Arts and culture projects at heart of community engagement for Canada’s 150th

(OTTAWA, ON)  – A wave of exciting arts and culture projects ranging from painted murals to musical celebrations to theatrical performances will soon engage Canadians in communities across the country thanks to contributions from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.

The arts and culture activities are among those receiving funding from community foundations participating in the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th – a national initiative to support local projects that build community and encourage engagement in our sesquicentennial.

Leading up to and during 2017, the Fund will provide thousands of small grants to local projects in every province and territory to engage the broadest possible array of Canadians with a particular focus on initiatives involving youth, Indigenous groups, official language minorities, and groups that reflect Canada’s cultural diversity. 

The collaborative effort, seeded by the Government of Canada and matched by community foundations across the country, has already seen extraordinary interest since the first grant applications opened in April. More than 115 communities are already on board or set to announce calls for grant applications to the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th throughout the fall and into next year.

Participation in arts and culture increases our sense of belonging and engagement in our communities,” says Laurel Carlton, Director, Leadership Initiatives and Governance with Community Foundations of Canada. “As we celebrate Culture Days this coming weekend and look towards Canada’s 150th next year, the moment is right to strengthen cultural connections in our communities and deepen our appreciation of all forms of arts and culture.”

The Foundation of Greater Montreal, Niagara Community Foundation, Revelstoke Community Foundation, and the County Community Foundation are just a few of the community foundations funding projects centred around the arts and cultural life of their communities, including:

  • Arts-based social inclusion in Canada, looking back and looking forward: The Art Hives Network will map past arts-based social inclusion initiatives on an interactive website, and will use video to document present grassroots community arts being done in the Canadian art hives. Sixty-two art hives from all parts of Canada will then create a traveling art exhibit on Truth & Reconciliation that will originate in Montreal and travel across Canada. (Montreal, Quebec)
  • Between the Lake: Hosted by the local library and Jordan Historical Museum, professional and amateur artists of all ages will unite across the five communities in Lincoln to create a public exhibit showcasing the community’s story and role within the context of Canada’s sesquicentennial. (Lincoln, Ontario)
  • Celebrating Canada through Song: Ottawa composer James Wright has been commissioned to compose a four-part choral piece using the work of Canadian poet Al Purdy. The piece will be performed at 2017 concerts by singers from the Command Performance Community Choir and the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers. (Prince Edward County and Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Canada 150 Mural Mosaic: The Revelstoke Visual Arts Society and the Town of Fort Erie will lead their communities in the creation of a mural in conjunction with 148 other communities across Canada to create a gigantic mosaic as a part of the Canada 150 Mosaic project. (Revelstoke, British Columbia and Niagara, Ontario)
  • MoW! Montré(olly)Wood – The Sinha Danse company will engage the community in art and dance at Parc-Extension in Montreal. MoW! will be an original and unifying work, involving 25 minutes of Bollywood and contemporary dance presented in a flashmob, bringing together 60 to 100 non-professional dancers from all backgrounds, ages and experiences, under the artistic direction of award-winning choreographer Roger Sinha. (Montreal, Quebec)

Registered Canadian charities, municipalities and other qualified donees are eligible to apply to the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th through the community foundation that serves their area.  To learn more about the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, including its funding priorities and which communities are currently accepting grant applications, visit www.communityfoundations.ca/cfc150.

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About Community Foundations of Canada

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. We’re a philanthropic movement working across sectors to help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient communities.

About Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a collaborative effort, seeded by the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast, and delivered locally by Canada’s community foundations.

Community Fund for Canada’s 150th contact:

Laurel Carlton
Director, Leadership Initiatives and Governance
Community Foundations of Canada
P: (613) 915-1637
E: cfc150@communityfoundations.ca   

Media contact:

David Venn
Director of Communications
Community Foundations of Canada
P: (613) 236-2664 ext. 302
E: dvenn@communityfoundations.ca

Photo Credit: Sinha Danse company, Kevin Calixte

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