$51,586 awarded to 13 Arts & Culture projects through Resilience Grants
The City of Nanaimo’s Cultural Plan for a Creative Nanaimo prioritizes strengthening the cultural sector and identifies finding ways “to ensure sustainability for artists and artisans who are essential for a vibrant arts and culture scene.”
This past December, City Council approved a new one-time funding stream called the 2021 Resilience Grant to support the following:
- new, one-time programs, events, or initiatives taking place in 2021;
- organizational activities designed to adapt or respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, by addressing capacity issues, managing transition (including opportunities related to human resources, governance, community engagement, outreach, revenue diversification, mentorships, pursuing goals of equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusion); or
- projects by new applicants seeking funds from the City of Nanaimo for the first time.
At the March 1 deadline, 41 applications were received—requests for funds far exceeded the amount of money available. Applications were assessed on four criteria: artistic merit, community impact, feasibility and demonstrated need. City Council approved grant recommendations on Monday evening, awarding funds to thirteen Nanaimo-based projects and each applicant was contacted directly.
Outcomes of the funding will include activities such as the creation of new original musical compositions, new dance performances online, small-scale community presentations/performances, the completion of literary manuscripts, the commissioning of new theatre work, music workshops, skill-sharing visual arts dialogues, online visual arts marketing, and the online publication of work by local writers and artists.
Congratulations to all of the successful applicants!
Read the full report to City Council (pages 140-165)
Image by Heather Kai-Smith, Huddle, 2018