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Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society

Innovating a Primary Healthcare System to Reduce Structural Violence

The social innovation of this project is the inclusion of Indigenous Elders in genuine partnership with primary care providers in urban clinic environments. Although this sounds simple, genuine partnership with Indigenous Elders necessitates tackling the systemic challenges of discordant values and epistemologies, that underlie the perpetuation of structural violence and associated lack of infrastructure and resources for Indigenous health services. Although this process has already begun at VNHS, there are still significant system challenges that need to be addressed. VNHS's attempt to address systemic challenges will include creating more opportunities for Elders, primary care providers, community members, and administrators to engage in meaningful dialogue. The dialogue will focus on establishing a clear set of shared health system values and identifying and addressing causes of structural violence. Resources can then be used to draft a shared clinic mission statement, and collaboratively seek solutions to systemic barriers such as inadequate space for ceremony within the clinic. We also aim to foster increased opportunities for meaningful participation by patients, community members, clinic staff and physicians in Elder-led ceremonies, which we have identified as a key cultural process with strong potential to diminish power inequalities.

Vancouver Adapted Music Society

The Strong Sessions Music Series

Following up on VAMS recent, highly successful The Strong Sessions recording project, wherein over 20 VAMS members wrote, recorded and performed some amazing music, the project will work with music venues to establish a series of concerts featuring VAMS members. The intention is to feature VAMS members at clubs, bars and other public venues, exposing a broader sector of the concert-going public to the talents of musicians with disabilities. The project will offer opportunities for experienced VAMS performers to showcase their music, as well as enable those who are new to performing to do so in a supported environment, where their accessibility needs have been arranged for. Over the course of 12 months, ten "VAMS Nights" will be staged, offering audiences a chance to appreciate music written and performed by people with significant physical disabilities. At these gigs, VAMS will offer information about inclusion and accessibility, promote the recordings of VAMS members and engage other musicians interested in collaborating on future performances and recordings.

Vancouver Art Gallery Association

DOUGLAS COUPLAND: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

It is the mandate of the Vancouver Art Gallery to contextualize regional experience and artistic concerns within national and international fields of cultural practice; to introduce local and visiting audience members to the important art of this region; and to expand expectations for what art can be. This project will present the visual art of Vancouver-based artist Douglas Coupland. It will highlight principle themes of the artist's investigations such as what defines national culture and the impact of media communications on contemporary life. The national and international profile of the artist will be greatly strengthened through the Vancouver exhibition (with several major new works including a large Lego project and The Brain installation), the first substantial book on the artist, an international tour (tbc), and an unprecedented use of communications media to reach the public. We are planning an energetic engagement with renewed and new audiences via social media and special programs for adults, children and youth.

Ian Wallace Exhibition and Publication

Vancouver Art Gallery will present the first major Canadian retrospective of internationally renowned Vancouver artist Ian Wallace, celebrating his pioneering use of large-format images juxtaposed with monochrome painting, which has had a lasting impact on raising the status of photography nationally and internationally. Wallace mentored Vancouver artists including Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen, Ken Lum, Rodney Graham and Jeff Wall. The exhibition catalogue will be the first publication to fully assess Wallace’s career by combining interpretive essays, images of the artist’s work and selections from his extensive theoretical writings.

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre

Emerging Director Program

Canadian theatre is racist because it lacks cultural diversity. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Vancouver, the most Asian city outside of Asia, yet our stages look nothing like our sidewalks. This is because the leadership of Vancouver theatre is overwhelmingly white. The position of Artistic Director is the most influential in theatre, and have two main responsibilities: curating shows, and directing them. Our artists are often qualified to do the former, but unable to do the latter due to lack of experience. Our program will give Asian Canadians the opportunity to gain experience directing, benefit from mentorship, and disrupt the whiteness of leadership in Vancouver theatre.

MSG Theatre Lab

In 2009, actor-producer David C. Jones wrote a letter to, decrying the troubling absence of nonwhite faces on Vancouver’s stages. This letter triggered a flurry of responses from many Vancouver theatre artists. All agreed this lack of diversity would eventually doom Vancouver theatre into becoming socially irrelevant. Within such unforgiving cultural terrain, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre plays a pivotal role in boldly promoting cultural diversity on Canada’s West Coast. Launched in 2012, our MSG Theatre Lab play development program addresses the challenge of visible minority underrepresentation by finding, developing and showcasing the next generation of Asian Canadian playwrights. Far more effective than simply encouraging diversity in casting, we believe writers alone possess the unique potential to create lasting change. The stories they choose to tell, and the characters they create have the power to affect the way people think and feel about the most important social issues of our time. Our aim is to create a canon of Asian Canadian plays ready to be produced professionally in Vancouver theatres. In doing so, we hope to create a series of cascading changes that will ultimately impact the entire cultural landscape in far-reaching ways.

