Community Arts Council of Vancouver

Creating community with art

Process

Creating our enterprise with our story

What is community?
Why create community?
How do we create community?
Who are we?
What common community interests do we contribute to?
What do we do to contribute to creating community?
How does what we do contribute to creating community?
How do we measure our contribution?
How do we contribute and create more with our resources?
What things could we do differently – ideas and opportunities?
What other things could we do – ideas and opportunities?
What things would we like to do – ideas and initiatives?

CACV Retreat – CACV Story

What is it each of you would like to see come from this retreat?
Agreement on the role, contribution, and interests of CACV and the initiatives we are going to take and the ideas we are going to explore
What background can you offer me to help me help you meet your goals for the day?
These are my observations
What works well with the society and the board?
Creative ways of leveraging the contribution to our interests from our resources and the opportunities for creating the future for our enterprise
What could use improvement or mending?

Why create community

Creating community creates well-being for everyone. Community is feeling and being connected with one another, coming to know one another, appreciate one another, and have relationships with one another. Community creates trust, acceptance, respect, and caring for one another.

When we create community we improve our ability to contribute and create more with less resources, to become self-sustaining, to create relationships, resources, and contribution to our common social interests, improve the quality of our experience of life for ourselves and others.

How we create community

We create community with one another when we contribute to one another’s interests and to our common social interests as a community.

We create community when we create connections, relationships, and cooperative enterprise around our common social interests.

We create connections around common interests, ideas, and experiences.

We create cooperative enterprise by connecting people around opportunities to create and contribute.

Community art and community art projects creates community around common social interests through the experience of art and the art of creating together

How we contribute

The Community Arts Council contributes to creating community art projects which contribute opportunities for the community to connect and create community around the experience of community created art and the art of creating community.

Community art projects we like to contribute to creating

Projects which create opportunities for any and every member of the community to contribute and to become part of the community

Projects which demonstrate the contribution art makes to creating community, to contributing to common community interests, and to creating connections between communities

Projects which engage the community in creative expression, creative processes, and creative enterprise which explore community development opportunities, explore social issues and explore common social interests

Projects which involve creative initiatives and enterprises which contribute to the cultural life of the city

Projects which engage the community in learning the art of creating through the experience of the arts and the experience of creating with artists

Projects which contribute to improving the public environment in our community

Projects which engage people in environmental art practices and excite interest in creating with nature

Projects which create new opportunities for artists and for aspiring artists

Projects which contribute to creating community spaces and to creating community activity in community spaces

Projects which create connections between communities with opportunities for intercultural and intergenerational contribution and learning experiences

Opportunities we are contributing – what we do

Connect and create relationships between community art projects and financial contributors

We create connections between and provide services for people and organizations with community art projects and funding bodies, donors, and financial supporters interested in contributing resources

We receive financial contributions, provide banking, accounting, disbursements, administration, and financial reporting on behalf of both parties, ensures funds are spent in accordance with the understanding of contributors, and provides a responsible tracking and reporting system for funding bodies in accordance with their requirements.

We give community art projects the ability to provide donors with a charitable tax receipt issued by the Arts Council under their charitable tax number as a partner in the project.

We enhance the value and contribution of the community art project with audiences

We assist and facilitate the submission of grant applications to funding bodies if required

We contract with participating artists, producers, technical personnel, consultants, or other people and organizations if required

Promote opportunities to participate in community arts projects

We promote opportunities to participate in community arts projects to the members of the community, to other contributors to the community, and to artists, social entrepreneurs, and community leaders who could benefit from participation in the project.

Contribute to community arts projects

We create working relationships with community arts projects to explore opportunities to enhance the project, improve its ability to contribute, and create more connections, relationships, and contribution to community interests.

