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Vancouver Park Board | Artists in Communities 2020

Artists in Communities 2020


Vancouver Park Board


Oct. 4, 2019


The Artists in Communities program is based on principles of community cultural development, which literally means building community by making art together. Its purpose is to support artists working in community contexts and to encourage the development of a wide variety of interactions between artist and community members. The intention and desire is that there be a lasting physical and/or social legacy from the projects, whether it involves new understanding of creative processes, the development of collaborative skills or an artwork, which in some form remains in the community. 

Community engaged arts practices see artists collaborate with community members who may not see themselves as artists; working together over an extended period of time as creators, producers, performers and active audiences. Contributing to the growing vibrancies of our neighbourhoods this program seeks to inspire participation and relationship building where art becomes a catalyst for individual and community engagement. 

Community Cultural Development Goals 

  • To support artists working in community contexts;

  • To encourage the development of a wide variety of interactions between artist and community members;

  • To provide a framework for creative collaboration between artist and communities;

  • To encourage and support artistic projects which leave a physical and/or social legacy in the community;

  • Make our communities more vibrant;

  • Inspire participation and relationship-building;

  • Engage communities and people – even those who don’t see themselves as artists – as creators, producers, performers, and active audiences

Please refer to the Community Cultural Development (CCD) goals (above) and the Community centres profiles that outline the issues and interests of their community. Artists should develop their proposal based on both the CCD goals and the identified issues and interest defined by each community.

2020 communities that are hosting artist residencies are:

Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch St, Vancouver, BC 
V6K 4K9, https://kitscc.com/

Hastings Community Centre, 3096 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC 
V5K 2A3, https://hastingscc.ca/

Ray-Cam Community Centre, 920 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC 
V6A 3T1, http://raycam.com/contact-us/

Artist information session: Tuesday Sept. 17, 5-7PM Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews to review the program and artists proposals  

Please review information on our website prior to attending information session. http://vancouver.ca/people-programs/artists-in-communities-program.aspx

Fee: Artist fee: $10,000.00 Materials expenses: $2,000.00

Submission Deadline: Oct. 4, 2019

Note: AIC funding no longer supports murals, tile mosaics and/or banners because there are alternative funding avenues for these.


APPLY HERE: https://vancouver.ca/people-programs/artists-in-communities-applying-for-residencies.aspx


  • July 2019: Artist call open to artists working in all disciplines; writers, composers, musicians, poets, choreographers, visual, digital media, theatre, celebration, performance, aboriginal and cultural based producers. 

  • Sept 17, 2019: Artist information session for Artists in Communities at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre 5-7PM. 

  • Oct 4, 2019: Deadline for applications

  • Nov 2019: Multi-staged jury and interview process- jury includes Park Board and Community Centre representatives from confirmed centres, and professional artist.

  • Jan 2020: Announcement of artists – Projects begin

  • Dec 2020: Project completed- final report submitted

Please note Community Centre project begins as per Centre schedule. The artist fee is based on approx. 300 hours which includes: research & development, maintaining a project blog for documentation and delivering the project proposal and final report.

Contact Name: Oliver McTavish-Wisden
Contact Email: oliver.mctavish-wisden@vancouver.ca
Contact Phone: (604) 718-6521