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    November 21, 2020

    There's lots of creative activity brewing on the North Shore to get you in the spirit! A wide array of special concerts, plays and dance performances are offered in venues large and small. Creative and sustainable gift giving ideas abound be found at local craft and artisan fairs. 

    As your holiday shopping list develops, consider giving the gift of a live show or concert, a one-of-kind craft, or an original piece of art. You'll be buying local and supporting North Shore artists in the process!

    Think of the ON! event calendar as your Santa's helper for the holiday season and check out all of the upcoming activities! At the Arts Office, we make it our goal to promote as many North Shore events and creative activities year round!

    The Arts Office Team
    Ian, Barb, Lori and John

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    October 18, 2020

    Our North Shore community has an abundance of diverse cultural and creative resources. This fall we've celebrated our first-ever North Shore Culture Days, added new works to our Public Art collection, and revelled in the opening of the beautiful new Gordon Smith Gallery for Canadian Art. Our monthly Artists Among Us column returns and is now open to community members to participate in.

    The work on a new Culture Plan for North Vancouver continues with a view to laying out a clear direction and ensuring there is support for arts and culture over the next decade.

    Our October eNews provides more details. Read on...or better still, get out and experience the arts first hand. Check the ON! events calendar for activities in your neighbourhood.

    Cheers!

    The Arts Office - Ian, Barb, Lori, John and..... Laura (our wonderful intern from the Arts & Entertainment Management Program at CapU)

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    October 09, 2020

     

    Canadian novelist, visual artist and designer Douglas Coupland will accept the 2012 Distinguished Artist Award at this year's FANS Annual Tribute to the Arts event on Thursday October 25th at the beautiful new Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art in North Vancouver.

    FANS, the Fund for the Arts on the North Shore Society, hosts this event every year to honour outstanding north shore residents who are nationally and internationally recognized artists in their chosen discipline(s). This year, the FANS Board invites the community to join them in celebrating West Vancouver native Douglas Coupland for his exceptional contributions to the literary, visual and media arts.

    Local artists also honoured at this year's FANS Tribute to the Arts are musician Adam Woodall and visual artist Anne Gudrun. These two emerging artists will receive cash awards to assist them with their blossoming careers.

    It will be an evening to remember! Surrounded by great works of art in the new Gordon Smith Gallery space, guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists, enjoy sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, and listen to live local entertainment. A wonderful array of 'creative and consumable' Silent Auction items will be on view and open to bids with all proceeds going to benefit FANS' artist recognition and professional development programs.

     

    2012 FANS Tribute to the Arts Event
    Thursday, October 25, 2020
    7:00pm
    Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art
    2121 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver

    Tickets: $25 advance / $30 after Oct 21st

     

    To purchase tickets:

    Centennial Theatre Box Office
    Online: www.centennialtheatre.com
    By phone or in person: 604 984-4484

    The Arts Office
    By phone or in person: 604 980-3559

    FANS is on Facebook. Please LIKE us!

     

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    October 01, 2020

     

    Open Public Art Call - 1515 Barrow Street, District of North Vancouver

    PC Urban Properties Corp. is inviting artists or artist teams to design and integrate site specific public art at their 1515 Barrow St. development in North Vancouver. The Project is located in the Lower Lynn community of the District of North Vancouver. The design team and community members expressed a keen interest in incorporating the North Shore and the Lynnwood Inn’s past history into the Public Art display.

    QUICK DETAILS:

    Project: 1515 Barrow Street, District of North Vancouver

    Budget: $28,500

    Eligibility: Open to artists, artist teams and design professionals who are able to:

    • meet the creative, eligibility and performance criteria as outlined in the Call for Artists
    • demonstrate the skills to manage all phases of the implementation from design to installation coordination with the design and construction team.

    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: October 19, 2012, 4pm.

    For more information and to download the complete Call for Artists, click here.

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    September 26, 2020

    Culture Days is the largest-ever collective public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural community in this country and Vancouver's North Shore is thrilled to be playing its part!

