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Astrolabe Musik Theatre Society

The Lake / n’-ha-a-itk

The Lake / n’-ha-a-itk is a musical documentary about, and that re-interprets as a film (the only Canadian opera on film), a historic BC opera integrated with contemporary syilx / Okanagan culture in an extraordinary cross-cultural collaboration. It addresses under-representation of Indigenous peoples; raises awareness of Canadian women composers; and removes barriers of access, changing an established social system which allows only certain segments to experience opera. Widely accessible through low ticket prices, community venues and, eventually, online, it liberates an entrenched art form, opening its doors to all.

Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network

Youth Building a New Economy

Young British Columbians face increasing economic pressures which contributes to growing poverty and economic inequality in our province. Youth Building a New Economy is a three-year project led by Check Your Head: the Youth Global Education Network that engages young people in addressing those issues, while also strengthening their economic independence. Through this economic justice leadership initiative, young people ages 15-25 from diverse Metro Vancouver communities will be trained, mentored and supported to work collaboratively with existing advocacy groups and other stakeholders to reduce poverty and build a better economic system.

Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education

Heart-Mind in Schools Project

The Dalai Lama Center wants BC children and youth to receive the best social-emotional learning possible—that is, an education that prepares them to cope with stress, get along with others, be compassionate, and solve problems peacefully. While the BC government has revised its curriculum to include expectations for social-emotional learning, few resources exist to help teachers integrate this transformative new curriculum expectation into their classrooms. The Heart-Mind in Schools project will provide educators the practical tools to integrate social-emotional learning into their classrooms—leading to a more holistic student education and a more compassionate and peaceful world.


Testing a new model of earnings for people on social assistance at Eastside Works (formerly the Lux)

Many people on income assistance are willing and able to work but can’t within our mainstream system. Living with a disability and receiving income support limits the ability to work, yet people can and want to work on a part-time/occasional basis. Eastside Works is a social innovation project that will increase income generating opportunities for people left out of the mainstream economic system and engage policymakers to inform systemic changes that ultimately reduce poverty in BC. We will affect change on all three levels: Individuals - help them earn income to improve their current circumstances Organizations - provide interagency coordination Policy - inform systemic change.

Emily Carr University of Art and Design Foundation

The Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship

Artists and designers face challenges including economic marginalization, disconnection from established spheres of entrepreneurial teaching, and widespread misunderstanding of their role in creating new ideas that have practical application in the world. But the impact that artists and designers could have on innovation in society is huge. Efforts to support professional development for artists and designers are often ill-suited to their specific needs. By identifying the barriers that they face in a changing social and technological environment; supporting great ideas; and applying business model development methods, a socially inclusive and economically impactful future is within reach.

HIPPY Canada (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters)

Aboriginal HIPPY East Vancouver Project

Our project will address systematic marginalization of Aboriginal women and children who live in urban centres. Through a collaborative effort, we propose to revamp the program service delivery model to diminish the challenges of sole parenting, abject poverty, and domestic violence faced by Aboriginal women and children – who bear the brunt of economic disadvantage and social isolation. Our program will leverage the resilience demonstrated by Aboriginal peoples and bring isolated mothers and their children into a position of social productivity and cultural awareness, while developing the capacity of urban Aboriginal parents to support their children’s success in school.

Indian Summer Arts Society

Taike: South Asian & Indigenous Artistic Collaborations

Indian Summer Festival's ‘Taike’ project is intended to bring together South Asian and Indigenous artists in meaningful collaborations and conversations. With our mission to create an inclusive, diverse and culturally-rich society, our curatorial practice is to center and amplify South Asian voices in conversation with other artistic communities. The addition of the Taike programming is to support solidarity between South Asian and Indigenous communities through the arts. Please visit for more background on the project and the word 'Taike'.

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture

Access to the Arts for All

While many of Vancouver’s cultural institutions have provided physical accessibility to their facilities, often that is where the accommodations ends, and little thought is given to bear on providing a full range of accessibility to the artistic expressions within, to a wider range of people who live with other disability barriers. Kickstart would like to expand and re-orient its annual public presentation events series, with the intention to work with a series of arts and or cultural institutions over the course of three years to help open the doors of these institutions to having their programming reach a larger part of society.

Kokoro Dance Theatre Society

KW Studios Accessibility Project

The Downtown Eastside of Vancouver is challenged by issues of homelessness and housing, addiction and mental illness, the health crisis, and crime. Arts by themselves cannot address these issues directly, but they can have a beneficial effect by developing a sense of community, of improving the quality of life, and contributing to positive change in local economies, social environments, neighbourhood character, and demographics. Through providing subsidized access to Kokoro Dance's new state of the art KW Studios, this project will influence system change by building a stronger sense of a creative DTES community of engaged and productive performing artists.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Runaway Moon Theatre Arts Society

Birds, Birds, Birds

In August 2018, scientists and bird enthusiasts from around the world will flock to the 27th International Ornithological Congress & 1st Vancouver International Bird Festival. We’ll greet them with a grand opening parade along the seawall. Birds on stilts! Bird puppets! Bird flags & Bird choruses, representing and celebrating local and migratory birds from our communities. Workshops between now and next summer in Vancouver, Victoria, Vernon and smaller communities will foster greater participation in the congress and festival, and create one large body of birds on stilts as the central parade element. Parade workshops in July/August will grow momentum leading up to the opening event.