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.

Container Project

'Container Project' (working title) is a two-part project situated in North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay. Vancouver artists Erin Siddall and Sean Arden's 'Straightview' transforms a shipping container into a site-specific camera obscura that can be entered by viewers. This work act as a thematic departure point for a second container that will be converted into an exhibition space and curated by Vancouver-based Cate Rimmer. With a single aperture and multiple angled mirrors, 'Straightview' disrupts the concept of a single, fixed position of viewing using trompe d’oeil. The audience experiences a surprising and illusory projection of a view investigating the transitory nature of the North Shore’s and Burrard Inlet’s industrial history. The two containers will be stacked on top of one another, with 'Straightview' accessible by stairs from the ground up, in a utilitarian style that mimics the containers’ functional role as mass trade vessels. Rimmer’s first ‘floor’ exhibition will feature emerging First Nations artist Ryan McKenna. The film, 'Vision in 1792' depicts the Burrard inlet and the exploration of George Vancouver in 1792 through the unique perspective of a Coast Salish Shaman. Shown through the Shamen's viewpoint as he sings a 'coming into the house' song in his ancestral language, the work tells of the coming of the new long houses that will follow the arrival of the new people. Ultimately examining ways of seeing, the sea, trade routes, and Vancouver’s historic port.

Vancouver Bach Choir

Owen Underhill Commissioning and Premiere Performance Project

There is a dearth of Canadian unaccompanied pieces suitable for large choirs. The Vancouver Bach Choir plans to commission a seven-minute unaccompanied work from the highly respected Vancouver composer, Owen Underhill. The text will be in a First Nations language. The premiere performance of the Underhill commission is planned for a concert in February 2011 which will also include three winning pieces from the Bach Choir’s competition New Works for Large Choirs.

Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society

Automatic Poetry Festival

Since 1995 Word Vancouver has been presenting a wide range of author readings and events. However, it is the new addition to our regular poetry programming that we are most excited about, the Automated Poetry Project. We are acquiring a number of vending machines that will dispense poems written by Canadian or B.C. poets. The plan is that these vending machines would be hosted in local businesses for the entire month of September leading up to the festival weekend. We will partner with local businesses such as coffee shops and bookstores interested in hosting a vending machine as part of our Automated Poetry Project. We will also arrange for a number of poets to read from their books at these locations. In addition to acquiring our own vending machines we intend to work with other groups across the country who have similar machines. There is one machine coming in from Toronto (Toronto Poetry Venders) that is confirmed and we have leads on a few more including one in Montreal. Ideally we would have at least five. On Sunday the all machines would be moved to the festival site at VPL.

Vancouver Cantata Singers

Cathedrals of Science- Choral Music in New Spaces

This truly interdisciplinary collaboration merges performing arts with the science and research communities. The concert includes a new composition by Vancouver-based composer, Jordan Nobles. The text of the new composition will be chosen, in part, by the medical scientists and researchers involved. Plans include setting the poetry of Canadian poet (and physician) Ron Charach to music. Funding will allow the group to commission a work for a split choir, string orchestra and brass ensemble, which will be performed in the Blusson Centre.

Vancouver Chamber Choir

We Move Homeward: New Lyricism

The Vancouver Chamber Choir continues the commissioning and premiering of new works in order to make a significant addition to the wider choral repertoire, creating a legacy of repertoire which may be considered an important and permanent contribution to Canadian cultural history. Many of these works have already been published and have become part of the standard Canadian choral repertory. We hope to celebrate this remarkable achievement by presenting three new and recent major works from prominent Western Canadian composers -- Lloyd Burritt (BC), Daniel Janke (YT) and David MacIntyre (BC) -- in a subscription series concert event on Friday, November 14, 2014 at Ryerson United Church in Vancouver. The concert will also feature highlights from the vast repertoire of the Choir's past commissions. In the week leading up to the concert we will also offer our Interplay Composers' Workshop in which four emerging composers will have the opportunity to have their new works 'workshopped' by Jon, the Choir and the three featured guest composers.

