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2017-18 Community Arts Program grants announced

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December 14, 2017 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL has awarded $75,000 in grants to 19 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 create a direct connection between the arts and cultural sector and the general public through creative events, workshops, festivals, and more,” says Reginald Winsor, executive director of ArtsNL. “CAP funded projects are creatively planned with consideration for the public’s enjoyment of the arts, and they often integrate interactive qualities to engage audience members, attendees, or participants. These projects mark community milestones, record local culture, and foster meaningful and memorable connections between the arts and the general public.”

Some of the groups and projects funded this year include the League of Artists of Western Newfoundland (LAWN) on the province’s west coast which will help celebrate the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre’s 50th anniversary through a juried art exhibition by its members as well as an interactive community art installation with integrated workshops. Unpossible NL in St. John’s will issue the podcast challenge in April - a free, annual public challenge that will encourage the development of creative audio, remove barriers for newcomers to the art form, and foster a growing provincial podcasting community; and the Burin Folk Arts Council will mark its 35th installment of the Burin Peninsula Festival of Folk Song and Dance at the Donald C. Jamieson Academy. The family friendly event in July will feature talents of all ages as they dance, sing, and perform music that showcases the region’s heritage.

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 Monday, October 2, 2018. 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 Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation(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
2017-18 Awarded Grants

Number of grants: 19
Total awarded: $75,000

St. John’s - Metro

Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl
Mount Pearl
January 1 to November 30, 2018
Experience the Arts Performance Series
The recurring three event series showcases a variety of performers including dancers, singers, jugglers, musicians, and filmmakers as they bring their work to audiences in relaxed and interactive venues. The Stories Told event will explore various 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.

Bluegrass and Old-Time Country Music Society-NL
July 14, 2018
2018 Bluegrass and Old-Time Country Music Jamboree
The Jamboree is a full-day, family friendly event consisting of workshops, picking technique sessions, and a concert featuring bluegrass and old-time country music. The concert will include several local bands from Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as an out-of-province bluegrass or country music band.

Jazz East Big Band
St. John's
May 1 to July 30, 2018
Jazz East Big Band 20th Anniversary Concert with Guest Patrick Boyle
To commemorate its 20th anniversary, Jazz East Big Band will program a concert featuring award winning Canadian jazz musician Patrick Boyle as soloist and guest conductor. This special event will be a tribute to the legacy of jazz music and community music-making in Newfoundland and Labrador. The concert will include pieces by local composers, a new work commissioned for the event, and stories about the history of jazz music in the province.

Kittiwake Dance Theatre
St. John's
December 1, 2017 to November 30, 2018
2017-18 Season
The 2017-18 season will include The Nutcracker ballet to be performed with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, a choreography workshop with Janie Richard, a development/workshop presentation of sections of Alice - a new full-length piece based on Alice in Wonderland that is choreographed by Martin Vallee, and Pointe in Summer, a new ballet intensive program designed to bring world class ballet training to the Avalon Peninsula at an accessible cost.

Mad as Hops Productions
St. John's
May 1 to October 31, 2018
Theatre Production 2018
As a developmental theatre company for young adults, productions feature young performers in leading roles in contemporary theatre. This year’s production is planned for fall 2018.

Mummers Festival Inc.
St. John's
December 1, 2017 to November 30, 2018
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 coordinates a series of free, family-oriented public events every December that leads 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.

Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra
St. John's
January 1 to April 30, 2018
NSYO Ensemble Coaching Program
The Ensemble Coaching Program engages local professional musicians to coach individual sections of the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra (NSYO). This enables young players to develop skill and expertise on their instrument through specialized, individual attention from professional coaches in a small group environment. This program supports the NSYO goal of developing musical excellence for individual players, and the ensemble as a whole.

Shakespeare by the Seas Festival Inc.
St. John's
April 15 to September 15, 2018
26th Annual Shakespeare by the Sea Festival Season
For its 26th season in summer 2018, Shakespeare by the Sea will feature productions of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Pericles in outdoor settings. Kelly Russell continues Tunes and Tales on Monday evenings at the Crow's Nest Officer's Club and there will also be a show for young audiences, during the season, called Shake It Up!

