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2016-17 Community Arts Program grants announced

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December 19, 2016 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL has awarded $71,320 in grants to 16 community arts organizations and groups from across the province through its Community Arts Program.

The program offers funding to not-for-profit, community-based arts organizations and groups to support projects related to arts workshops, productions, presentations, new creations, adjudicator fees, artists fees, and travel costs.

“Community-based arts organizations play a significant role in Newfoundland and Labrador by connecting the arts and cultural sector with citizens through creative events, workshops, festivals, and more. Projects funded through CAP are thoughtfully designed to incorporate public participation and enjoyment of arts focused activities, in a unique and memorable way. The interactive arts opportunities created through CAP funded projects often create access points for new audiences, or arts related experiences for those who might not have otherwise been able to avail of them.

Some of the groups and projects funded this year include the Strong Harbour Strings Program in St. John’s which creates equal access to music education from professional artists and performance for children and youth living in under-served neighbourhoods. The Trout River Heritage Committee in Trout River will offer an experiential look at the cultural heritage of a small outport through community kitchen party events that feature local and guest musicians, storytellers, and singers throughout summer 2017; and the Isle aux Morts Theatre Festival received a grant for their festival, which will include a new original play called A Fish Tale by Jamie Skidmore, which explores issues of natural history and the use of natural resources through the story of girl whose understanding of the world is changed through a relationship with a Mi’kmaq boy. The production, which will be developed with the Qualipu First Nation, is one of a number being presented at the festival.

The Community Arts Program is funded under the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s annual contribution of $1.9 million for granting programs, program delivery, operations and communications. The next deadline is September 30, 2017. Please see attached for a complete list of funded groups and organizations.

Media enquiries:

Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer, ArtsNL
Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 203
Mobile: (709) 746-6531
Toll free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)

ArtsNL is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; one community representative (with an interest in the arts); one business representative (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Business,Tourism, Culture and Rural Development (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual grant of $1.9 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.

Community Arts Program
2016-17 Awarded Grants

Number of grants: 16
Total awarded: $71,320

St. John’s - Metro

Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl
Mount Pearl
January 1 to November 30, 2017
Experience the Arts Performance Series
Support for three events that will bring artists and artistic experiences to Mount Pearl audiences. The
Stories Told event will explore forms of storytelling including dance, drama, music, film, and traditional storytelling. The Arts Carnival for Kids will be an afternoon filled with creative activities for children including juggling, drawing caricatures, hula hoop dancing, and arts-based carnivals games. There will also be the Acting Out! Youth Performances that will include presentations by the local high school drama clubs, with films from local youth.

City of St. John's Pipe Band
St. John's
December 1, 2016 to November 30, 2017
City of St. John's Pipe Band School of Piping and Drumming
The City of St. John's Pipe Band provides free music lessons at its School of Piping and Drumming. The program will include musical instruction, instruments, and uniforms for members of the public who wish to learn the Scottish art. With a growing number of students each year, this funding will help ensure all students have an opportunity to grow within the band, and community. 

Mummers Festival Inc.
St. John's
December 1, 2016 to November 30, 2017
Mummers Festival
The Mummers Festival is a participant-focused, community-based festival that encourages the celebration, expression, and reinvention of traditional arts, performance, and craft. The Mummers Festival offers a series of free, family-oriented public events every December that lead up to its crowning event, the Mummers Parade. Other events include Hobby Horse and Ugly Stick Making Workshops, a Rig Up (the Province's largest disguise dress-up party), lectures and forums, a school program, and a Mummers' Scuff 'n' Scoff.

Shakespeare by the Sea Festival Inc.
St. John's
May 1 to July 31, 2017
25th Annual Shakespeare by the Sea Festival Season
The 25th season of the Shakespeare by the Sea Festival will celebrate the success of the organization with a season-long theme of Looking Back/Looking Forward. This year’s productions will revisit the festival’s roots, and expand to cover new parts of the Shakespearean canon. Productions this year include Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Pericles; a youth-focused take on Shakespeare, Shake it Up! by Brendan Kelso and Ian Campbell, and a new, original play exploring Newfoundland and Labrador during World War I by Chris Hibbs.

St. John's Northwest Rotary Music Festival
St. John's
April 25 to May 4, 2017
Rotary Music Festival 2017
Now in its 29th year, the Rotary Music Festival is the largest youth-focused music festival in Atlantic
Canada. This non-competitive festival will present a variety of musical performances involving jazz bands, concert bands, small ensembles, chamber music, concert choirs, and chamber choirs. The Rotary Music Festival creates an environment in which participants can perform, learn, experience, and enjoy music during its 10 day run. It also offers clinics, professional development, and constructive feedback for participating music teachers.

