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Grants 2021

The Arts and Culture Grant is now closed.

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Since 2010, the Squamish Arts Council (SAC) has adjudicated the Arts and Culture Grant (ACG) for local arts and/or culture projects that seek to provide community enhancement. This funding is awarded by the District of Squamish to SAC through the Community Enhancement Grant Program.

Please note that this grant is specifically geared towards projects that seek to enhance the community of Squamish through an arts and culture initiative, and can include objectives pertaining to decolonization and reconciliation, intergenerational programming, neighbourhood connectivity, environment, equity and diversity, physical and mental health, social wellbeing, youth led initiatives, vulnerable populations and recreation that are based in education, recreation, the environment, or alternative programming,

For projects that align with these objectives and that are NOT specifically arts and culture focused, please refer to the Community Enhancement Grant provided by the Squamish Community Foundation.

Please note that you can only receive either the Squamish Arts Council’s Arts and Culture Grant OR the Squamish Community Foundation’s Community Enhancement Grant. If you believe that your project could feasibly apply to both, please email [email protected] to determine which grant you should apply to.

If you would like aid in the grant writing process, please reach out to [email protected].

The 2021 Squamish Arts Council Grant program has two streams:

Both programs have specific eligibility criteria and separate application forms. Please review the guidelines and apply for the correct funding stream.

CLOSED

Arts & Culture Grant

The 2021 Arts and Culture Grant intake will provide a total amount of $35,000 for awarded projects.

LAUNCHING JANUARY 17

Public Art Grant

The Squamish Arts Council is granting two projects, each a maximum of $10,000.

Past Grant Recipients

2021 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!

  • Between Shifts Theatre for the production of “Grimm’s Fairy Tales”
  • Lenny Rubenovich and Art Harry for “Portage”
  • Don Ross Middle School for “DRMS Courtyard wall and ground Murals”
  • Squamish Nature Learners for the production of “Growing Love and Art”
  • Tatiana Lee for “It’s Raining Poetry”
  • Tsawaysia Spukwus (Alice Guss) for “360 Degrees Squamish”
  • Douglas Kerr for “Squamish Streamed Live”
  • Downtown Squamish BIA for the production of the “Squamish Mural Walk”
  • Squamish Academy of Music for “SAM Jam”
  • Sea to Sky Singers for the production of “Voice of Resilience”
  • Sonoma Brawley for “Space 2B”
  • Underrated Film Series for “Underrated Film Series”
2020 Grant Recipients

Howe Sound Performing Arts Association – Howe Sound Music Festival

Music Teachers use the syllabus, which outlines the various classes that are offered to the students, to select repertoire and begin preparing students for the Festival.  This type of festival gives youth and adults studying private voice and piano an opportunity to perform their pieces for the adjudicator and then receive verbal and written adjudication for their performance.  Choirs of all ages and sizes are also encouraged to participate and learn.  Students also receive a certificate giving them a Bronze, Silver or Gold placement.  Everyone is a winner!  This type of festival is a stepping stone for all students preparing for their Royal Conservatory Exams.

The festival is an educational experience for both the students and teachers to gain valuable knowledge.  For the students its hands on, but for the teachers, they too have an opportunity to listen and learn from our professional adjudicators.  All classes are open to the public.

Lenny Rubenovich and Art Harry – Portage

Squamish artist Art Harry led a series of workshops over three weeks in which participants learned how to carve paddles from red cedar. Multidisciplinary Squamish-based artist Lenny Rubenovitch shared through stories his knowledge of trees. The workshop targeted youth, but welcomed participants of diverse ages and backgrounds to share stories and develop woodworking techniques and character.

Squamish Public Library – Squamish Public Library and Squamish Nation Art Installation

Siobahn Joseph created a new art installation in the Squamish Public Library that depicts the Squamish legend, “Why the Salmon Come to Squamish Waters.” A large-scale wrap on the library’s front windows facing Second Avenue and the north-side windows facing municipal hall.

Squamish Academy of Music – SAM Jam

This open jam/open mic night welcomes musicians and music lovers of all genres and levels. Collaborate, perform, or listen- connect with your musical community. Artists of all disciplines and experience are welcome. Draw together. Draw alone. Talk art. Have a drink. Stick around for the music and draw all night!

Mamquam Elementary School PAC – Where We Live

Mamquam Elementary School’s PAC’s project “Where We Live” aims to support youth’s learning and to develop awareness of the unique and rich First Nations heritage in our community by utilizing the knowledge and wisdom of First Nations Elders and First Nations artists. 

Thomasina Pidgeon – Changing Squamish

“Changing Squamish” is an ongoing photography documentation of the gentrification  that Sḵwx̱wú7mesh has and is undergoing.

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