    Thank you to everyone in all three North Shore municipalities for showing your support for our first-ever North Shore Culture Days. With over 75 free activities happening in a wide variety of creative spaces from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay, we're off to a great start!

    Whether you're hosting a North Shore Culture Days event this weekend or not, we hope that you will help spread the word. Here is some late-breaking info and a few last minute tips to help you prepare for the weekend.

     

    MEDIA

    The North Shore Culture Days special 4-page insert will appear in the North Shore News this Friday including a Map & Guide with a complete list of activities. The Map & Guide will be available as a downloadable PDF on Friday morning on the Arts Office website here.

     

     

    A Media Release was sent to local and regional media with information and highlights about North Shore Culture Days. Feel free to contact media directly to invite them to your event. Also feel free to use material from the September 24th media release which can be found on the Arts Office website here.

     

    PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS

    North Shore Culture Days posters, postcards, buttons and Bright Spot event locators were distributed last week. Please ensure that you have them prominently displayed. Downloadable posters can be found on the Arts Office website here.

     

    PHOTOS

    Please take lots! Shoot and share your North Shore Culture Days event photos on Facebook, Twitter, your own website. Feel free to email photos to the Arts Office and we'll post them on our website and social media. Email to

    CBC Photo Contest - upload your North Shore Culture Days photos with a brief description to the CBC website for your chance to win fabulous culture-themed prizes from across BC click here.

     

    EVENT CHECKLIST

    To help ensure you maximize your North Shore Culture Days experience, here are some things to keep in mind as you finalize preparations for your activity. To find lots of helpful tips and tools, including the Culture Days' event hosting checklist click here.


    QUESTIONS? Please contact:

    Barb McLean, North Shore Culture Days Coordinator
    info@artsoffice.ca
    604 982-3894

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    September 24, 2020

    The third annual Culture Days weekend kicks off in communities across Canada this Friday, September 28 and runs through Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th. Here on Vancouver's North Shore, we're embarking on our first-ever North Shore Culture Days celebrations with FREE activities happening in theatres, libraries, artist studios, community centres, hotels and cafes from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay.

    Arts and culture are an integral part of what makes our community so vibrant and we are very proud and excited to be participating in Culture Days. This annual event is an opportunity to publicly showcase the enormous talent and creativity that exists here in our community.

    To learn more about North Shore Culture Days activities in North Vancouver and West Vancouver, look for the special North Shore Culture Days Guide & Map in the Friday September 28th issue of the North Shore News.

     

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    September 10, 2020

     GRANT APPLICATION FORMS ONLINE

    The 2013 Arts Office project grants are available to a wide range of non-profit arts societies, community service agencies and volunteer-run community groups, as well as other creative and/or cultural organizations that either:

    (1) require one-time additional support for a special initiative;

    (2) operate on a project-by-project basis; or

    (3) do not currently qualify for operating grant support.

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE :: Monday October 15, 2020

    For projects, activities or events that take place substantially between January 1 and June 30, 2013, please ensure that all necessary application and budget materials – including attachments – are submitted by 4:00 pm on the posted submission deadline.

    All application materials, including the 2013 Project Grant Guidelines are now available on our website at: http://www.artsoffice.ca/funding/project_grants.php




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    September 10, 2020

     

    Culture Days is just three weeks away and the North Shore is 'stepping up, big time' for this cross-country celebration of arts and culture. On September 28, 29 and 30, arts, culture and heritage groups, libraries and community centres in North and West Vancouver will open their doors and invite the public to partake in a wide range of free, hands-on events and creative opportunities.

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    August 17, 2020

    Culture Days is the largest-ever collective public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural community in this country. Here on on the North Shore, Culture Days will invite the community to discover a wide range of free, interactive events and creative opportunities that exist right here in our own backyard!

    For creative organizations, North Shore Culture Days will be an opportunity to strut your stuff, build awareness, kick off your new season, interact and reach new audiences. 