The Polygon Gallery

Speaking Pictures (Photographs and Oral Histories)

Arts and culture institutions have historically separated photographic representations and oral accounts of events, while prioritizing the validity of the photograph qua historical record, resulting in the exclusion of oral accounts in the presentation of culture and history. The Polygon Gallery’s Speaking Pictures project will facilitate a change in this largely unexamined dichotomy. It will include an exhibition of historical photographs of Vancouver’s North Shore, combined with oral histories relating to the photographs. Through witnessing this presentation, audiences will broaden their expectations, and the presence of multiple sources for a story should come to be expected.

UBC Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP)

Community partnerships to foster wellbeing of children and families in the Kootenay Columbia Region

The early years are optimal for investing in the future of our society, as early experiences are critical for brain development, lifelong learning, and wellbeing. BC data show that 1-in-3 children are vulnerable at school entry. To change this, we need to enhance our capacities to locally identify families’ and children’s needs and provide supports to families with young children early. This partnership project implements a universal early child development data platform in the Kootenay Columbia Region, to connect families to existing support systems, and to inform community-level decision making, strategic planning, and resource allocation in the local early years sector.

UVIC - School of Public Health & Social Policy

UVic Technology Inclusive Employment (TIE)

The UVic Technology Inclusion Education (TIE) project will address the issue of the unemployment and under-employment (and the attendant social isolation and poverty) of disabled persons, including those who have received post-secondary education. There will be a particular emphasis on creating educational training tools and modules specific to technology that will be geared to employees and potential employers. The goal is to create more employment opportunities for disabled persons who will work in a fully inclusive and accommodating environment. The TIE program will engage disabled adults across a broad spectrum of disabilities, giving them a unique opportunity to develop their skills.

Vancity Community Foundation

Creating Inclusive Schools for Low income Students and Families

Through the engagement of low income parents and students alongside teachers, this project will develop and deliver learning activities for school teachers, principals, trustees and parents designed to deepen their understanding of the systemic causes of family poverty and the way income inequality is experienced by poor students and parents in schools. Working with one diverse urban school district over 3 years, we will develop, test and deliver workshops for these different audiences with the aim of eliminating discriminatory practices and policies affecting low income students’ full inclusion and empowering low income parents and students to be part of the advocacy for these changes.

Vancouver Association for Photographic Arts

Flash Forward Incubator Program

Presenting a new model for arts education and support, the Flash Forward Incubator Program provides a solution to secondary school art programming problems: a lack or shortage of funding for arts education and no access to working artists as mentors. As an extension of high school arts programming and working with the goals of school curriculums, Incubator is distinct in that it bridges work completed within high school settings with the professional world, facilitating meaningful contemporary art experiences and mentorships for students, and establishing an essential and supportive creative community for emerging artists within the high school setting and beyond.

Vancouver Community College Foundation

Deaf Deaf World - An Immersive Theatre

Deaf Deaf World gives “voice” to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. It is an innovative public education and culture experience project aimed to destigmatize Deaf culture as well as promote cross-cultural conversations (Hearing vs Deaf) to construct better access to and integration of facilities/services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The project acts as immersive theatre that physically invites our "audience" into a fictional world of silence. With the audience, professional artists and volunteers re-enact select systemic barriers to the Deaf through the use of American Sign Language.

Job Readiness Program

Pervading education and employment challenges faced by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Canadians have been exasperated by government funding cuts and fragmentation towards DHH services over the last decade. By expanding the Job Readiness Program for DHH students at Vancouver Community College (the only of its kind in Canada offered at a post secondary), DHH students will have the opportunity to enrol into Red Seal trade certificate programs. The skilled training would open up new careers streams with higher earning and career development potential. Success in the program will address systemic under-education, under-employment and unemployment of thousands of Canadians with hearing loss.

Vancouver Fringe Festival

Diversity and Inclusion Project

The Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society’s Vision is Theatre for Everyone. Despite using a non-curated show selection process for our annual Festival, artists do not fully reflect the diversity of our community. The Diversity Project seeks to change this with structured outreach and mentorship for artists from diverse backgrounds. The Fringe is a training ground and often the first place emerging performing artists produce work. Mentorship and remounts are offered through our awards program. When diverse artists access the benefits of the Fringe, they can professionalize their work and increase their exposure to audiences—and the Fringe steps closer to its Vision of Theatre for Everyone.

Vancouver Moving Theatre Society

Weaving Reconciliation

The TR Commission calls for Canadians to grapple with Canada’s history of colonization in a process guided by principles of respect, reciprocity, mutual recognition, shared responsibility. WR speaks to Native communities vitally interested in seeing their experiences on stage; settler/immigrants vitally interested in learning about Aboriginal presence, history, concerns; and Canadians seeking to participate in reconciliation process. People will witness: • Original, innovative local art informed by Indigenous cultural practices and impact of 500 years of colonization; • Re-balancing of power relations between Indigenous/non-indigenous artists; • Native-led cultural resurgence in Canada

Victoria Conservatory of Music

Youth Engagement in remote BC communities through fiddle music

The VCM’s “Youth engagement in remote BC communities through fiddle music” will provide cultural and artistic offerings, especially for families living in communities affected by wildfires and floods. Providing fun and creative community-based folk music through Old-Time Dance Bands give youth focus and purpose, improving their well-being and self-confidence. It also provides them with a community of like-minded peers to connect with and share their experiences, both good and bad, through learning and performing traditional Canadian folk music. Connecting people in a positive way within these communities is essential given the challenges they face in the aftermath of disasters.