Opportunities we are creating – Initiatives we are engaged in

We are creating processes for increasing the contribution to community interests from activities, resources, and contributors to community art projects

We are organizing creative teams to explore ideas and initiatives to create community art projects

We are developing online communication systems and conversation around initiatives and ideas

We are establishing an inventory and communication system to maintain and communicate information related to grants and funding bodies

Opportunities we are exploring – Ideas

Creating community idea forums to explore ideas for community art projects

Exchanging projects with other Community Arts Councils and creating projects in collaboration with other community arts councils and their communities.

Ideas for creating conversation

Engaging more people in creating community arts projects which contribute to enhancing the community environment
Engage more people in creating community arts projects which contribute to creating connections with one another around creative activities
Engage more people in creating community arts projects which contribute community development opportunities
Engage more people in creating community arts projects which contribute to improving the well-being and quality of life for members of our community
Excite interest in experiencing the arts
Increase understanding of the contribution of the arts and artists
Explore social issues through creative processes
Create and support initiatives that contribute to the cultural life of the city
Create connections and cooperative enterprise around common interests
Create collaborations with other groups to develop cooperative enterprise around common interests
Improve our ability to respond to change and contribute to changing and to changing things
Create community groups to create around common interests
Assess community resources
Create community resources
Create connections between community resources and opportunities. Create enterprises which contribute to creating community
Mobilize community resources from within the community

Creating Community

A sense of community appears in times of crisis or opportunity or from the experience of creating with one another
Respect, appreciation, acceptance contributes to our ability to listen to one another and to creating a compassionate understanding of one another
Events, clubs, festivals, and public art projects which involve community members and communities within the community
Improve contributions from community leaders by increasing participation in creative exploration and choice-making processes
Encourage agreement around the common social and community interests which contribute to the overall health of the community

Community Art

Community art is an art form based in a community setting and characterized by engagement with the community. Members of the community are encouraged to come together to express concerns and issues through an artistic process which may involve professional artists or actors.
Communal artistic processes and projects act as a catalyst to create events or changes within a community and at a national or international level.
Community art can be seen as the contribution of community arts centres where visual arts, media arts, music, dance, and theater are common forms of expression.
Professional artists and arts companies create and participate in projects which engage and contribute to non-professional artists in local communities.
Community art is public community and neighborhood art. Community art has its roots in social justice, popular and informal education methods, and art-making practice which emphasizes community involvement and collaboration.
Community art is often art for social change which involves and empowers community members who come together to create artwork and public art with artists.
Community art is a growing local, regional, national, and international field contributing to environmental action and sustainability, urban revitalization projects, and creating artwork at the neighborhood level.

Community Arts Council of Vancouver

Engage people in community development opportunities through the arts
Excite interest in experiencing the contribution of the arts and artists
Explore critical social issues through creative processes
Create and support initiatives that contribute to the cultural life of the city
Develop collaborations with other groups to create cooperative enterprise and cooperative enterprises around common interests
Create, support, and promote initiatives that excite interest in the arts, engage people in social issues and in community development opportunities through creative expression and processes,
Create, support, and partner on initiatives that engage people in social issues and community development opportunities and excites interest in experiencing the contribution of artists and the arts to the cultural life of the city.
Create and support cultural and artistic activity which engages people in issues and opportunities relevant to their lives and their communities
Inspire interest in experiencing the arts as integral to the cultural fabric of the city.
Create a place for conversation about community issues and opportunities
Advocate for community arts with institutions
Publish reports on ideas contributing to cultural and community development
Engage the community in facilitating, supporting, advocating for, and creating community art projects, initiatives, facilities, programs and enterprises which increase community participation in the arts
Increase understanding of how the arts create community
Grow our appreciation of our cultural differences
Engage the community in the art of creating community.
Attract and engage community leaders and enterprises which have the ability to contribute the resources and collaborate with them to determine the critical initiatives which will accelerate the cultural and community development of our city.

