enhanced K-12 curriculum for all learners in priority classes in public and band-operated schools throughout the Okanagan region. This 1-year proposal covers Phases 1-2 of this multi-phase project, including: - creation of at least 15 site-specific outdoor learning experiences that deliver enhanced K-12 curriculum in sustainability, life sciences, arts, social studies, social justice, leadership, and aboriginal culture and language. Teaching units will be co-created through professional development workshops and collaborative processes involving school staff, Syilx knowledge keepers, elders, and students; - a completed budget, schedule, and evaluation plan for subsequent multi-year delivery and evaluation of teaching units (Phases 3-4) to be delivered at ECOmmunity Place: an 82 acre living classroom bordering the City of Penticton. Completion of Phases 1-2 is required before a multi-year proposal for delivery of Phases 3-4 can be developed.
$20,000.00
2012

Old Massett Village Council

Saving the Haida Language one hour at a time

The main goal of this project is to improve the Haida language capacity on Haida Gwaii to ensure our endangered Haida language survives. 10 adult language learners who already have some basic language skills and who are teachers in some capacity will take part in a master-apprentice program with 4-6 fluent elders all over the age of 80. The Apprentices will learn from the elders once/day. The Apprentices will also volunteer to create resources and to study another hour/day and teach others. We will create our own Master-Apprentice monitoring and evaluation forms for all learners and elders to use based on Leanne Hinton's resources. We will host a Master-Apprentice workshop to teach people how to use the Haida language even if not fluent. The Total Physical Response, TPR will show learners and elders how to stay in the language when trying to learn. Lastly, we will record the Elders for future educational projects and then create a Lesson-Learned video to share our project with others.
$20,000.00
2012

Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C.

Healthy Forests-Healthy Communities

The 'Healthy forests-Healthy communities' is a non-partisan volunteer led and delivered initiative designed to catalyze discussion, dialogue and debate regarding BC forest lands management. Based on the 20 HFHC Community Dialogue Sessions held in 2011, forest dependent communities are concerned over the future of their forests and their sustainable contributions to the local economy. A 2012 activities plan has been designed to build on these results to provide more detailed recommendations and community actions. The input will be acquired from communities and concerned citizens through: 12 1-day workshops to obtain views from experts and senior implementation people; 15 1-day community workshops as a basis for community dialogue regarding community recommendations on the specific changes; reports based on the dialogue from all the workshops and summarized into a final report; 30 communications sessions informing communities of the 2011 - 2012 dialogue results and recommendations submitted to decision-makers, decision-maker influencers, communities and concerned citizens.
$20,000.00
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

Power of Hope Society

Building Positive Futures through Arts-Based Youth Empowerment Programs

Power of Hope's core programs provide continuity to the youth we serve. Through participatory, arts-based, experiential education opportunities from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to Cortes Island, B.C., our high impact programs support youth to develop facilitation skills and become leaders in their communities. POH is requesting support from Vancouver Foundation for direct program costs to enable us to focus on growing our capacity to reach new youth. In 2011, we held a visioning process with our board,youth, parents and lead program facilitators, which informed the development of a three-year strategic plan. Our main goals are to: deepen and broaden our program's outreach with special emphasis on First Nations and vulnerable communities, increase the pool of facilitators available in B.C. through trainings, and activate a youth-driven action network. As our networks expand, we are building invaluable heart-centred social capital that is growing our outreach capacity to new audiences through the creative youth and adults that work as leaders in their respective communities.
$20,000.00
2012

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Oil Free Coast: Protecting The Salish Sea

Raincoast’s Oil Free Coast initiative focuses on the threats to BC’s marine and coastal environment posed from its potential conversion to an oil tanker energy corridor. Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are both proposing to ship Alberta’s tar sands oil through the coastal waters of BC. These proposals raise serious concerns at global, regional and local scales. They introduce the threat of chronic and potentially catastrophic oil spills in regions that host rare, endangered, vulnerable, and ecologically valuable species and ecosystems. Further, these routes provide outlets for the export of tar sands oil, exacerbating their staggering local impact and accelerating Canada’s contribution to atmospheric carbon. Raincoast is addressing this issue through several strategies tailored to the different proponents, processes and circumstances of the north and south coasts.
$20,000.00
2012

Salal Foundation

Building a Freshwater Constituency in B.C.

