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Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture: International Day of Persons With Disabilities (Dec. 3rd, Vancouver)

Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture is a registered charitable non-profit society that supports and promotes artists with disabilities. We do so by creating high quality cultural events that features works by these artists, and we pay them for the work they do. These events include visual art exhibitions, artist talks, concerts, literary events, and performance works, to mention a few. We present cultural events all year round.

To learn more about us and the artists we support, please visit our website at www.kickstartdisability.ca. We will be organizing our 2nd Annual Outdoor Public Gathering. Our gathering will take place at the Robson Street Plaza (Vancouver, BC) in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday December 3rd from 12-2pm. This event will not have tables or booths set up with organizations distributing information; it is a casual gathering.”

-submitted by Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture

Call for Tenants at BC Artscape Sun Wah Community Cultural Hub (Vancouver)

“BC Artscape is excited to launch the *Second* Call for Tenants for BC Artscape Sun Wah at 268 Keefer Street.

We invite professional artists and collectives, not-for profit arts, cultural and community organizations, and community groups to apply to be a tenant in the BC Artscape Sun Wah project at 268 Keefer Street in Vancouver’s Chinatown. BC Artscape Sun Wah will bring together a diverse mix of artists, cultural producers, community groups and the public to create a community asset that enriches the area’s unique sense of place.

Units for rent are available on the lower level, 3rd floor and 4th floor for uses including but not limited to: production, exhibition, education, social service provision, programming and administration.

Occupancy is expected in February 2018.

The deadline for applications is Friday, November 3rd at 3PM.”

For more information, how to apply and to see the list from the first Call for Tenants, please visit: bcartscape.ca

-from BC ArtScape

Call for Nominations: 2017 Yulanda M. Faris Award (Community Arts Council of Vancouver)

“Do you know community arts fundraising leaders under 35 years of age?

The Community Arts Council is currently seeking nominations for the 2017 Yulanda M. Faris Award. The winner will have the opportunity to choose a Downtown Eastside (DTES) Vancouver organization supporting the community led renewal through the arts and a $1,000 donation will be made in their name to that organization.

Deadline for nominations is October 30, 2017, 11:59pm PST. Nominees will be juried and the winner selected and notified on November 6, 2017

For more information on eligibility criteria, check out CACV’s blog.”

-from CACV website
Read Community Arts Council of Vancouver’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

The 14th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival (Vancouver)

“14th Annual
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday October 25 to Sunday November 5, 2017

Over 100 events at over 50 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside

The Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival serves as a high impact, bridge building force that gives voice to the Downtown Eastside and its low income residents, cultural communities and neighbourhoods.

The theme of the 2017 Festival, Honouring Women of the Downtown Eastside, pays tribute to women from all walks of life in the Downtown Eastside past and present.”

For more information, please visit heartofthecityfestival.com

-from Heart of the City website

NFB & imagineNATIVE Seek Innovative Interactive Project Proposals by Indigenous Artists in Canada

“The NFB, in partnership with imagineNATIVE, is proud to continue supporting Indigenous artists in Canada’s interactive-media field.

The NFB/imagineNATIVE Interactive Partnership returns in 2017 to support both the development and production phases of one (1) selected project, with a focus on artistic cultural experiences for mobile phone, tablet and virtual reality technologies. The project will premiere to the diverse range of audiences reached through the NFB and imagineNATIVE networks.

An Indigenous Canadian (or international Indigenous artist with Canadian citizenship), working with the NFB Digital Studio in Vancouver, will develop the project during the course of one year starting in October 2017. The NFB Digital Studio will have the option to produce or co-produce the project, with a target launch date of October 2018 at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. The budget for the development phase will consist of cash and in-kind support of up to $50,000, while the final budget for the production phase will be determined by the overall scope of the project.

An NFB and imagineNATIVE selection committee will choose the project through a call for submissions that encourages proposals with culturally, creatively and technologically daring vision.