Focus on the Old Vancouver neighbourhoods and communities which are rich in history and cultures and creative resources
Determine how to restore and return the Pantages Theatre to the community as part of Vancouver’s heritage, and a place to create social events, creative experiences, and community.
Contribute to the work of the Building Community Society
Contribute to creating connections to create the Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts
Contribute to creating the Community Arts Trust Fund for Downtown Eastside Community Arts
Explore projects, initiatives, and enterprises to contribute to the sustainability of local arts activities
Create community arts partnerships with the Friends of Carnegie and other business and community organizations
Expand the Vancouver Community Arts Network of business leaders and friends

Creating and contributing to community

We create and experience community when we connect with one another, care for one another, and improve the quality of life for one another.

We create connections, come to know about one another, and create with one another through our experience of the arts and the art of creating together

The arts promote health and healing, create connections and communities, contribute to our economic strength and employment growth, and stimulate discussion and creative thinking

Vancouver is a centre for the arts. It needs the facilities and spaces to accommodate the growing interest and audiences.

Creating art and arts experiences in public places, – visual art, music, theatre, dance, and improvisation – to create connections and engagement

Initiatives

Providing administrative support to community developed ideas and projects
Developing a communication centre
Engaging more people in creating CACV and community art projects
Present opportunities to funding bodies
Providing professional assistance
Creating enterprises which contribute to creating community – BCS
Promoting projects
Exploring ideas and creating connections which leverage the contribution of projects
Exploring ideas and creating connections which contribute to make enterprises self-sustaining
Communicate opportunities for the community and contributors to become involved
Supporting ideas for community art projects,
Engaging the community in contributing to community art projects
Community art as community design
Community art as art created by community
Community art as creating and enhancing connections to community

Contributions

Make it possible for community arts projects to receive funding from government agencies, foundations, corporations, and other sources of funding
Connections, relationships, and cooperative enterprise are created around common enterprise
More members of the community become connected and engaged with one another and come to know more about and feel more a part of the community.
Improve ability of community initiated ideas to become contributing projects

Opportunities

Expanding the number of projects
Becoming an incubator for creating community projects
Connecting enterprises involved in projects to share resources, leverage projects, and collaborate creatively.
Engaging senior community leaders and contributors in the thinking and the financing of community arts development
Collaborating with the Alliance for Arts and Culture and other community arts organizations that have relationships with the resources within the creative community
Creating relationships with the health community to collaborate around opportunities and initiatives
Creating relationships with the Vancouver School Board, post secondary institutions, arts schools, children arts programs, and Kids Up front organizations around projects
Engaging the community in creative projects which contribute to understanding, respect, and appreciation for the contribution of every member of our community
Creating relationships with community businesses and community interest organizations
Creating connections between creative talent and those with the resources to engage audiences and contribute to our cultural development.
Organizing resources and initiatives around community interest segments, – artists, developers, public art, festivals, community events, cultural groups
Creating facilities for the Centre for the Arts
Connecting community arts projects to school curriculum and contributing projects and ideas for projects
Creating a community of artists
Creating community with artists
Engaging artists in the conversation around creating community with art
Providing a voice for artists
Engaging the community in creating community through art
Demonstrating the social contribution of art
Creating learning experiences with artists and social entrepreneurs
Creating opportunities to learn through creative collaboration and intercultural contribution
Creating art projects which contribute to creating connections, creating community, creating the community environment, and creating an improved quality of life in the community
Creating opportunities for people to contribute entrepreneurial ideas
Creating the ability to contribute community information, ideas, opportunities, resources, connections, and audiences
Leading the development of creative community art projects which create community development opportunities
Exploring entrepreneurial ideas to become a self-sustaining community enterprise independent of the need for government or philanthropic funding
Engaging the community and other arts councils in exploring and creating the body of knowledge, know-how, and evidence of the contribution of community art in changing the way we see our role in our community, changing the way we engage, and changing the way we contribute to creating our community
Exploring creative ways of funding community art projects

Contributors to our Community Art Projects

Contributors to our Community Arts Council

Reference Notes

Definitions of Community Art
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_art

Contributions of the Arts
The arts enhance education, promote health and healing, create connections and communities, contribute to our economic strength and employment growth, and stimulate discussion and creative thinking.

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