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Check this page regularly for NVRC program updates, including: Calls for Artists, grants news, information sessions and public art opportunities.  In addition the NVRC regularly publishes the following electronic newsletters with a focus on the arts.

Arts News

Provides stories and information about arts and cultural activities happening all across the North Shore (published monthly)

Public Art News

Provides information and Calls for Artists relating to public art projects within the City and District of North Vancouver (published 4-5 times per year)

Centennial Theatre News

From local music, dance and theatre shows to film festivals and national touring productions, don't miss upcoming events at Centennial Theatre (published 4 times per year).

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(2020-09-15) / Arts & Culture Grants Committee Seeking New Members

The North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission is seeking one or more volunteers to serve on the Arts & Culture Grants Review Committee (ACGRC).


The Grants Review Committee evaluates funding applications submitted to the Arts & Culture Grants program and – based on established criteria – makes recommendations to the NVRC regarding the disbursement of grant monies. 

This is a volunteer position.  Committee members must be residents of North Vancouver and are typically appointed for a two-year term.  The Committee meets approximately 4 to 6 times per year to review grant applications across three scheduled Intakes.  In preparation for meetings, members need to allocate sufficient “reading time” for the review of grant applications.  Appointments can be extended to a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Current Opening

Every effort is made to ensure that the Grants Review Committee reflects a balance of residents with a broad spectrum of experience across diffent arts, cultural and heritage backgrounds.  The successful candidate(s) will have experience in one of the following: the visual, gallery or media arts; music or the entertainment industry; community events or professional event management.  

Commitment to Inclusion

The NVRC strives to support diversity, equity and inclusion by ensuring that the Grants Review Committee reflects the diversity of the community it represents and of the many diverse arts, cultural and heritage groups that apply to the program.  Applications are actively encouraged from local First Nations and other urban, Indigenous residents as well as members of the Iranian community; people of colour; people who identify as trans or LGBTQ2+ and other diverse or traditionally underserved populations.

The deadline for expressing Interest: Monday October 26th, 2020.  If you are interested in supporting the arts in your community, please contact the Community Arts & Culture Animator.

Karen Pighin, Cultural Services Supervisor
North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission
604-983-6334               Karen Pighin

For more information about the Arts & Culture Grants Review Committee, please see:

(2020-09-04) / First Round of 2021 Arts & Culture Grants Available

Submission Deadline: Tuesday October 20th, 2020

North Vancouver Recreation & Culture is inviting applications to the Arts & Culture Grants program for 2021.  Funding is available to support a wide range of arts, cultural and heritage activities, projects and events that reflect the spirit, creativity and diversity of North Vancouver as well as events, celebrations and festivals that animate and engage the community.  Applications are invited from local non-profit societies, arts groups, recognized community agencies, and – on a case by case basis – a range of other eligible organizations.

Grants are available in three programs:

  • Programming & Project Assistance
    Grants are available to support programs and projects that: demonstrate excellence of artistic and cultural practice; reflect the highest standards of service delivery; clearly articulate a high level of benefit to the community or that offer an experience not generally available in North Vancouver.

  • Celebrations & Events Grants
    Grants foster stronger community connections through the support and development of local events.

  • Community Public Art Grants
    Grants support opportunities for an artist or artists to work on participatory arts projects with members of the community and to directly engage the community's creativity through innovative, arts-based strategies.

Priority is given to the consideration of activities, events, programs and projects that target underserved sections of the population or that foster the development of emerging arts and cultural practices.

Grants Intakes

There will be two further grants intakes in 2021:
OPERATING INTAKE:     program closed to new applications until further notice
LATE INTAKE:                   Tuesday March 2, 2021


Anyone wishing to find out more about the grants programs, check the eligibility of their project, or decide whether or not to submit an application is invited to review the Program Guidelines online or to contact NVRC Cultural Services directly.  Please direct enquiries to:


Archived Articles
(2020-03-02) / 2020 Arts & Culture Grants - First Round of Grants Announced

The Arts & Culture Grants managed and disbursed by NVRC recognize the value of arts and cultural organizations and the activities they provide in adding to the vibrancy and energy of community life.  The grants represent an important financial investment in the artistic, creative and cultural community in North Vancouver and enable the production of quality experiences, events and festivals for our residents to enjoy and participate in.  As part of the 2020 Early Intake, the following grants have been approved.

