Creative Spark Vancouver grants empower emerging artists to engage young people (ages 5-18) in arts-based projects. Emerging artists across all artistic disciplines are invited to apply. Applicants must be residents of the City of Vancouver or residents and members of the Musqueam, Squamish or Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
The grants offer 100% funding for small projects, up to $1,000. Creative Spark Vancouver is disbursed by ArtStarts in Schools and funded by the City of Vancouver. Apply by December 15, 2016 at http://artstarts.com/creativesparkvancouver
October 18, 2016
Creative City Network of Canada Announces 2016 Awards of Excellence Winners!
(Surrey, BC) – The Creative City Network of Canada celebrated its inaugural Awards of Excellence last night during the Creative City Summit Welcome Reception hosted at Surrey City Hall.
The Awards of Excellence Program recognizes and celebrates the outstanding achievements of Canadian municipalities, and its voting members, and encourages excellence in the development and delivery of cultural policy, planning and practice.
The 2016 Awards of Excellence Winners
Cultural Planning Award presented by DIALOG
City of Hamilton, ON – Transforming Hamilton Through Culture
Hamilton’s Cultural Plan takes a holistic and integrative approach to planning and establishing goals in which City departments work together to achieve high level city-building to create and celebrate a vibrant city including spaces, places and people.
Public Art Award presented by Polygon
City of Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Arts Council Public Art Program
Winnipeg’s Public Art Policy was developed by the Winnipeg Arts Council on behalf of the City of Winnipeg in 2002. The Policy was approved in 2004 and has evolved into an ever-expanding Public Art Program that includes local, national and international commissions, artist residencies and an innovative collaborative community art program.
*Honourable Mention, City of Hamilton, ON – The Eagles Among Us
Cultural Events Award Presented by Kwantlen Polytechnic University
City of St Albert, AB – The Northern International Children’s Festival of the Arts
Celebrating 35 years and attracting 50,000 people annually from throughout Central and Northern Alberta, The Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival is one of North America’s longest-running arts festivals for children.
*Honourable Mention, City of Richmond, BC – Richmond Maritime Festival
Cultural Leadership Award Presented by Downtown Surrey BIA
Burke Taylor, Taylor-Harvey Inc., and Co-director, Centre for Cultural Planning and Development, UBC
Burke founded and was the first President of the Creative City Network of Canada – an initiative to create and support a community of practice among Canadian municipal staff with arts and cultural development responsibilities.
The Creative City Network of Canada is a national, non-profit organization made up of municipalities, organizations, and individuals working to support cultural development in their communities. CCNC facilitates knowledge sharing and professional development in the field of local cultural policy, planning and research. www.creativecity.ca
CULTURAL PROJECT GRANTS
Applications open: October 24, 2016
Deadline: December 7, 2016
Cash grants to help professional non-profit arts organizations creating, presenting, or sharing a one-time creative project or a time-limited series or season of artistic events.
Vancouver-based non-profit arts groups, projects, and events in any artistic discipline that contribute to discourse, practice, or art forms or support heritage or services to the arts sector are eligible to apply.
More Information About Cultural Project Grants
Karen Hasselfelt, Cultural Planner
604 871 6045
Douglas Durand, Cultural Planner
604 871 6007
CULTURAL OPERATING AND ANNUAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS
Applications open: October 24, 2016
Deadline: December 7, 2016
If your organization receives support through the Operating and Annual Assistance grant programs, please take note of the deadline above.
Cultural Operating and Annual Assistance Grants are cash grants providing consistent and reliable support to professional established non-profit arts and cultural organizations in their program and operational development to contribute to a dynamic artistic community in a healthy and sustainable manner.
More Information About Cultural Operating and Annual Assistance Grants
PUBLIC ART COMMUNITY GRANTS
Applications open: October 24, 2016
Deadline: December 7, 2016
Is your organization interested in undertaking a community public art project?
As part of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Boost, funding for one-time community public art projects has been significantly expanded for the next two years. The expansion includes increasing the maximum grant available to $20,000.
Expanded eligibility criteria now includes arts and cultural organizations that currently receive other grant funding from the City of Vancouver. It also increases the total funding budget to allow for an increase in funded projects.
More Information About Public Art Community Grants
Marcia Belluce, Cultural Planner
604 871 6875
For Immediate Release
October 6, 2016
The Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV) has launched the Yulanda M. Faris Young Philanthropist Award to recognize leaders in fundraising for the arts under 35 years old. The winner will receive the award at CACV’s annual fundraiser SWITCH! November 17, 2016, an event that Yulanda Faris co-founded to support the Community Arts Council of Vancouver and the Community Arts Fund.
