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Grants

The 2021 Arts & Culture Grant and Public Art Grant applications will open in February 2021.

Since 2010, the Squamish Arts Council (SAC)  adjudicates the Community Arts & Culture Enhancement Grant (CACEG) for local arts, culture, and/or heritage projects that seek to provide community enhancement. This funding is awarded by the District of Squamish to SAC through the Community Enhancement Grant Program. Annual CACEG funds in any given year are contingent on SAC’s success with the Community Enhancement Grant Program.

The 2021 CACEG program has two streams that members of SAC can apply for:

Arts & Culture Grant

More information and applications will be available on Feb 1st, 2021.

Public Art Grant

More information and applications will be available on Feb 1st, 2021.

Past Grant Recipients

2020 Grant Recipients

The Squamish Arts Council, in partnership with the District of Squamish, has completed adjudications for the Community Arts and Culture Enhancement Grant! This was an amazing year for the number and quality of applications and is indicative of the diversity and creativity of Squamish.

Thank you to all who submitted, thank you to the hardworking volunteer adjudication committee, and congratulations to the winners!

  • Howe Sound Performing Arts Association for “Howe Sound Music Festival”
  • Lenny Rubenovich and Art Harry for “Portage”
  • Squamish Public Library for “Squamish Public Library and Squamish Nation Art Installation”
  • Squamish Academy of Music for “Sam Jam”
  • Mamquam Elementary School PAC for “Where We Live”
  • Thomasina Pidgeon for “Changing Squamish”
2019 Grant Recipients

Cheakamus Centre – Weaving as Community Practice

The Weaving as Community Practice project will enable a group of 5 Sḵwxwú7mesh youth to learn from elders and experts to create a series of traditional wool weavings. Upon completion, the general public will be invited to learn from the youth, participate in a weaving project, and celebrate the completion of the works. Not only will this process connect youth with elders and community leaders, it will also create a greater understanding of the importance of traditional practices supporting Truth & Reconciliation, and become a springboard for future creative endeavors.

Squamish Farmer’s Market – Summer Entertainment Program

Summer entertainment at the Farmer’s Market will continue with a regular program of live music from a selection of Sea to Sky musical artists.

Between Shifts Theatre – The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

A large Christmas production for 2 weeks with 8 performances. This production of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe will enhance local arts and culture as a live theatre event accessible to all, with some evening shows at half price. The production will involve a majority of local children and youth in the cast and provide them with a theatrical experience.

Howe Sound Performing Arts Association – Howe Sound Music Festival

An adjudicated festival for piano, vocal, and choral students. For this festival, local music teachers use the syllabus, which outlines the various classes that are offered to the students, to select repertoire and begin preparing students. This type of festival gives youth and adults studying private voice and piano an opportunity to perform their pieces for an adjudicator and receive verbal and written adjudication for their performance.

Squamish Minor Hockey Association – Engaging with Coast Salish Culture

To invite the Squamish Nation Elders to sing and drum at 5 important tournaments and playoff games during the 2019 season.

Squamish Montessori Elementary – Family Friendly Art Classes

Collaborate with local art business to create a series of accessible family friendly art classes. Families will create and individual art piece to take home as well as a collabrative piece for display in the school.

2018 Grant Recipients

Squamish Waldorf School PAC – Student Engagement with Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation

This initiative seeks to integrate First Nations culture and heritage into their curriculum from grades 1-8 through a series of workshops such as cedar bark weaving, wool weaving and dyeing and drum making. These workshops will be integrated into Squamish Waldorf School’s handwork, history and storytelling classes.

Squamish Farmer’s Market – Summer Entertainment Program

Summer entertainment at the Farmer’s Market will continue with a regular program of live music from a selection of Sea to Sky musical artists.

Between Shifts Theatre – A Christmas Story

A large Christmas production for 2 weeks with 8 performances. This production of A Christmas Story will enhance local arts and culture as a live theatre event accessible to all, with some evening shows at half price. The production will involve a majority of local children and youth in the cast and provide them with a theatrical experience.

