The Artists in Communities program:
The program uses community-engaged arts practices to:
We will announce a call for artist applications in March 2015. Start thinking about your program and review the diversity of past programs below for inspiration.
At Hillcrest, Britannia, Hastings, and Trout Lake community centres
Artist William Wasden, Jr, invited participants to join in the spirit of reconciliation with weekly workshops that worked towards sharing truths about residential school history and First Nations children.
Community members learned about the traditional upbringing of children in Kwakwaka'wakw culture through language, song, dance, art, and history.
The project culminated in a public community performance at Trout Lake Community Centre on National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2014.
At Trout Lake Community Centre
The Trout Lake community worked intensively with on-site artist Anthony Schrag at Trout Lake Community Centre. Anthony involved community through discussion, play, and stories. "I don't make 'art objects' but instead prefer to work with people, using art to encourage conversations and develop events that can continue on in myths and stories, linking the diverse community together in shared memories," he explained.
At Renfrew Park Community Centre
Something Collective led an interdisciplinary approach to explore the Renfrew neighbourhood. Friends and neighbours created an interactive, map through dance, video, soundscapes, green graffiti, puppetry, and photographs that marked their favorite spots.
At Kensington Community Centre
Dance artists Julia Carr, Meghan Goodman, and puppeteer Maggie Winston created a unique, site-specific performance experience that animated the Kensington Community Centre in an open house celebration. Community members were invited to participate as performers and audience members to explore what makes a healthy habitat. Together, the artists and community represented this healthy habitat through puppetry and dance.
The Artists in Communities program is based on partnerships between community centre associations and the Vancouver Park Board.
Each year, several interested community centres host an Artist in Communities program.
Community centres create community profiles that outline the issues and interests of their community. Artists respond to one or more of the community profiles to develop their project proposal for each centre.
The Park Board and sponsoring community associations review each application and award the programs to artists. Each program offers artist fees and material fees, funded by the Vancouver Park Board and community centre associations.
Selected artists or artist teams begin their work at the host community centre. Artists work with Park Board arts and culture staff, community centre staff, community members, and community partners throughout this cooperative process.
The program is not a live-in residency. It is open only to artists who live, work, and have a permanent residence in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Each Artists in Communities program is a team effort involving the Vancouver Park Board, community centre associations, and artists. Each team member plays an important role in the program.
Selecting artists for the Artist in Communities programs is a challenging process that involves two stages:
During this stage, juries made up of arts professionals and community centre representatives (with Park Board staff as advisors) review and discuss each application. Each jury creates a short list of artists who meet the criteria for the program and whose proposals directly relate to the issues and interests outlined in the community profiles for the program.
The initial review is based on the following criteria:
Community association representatives and community centre staff interview each applicant on the short list and award the program to an artist or an artist team.
The final selection is based on the following criteria:
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