    For the general public, North Shore Culture Days will offer hands-on creative opportunities - a chance to throw some pottery, discover dance, paint a mural, sing, learn something new!  The scope of Culture Days is as limitless as your imagination. And, the best part, it's all free!

    Promotional Opportunity! Over 30 events are already registered in North Vancouver and West Vancouver. Participating groups will benefit from a special North Shore Culture Days campaign coordinated by the Arts Office that includes promotional materials, support, and the chance to be included in a 4-page spread with downloadable Map and Activity Guide in the September 28th issue of the North Shore News.

     

     

    Additional media support from CBC and the Globe & Mail will raise the profile for this 3rd annual Culture Days celebration to new heights across Canada and here on the North Shore!

     

    Call for North Shore Culture Days Participants:

    Arts, culture and heritage groups, libraries and community centres, culinary and tourism-related are invited to host an event for North Shore Culture Days long as it meets the basic criteria:

    • activity is developed and overseen by your organization or group
    • takes place Sept 28, 29 or 30, 2012
    • free to the public
    • activity is participatory, interactive or reveals a behind-the-scenes aspect

    How To participate in the 'special' North Shore Culture Days promotion (deadline Wed. Sept. 12, 2012):

    • Decide what kind of activity, location, date/time for your activity
    • Register your activity (for free) online at www.culturedays.ca
    • Email Barb McLean at before September 12th to be included in the special North Shore News promotion

    How to Find North Shore Culture Days events:

    • All Culture Days events can be found at www.culturedays.ca
    • Go to 'Find Activities' and plug in North Vancouver and/or West Vancouver for North Shore Culture Days activities

    Questions?
    Contact Barb McLean, Cultural Development Officer at the Arts Office.

    Email: 
    Phone: 604 982-3894

     

    North Shore Culture Days is our time to shine!

     

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    July 31, 2020

     

    The City of North Vancouver's (CNV) Community Public Art Program welcomes applications for projects that provide opportunities for local residents to express the unique aspects of their neighbourhoods. Community Public Art encourages residents and artists to work collaboratively and emphasizes the potential participation of citizens in the creation of a publically accessible artwork.

    The next deadline for City of North Vancouver Community Public Art applications is Monday September 24, 2012, 4:00pm.

    For Community Public Art Program Guidelines and Application forms, please visit the Public Art webpage at www.artsoffice.ca

    For more information, contact:
    Lori Phillips, Public Art Coordinator
    The Arts Office

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    July 23, 2020

    In case you haven't heard, a special North Shore Culture Days promotional campaign in partnership with the North Shore News is being coordinated by The Arts Office on behalf of the City and District of North Vancouver, with support from the District of West Vancouver, Vancouver North Shore Tourism Association and all three North Shore public libraries.

    And the best part...inclusion in this promotional campaign is FREE to any North Shore organization that registers their Culture Days event(s) at www.culturedays.ca. Participating groups will be included in a special 4-page spread in the North Shore News on Friday September 28th featuring an exclusive North Shore Culture Days Map & Guide!

    All of the North Shore Culture Days promotional efforts will direct the general public to the main Culture Days website for event details. The special North Shore News Map & Guide will show them where the action is!

    NS News Culture Days Map & Guide Information:
    Make sure your event is registered at www.culturedays.ca in the North or West Vancouver region. We will use the following details for the North Shore News map:

    Organizer: Name of Organization
    Type:
    eg. Hands-On Activity, Behind-the-scenes, Workshop etc
    Date:
    September 28 and/or 29 and/or 30
    Time:
      Specifics
    Location:
    Street address

    Tell us more about your North Shore Culture Days event and you could be featured in one of the promotional spotlights that will appear in an issue of the North Shore News in September.