This initiative will build upon the selected artist’s creative and technical skills through the following:

  • Intensive development for the artist and their project with a minimum of two (2) visits to the NFB Digital Studio in Vancouver;
  • As part of the residency, the artist would not only work on their own project but would be invited to observe and liaise with the NFB team on the production and development of other projects, furthering cross collaboration, skill building and knowledge sharing;
  • The NFB’s Digital Studio in Vancouver would produce the development phase of the project: from idea through conception, interactive design, visual/graphic design, and proof of concept and/or prototyping;
  • The development phase will include a DigiLab; this two-day development lab will bring together a small team of key creative thinkers and will be tailored to the needs of the project, in order to support the evolution of the project idea;
  • Work to complete the project in the production phase will be determined by the unique requirements of the selected project.

The NFB would have first right (but no obligation) to produce or co-produce the work; imagineNATIVE will coordinate the submission and selection process and highlight the artist as well as the project premiere at the 2018 festival through engagement with the industry and the arts community.

Over the past five years, the NFB and imagineNATIVE have collaborated on a digital partnership that aims to support new forms of Indigenous artistic expression and offers Canadian Indigenous artists an opportunity to create audacious, innovative and socially relevant new-media works. It has resulted in the release of three captivating interactive projects that demonstrate the spirit and heart of Indigenous experiences in Canada today: De Nort (2012) by the ITWÉ Collective, Similkameen Crossroads (2013) by Tyler Hagan, and the 2015 Venice Biennale-selected Ice Fishing (2014) by Jordan Bennett. In 2016, Cara Mumford’s Red Card went through a development residency to further hone her idea.

“We’re thrilled to continue to develop, produce and present the latest work in our partnership with the NFB, and for artists to explore Indigenous storytelling using the newest cutting-edge technologies available,” remarked Daniel Northway-Frank, imagineNATIVE’s Industry Director. Robert McLaughlin, Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio, added, “Supporting new and underrepresented voices within the Canadian cultural landscape is a key creative criterion of the National Film Board of Canada, and the partnership with imagineNATIVE has been crucial to meeting this mandate.”

The selected artist and proposal will be announced at the 2017 imagineNATIVE festival on October 19, 2017.

Applications for the NFB/imagineNATIVE Interactive Digital Residency will be accepted as of August 22, 2017, at www.imagineNATIVE.org, with a submission deadline of September 18, 2017.”

-from imagineNATIVE website

Profile Highlight: Instruments of Change (Vancouver)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

“Through Instruments of Change’s arts-based community development projects, which serve schools, hospices, shelters, community centres and prisons, they create synergetic experiences that give both their facilitating artists and their participants a means of expression to find their authentic voice using a variety of artistic modes.

Our objectives are:
-To bring music and art to the broadest possible demographic, allowing people the chance to experience, make and do art themselves.
-To connect and impact the creators and audience of our art by enabling participants to become agents of change in their own lives through the act of collective art making.
-To advocate for the value of the arts by illustrating their broad-reaching benefits through our projects, performances, and stories.
-To create a sustainable organization, using diversified funding strategies and by developing numerous community partnerships.”

To read more about Instruments of Change, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Artists: Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (Community Arts Council of Vancouver)

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“Attention artists who practice outside the mainstream – this festival is for YOU!

The Community Arts Council of Vancouver is very excited to share that we will be hosting the first-ever Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival, August 11-12, 2017.

Once known as Art Brut, Outsider Art refers to the work of any artist who has little or no contact with the mainstream art world, often including low-income, visionary, folk, and aboriginal artists, and artists with mental health diagnoses.

Major cities around the world hold outsider art fairs and festivals, and the CACV team feels that Vancouver outsider artists are ready to join them on the global stage.

We are seeking applications for this first-ever festival by mail or by email until May 1, 2017.

We are proud to say that 100% of sales from this festival will go to exhibiting artists, and performing artists will receive fees for showcasing their work.

Artists facing visible or invisible barriers are invited to apply.

Organizations working with socially excluded artists are encouraged to contact us about group exhibition space.

Application requirements include a 500-word description about you, your practice, and how you view yourself as an artist. There are also specific requirements for the two artist categories: visual artists and performing artists.

CACV will also be hosting four outreach workshops to provide guidance to artists about their applications.