St. John's
January 3 to July 3, 2018
Spectrum 2018 Choral Season
Welcoming singers of all genders, sexualities, and abilities, Spectrum LGBTQ Choir seeks to empower the voices of LGBTQ people, build supportive spaces, and enrich the choral community with unique voices, perspectives, and experiences. As well as the choir's usual public performances at events like Pride Week, this year's activities include a performance and workshop presentation at PODIUM 2018, a national gathering of choral professionals taking place from June 29 to July 3, 2018, in St. John's.

St. John's Northwest Rotary Music Festival
St. John's
April 24 to May 3, 2018
Rotary Music Festival 2018
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.

St. John's Shorts
St. John's
June 1 to September 30, 2018
St. John's Shorts Festival 2018
Support for the third St. John's Shorts Festival being planned for September 2018. The festival will include works by up and coming theatre artists, and will feature emerging talent on stage as well. The festival presents a variety of plays, including many original pieces, and short plays by renowned playwrights including Samuel Beckett, Judith Thompson, and Michael Frayne.

Tombolo Multicultural Festival Newfoundland and Labrador Inc.
St. John's
July 6 to 8, 2018
St. John's Tombolo Multicultural Festival 2018
Support to organize a multicultural community festival that promotes local tangible and intangible cultural heritage, celebrates cultural diversity, fosters inter-cultural understanding and support, and promotes the works of local and immigrant artists, artisans, and food vendors in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The festival activities include multicultural concerts, heritage performances, storytelling, youth activities, and workshops that discuss local and immigrant music, dance, arts, craft, and food.

Unpossible NL
St. John's
March 15 to May 15, 2018
Unpossible NL Podcast Jam 2018
The podcast challenge: to produce three episodes of a new podcasts in the month of April. This will be a free, annual public challenge and event that will encourage the development of creative audio, remove barriers for newcomers to the art form, and foster a growing provincial podcasting community. The project will also help the public connect with interesting audio content created locally.


Arts Under the Stars
December 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018
Arts Under the Stars 2018
Arts Under the Stars will produce a series of outdoor Thursday evening concerts held in Clarenville throughout the summer. Concerts feature a variety of musical acts in various genres with involvement from both young musicians and established professional performers.

Burin Folk Arts Council
Burin Bay Arm
July 6 to 8, 2018
Burin Peninsula Festival of Folk Song and Dance
The 35th Annual Festival of Folk Song and Dance will take place at Donald C. Jamieson Academy in Salt Pond, Burin.  This family friendly event will feature talents of all ages as they dance, sing, and perform music that showcases the region’s heritage. Featured artists this year include Rum Ragged and the Walsh Family Band.


League of Artists of Western Newfoundland (LAWN)
January 1 to November 30, 2018
For the 50th anniversary of the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre, LAWN will be involved in two major community events. The first will be a juried art exhibition by members of LAWN at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre. The second will be an interactive community art installation on painted and dyed silk that will have integrated public workshops and a public event that explores music and painting on a large silk; the finished product will be hung in a public area of the Arts and Culture Centre.

Isle aux Morts Theatre Festival
Isle aux Morts
December 1, 2017 to July 30, 2018
Isle aux Morts Theatre Festival 2018
Support for the fourth annual theatre festival that features local works and new plays including a youth theatre play and a lighted puppet play. This season will include productions of an original play developed with the Qalipu First Nation, A Fish Tale: A Puppet Lantern Play, by Jamie Skidmore. The show is about a girl and shows how her understanding of the world is changed through a relationship with a Mi’kmaq boy. 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. Additionally, the festival will present Cod Love (a play for young audiences), A Rum for the Money by Berni Stapleton, and it will host performances by Da Koodens, an Isle aux Morts local comedy troupe.

Trout River Heritage Committee
Trout River
July 3 to August 28, 2018
Passing the Time in Trout River
Passing the Time in Trout River is a summer performance series that looks back at the community's cultural heritage. The weekly performances are held at the town's Interpretation Centre and the events are inclusive, encouraging audience participation as performers present in an informal, kitchen party style event.

Twilight 50+ Club
Port au Port East
January 9 to March 31, 2018
Seniors: All for the Joy of Painting
This project will engage 30 seniors on the Port au Port Peninsula in painting classes throughout winter 2018 from January to March. Professional artist Mike Lainey will lead art lessons that encourage participants to explore the landscape and cultural traditions of the Port au Port area.