Yulanda Faris, who passed away in 2015, worked on behalf of the Vancouver arts community supporting opera, dance, the visual arts and literature. She was Co-Chair, along with John Montalbano, of the Community Arts Fund. In 2010, Yulanda and Mohammed Faris were recipients of the Roman John Hnatyshyn Award for Volunteerism in the Performing Arts.
“Yulanda was passionate about the arts and recognized the importance of inspiring the next generation of philanthropists to become engaged in supporting the Vancouver arts community now and in the future”, said Valerie Smaller, President, Community Arts Council of Vancouver.
The criteria for the award will consist of the following: leadership in recent projects or activities supporting the arts, major gifts to arts organizations, board service, and commitment to raising the profile of the arts in Greater Vancouver. As there are a variety of ways to demonstrate leadership in philanthropy, the ideal candidate will fulfill some of these criteria, not all, and/or a combination of them.
Nominations for this award should be sent to: http://www.cacv.ca/nominate
Deadline for nominations is October 31, 2016, 11:59pm PST. Nominees will be juried and the winner selected and notified on November 6, 2016.
For more information contact:
Chris Gilpin, Executive Director
604.682.0010 (Office), 604.681.2715 (Mobile)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lindsay Curry Tel: 250-554-1204 or 250-571-4419
Email: [email protected]
Got a book idea? Looking for guidance on your poetry, non-fiction, or fiction? Sign up for the Kamloops Writers Festival The Kamloops Writers Festival is a three-day event held every November that gives writers in the Central Interior an opportunity for learning, networking, and professional development, and gives readers a glimpse into the writing life. We welcome writers of all genres and at all levels. This year’s readings and workshop facilitators include: • Richard Wagamese (poetry/memoir/journalism/fiction, Kamloops, Indian Horse, One Native Life, Medicine Walk), • Michael V. Smith (memoir/novel/poetry, BC’s Interior, My Body is Yours, Progress), • Ashley Little (adult and young adult fiction, Kelowna, Niagara Motel, Anatomy of a Girl Gang) • Elizabeth Bachinsky (poetry, New Westminster, The Hottest Summer in Recorded History, Home of Sudden Service) Workshop descriptions available at www.kamloopswritersfestival.com. Friday night’s In Conversation With panel discussion with our authors will take place at the Old Courthouse, 7 Seymour Street West, in Kamloops. Doors will open at 7 pm and the Conversation will begin at 7:30 pm. Saturday’s workshops and readings will take place at the Old Courthouse at various times. See website for details (www.kamloopswritersfestival.com) Sunday’s readings, which are free to the public, will take place at the Kamloops Library at various times. See website for details (www.kamloopswritersfestival.com) Participants can also purchase a lunch, to be had at the Old Courthouse. The lunch break is a fantastic time to network and meet the authors. This year’s Festival also includes a new event, a reading from award-winning novelist, Ami McKay (Nova Scotia, The Witches of New York, The Birth House), which will be held Saturday, November 5, at TRU, room still TBA, at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at www.kamloopswritersfestival.com. Full festival passes are $105 ($90 for students), and all events can also be purchased a la carte, so that participants can choose which events they would like to attend. The Kamloops Writers Festival is co-produced by the Kamloops Society for the Written Arts and the Kamloops Arts Council. Sponsors include the TNRD Library System, the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, SFU The Writers Studio, and Chapters. Support from Kamloops Office Systems and the Interior Authors Group is also gratefully acknowledged.
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If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview, please call Lindsay Curry at 250-554-1204 or 250-571-4419, or email her at [email protected] Pictures of authors available on request.
Bodypaint, glowing clay wheel, DJ, music & dance at 19+ black-light art party, Saturday, Oct. 15 at Lansdowne Village
Kamloops, BC — Following on its first successful run last year, the Kamloops Arts Council’s Art in the Dark fundraiser returns Saturday, Oct. 15, this time at Lansdowne Village.
Expect performances from Bees & the Bare Bones, Studio 253, and many more, the first-ever UV Art Battle, plus a bevy of interactive activities that include glow-in-the-dark clay with Amanda Eccleston, live glow-in-the-dark painting from Ken Farrar, and bodypainting by airbrush artist Kelly Wright,.