Click here to view the full details about the festival, the outreach workshops, and the application requirements.”

-from CACV website
Read Community Arts Council of Vancouver’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Call for Tenants: BC Artscape at the Sun Wah Centre (Vancouver)

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bcartscape-logoBC Artscape is excited to launch the Call for Tenants for BC Artscape at the Sun Wah Centre at 268 Keefer Street.

The Call for Tenants explains explains how professional artists, not-for profit arts, cultural and community organizations, and community groups can apply to rent  at the BC Artscape space at 268 Keefer Street. BC Artscape is offering units on the lower level, 3rd floor and 4th floor for, but not limited to: production, exhibition, education, social service provision, programming and administrative space. BC Artscape will also have the rooftop available for programming and parking. Occupancy is expected for October 2017. 

For those that submitted an Expression of Interest, the Call for Tenants process will confirm your interest and ideas.

For new applicants, the Call for Tenants application confirms the amount of space you need, what you want to do in the space, and what you need to make that happen.

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 24th at 3PM. BC Artscape’s goal is to inform applicants by March 31st if they have been selected as tenants, and have lease agreements signed by May 15th, 2017.

Read the Call for Tenants document & submit your application!

Chinese version of the Call for Tenants document

Please visit www.bcartscape.ca for more information.”

-from BC Artscape newsletter and website

Call for Expressions of Interest: BC Artscape space in DTES Vancouver

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Need Space for Creativity? 

BC Artscape is currently seeking expressions of interest from individual artists, arts groups, and not-for-profit arts, cultural and community organizations who see themselves as potential Tenants or Program Providers for 268 Keefer Street. We would like to understand your space needs, the scope of your operations and programming, and the ways in which you anticipate contributing to the Chinatown community.”

Deadline for Responses for 268 Keefer is December 23rd!

BC Artscape’s first project in Vancouver is a community cultural hub in Chinatown. We are leasing approximately 48,000 square feet of vacant space at the Sun Wah Centre at 268 Keefer Street. Our plan for the space is a dynamic, multi-tenant creative hub that meets the need of artists and cultural organizations and responds to the unique neighbourhood around 268 Keefer Street.

Chinatown has a rich tangible and intangible heritage articulated in its buildings, businesses, cultural activities, artists and organizations. Chinatown and the surrounding Downtown East Side (DTES) neighbourhoods are undergoing tremendous change that threatens the existing character and sense of place. Our goal is to provide a platform for the arts that complements the existing cultural assets and organizations, and supports the evolving cultural fabric.

Join Us! We are looking for Tenants and Partners

Opening in October 2017, we’re looking for partners now to help inform the project vision, design, and operation of the space and potential tenancies.

We want to hear from partners within the local community, as well as artists, and arts,cultural and community organizations from across Vancouver’s arts community who are looking for space or to provide programs.”

For more information and applications, please visit BC Artscape’s website

-from BC Artscape newsletter and website

Youth Engagement Project: Mine (Vancouver)

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“Time: Fridays 4pm-5:30pm
Dates: January 20 – March 10
Place: Trout Lake Community Centre
Cost: FREE with snacks provided

The program will be co-facilitated by Kelly McInnes and Rianne Svelnis with live music by Alex Mah. It is intended for youth ages 14-18 who are interested in dance, performance, music, theatre, story-telling, textiles and visual art! The workshop will be a collaborative creation process focusing on Kelly’s project ‘mine’, which is an interactive, multi-disciplinary work that uses a large collection of second-hand clothing to create imagery and stories surrounding our experience of consumption, materialism, and identity. It explores fast fashion, body image, history and memory, using clothing as the common thread between us.

More about the facilitators:

Kelly McInnes is a Vancouver based dance artist whose intention with her work is to magnify, comment on and create dialogue around, important socio-political issues within our society. Kelly’s work is often multi-disciplinary and includes long duration, installation, community engagement and guerrilla performance.

Rianne Svelnis is a Vancouver-based dance and recent graduate of the Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program. She celebrates dance as a primal language of expression; sacred, playful, political and transformative.”

-submitted by Deborah Gordon