Strong Harbour Strings Program
St. John's
January 18 to June 9, 2017
Strong Harbour Strings Program
Strong Harbour Strings is a social program that creates equal access to music education and performance for children and youth living in under-served neighbourhoods. Funding will support music lessons for the participants with professional artists, and performances by the group. 

Suzuki Talent Education Program of St. John's
St. John's
December 3, 2016 to June 17, 2017
Gambade! seeks to make early music available to the St. John's music community by creating a strong and continuing group of Viola da Gamba players. The group will feature both professional and amateur players who will be supported with master classes and workshops, the use and maintenance of instruments, rehearsal space, and performance opportunities.

Tombolo Multicultural Festival Newfoundland and Labrador Inc.
St. John's
July 7 to 9, 2017
St. John's Tombolo Multicultural Festival 2017
Support to organize a multicultural community festival that promotes local tangible and intangible cultural heritage, fosters cultural diversity, and promotes the works of local performing artists, visual artists, artisans, and food and crafts vendors. The festival activities include multicultural concerts, a food and craft fair, heritage workshops to discuss local music, dance, arts, craft and food, and a multicultural storytelling circle.


2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects
July 1 to November 30, 2017
Bonavista Biennale: Art Encounters on the Edge
Bonavista Biennale: Art Encounters on the Edge is an exhibition of contemporary works by 20 Newfoundland and Labrador, Canadian, and Indigenous artists in unconventional non-gallery sites throughout the Bonavista Peninsula. Visitors and residents will encounter a rich array of art as they travel throughout the area.

Burin Folk Arts Council
Burin Bay Arm
July 7 to 9, 2017
Burin Peninsula Festival of Folk Song and Dance
Support for the 34th annual Burin Peninsula Festival of Folk Song and Dance - a family friendly event that features dance and musical performers of all ages who showcase the region’s heritage. This year’s event features performances by The Walsh Family Band, The Grand Bank Rovers, and The Sweet Forget-Me-Nots.


Art Ex Festival Corporation
Grand Falls-Windsor
January 1 to October 31, 2017
Art Ex 2017
The Art Ex Festival is a visual arts festival that highlights and develops awareness of the visual arts in the community, and professional arts practice for emerging visual artists. Funding will support professional art workshops, interactive art experiences, public exhibitions and installations, branding events, and media support for the festival in Grand Falls–Windsor in fall 2017.

Botwood Mural Arts Society
May 1 to July 30, 2017
Recognizing creative writers and their preservation of the local and region's history
This project will support an outdoor mural measuring 426 square feet on the library building in Botwood. The new and original mural, created by a professional artist, will feature Newfoundland and Labrador writers and their works.

Newfoundland and Labrador Drama Society
April 16 to 22, 2017
2017 Provincial Drama Festival
Support to produce the 2017 Provincial Drama Festival in Gander. This year the festival will feature performances of seven full‐length plays by community theatre groups from all over Newfoundland and Labrador. The plays are reviewed by a professional adjudicator, and the event includes coffee critiques and workshops for participants, an awards presentation, and banquet.


Isle aux Morts Theatre Festival
Isle aux Morts
June 1 to July 31, 2017
Isle aux Morts Theatre Festival 2017
Funding will support the third annual Isle aux Morts Theatre Festival. This season will feature performances of the original play, A Fish Tale: A Puppet Lantern Play, by Jamie Skidmore. The play will explore issues of natural history and use of natural resources. It shares the story of a girl and how her understanding of the world is changed through a relationship with a Mi’kmaq boy. The production will be developed with the Qalipu First Nation. The festival will also remount Song of the Mermaid, also by Jamie Skidmore. This play recounts the remarkable story of Ann Harvey and her rescue of 163 survivors from a shipwrecked vessel in 1828. The festival will host performances by Da Koodens, Isle aux Morts local comedy troupe, as well as the presentation of a children’s play to be performed outdoors, and theatrical summer day camps for youth in the Granite Coast area.

Trout River Heritage Committee
Trout River
June 30 to September 5, 2017
Passing the Time in Trout River Arts Festival
Passing the Time in Trout River offers an experiential look at the cultural heritage of a small outport through community kitchen party events that feature local and guest musicians, storytellers, and singers. The weekly performances will be held throughout summer 2017 at the Trout River Interpretation Centre.

Twilight 50+ Club
Port au Port East
January 10 to March 31, 2017
Seniors Creating Beautiful Works of Art
The project will engage 24 seniors in painting classes during winter 2017. Local visual artist, Michael Lainey will provide instruction, encouragement and guidance to the seniors as each creates up to four original works exploring the landscape, heritage, and culture of the Port au Port area.