    For more information about North Shore Culture Days, visit the Arts Office Promotional Opportunities page at www.artsoffice.ca

    Questions about North Shore Culture Days? Contact Barb McLean, Cultural Development Officer at

     

     

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    July 19, 2020

    With its spectacular mountain backdrop, bustling town centres and waterfront stages, the North Shore has something to offer everyone this summer. Community concerts, outdoor painting programs, yarn bombing, public art walking tours, and so much more. In our Artists Among Us series we meet a City of North Vancouver staffer who loves to sing. And, don't forget North Shore Culture Days happening in September. Artists, culture and heritage groups, libraries and community centres are invited to participate in a special promotional initiative that will include a 4-page spread in the North Shore News. Read on for details.

    Happy summer from the Arts Office team - Ian, Barb, Lori and John

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    June 20, 2020

    Summer has (finally!) arrived on Vancouver's North Shore, and with summer comes a great line up of music, markets, festivals and community celebrations. This month we shine our Artists Among Us spotlight on a talented District of North Vancouver staffer. Plus, there's lots of spectacular new Public Art for us to boast about, and our monthly update on North Shore Culture Days includes a Call for Participants!

    Looking for some summer fun? For a full line up of events, check out the ON! arts calendar today!

    The Arts Office team - Barb, John, Lori, Ian

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    May 23, 2021

    Welcome to our Spring Issue! This month's eNews includes; a fond farewell, the 'fab four' in Artists Among Us, grants opportunities and news, a Culture Days update, and the return of one of the North Shore's favourite springtime pastimes,  Art in the Garden. Time to get out and smell the roses!

    The Arts Office team - Ian, Barb, John & Lori

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    May 07, 2021

    Open House - City of North Vancouver
    Tuesday May 8, 5:00-8:00pm
    John Braithwaite Community Centre, Harbourview Room
    145 1st St W, North Vancouver

    The creative conversation continues!

    The public is invited to share their ideas about arts and culture, view outcomes from the Cultural Planning World Café, and provide feedback at this second of two cultural planning Open Houses at the John Braithwaite Community Centre.

    No pre-registration required.

    For more information about the North Vancouver Cultural Plan, please visit www.artsoffice.ca

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    May 02, 2021

     

    Open House - District of North Vancouver
    Thursday May 3, 5:00-8:00pm
    Lynn Valley Main Library, Community Room

     

    The creative conversation continues! The public is invited to learn more about outcomes from the World Café, provide feedback, and share their ideas about arts and culture on Vancouver's North Shore at this upcoming cultural planning Open House.

    No pre-registration required.

    For more information about the Cultural Plan, visit www.artsoffice.ca

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    April 23, 2021

    The North Vancouver Arts Office, in partnership with the North Shore News, invites local artists and organizations to jump on the bandwagon to celebrate North Shore Culture Days this September! Culture Days is the largest-ever collective public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural community in this country. Here on Vancouver's North Shore, we're inviting artists, culture and heritage groups, libraries and community centres to participate in a special North Shore Culture Days / North Shore News promotion that will include a special 4-page newspaper spread, advertising, promotion, and an opportunity to be a 'Guest Arts Reporter' with the North Shore News. 

     

     

    The North Shore Culture Days / North Shore News promotion will raise the profile for participating groups and provide the community with an idea of the wide range of free, interactive events and creative opportunities that exist right here in our own backyard!

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    April 20, 2021

    The development of a new Cultural Plan for North Vancouver has people talking! Public consultation has been integral to the cultural planning process and we extend heartfelt thanks to all those who participated in our first-ever World Café at Presentation House Arts Centre earlier this month. Don't worry, it's not too late to contribute to the plan. Everyone is invited to complete the Cultural Plan Online Survey or, to come out to one of our Open House events in early May. 

    We hope to hear from you!

    The Arts Office - Ian, Barb, John and Lori

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    April 18, 2021

    The Arts Office administers two Community Public Art Programs for the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver respectively. The next deadline for applications for Community Public Art projects is Monday April 30, 2012, 4pm.

    Plus, the Arts Office welcomes your input as we develop a new Cultural Plan that will guide the development of arts and cultural activities in North Vancouver for the next 10+ years.

