During the pandemic, we have seen people around the world embracing everyday creativity and the need for creative outlets during the health crisis.
Participating in the arts has multiple benefits for health and well-being - reducing social isolation, building self-confidence, relieving stress and anxiety, and strengthening community connections.
The new Everyday Creativity Grant program will encourage and enable the community to realize creative opportunities for all citizens to enjoy. An emphasis on equitable access for everyone to participate is a key component of this program. Projects that focus on learning, creative expression and broad public participation of the program were encouraged.
Grants ranged from $500 to $5000. No matching requirements were needed for this program.
Photo Credit: Dani Neira. Artist: Zoe Joyall ((UN)Productive Zine)
Thank you to everyone who applied to or inquired about the Everyday Creativity grant. The intake has now closed. There was a rolling deadline until December 31, 2020. Applications were reviewed bi-weekly and grants allocated until all funding was depleted. $125,000 was available for this program. In total, 33 projects were approved and will be carried out by the end of 2021.
Some already-completed projects include:
- The Out There Festival, organized by the Alter Arts Society - an interactive community event featuring pop up performances, self-guided audio walking tours of artworks and new temporary art installations.
- (UN)Productive: A Zine on Art & Anti-Capitalism, produced by Open Space Arts Society - a zine that addresses the entanglement of artmaking and capitalist notions of productivity and labour. Eight artists were asked to contemplate what (un)productive art means to them and address that in the zine, which was distributed for free.
- The BRIDGE Studio Crawl, organized by arc.hive Arts Society - a two-day arts festival that featured digital gallery showings to local studios via pre-recorded art demonstrations and video tours. The footage will be available for a full year from November 21, 2020.
Photo credit: Rose Cowles (BRIDGE Studio Crawl)
The program was open to all non-profit organizations including community and neighbourhood associations and schools. Individuals, ad hoc, informal organizations and businesses were also able to apply for funding by partnering with a local non-profit group. The non-profit group was required to sign the application as the sponsor, and if approved, was to receive the funding for disbursement to the applicant.
Events must comply with Provincial Health Guidelines for any events gathering 50 people or less together in public space. For guidelines on hosting a safe event during COVID 19, please refer to the following resources to plan your event safely:
- Special Event Permit COVID-19 Guidelines: https://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/residents/culture/permits.html
- COVID-19 Resource Page: https://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/city/covid-19-response/arts—and-culture.html
- ActSafe Resources for the Arts and Entertainment Industries: https://www.actsafe.ca/covid-19-resources-for-the-arts-and-entertainment-industries/
- Everyday Creativity Grant Guidelines [PDF - 158 KB]
- Everyday Creativity Final Report Guidelines [PDF - 103 KB]
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.