Creative Spark Vancouver
We are pleased to announce that the Creative Spark Vancouver Grant has been renewed with our funding partner, The City of Vancouver! More details about the renewed funding partnership will be announced soon. Please sign up for our Newsletter for Artists to be among the first artists to hear about this renewed opportunity!
Small projects can have a big impact. Emerging artists across all disciplines living in the City of Vancouver who have an interest in building their careers and working with young people in an arts-based capacity are invited to apply for Creative Spark Vancouver.
If you relate to the statements below, then this grant is designed for you:
- I'm an emerging artist looking to explore career opportunities
- I'm interested in working with young people (ages 5-18) and need support to start
- I have a project idea but don't have the funds to cover the required materials and supplies
The artist's project must engage young people (ages 5-18) and focus on arts-based learning in any artistic discipline. Creative Spark Vancouver enables emerging artists to gain experience on small projects that could lead to new career opportunities, new community relationships, different perspectives on arts and education, future learning opportunities and exciting multi-faceted projects.
Who Can Apply?
Emerging artists of any age in any artistic discipline who are residents of the City of Vancouver, or a resident and member of one of Vancouver’s three Host First Nations: Musqueam, Squamish or Tsleil-Waututh.
For the purpose of this grant, an emerging artist is defined as one who:
- is enrolled in, or has specialized training in the arts (university graduation or equivalent, self-training, or training in a culturally-specific tradition);
- is in the early stages of their career, usually within the few first years of pursuing a career in their field;
- has a small history of presentation or publication;
- is looking for support and resources to build confidence in their practice;
- is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, when possible financially; and
- self identifies as emerging.
This definition has been inspired by a number of sources, including CARFAC BC's video, Artists Talk: What is an Emerging Artist?
Creative Spark Vancouver grants offer 100% coverage for projects, up to $3,000 for individuals and $5,000 for art collectives (2 or more applying for the same project). Grant funds are intended to cover artist fees, project materials and supplies, rentals and honoraria.
Goals of this Grant
Before you apply, please make sure your project fulfills the Creative Spark Vancouver goals:
- Build the capacity and confidence of emerging artists working with young people and art or culture-based learning;
- Provide young people opportunities to actively engage in art and culture, particularly those from equity-seeking communities; and
- Critically engage in processes of reconciliation, decolonization, equity, and accessibility.
How to Apply
- Check out the Grant Guidelines to prepare your application.
- Find a location or a potential location for your project. If you intend to partner with a group or organization, ask them to write you a letter of support for your project
- Plan out how you will advertise and get young people to attend your project! Often this is a crucial piece for the jury.
- Then, apply online when applications are open! Don't worry, you can save your work and fill out the application as you go. You will get an email with a link to keep working on it until it is fully submitted.
Not sure what creative project you might develop? Here are some examples of successfully funded projects to date:
- A five-day dance training intensive for dancers aged 14-19 to help bridge the current professional dance community to the future generation of local dance artists.
- A textile art project to construct meaingful artwork for a classroom reading corner, using salvaged fabric
- A puppetry workshop with Grade 1 students, from character creation to performance
- A series of arts-based workshops for self-identified Muslim youth, including photographic self-portraits and creative writing, to showcase their beauty and diversity and create a safe space for expression
- A professional workshop and public reading of a play for young audiences, to bring it to the next stage of its development
- An weekly workshop where families learn about plants and berries that can be used for dyeing wool and develop their own weaving skills
- A four-month pilot program of drama therapy and theatre arts classes for children ages 6-12 to explore the healing power of drama
- A project that turns a park space into a musical playground for youth, with hands-on workshops about making instruments from household objects
This list is not at all comprehensive. We hope these examples inspire you and spark your imagination. Apply for a Creative Spark Vancouver grant and bring your own unique creative project to life!