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    March 20, 2021

    On Vancouver's North Shore, creative work is always in process. Here at the Arts Office, we're immersed in the creation of a new Cultural Plan for North Vancouver and gearing up for next month's World Café event.

    In this month's Artists Among Us series we meet more talented staff members at the City and District of North Vancouver. And in the creative community, the wheels are turning as we lay plans for a North Shore-wide Culture Days celebration this Fall.

    Read on!

    Barb, John, Lori and Ian
    The Arts Office

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    February 21, 2021

    This month we meet a 'guitar-lovin' Artist Among Us from the District of North Vancouver; welcome some graffitti-curbing public art; and, look up to the beautiful new street banners on Lonsdale that have been inspired by three great Canadian artists.

    Plus, we want to hear from you! Input is being sought to help develop the North Vancouver Cultural Plan, the living document that will guide the ongoing development of arts and culture in the District and City of North Vancouver 2012 through 2025. Imagination mandatory!

    The Arts Office team,
    Ian, Barb, John and Lori


    Artists Among Us - Hey there, North Van City, District and Agency staffers!

    Recommend a talented co-worker for the Artists Among Us series and win a Public Art Banner Bag (while quantities last). Email at the Arts Office with your creative recommendation before the end of February.

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    January 17, 2021

    Happy New Year!

    In our first Arts Office eNews for 2012, we shine a spotlight on a talented City staffer in our Artists Among Us series. Plus, there's lots of news about creative activities, planning, projects and festivals in the year ahead!

    Best wishes from the Arts Office team,

    Ian, Barb, Lori and John

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    December 19, 2020

     

    Fairborne West 2nd Homes Ltd. is now accepting expressions of interest from artists or artist teams to design and integrate site specific art at their 135 West 2nd Street residential development in the City of North Vancouver. The site is located in Lower Lonsdale on a property sloping down from  Second Street to Jack Loucks Court.

    QUICK DETAILS:
    Capstone - 135 West 2nd Street, City of North Vancouver
    Budget: $100,000
    Call Type: Limited Open Call

    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:
    Tuesday January 31, 2021 @ 4pm (PST)

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    December 12, 2020

    The holiday season is filled with an abundance of creative activities to share with friends and family. Whether it's a holiday sing-a-long, one of the zany pantomimes appearing on local stages, or the sweet sounds of neighbourhood buskers, there are many ways to get in the spirit! 

    In this year end issue of Arts Office eNews, we discover a couple of talented municipal musicians in our continuing Artists Among Us series, learn of a special Christmas Fairy Tale, introduce the Lynn Valley Village Busking Program, and share award winning news from the Arts Office.

    Tis' the season to be jolly and we hope that your holidays are just that!  So, from all of us here at the Arts Office we extend to you our best wishes for a joyful holiday season and inspiring New Year!

    Barb, Lori, John and Ian

     

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    November 15, 2020

    Tis' the Season for Creative Sustainability!

    Buying local, upcycling and healthy lifestyles are just some of the sustainable practices that consumers are embracing more and more each day. In this month's Artists Among Us series you'll learn about the environmentally friendly activities of two highly creative North Vancouver municipal staffers.

    We also include some creative and sustainable gift giving ideas for the upcoming holiday season. Consider applying the '100 Mile' concept to your Christmas shopping list and give the gift of a live show or concert, a one-of-kind craft, or an original piece of art. You'll be buying local and supporting North Shore artists in the process!

    Think of the on! event calendar as your environmentally friendly shopping resource any time of the year! At the Arts Office, we make it our goal to promote as many North Shore events as possible in the on! calendar, and through Twitter and Facebook.

    There's lots of creative activity to get you in the spirit!

     

    The Arts Office Team

    Ian, Barb, Lori and John

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    October 25, 2020

    The City of North Vancouver in partnership with Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) invites creative professionals interested in providing site specific public art on Spirit Trail at Lynnmouth Park to respond to this public art opportunity. MEC is currently building a new 27,000 sq foot commercial facility adjacent to Lynnmouth Park and as part of the development package they have dedicated funding for the provision of public art. The City of North Vancouver recognizing that the development site was situated in a high profile civic gateway location, has in turn contributed matching funds.

