Come and learn about this and four other programs that provide funds for arts and community in the DTES – and one for the whole City.
Community Arts Fund Program Support for
Downtown Eastside Community Art Projects
By November 30, 2012, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver will be allocating approximately $20,000 from our Community Arts Fund for Community Arts projects in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
More detailed criteria and application and adjudication process will be posted by September 10, 2012, and applications will be due by November 1, 2012. In the meantime, we wanted to let you know what’s confirmed so far.
This announcement is so that you can begin to consider if you have projects that might fit for this program and to discuss with other partners and collaborators how you might work together on a project.
The funds will be a maximum of $5000 per project with a requirement of matching funds from the organization(s) involved to at least $5000. This can be “in-kind donations” including volunteer labour.
The lead applicant must have been incorporated in BC as a society for at least one year.
There must be at least two organizations working together on each project. While the project must be a community-engaged arts project, the organizations do not need to be primarily arts organizations. Each project must involve one or more professional artists in designing and creating the project.
The projects will help to build bridges of understanding and support between people and groups within the DTES community and may also connect with people and groups throughout the city of Vancouver.
The Community Arts Council of Vancouver is committed to working with organizations that have proven themselves capable of taking the risks necessary to build community arts opportunities that create stronger, more viable futures for people and community. We expect that most projects will be supported by applicant organizations who have the capacity to leverage additional dollars from other sources – creating a much larger impact on people’s lives and their community.
Timeline: We expect the projects to be completed by December 31, 2013.
The overall aim is to facilitate community-led renewal through community arts. Within this overall aim, we have identified 3 program priorities that are described below.
The Community Arts Fund DTES Community Arts Program supports activities that are focused on at least one of the following:
1) Promote health and well-beingthrough involvement in the artsincluding opportunities for Involvement in the arts as a potential vehicle for employment and income generation for local artists.
2) Promote social transformation through the arts by speaking to social issues and social change in ways that inform and create understanding within and across groups for instance exploring themes of access to nutritious food, adequate housing and income.
3) Build bridges by involving the diverse communities of the Downtown Eastside and people from diverse socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds in creating shared interests and a shared voice, for example exploring issues of understanding and acceptance of people with mental health challenges; portraying the history and contributions of the numerous cultures composing the Downtown Eastside or incorporating various art forms, cultures and arts practices from multiple cultural groups in the area.
To be eligible for financial support, the projects must meet the following criteria:
- The lead organization must be incorporated as a society in good standing with the Province of British Columbia and have operated as an incorporated society for at least one fiscal year prior to the application date.
- The project must compensate artists by paying fees to professional artists at industry standards and to community artists at agreed upon rates; and adhere to international intellectual property rights standards.
- Arts processes: The community art project can be in any one or more medium: including but not limited to performance/acting, writing, film, music and voice, crafts, sculpture, drawing and visual arts, set design and construction, sound and lighting, digital/media communications.
The DTES Community Arts Program Committee members have been selected because of their strong connections to the DTES community and to the community arts.
Current members include:
Leslie Kemp, Chair, 2010 Past President of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver Board
Terry Hunter, Executive Director of Vancouver Moving Theatre
Rika Uto, Arts Programmer at Carnegie Community Centre,
Kathy Gibler, Executive Director, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Michael Clague, President, Community Arts Council of Vancouver (ex officio)
Sonja Embree, Vice-President, Community Arts Council of Vancouver (alternate for President)
Jessica Numminen, Board Member, Community Arts Council of Vancouver; Program Coordinator, Enterprising Women Making Art.
Leslie Kemp. 2010 Past President
Chair, DTES Community Arts Program Committee