Eric Whitacre Conducts

This project wil give young choral singers the opportunity to work directly with Grammy award-winning composer, conductor and all-round champion of choral music Eric Whitacre, arguably one of the most popular and most-performed composers of his generation. Included in the project are preparatory rehearsals for the youth singers under the direction of Jon Washburn, as well as 2 intensive days of direct interaction with Whitacre himself, culminating in a performance on the stage of Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre with Eric Whitacre conducting. Those singers from the community not involved in the concert will be invited to attend an open rehearsal to observe Whitacre in rehearsal. Each will receive a printed copy of the score to one of his most famous scompositions and at the end of the rehearsal will be invited to sing along with Eric Whitacre. This is also a rare opportunity for the singers of the Vancouver Chamber Choir to work directly with a composer whose works they perform, an opportunity to hone their interpretive skills under his personal tutelage.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Society

Get Vancouver Dancing with the Cherry Blossom Umbrella Dance

Living in cities is stressful; people are disconnected from one another and gathering less. The 6th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival helps create a happy, healthy society by actively engaging people of diverse cultures in a celebration of spring and beauty to build community. The 2012 Festival celebrates our iconic cherry blossoms through dance by bringing 600+ dancing pink umbrellas together in a new Umbrella Dance outside the Vancouver Art Gallery with many smaller flash mobs of the dance scheduled at Festival events and in neighbourhoods throughout April. Free rehearsals with Shiamak Davar Dance Team and performance of world-class Shiamak choreography allows everyone to experience the joy and pride in being part of something bigger than themselves, performing as an artist with professionals. Participants gain meaning, purpose and connectedness through real social connections at rehearsals and performances, as well as new neighbourhood connections. Each encounter will be an investment in social capital and positive outcomes will be shared through popular VCBF social media.

Vancouver Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

Vancouver Child and Youth Advocacy Centre Pilot Project

This project is to complete a 3 year pilot project to establish a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) within the City of Vancouver. The specific vision for this centre is a co-located, multi-disciplinary, child centered approach to services for children who have experienced abuse and their non-offending family members and/or caregivers. In 2011, a group of mandated stakeholders came together and completed a two year comprehensive Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study to see if the need existed in Vancouver for a CYAC. The results of this first phase demonstrated both a need in Vancouver for a CYAC and that the stakeholders believed this project was feasible. Quantitative data demonstrated enough cases to warrant a CYAC. The qualitative data from this study was incredibly compelling, as it suggested that co-location of services for children/youth who experience abuse in Vancouver has the potential to reduce the barriers to joint interviews and reduce the travel time for children/youth and their non-offending family members. Any elimination of barriers could address possible under-reporting of child physical and sexual abuse. Following this, the stakeholders completed phase 2 - the development of a pilot project. After extensive research of CYAC models, the group believed that a not for profit was the appropriate model. This project (phase 3) will test and evaluate the establishment and operation of a CYAC in Vancouver.

Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society

Musical Transformations: Our Story (working title)

Performed at the Norman Rothstein Theatre, this concert will be a reflection and examination of immigration and diaspora of Chinese music in Vancouver. Facilitating an understanding of Vancouver’s diverse identities and representing a cultural group with such presence in Vancouver, this performance will feature Canada’s very first professional Chinese instrumental music group. The nights’ repertoire takes audiences through the evolution of Chinese music starting with traditional influences brought by the influx of Chinese immigration during the 1970s. The first section highlights classical folk styles, pieces that demand a mastery of technique. These tunes often have philosophical associations, which will be addressed by our MC Dr. Jan Walls. Following will be a selection of rearranged works that have extracted elements from both eastern and western practices. In the third section, the ensemble will perform Canadian commissioned pieces for Chinese Instruments. Progressing through the development of contemporary music will provide a look at where Chinese music is headed in Vancouver.

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Tending the Roots of Addiction with HEART (Healing Education to Activate Resilience after Trauma) – a community-based systems approach to improve mental health care in the Downtown Eastside

Despite the overwhelming loss of life to overdose in BC, our health system fails to address a critical root cause of addiction: trauma. In our top-down mental health system, the most traumatized people with SUD cannot access the care they need. Together with the DTES community and key players in the healthcare system, we have designed a socially innovative program involving peer-led trauma education, training for healthcare providers, and resources to increase the use of existing mental health services. Implementing this program will improve mental health care access, awareness of trauma and resilience in people with SUD and their healthcare providers, and will advance bottom-up approaches.

