Grants

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BC Living Arts

Acis and Galatea: A Gender Liberation Opera

This project will present a re-conceptualized performance of G. F. Handel’s 18th c. opera, Acis & Galatea at The Orpheum Annex, Sept. 15-17, 2017. In this re-telling, both lead characters will be portrayed by and depicted as women. The story follows their romantic relationship and the persecution they and their LGBTQ community face as a result of their sexual orientations. This project will generate a social dialogue about the struggles and underrepresentation of the LGBTQ community as it has existed throughout the centuries and it will serve as a platform for producers and artistic directors from four unique Vancouver cultural institutions (re:Naissance Opera, BC Living Arts, Early Music Vancouver, Cor Flammae) to collaboratively address these issues in their respective creative programming. With this project, we will promote systemic change by: -Testing a collaborative production model and developing a prototype for future artistic collaborations amongst Vancouver and BC cultural institutions. -Demonstrating how artistic productions and programming - in this case - opera, can be adapted and presented in a way that promotes positive representations of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented people in the classical music world. -Using the outcomes of this collaborative production to encourage other Vancouver cultural institutions to consider how their artistic programming might better address and elevate the role of the LGBTQ community in our cultural history.
$25,000.00
2017

Global Youth Education Network Society

Ready to Lead: Organizing and Campaigning Skills for Youth

As Fostering Change sunsets from its leadership role, the baton needs to be passed to new leaders, and youth need to be at the forefront. Ready to Lead offers youth the skills to maintain the momentum created by Fostering Change, and run campaigns that create meaningful change for youth in care. It has four parts: 1)Annual 2-day tailored training. 2)Scholarship Fund to nurture skills of training alumni and train new activists. Provides ~25 spaces in full suite of Organize BC programs (see organizebc.ca). Includes $2,000/yr in trainee travel to Vancouver programs from elsewhere in BC. 3)Coaching for training alumni to support them in implementing new skills into campaigns. 4)The development of the training skills of 1-4 youth as trainers via OBC’s Train the Trainer program. We’ve discussed our proposal with staff at First Call BC, Aunt Leah’s Place, and Society for Children and Youth of BC. Each told us that they thought the training and coaching we propose would be valuable to support youth effectively engaging in advocacy. They all suggested that members of their, or other organizations’, Youth Advisory Councils would be the best candidates for training and support. One person said that many YACs seem to have trouble maintaining focus, and lack needed leadership training, while organizations struggle to find the resources and provide support. Each felt that more support and skills training for YACs would allow them to more effectively organize and advocate for change.
$25,000.00
2017

Mount Currie Band

Ucwalmícwts Voices Immersion Project

There are 2 parts to Ucwalmícwts Voices Immersion Project. Part 1 addresses our most vulnerable populations: infants, children and at-risk teens. They are supported by their parents, teachers and Elders. We would like to activate the following programs: 1. Daycare Learning Nest program with Elders, teachers and parents. 2. Elementary school immersion program (K-Grade 12) with Elders, teachers and mentees/interns 3. Storytelling program for at-risk teens 4. Mentor-Apprentice program for at-risk teens Part 2 addresses the community at large, including, to some extent, all Canadians and visitors. This ensures cross-sector outreach, envelopment and reinforcement of Ucwalmícwts. 1. Chiefs, Council and Band administration take Ucwalmícwts courses. 2. Employers receive incentives to send employees for paid Ucwalmícwts courses. 3. Ucwalmícwts is used during recreation & leisure programs, community gatherings, games nights, and more. 4. Mount Currie Band renews all way-finding and building signage to be bilingual (Ucwalmícwts/phoenetic English). This exposes community members, visitors and all Canadians to the language.
$25,000.00
2017

Ready to Rent BC Association

Landlord Guarantee Fund Research

Ready to Rent BC (R2R) has adapted a successful model from Portland that combines tenancy education, a completion certificate that acts as a reference, and landlord guarantee fund (LGF). This combination helps youth who may face barriers access good housing and have successful tenancies. LGFs are key in reducing landlord concerns related to turnover and damages, and can be a positive deciding factor when choosing to rent to a young person. The Portland LGF demonstrates an increase in tenancy length, reduction in stigma and, since the introduction of the Landlord Guarantee Fund, only 0.6% of tenancies have ever had a claim submitted for damages. R2R, in partnership with communities, provides effective education and certificate recognized by BC Housing and BCNPHA members. Determining how to implement a Landlord Guarantee Fund is the next step. R2R will partner with Aunt Leah's Place, the Friendly Landlord Network (FLN) and youth advisers to research implementation, operation, and sustainability of an LGF for youth in care. While the FLN will serve as the primary case study for initial implementation, the research project will develop a 'How To' toolkit for broader use. The project activities will also engage key stakeholders including youth, community organizations, landlords and property managers. The scope of research will also include financial models for scaling and identify potential sources of seed funds for establishing an active LGF.
$25,000.00
2017

The MacMillan Family Foundation

Growing the Discourse — Journalism for Systems Change

Discourse Media proposes an ambitious plan to create: a permanent full-time child welfare reporter position; a permanent youth in/from care media fellowship; a deeply researched guidebook to support better media coverage and a national, collaborative network of journalists reporting on child welfare. In 2017, Discourse employed the only full-time child welfare “beat” reporter in Canada. This position is unique due to our commitment to relationship-building, community engagement and collaboration with youth. After spending a year asking questions about this system, we’ve been humbled by the sheer complexity of the system and honoured by people with lived experience who have spent time teaching us and pointing us to the many important stories that have gone untold. We want to play our learnings forward. We are motivated to change people’s impressions of media as a barrier to progress, and redefine media as a catalyst for positive social change. This grant would allow us to build on the work that we’ve done and expand it to meet the strong demand for better storytelling and reporting on this complex system. We want to work with our colleagues in media and community partners to spark solutions-focused conversations about child welfare that transcend regional systems and borders. We’ve seen that there’s appetite for this kind of network. Through this radically different, engagement-driven approach, we believe we can continue to shift the way media report on child welfare.
$25,000.00
2017