    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS - Monday November 14, 2020 @ 4pm

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    October 13, 2020

     

    Vantage Point, formerly known as Volunteer Vancouver, offers a variety of professional development, training and educational products and services. North Shore arts and cultural groups may be interested in upcoming workshops that will focus on Board and Volunteer development. Please contact Vantage Point directly for more information.

     

    Strategic Recruiting: Building Your Board

    Friday, October 21, 2020
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

    Recruiting new Board members who are qualified and committed is one of a Board's biggest challenges. Often, Board members ask friends and acquaintances as a last resort. But by building Boards that act, think and look like previous ones, are Boards equipping themselves to deal with the complex issues facing our changing communities? This workshop will focus on going beyond recruiting the usual suspects to help you build the best Board for your organization.

    For more information, fees, and to register, click here.

     

    Skilled Volunteers: How to Find and Engage Volunteer Talent

    Tuesday, November 8, 2020
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver

    Would your organization like to engage different types of volunteers to strengthen its mission? Join us for this full-day workshop and learn how to find, involve and lead specifically-skilled volunteers.

    What others are saying about this workshop:

    “This great workshop really made me think about how to attract and tap into outstanding talent.”

    “I had a fair amount of knowledge coming in, but this session raised my awareness & increased my enthusiasm.”

    For more information, fees, and to register, click here.

     

    Board Development - Board Basics: Roles & Responsibilities

    Tuesday, November 8, 2020
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver

    Are you new to your role as a board member and looking for tools and resources to contribute most effectively in your role?

    The recent report “Daring to Lead” reveals board members become an average of 31% more effective when they participate in Leadership Development programs. Join us in this half-day workshop to develop a stronger board through better recruitment, orientation, meeting management, committee structure and evaluation techniques.

    For more information, fees, and to register, click here.

     

    The Vantage Point website has a number of excellent resources on not-for-profit management and the voluntary sector. Visit the Vantage Point website for more information and links.

     

    All best,
    The ARTS OFFICE team

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    October 12, 2020

    Municipal talent is out of the office and onto the street! Now in its second month, the Artists Among Us series profiles talented individuals from different departments in North Vancouver's City, District and bi-municipal agencies. Find out how the arts can provide inspiration both in the workplace and after hours!  

    In other news, there's lots happening on the North Shore this month. The FANS distinguished artist awards, an Artists for Conservation special event on 'The Peak', art openings and chamber music in 'the Cove', and so much more. Read on to learn more or find full details in the on! event calendar.

    Enjoy,

    The Arts Office team - Ian, Barb, John and Lori

    Reminder: Amateur, aspiring or fully evolved artists of all persuasions are invited to share their passion in an upcoming Artists Among Us column. If you're a municipal employee, please contact at the Arts Office for details on how to get involved.

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    October 03, 2020

    The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) plays a vital role in ensuring the integrity of the charitable sector in Canada. North Shore arts, culture and heritage groups interested in learning about what's involved in securing or maintaining charitable status may be interested in attending a FREE information session offered by the Charities Directorate of the CRA. Two dates in November are still available. Registration is required as seating is limited.

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    September 19, 2020

    TODAY, Monday September 19, 2020 at 4pm, is the deadline for Expressions of Interest for a public artwork for the western section of the North Vancouver Spirit Trail located in the District of North Vancouver.

    On August 24, 2011, a Call went out for the District of North Vancouver Public Art Program, coordinated through the North Vancouver Arts Office accepting Expressions of Interest from artists or artist teams to create and install a public artwork on the 'western' section of the North Vancouver Spirit Trail. The goal of this public art project is to create an inventive landmark feature that will serve as a “must see” destination point along the Spirit Trail. The site selected for the artwork is situated at a juncture between two roadways, industrial lands and natural parkland, providing a perfect convergence point for the placement of a vertical element.