E’cole Les Aiglons – A Collaborative Mosaic

A collective work of art created by students which represent French heritage in Squamish. The children will explore and illustrate as a whole what Squamish represents to them through art with consideration to both their Francophone roots and the First Nations’ community and local heritage.

Howe Sound Performing Arts Association – Howe Sound Music

An adjudicated festival for piano, vocal, and choral students. For this festival, local music teachers use the syllabus, which outlines the various classes that are offered to the students, to select repertoire and begin preparing students. This type of festival gives youth and adults studying private voice and piano an opportunity to perform their pieces for an adjudicator and receive verbal and written adjudication for their performance.

Squamish Minor Hockey Association – Engaging with Coast Salish Culture

A collaboration with a Coast Salish artist to revitalise the minor hockey association and its outward acknowledgement of the significance of First Nation history and heritage in Squamish through art. Education and integration of practices are planned to be integrated throughout the season in consultation with the Elders and the Nation.

Helping Hands Society – Digital Story Telling

This project will provide the most vulnerable residents in our community with an opportunity to show their artistic abilities, learn about photography and have their photos displayed. People who experience homelessness, addiction or mental illness often don’t have the opportunity to participate in artistic activities such as painting, crafts or photography.

2017 Grant Recipients

Squamish Elementary School PAC – Aboriginal Community Art & Teaching Project

A model of collaboration, this project will bring together students, Squamish Nation elders and the wider community for a cultural art legacy initiative.

Sea to Sky Singers – 2017 Spring Concerts

Titled Routes, Sea to Sky Singers will perform concerts in three communities throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Squamish Visuals – ArtWalk-150

Building upon the goals of Canada’s sesquicentennial, ArtWalk-150 will showcase local artists in a variety of venues, providing participants with opportunities to gain deeper understanding of Canadian Art and Squamish heritage.

Cheakamus Centre – Spirit Within

A collaboration with renowned artist, Xwalackun, O.B.C., this initiative will provide a range of positive outcomes including youth engagement and opportunities for Squamish Nation youth mentorship.

Squamish Farmer’s Market – Summer Entertainment Program

Summer entertainment at the Farmer’s Market will continue with a regular program of live music and the introduction of Chef @ the Market, where chefs prepare and serve local ingredients.

Between Shifts – KAYAK

Winner of the Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest, KAYAK is a “gripping, heartbreaking” (Lynn Slotkin, CBC Radio) account of the strange chain of events that leaves mother, Annie Iversen alone and stranded in her son’s old kayak.

2016 Grant Recipients

“You Are Here” (Writing Workshop) – Andrea Hoff

The Squamish WIND Festival – Dave Thompson

Squamish Youth Arts Mentorship & Engagement Pilot Program/Arts Portfolio Workshop – Laurel Terlesky

Howe Sound Music Festival – Hayley Read

Narratives of the Lost” (Photography and Poetry Exhibition) – Laurel Terlesky and Bren Simmers

Squamish Farmers Market Entertainment Program –  Patrick Demers

2015 Grant Recipients
2014 Grant Recipients

Howe Sound Drama – Club Preparation and printing of a scrapbook documenting Drama Club history
VISUALS – Wind Festival Art Show in the SAC Building
VISUALS – Squamish Art Crawl
Squamish Wind Festival – Squamish Wind Festival programming
Squamish Farmers Market – Musical entertainment for market shoppers
Squamish Public Library – Support year round gallery programming
A local student – Attend a New York Academy for Classical Ballet training
H.S.P.A.A. – Howe Sound Music Festival
Downtown Squamish BIA – Support street entertainment during SVMF

2013 Grant Recipients

Between Shifts Theatre Society – “A Christmas Carol” production
Howe Sound Performing Arts Association – Howe Sound Music Festival
Howe Sound Drama Club – History Project
Squamish Valley Photographic Association – “Squamish 100 Years – A Snapshot” book
Visuals – Artwalk Cultural Crawl 2013

This grant opportunity is made possible by the District of Squamish