Artist Residency Program: Some Key Principles

North Vancouver Recreation & Culture is committed to the arts as an essential element in a vital, creative and healthy community, strives to facilitate participation in and access to the arts for all, and seeks to build communities by making art together.

Founding principles of the Artist Residency Program include:

  • supporting the exploration of creativity;
    The Artist Residency Program provides access to creation space, covers material costs and offers funding options to artists.

  • building community by making art together; AND
    Community-engaged arts practices are cooperative and participatory; they focus on shared exploration, creation and relationship-building rather than on the transmission of technical skills from teacher to student.

  • ensuring that participation in the arts is accessible to all.
    Participation in community-cultural development projects is open to all, regardless of age, sex, ability or economic status.  Programs are designed to be welcoming to and to encourage the participation of those publics that have traditionally been underserved or that are marginalized within our communities.

The NVRC Artist Residency Program is based on shared principles of community-engaged arts practice and community cultural development.  Its purpose is to contribute to the health of the community by connecting artists and community members in a creative process that mutually engages all parties in issues of shared interest. 

Community-Engaged Arts (CEA)

There is no single, right way to make community-engaged art.  In practical terms, however, a considerable number of successful projects fall into two broad categories:

  1. Cooperative Co-Creation: the Artist creates a framework that enables participants to contribute from their own experience, and to work together with the Artist in a process of collaborative co-creation.

  2. Scripted Encounters: the Artist creates a partially pre-scripted, often performance-based project, participation in which brings community members to new and fresh understandings of their creative self.

In each case, an artist or artists lead(s) a project where the participation, experience and skills of community members are an integral part of the creative process.

Community Cultural Development (CCD)

The key goals of community cultural development are:

  • to support artists working in community contexts

  • to encourage the development of a wide variety of interactions between artists and community members

  • to provide a framework for creative collaboration between artists and communities

  • to encourage and support artistic projects which leave a physical and/or social legacy in the community

  • to make our communities more vibrant

  • to inspire participation and relationship-building; AND

  • to engage communities and people – even those who don't see themselves as artists – as creators, producers, performers, and active audiences

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