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    September 19, 2020

    September is here and there's lots of artsy stuff to talk about. An exciting new season of arts and cultural activity returns to theatre stages, neighbourhood studios, galleries and other creative spaces here on the North Shore.

    In this issue we launch Artists Among Us, a monthly feature that shines a spotlight on talented individuals who work at the City and District of North Vancouver by day. We get a glimpse into their life after hours, and what they do to unleash their artistic passions!

    Plus, art rental show biz, the latest news from North Vancouver's theatre scene, and info on upcoming workshops at the Arts Office.

    Please help us share the good (e)news! Like us on the Arts Office Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, or visit our YouTube channel.

    We're here for you!
    The Arts Office team - Ian, Barb, John and Lori

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    September 15, 2020

    The Arts Office will offer a Grant Workshop on September 27, 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Lynn Valley District Library. Cultural Development Officers John Rice and Barb McLean will provide a general overview of the grants programs administered by the Arts Office. In addition, the workshop will focus on the 2012 Project Grants Program in preparation for the first round application intake deadline on Thursday October 20th. 

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    September 07, 2020

    The Arts Office will be an exhibitor at this year's Lower Lonsdale Fall Festival that will take place on Sunday September 18, 2020 - 11am to 4pm. In a new location at The Shipyards at the foot of Lonsdale, this popular community event attracts between 3500 - 5000 residents each year.

    North Shore arts groups are invited to forward copies of their current promotional materials to the Arts Office to be included on our information table at the Festival. It's a great opportunity to promote your upcoming performance season, new art exhibitions and other creative activities. You're also welcome to join us in person. Come on down to the Arts Office booth, pitch your activities, check out the Festival and enjoy the day. Coffee's on us!

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    September 01, 2020

    Start your creative engines! 2012 Project Guidelines and application forms are now available. The Arts Office administers a wide range of community, arts and cultural grant programs on behalf of the City and District of North Vancouver. This investment focuses on local, not-for-profit arts and community organizations and recognizes creative sector activity as a cornerstone of a vital and energetic community. Project Grants provide support for a wide and exciting range of arts projects, events, celebrations and festivals that fall into the following five categories:

    1. (NEW) Grant Requests Up To $2500 (Community Arts Projects & Community Celebration applicants)
    2. Arts Projects
    3. Community Art Projects
    4. Community Celebrations
    5. Signature Events and Festivals

    Does your organization have a creative project in mind? Check out the 2012 Project Grants Guidelines for full program details, eligibility and application forms.

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    August 19, 2020

    To Operating and Project Grants Clients:

    British Columbia's Community Gaming Grant Review is visiting 14 communities across the province during August and September. The Arts Office is well aware of the impact of the cuts to BC Gaming’s Direct Access Grant program on North Vancouver based arts groups and wants you know that you can express your views as part of the Review process. The last stop on the Community Gaming Review tour is Vancouver on Friday September 16, 2011, 8:30am-12:30pm, at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, 1133 West Hastings Street. Pre-registration is recommended.

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    August 12, 2020

    Art is about discovery. It piques our curiosity, stimulates our senses, reflects on the past, and can sometimes lead to love! Here on Vancouver's North Shore, arts and cultural activities are often the catalyst that bring people together in a variety of creative ways. This summer we continue to gather for festivals and concerts in town centres and local parks, attend gallery openings, and watch as imaginations run amok at a variety of children's arts camps. Discovering new sights, sounds and creative activities allows to us to experience the thrill, and share the love, as we engage with arts and culture in our community.

