New grants for emerging artists spark creative projects

March 14, 2016 | Arts and Culture

The City of Vancouver is pleased to offer a new grant program for emerging artists, presented in partnership with ArtStarts in Schools. Creative Spark Vancouver supports emerging artists and fosters their capacity to work with young people.

The grants offer 100% funding for small projects, up to $1,000. These funds are intended to cover:

  • Artist fees
  • Project materials and supplies
  • Rentals
  • Honoraria

Supporting emerging artists in our city

“Vancouver has the highest concentration of artists per capita in Canada and our creative sector is a big part of our city’s nation-leading economic growth. Creative Spark Vancouver targets support to our local emerging artists so that they can build their CV and launch their career right here in Vancouver,” said Mayor Robertson. “Vancouver City Council is pleased to launch this new grant program in partnership with ArtStarts in Schools, and we can’t wait to see what creative ideas come forward from our cultural community.”

“When young people engage in the arts, something special happens. Creative experiences in the arts enable young people to explore new ways of learning, new ways of expressing themselves, and new ways of seeing and interacting with the world around them. The arts plant the seed for young people to grow up to be creative, innovative and engaged members of society,” says Lia Dicicco, Interim Executive Director at ArtStarts. “We are thrilled about the exciting opportunities for both emerging artists and young people that will be made possible through this partnership with the City of Vancouver.”

Want to learn more? Come to an information session March 24

  • When: Thursday, March 24 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Location:  ArtStarts in Schools (808 Richards Street)

Learn more about the grant program

Application guidelines

Emerging artists across all artistic disciplines are invited to apply. Applicants must be residents of the City of Vancouver or residents and members of the Musqueam, Squamish, or Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Deadlines for grant applications

You grant application must be submitted by either:

  • April 15
  • August 4


About Creative Spark Vancouver

Creative Spark Vancouver empowers emerging artists to engage young people (ages 5-18) in arts-based projects.

Creative Spark Vancouver enables emerging artists to gain experience on small projects that could lead to:

  • New career opportunities
  • New community relationships
  • Different perspectives on arts and education
  • Future learning opportunities
  • Exciting multi-faceted projects

The goals of Creative Spark Vancouver are to:

  • Build the capacity and confidence of emerging artists working with young people and arts-based learning
  • Provide young people opportunities to engage actively in the arts
  • Embrace diversity, innovation, and artistic excellence