SWITCH raises over $55,000

to support the Community Arts Fund


Odlum Brown Limited was Premier Sponsor of the 2nd Annual SWITCH event held on October 24 to support the Community Arts Fund (CAF) benefitting the Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV). Stephen Quinn, CBC Radio host of “On The Coast” emceed an event filled by a talented and diverse line up of performers ranging from Sansho Daiko taiko drummers; spoken word poet Adelene da Soul Poet; Joe Ink. dancers, vocalists C.R. Avery and Jim Byrnes; and 25 children from the Saint James Music Academy. SWITCH was held at The Imperial (319 Main Street in Vancouver) and attended by 120 guests.

Corporate and individual support of SWITCH was integral to its success in raising over $55,000 for CACV programming and the CAF endowment. Premier Sponsor Odlum Brown Limited strongly believes in providing community support that aligns with its corporate values. In the Downtown Eastside, Odlum Brown wants to assist the Community Arts Council of Vancouver’s efforts to peel back the layers and invest in the existing rich and vibrant community of artists that are in need of support.

“The community arts are a powerful medium for personal development and community renewal. They make a qualitative difference in the lives of those involved and no more so than in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside,” says Michael Clague, President, Community Arts Council of Vancouver, “SWITCH is a fantastic representation of the diversity and potential of arts that exists in the DTES”.

The Community Arts Fund is led by Co-chairs Yulanda Faris and John Montalbano and managed by the Vancouver Foundation. The CAF was established in 2011 with an initial sum of $125,000 donated by 2010 Legacies Now and a goal to create a $1 million endowment fund, using interest earned to support programming.

“In life one should always strive to be the best one can be; and CACV, through support from the CAF, helps the most vulnerable in our society find meaning and discipline through arts based activities to be the best they can be,” says Yulanda Faris. CAF was created with its first priority to support the Downtown Eastside Community arts organizations working with populations who otherwise have little or no opportunity to learn and grow through the arts – Aboriginal people, women and children, people with addictions and mental health challenges.




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