Dogwood Initiative proposes a twelve month intensive base-building project for North Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland that will develop a large, mobilized constituency deeply concerned with freshwater, protecting fish habitat and strong fisheries protection. The opposition to tankers on the B.C. coast that is evident in polling results is tied closely to concern for aquatic habitat and species. Commercial and sport fisheries are major economic forces that contribute to the economic sustainability of this region and recently proposed changes to federal fisheries regulations pose a serious threat to the resilience of these communities. Fish and fisheries are an important a part of the local identity which transcends differences and has the potential to unite public opinion in such a way as to compel protection of the resource. This provides a values-based approach to generating awareness of and opposition to pipeline development that threaten the ecological integrity of the coast.
$20,000.00
2012

SFU Galleries

Wild New Territories (WNT)

WNT will highlight the important role that art can play in the ecological discourse that is ever more central to humanity's time on the planet. The art in the WNT exhibition is in galleries as well as outdoor sites and in both settings it will available to both those seeking the exhibition and to those whose urban wandering happens to bring them to it - as is the case with public art. The exhibition is possibly unique in its field because the work attempts to analyze and explore the natural and the urban simultaneously. It is also the first large-scale ecological contemporary group exhibition in Vancouver since 'Lost Illusions' at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1991, which did not have an ambitious outdoor component. The project has partnered with many groups & those partnerships ensure that it will have an audience with several key demographics - Artists for Kids Trust will bring youth; Stanley Park Ecology Society the natural history community, etc. The project also has: disabled artists(Kathy Kenny), 1st nations (Edgar Heap of Birds), multi-ethnic (Gordon Cheung), for example.
$20,000.00
2012

Tides Canada Initiatives

Strengthening Leadership for Freshwater Protection

We propose to launch a water leaders program to facilitate the implementation of a robust outreach and communications plan around opportunities to protect and enhance British Columbia's freshwater ecosystems. The program will engage a minimum of 5 freshwater organizations throughout BC with the specific mandate to educate and engage the BC public in efforts to protect, enhance and restore the provinces freshwaters. A core element of the project is the development of a sophisticated outreach and communications plan that connects with the values of British Columbians. Designed with the help of public opinion research, the final product will inspire BC residents to become water champions. The overall goal of our efforts is to protect clean and sufficient freshwater in British Columbia to sustain a healthy economy and support vibrant ecosystems. As the Province of British Columbia seems poised to make changes to its century old Water Act, there is an important opportunity to create dialogue in the public on how best to prioritize and allocate water, while protecting healthy flows.
$20,000.00
2012

University of the Fraser Valley

S'iwes Totí:lt Q'ép - Teaching and Learning Together: Indigenizing the Academy

'Indigenizing the Academy' is about integrating and centering Indigenous people and their knowledge in education. Most post-secondary institutions adopt tenets of indigenization but still face administrative challenges related to curriculum, student experiences, governance, recruitment/retention of Indigenous faculty and students. The project idea arises from UFV's Education Plan, which recognizes the need to recruit/retain Indigenous faculty, maximize success of Indigenous students, and develop relations with Indigenous communities to benefit all students and universities. Members of Canadian post-secondary institutions will be served by this project, specifically senior administrators, staff/faculty, community stakeholders including Elders, education coordinators and Indigenous students. The project promotes knowledge exchange between institutions via: a two-day gathering of teams of institutional representatives on indigenization; a Stó:lo Sweat and Feast; DVDs from events; a cross-institutional audit; interactive website; and a manual of challenges and best practices.
$20,000.00
2012

Valley Community Services

Building for a Stronger Community

The project for which we are requesting support is to renovate a building which we have purchased. This project will create a “Family Resource Centre” for the Creston community. It will allow us to amalgamate rented office space which will reduce annual operating costs and increase overall organizational sustainability. It will also provide us with improved space in which to deliver programming and increase accessibility to our co-located programmes and services.
$20,000.00
2012