“We had one of last year’s attendees say ‘It’s like a kids’ birthday party for grown-ups!'” says Kathy Sinclair, executive director of the Kamloops Arts Council. “That’s the element of fun we’re striving for — to give people a great arts experience that’s a lot more than your average night out at the bar or club.”
The event runs 7 pm to midnight at the old Field’s Department Store at Lansdowne Village (#211, between Spitfire Computers and Herbasana/London Drugs).
View last year’s event in photos by Katie Kershaw here and photos by Jacquie Shinkewski here.
Tickets are $40 ($30 for students and KAC members) at www.kamloopsarts.ca. The price includes participation in all arts activities, music and dance performances throughout the evening. Bring cash for cocktails, wine and beer, artwork up for silent auction, and food. All proceeds support the Kamloops Arts Council’s ongoing community programming.
The latest issue of Hill Strategies‘ Arts Research Monitor focuses on museums and heritage organizations, including national and provincial data on the situation of Canadian museums and other heritage organizations as well as an American report on the educational role of museums.
Click the title of each report summary below to access the full version.
This Canadian survey, conducted in 2015 and capturing data from 2013, is intended “to provide aggregate data to governments and cultural associations in order to gain a better understanding of not-for-profit heritage institutions and to aid in the development of policies and the conduct of programs”. The total revenues of heritage organizations were estimated at $2.12 billion in 2013, a 2.9% increase from 2011 (figures not adjusted for inflation). Total expenditures were $1.97 billion, resulting in an operating surplus equivalent to 3.7% of total revenues in 2013.
This aggregate profile of 184 Ontario museums “identifies the realities of operating museums in Ontario today” and provides “compelling evidence to demonstrate museum impacts and their economic, social and cultural contributions to Ontario’s communities”. The 184 Ontario museums responded to a survey designed and conducted by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) in 2014-2015, and the survey results were analyzed by Hill Strategies Research Inc.
(La fréquentation des institutions muséales au Québec en 2014 et 2015, optique culture no 48)
This report highlights attendance statistics at 422 Quebec museums, interpretive centres, and exhibition spaces (excluding artist-run centres). In 2015, total attendance was 14.0 million, slightly below the record level from 2013 (14.2 million). The report notes that school attendance showed a recent decrease, falling from over 1 million in previous years to 843,000 in 2015.
This American report highlights findings from a “convening” of about 50 museum and education practitioners, funders, and policy experts, which had the goal of launching “a national dialogue about the future of education and how leaders from the worlds of education and museums can work together to integrate the nation’s educational assets into a vibrant learning grid”. A “vibrant learning grid” would be “a flexible and radically personalized learning ecosystem that meets the needs of all learners”.
The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) is launching a major, highly collaborative program focused on increasing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) throughout Canada’s theatre sector – called All In: A National Equity, Diversity & Inclusive Initiative.
This capacity development program is unique to Canada’s professional arts ecology, in that it promotes a Social Justice framework that gives equal importance to the barriers and inequities experienced by all equity-seeking communities.
“While we’ve been working on this initiative behind the scenes for a while now, the program’s public launch comes at a timely moment in Canadian theatre history – when equity, diversity and inclusion has become a mobilizing force in the zeitgeist of national cultural conversation,” notes PACT Board President Jay Dodge. “All In will help provide our sector with the EDI tools needed to be leaders in this important area.”
The ultimate objective of All In is to develop a national cohort of arts equity facilitators and advocates, who collaborate on increasing the reciprocal participation of equity-seeking artists and companies the potential for equitable cross-cultural collaboration and the promotion of a truly diverse theatrical landscape.
“PACT believes strongly that, in all EDI work, it is vital that the equity-seeking arts community be reciprocally involved,” asserts Sara Meurling, PACT’s Executive Director. “This is why our national EDI initiative has been developed through extensive consultation with the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, ADHOC Assembly, and The Deaf, Disability & Mad Arts Alliance of Canada – theatre associations that specifically advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion in the arts.”
Also key to the success of this initiative has been PACT’s collaboration with municipal and provincial theatre associations including Theatre Nova Scotia, Theatre Ontario, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, Theatre Alberta, and the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance. These associations came together in January with the Board of Directors of PACT to pilot an adopted EDI framework and training method through an introductory EDI capacity development training session. There was a wholehearted commitment by all to continue with this approach as part of a larger national initiative.
Building on the success of early pilots, PACT has fully launched the All In program with EDI capacity development training in regions across Canada in collaboration with local cohort leaders.
For more information contact Sara Meurling, ED; [email protected]; 416-595-6455 x 11