Artists in Communities program
The Artists in Communities Program provides artists the opportunity to work with community centres to develop innovative strategies for involving diverse members of the community in creative practices. The program is based on principles of community cultural development and is funded by the Vancouver Park Board and Community Centre Associations.
Through this program, artists/artist teams are assigned to a sponsoring community centre where they establish a creative presence in the community. For example, the artists may set up a project blog site, attend committee meetings, lead workshops, or create some other form of connection with the centre. Artists may also work off-site with a variety of community groups and individuals.
The program is based on a term of approximately 300 hours. At the end of the program, the artists’ projects and activities are expected to have a lasting impact on the community, such as new understandings of creative processes, stronger community bonds, annual festivals, or artwork that remains in the community.