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2nd annual Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (August 10-12)

“The Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (VOAF) offers visual and performing artists facing social exclusion and other barriers opportunities for exhibition and sales, performance and participation, connection and learning. The 3-day free festival takes place at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre from August 10-12, 2018, and includes individual artists as well as organizational partners, workshops for artists and the public, and hundreds of artworks on display and for sale, alongside live art and other performance forms.  Our primary values are inclusion and active participation towards strengthening a sense of community and creative citizenship among participants and the public.

Early opportunities to get involved include:

VOAF Organization Partners work with us to include an existing community of outsider artists in the festival in a group show format. We want to connect with those serving socially excluded artists as part of our ongoing work at CACV. Contact details below.

VOAF Organizing Committee meets every 2-4 weeks over the next 6 months and contributes to the planning, outreach, selection of artists, plus performance and exhibition design for the festival. Time commitment is flexible depending on availability. Committee volunteers are also encouraged to participate in the running of the event itself. Great opportunity to help develop a still-new festival in its second year after a successful 2017 launch. Encouraging POC, LGBTQ, Indigenous, youth, community artists and the disability arts community to help us build a festival that is even more vibrant and represents our city! Contact us by January 30. Details below.

Performing Artists in any form who self-identify as outsiders are invited to submit a short description of your performance (30-60 minutes) for early consideration. Performances can range from indoor, theatre-style seating with basic lighting/video/sound to outdoor, roving, interactive or participatory works. Fees will be paid. This is an open call and will be followed by a programming/curation process based on the proposals received. Apply by January 26 for early consideration: there will be a second artist call and application process. Application must include a 250 word bio of the artist or group and a link to a video or website of your proposed or a representative past work.”

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

2018 Instruments of Change Benefit Party (Jan 31, Vancouver)

“The 2018 Instruments of Change Benefit Party
Join us at The Imperial, 319 Main Street at 7PM on January 31st

We hope you can join us for this evening that will celebrate “Intersections”, in the spirit of our many transformative arts projects which bring together unlikely communities as creative collaborators. See Japanese Taiko drummers jam with Scottish dancers. Hear a classical flutist trade solos with a rapper, let comedian Jacob Samuel entertain you with his transit-inspired jokes (get it? “intersections”?).”

For more information, please visit: Instruments of Change’s website and ticketing page.

-from Instruments of Change’s website
Read Instruments of Change’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

šxʷʔam̓ət (home) BC & Alberta Tour (Theatre For Living)

“The BC/Alberta tour of šxʷʔam̓ət (home) launched on January 17th in Chilliwack and continues until March 10th!

For tickets and information about the tour, visit our tour itinerary page on our website here.

We are very excited to be touring šxʷʔam̓ət (home) into 21 communities across BC and Alberta and then returning home for 9 final performances at the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver. Why tour?

First, šxʷʔam̓ət (home) is terrific theatre. The public response to this project was very powerful. We played to 91% houses and started getting invitations from communities while we were still doing the first run in March of 2017. We also feel that šxʷʔam̓ət (home) asks very important questions about how we navigate Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Canada in true and honourable ways that do not replicate colonial ways of the past and present.

If you are in or near any of the 21 BC/Alberta communities we are visiting, or in Vancouver, please join us. Detailed information can be found here.”

-from Theatre for Living’s website
Read Theatre For Living’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

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