    The Arts Office team - Ian, Barb, Lori & John

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    July 07, 2020
    It's summer, and we welcome the joy that comes with vacation time and celebrate the activities it offers to reconnect with ourselves, our neighbours and our communities. In summer, the North Shore comes alive with a vast array of arts, culture and heritage offerings in parks, town centres, in the street, and other unique gathering places. There's something for everyone - residents and visitors alike! So, be joyful and enjoy summer while we have it! The Arts Office team - Ian, Barb, John + Lori Hey! Do you have a creative community story for the monthly Arts Office eNews? Contact barb.mclean@artsoffice.ca with details.
  • June 14, 2020
    The sun has finally come out and the Arts Office has a few 'artsy outings' to recommend. Read on to find out why comfy shoes, sun screen and a GPS unit are all you'll need to go to the beach, explore public art or listen to some cool jazz on the plaza this summer! Go to the on! events calendar at www.artsoffice.ca for a complete line up of both outdoor and indoor adventures happening right here on Vancouver's North Shore. The Arts Office team, Barb, John, Lori and Ian
  • June 03, 2020
    June 3, 2020 - Anthem Properties & Loblaws Companies Ltd., in partnership with the City of North Vancouver is now accepting expressions of interest from artists or artist teams, that are BC residents, to design and integrate site specific art at their 1632 Lonsdale Avenue Development in North Vancouver. Located on the north edge of ‘Central Lonsdale’, this mixed-use high-rise residential and commercial development aspires to bring vitality and an increased sense of urbanity to Central Lonsdale. Anticipated date for installation of selected artwork is 2013.
  • May 27, 2021
    May 27, 2021 - The District of North Vancouver in partnership with Brody Development Group invites expressions of interest from artists or artist teams to design and integrate site specific public art at an upcoming residential development located in the Lynnmour area of North Vancouver. Legacy, a new 29-unit townhouse development will be located at 881 Premier Street in North Vancouver. The development is scheduled to be complete in late 2012. The selection process is coordinated by the Arts Office.
  • May 10, 2021
    Spring, as they say, seems finally to have sprung. May is a busy and exciting month with a wonderful mix of fun and engaging events happening right across the North Shore. It's a great time of year to celebrate our shared sense of community and creativity in North Vancouver. We say....bring it on...rain or shine! The Arts Office team - Ian, Barb, John & Lori
  • April 27, 2021
  • April 12, 2021
    Spring has arrived and there's lots of creative energy blossoming on the North Shore this month. Visit on!, the Arts Office's online events calendar for a full listing of upcoming arts, culture and heritage events. Please contact us if you have questions or if you have ideas for future Arts Office eNews issues.
  • April 07, 2021
    The Arts Office website contains a comprehensive list of funding resources including links to corporate foundations and philanthropic programs. Highlights this month include the TELUS Vancouver Community Board program, and The Keg, Thanks a Million! initiative. Arts, culture and heritage groups are encouraged to check out the program guidelines to see if there's a fit for their organization. Application deadlines are coming up at the end of April for The Keg, and early May for the TELUS program.
  • March 30, 2021
    Already have your North Shore arts and culture events posted on the Arts Office on! calendar? Well, now you can broaden your reach by posting to the MAX! Metro Vancouver’s new online arts and culture calendar, MAXguide, provides free listings of arts and culture events for arts organizations, individuals and selected arts and culture businesses. Since going live in February 2011, MAXguide has doubled the number of members, organizations and venues, and nearly tripled the events listings.
  • March 15, 2021
    In this issue: District of North Vancouver Public Art Awards; Metro Vancouver's new arts & culture events calendar; City of North Vancouver Public Library's new Public Art resources; 2011 Cross Canada Culture Days; Farewell Julie.
  • February 08, 2021
    The 'SPIRIT' issue: Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival; Campfire Ignites in LoLo; Deep Cove Theatre Spirits; World Harmony Sinfonia; Arts Office Sense of Place.
  • January 27, 2021
  • January 18, 2021
    In this issue:: Arts Office re-location; Public Art Designer Totes; CityScape Art Rental; Grants News; Culture Plan Renewal.
  • December 21, 2020
    The City of North Vancouver Public Art Program, facilitated by The Arts Office, is accepting Expressions of Interest from artists for the new Mackay Creek Bridge. The public artwork seeks to artistically address vandalism issues the City is encountering at the site. Specifically, this pedestrian bridge has fallen victim to a rash of tagging incidents over the past year.