Grants for Emerging Artists to Spark Creative Projects

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The City of Vancouver is pleased to offer a new grant program for emerging
artists, presented in partnership with ArtStarts in Schools. Creative Spark
Vancouver supports emerging artists and fosters their capacity to work with
young people.

Creative Spark Vancouver empowers emerging artists to engage young people
(ages 5-18) in arts-based projects. Emerging artists across all artistic
disciplines are invited to apply. Applicants must be residents of the City
of Vancouver or residents and members of the Musqueam, Squamish or
Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.


“Vancouver has the highest concentration of artists per capita in Canada and
our creative sector is a big part of our city’s nation-leading economic
growth. Creative Spark Vancouver targets support to our local emerging
artists so that they can build their CV and launch their career right here
in Vancouver,” said Mayor Robertson. “Vancouver City Council is pleased to
launch this new grant program in partnership with ArtStarts in Schools, and
we can’t wait to see what creative ideas come forward from our cultural

“When young people engage in the arts, something special happens. Creative
experiences in the arts enable young people to explore new ways of learning,
new ways of expressing themselves, and new ways of seeing and interacting
with the world around them. The arts plant the seed for young people to grow
up to be creative, innovative and engaged members of society,” says Lia
Dicicco, Interim Executive Director at ArtStarts. “We are thrilled about the
exciting opportunities for both emerging artists and young people that will
be made possible through this partnership with the City of Vancouver.”

The grants offer 100% funding for small projects, up to $1,000. These funds
are intended to cover artist fees, project materials and supplies, rentals
and honoraria. The goals of Creative Spark Vancouver are to:

*         Build the capacity and confidence of emerging artists working with
young people and arts-based learning;

*         Provide young people opportunities to engage actively in the arts;

*         Embrace diversity, innovation and artistic excellence.

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.

An information session for artists interested in learning more about
Creative Spark Vancouver will be held on March 24 from 2pm to 4pm at
ArtStarts in Schools (808 Richards Street, Vancouver). Upcoming deadlines to
apply for Creative Spark Vancouver grants are April 15 and August 4, 2016.

Funded by the City of Vancouver, Creative Spark Vancouver grants will be
disbursed by ArtStarts in Schools, a not-for-profit organization recognized
as a leader transforming the way BC’s young people are engaged in and
through the arts, and in promoting the value of the arts in young lives.

*         To learn more, visit:

*         For full details and to apply, visit:


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