Creative Spark Vancouver is Ready to Provide Artistic Platform
Small projects can make a big impact. Emerging artists across all artistic and cultural disciplines living in the City of Vancouver who have an interest in building their careers and working with young people in an arts or culture-based capacity are welcomed to Creative Spark Vancouver. Grant funds are intended to cover artist fees, project materials and supplies, rentals and honoraria.
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.
Before you apply, please make sure your application meets the Creative Spark Vancouver goals:
To build the capacity and confidence of emerging artists working with young people and art and culture-based learning;
To provide young people opportunities to engage actively in art and culture, particularly artists and young people from equity-seeking communities, and
To critically engage with reconciliation, decolonization, equity, and accessibility.
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.
Applicants can apply for one grant per intake. If you are applying as an individual artist, you cannot also be part of a collective application. In order to be considered for funding, applications must meet the following criteria:
The applicant(s) must:
Be a resident of the City of Vancouver or a member of the Musqueam, Squamish, or Tsleil Waututh First Nations and live in that Nation’s unceded territories.
Be an emerging artist of any age in any artistic or cultural discipline (e.g. community arts, dance, disability arts, Indigenous arts or culture, interdisciplinary, literary, media, multidisciplinary, music, textile/fiber art, theatre, visual arts).
For the purpose of this grant, an emerging artist is defined as one who:
is enrolled in, or has specialized training in arts and culture (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, production, 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.
Registered organizations and businesses are not eligible to apply.
The project must:
Take place in the province of British Columbia
Involve young people (ages 5-18)
Focus on arts-based learning in any artistic or cultural discipline
Have a plan to be delivered a variety of ways in order to comply with the prevailing health
advisory at the time your project is planned
Be planned for the future (unless all artists already have a BC Ministry of Justice Criminal
Record Checks on file with Art Starts):
Work can commence once the grant has been approved (expected November 2020)
Criminal record checks must be received for all collaborators before any in-person
or online sessions with young people. If you do not have BC Ministry of Justice CRC
Clearance you may not start your project and expect retroactive funding.
If all artists working on the project already have BC Ministry of Justice Criminal
Record Checks on file with Art Starts they can start their project before hearing back
about funding. Please note that Creative Spark Vancouver applications are not
guaranteed to receive funding and you may not be successful in the grant process.
For more information, visit https://artstarts.com/creativesparkvancouver