Creating system wide transformational change through an Indigenous Cultural Safety Initiative within a Large Urban Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia

The ongoing impacts of colonization have resulted in systemic discrimination and major health disparities for Indigenous peoples in Canada. Stereotyping and discrimination contribute to these inequities and can result in fatalities. To mitigate this discrimination, Vancouver Coastal Health has created educational resources to unpack biases healthcare staff may have against Indigenous peoples. Workshops reveal colonial impacts on Indigenous people, increase staffs’ cultural awareness and sensitivity, and explore how staff can deliver culturally safe care. Creating a culturally safe place of health care for Indigenous people we can improve access and ultimately reduce health disparities.

Community Based Research Centre for Concurrent Disorders (Researchers: N/A)

This project will develop methods to measure clinical outcomes via the collection, analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data gathered at Stepping Stones Concurrent Disorders Service primarily, and then sister agencies on the North Shore. That being said, it is hope that this grant will enable the investigators at the Stepping Stones to conduct outreach and field work throughout the North Shore in order to engage the many stakeholder who work with individuals struggling with concurrent disorders. The end result of this project is to create a Community Based Research Centre for Concurrent Disorders. (Research Team: N/A)

Downtown Vancouver Youth Housing and Health Services Collaboratory

The Youth Housing and Health Services Collaboratory is an action-oriented project to engage key stakeholders involved in delivering health and housing resources to youth in downtown Vancouver. The 'collaboratory' will be a problem-solving group working to address barriers and challenges that youth 16-24 face accessing housing and health services. A parallel youth engagement process will inform the trajectory of the project and we will strive to make a meaningful difference in the experience of youth who seek resources related to housing and health. In order to improve access and flow-through for youth to a wider range of resources, agency representatives who are excited to, and capable of working as part of a collaborative team, and have a high level of management over the resources attached to the agency, will be invited to participate. Phase one will be a convened dialogue to ensure the group is aligned and 'on the same page'. Barriers to collaboration will be identified and addressed. Phase two will be a pilot of a mechanism to smooth access pathways to care and housing.

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.

Mentorship Program for Aboriginal Children In the Vancouver School District

We are requesting support to establish a Pilot Mentorship Program in 8 Vancouver School Board Schools-4 elementary feeder schools and 4 high schools-with significant Aboriginal student populations. Approximately 220 students will be involved. The Pilot Mentorshlp Program will begin in the Fall of 2013 and continue through to the end of the school year (June 2014) at which time it will be evaluated with the goal of continuation in the Vancouver District for a total of 3 years prior to expansion to other strategic areas in BC. The key elements of the Mentorship Program are: -recruitment of Aboriginal Mentors with teaching experience -mentorship in course materials, study habits, life skills and career planning -use of both 'one on one' and group models where appropriate -involvement of the Aboriginal Community -emphasis on helping students effectively transition from Elementary School to High School and Primary levels to Intermediate levels. -inculcation of career planning and work experience throughout the Mentorship Program -successful retention to high school graduation

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.

Diversity and Inclusion Audit and Planning Project

With assistance we’ll engage a Diversity and Inclusion specialist to do workshops with staff, board, and artists. The goal will be to ensure leadership acknowledge and examine personal and organizational biases and that we begin to understand the barriers for under represented artists. In conducting this audit, we seek to understand our diversity deficits. We’ll start by classifying participation in recent Fringes, asking the following questions and more: How many artists were people of colour? What percentage was this of all participants? How do they learn about the Fringe? How many artists of colour can we identify that would be possible participants? What are the barriers? Cost? Different production culture? Language? Lack of information on how the Fringe works? The audit will be socially innovative by examining power structures and to redistribute opportunity to those who may not be able to access it. By understanding why Vancouver’s diversity is not reflected in the Fringe, we seek to change. Once we know what the barriers are, we can address them. While this project aims to serve the needs of artists of colour, the more diverse the content on our stages is, the more diverse the audience—and the exposure to different cultures engenders higher levels of cross cultural understanding and dialogue.