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Creative hubs for artists, foodies, and athletes: Park Board call for proposals for new field house residencies

May 5 2016

“This year, the Park Board wants to reach out not only to artists but to gardeners, sports teams, and chefs too!” said Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung.

Field house

Looking for free studio space where your creative spirit or athletic aspirations can soar?
 
The Vancouver Park Board is seeking proposals to animate studio space and connect with neighbourhoods at seven empty field houses across the city.

The new field house activations will run between July 1, 2016, and December 31, 2017.

Program expanding to include not only artists but other disciplines

Launched in 2011, the program was originally only open to artists. There are 15 parks citywide where artists are currently working in field houses. 

“This year, the Park Board wants to reach out not only to artists but to gardeners, sports teams, and chefs too!” said Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung. “Our fieldhouse residencies are unique for both the neighbourhood and participants as this is such a rare chance in bringing neighbourhood-based programming into public spaces where people already gather.”

The Field House Activation Program is expanding this year to include people involved in:

  • Sport
  • Environment
  • Local food

Attended an open house to learn more about the program

Attend one of the following field house open houses: 

Tuesday, May 10 open house (from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm) 

Open house locations:

  • Adanac Park, 1025 Boundary Road at Adanac Street 
  • Elm Park, 5800 Elm Street at West 41st Avenue 
  • Ross Park, 7402 Ross Street at East 59th Avenue 
  • Nanaimo Park, 2390 East 46th Avenue at Nanaimo Street 

Wednesday, May 11 open house (from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm)

Open house locations: 

  • Clinton Park, 2690 Grant Street at Slocan Street 
  • Hastings Community Park, 3000 East Pender Street adjacent to East Hastings Street
  • Riley Park, 50 East 30th Avenue at Ontario Street 

Learn more and apply

Who can apply

Applications must be submitted online by May 31.

The offer is open to individuals and organizations throughout Metro Vancouver involved in:

  • The arts
  • Sport
  • Environment
  • Local food 

Qualified applicants could include one or a combination of any of these interests:

  • Sports groups and athletes
  • Ecologists
  • Gardeners
  • Cooks
  • Artists from all disciplines

About the program

The Field House Activation Program provides a unique opportunity to animate neighbourhoods from the heart of community parks.

Park caretakers used to live in the field houses and are now being repurposed to allow residents to create activities that engage the community. 

Studio spaces will be provided in exchange for community-based engagement programs including: workshops, community celebrations and demonstrations, totaling 350 hours throughout the year.

The community-engaged work should be centred out of the:

  • Field house
  • Surrounding parks
  • Adjacent or partner community centres

“I love working with fellow artists –there’s seven of us. We’re very pleased with the turnout of people and interest in film and our work. It feels like we’re growing our audience,” said artist, filmmaker and storyteller lisa g with the Iris Film Collective at Falaise Park field house. “Once, a dad was just walking by with his kids and immediately joined us during one of our outdoor screenings. He told us how much he loved having his kids watch real films from a film projector because it is a totally different experience from TV or online.”