Programming & Project Assistance Grants

  • Deep Cove Heritage Society:  Heritage Programs  –  $ 3,250
  • Griffin Art Projects: Gallery Exhibitions, Artist Residency Programs and Arts Education –  $ 11,000
  • Griffin Art Projects: Youth Mentorship Program$ 1,250
  • Hive Performance Collective: Hive 2020$ 4,250
  • Lamondance:  Dance Training Academy & Apprentice Dance Company$ 9,000
  • Musart Cultural Society: Cates Park Concert Series$ 10,000
  • Gordon & Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists: Annual Exhibit, Music in the Gallery Programs and Arts Education$ 8,500
  • Vancouver Chamber Music Society:  Matinee Series at Highlands United Church$ 4,250
  • Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra: Concert Presentation, The Lioness of Iran – $ 3,000

Celebrations & Events Grants

  • Blueridge Community Association:  Blueridge Good Neighbour Day$ 1,000
  • North Shore Alliance Church: City Fest 2020$ 4,500
  • Coastal Jazz & Blues Society: North Shore Jazz $ 9,500
  • Metro Vancouver Philippine Arts & Culture Exposition Society: Philippine Days – $ 5,000

Community Public Art Grant

  • Carisbrooke Elementary School PAC: First Nations Carving (Thunderbird) & Supplementary Indigenous Education Program$ 5,300
(2021-01-22) / 2021 Arts & Culture Grants - First Round of Grants Announced

Arts & Culture Grants represent an important investment in the artistic, creative and cultural community in North Vancouver and enable the production of quality experiences, events and festivals adding to the vibrancy and energy of our residents' lives. 

All grants are grounded in program-specific criteria as approved in policy.  They reflect the assessed artistic merit and community benefit of the proposed activities and consider the capacity of applicant organizations to deliver activities in compliance with the public gathering and physical distancing protocols required by Provincial Health Orders.

Affair of Honour – $3,500
Affair of Honor is a fight and movement-based theatre company, committed to providing a platform for women, members of the queer community and BIPOC artists in a medium where roles have traditionally been restricted by race and gender.

Blackout Theatre – $4,650
Blackout Theatre is an Iranian-Canadian theatre company based on the North Shore, presenting socially engaged theatre for a community that has traditionally been underserved in mainstream threatre.

Blueridge Chamber Music Festival – $14,500
Since its humble beginnings just over 10 years ago the festival has garnered increasing media attention and critical acclaim around the region for its excellence and innovation in classical music programming. 

Deep Cove Heritage Society – $3,250
The Deep Cove Heritage Society is focused on the preservatio, display and programming of an extensive collection of photographs, documents and transcripts, as well as audio and video recordings relating to the Seymour area.

Griffin Art Projects – $13,750
Griffin Art Projects is a relatively new visual and media arts organization, located in the Pemberton area of North Vancouver.  It supports local and international artists through a range of gallery-based exhibitions, community and arts-education programs, and residency opportunities. All programs are free to the public.

IMGX Dance Collective – $2,750
IMGX is a collaboration of North Shore dance professionals whose practice focusses on inter-disciplinary and site-specific work., combining a mix of live and video-streamed performance with an art installation, allowing the viewer to experience the performance on multiple different levels.

Lamondance – $9,500
Lamondance is an emerging company based in Lynn Valley that operates a pre-professional Training Academy and a unique Apprentice Dance Company, each with a distinct cohort of dancers at different stages of their training and careers.  All dancers are exposed to high-level creation, improvisation, choreography and performance opportunities.

North Shore Celtic Ensemble – $3,500
The North Shore Celtic Ensemble has established itself as one of the premier music programs in the Lower Mainland. The grant will support a pilot program to provide interactive, digital performances for seniors and other vulnerable populations.

North Shore Jazz – $7,000
Since its inception as a satellite of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, North Shore Jazz has established its own niche with a focus on blues, roots and world music, bringing high-profile local and international talent to North Shore venues as well as emerging acts from around the region and around the world.

Presentation House Community Art Project – $15,000
The City of North Vancouver Community Public Art fund will support an arts-based reconciliation project at Presentation House.  Led by senior North Shore artists, Xwalcktun and Chepximiya Siyam, the project will incorporate traditional teachings and community engagement.

Serendipity Theatre – $2,600
Serendipity Theatre is a small collective made up of senior theatre artists and professionals based on the North Shore. The grant will support a series of dramatic readings with the intention of spring-boarding their audiences into sharing their own stories.

Vancouver Chamber Music Society – $5,000
The Vancouver Chamber Music Society produces a number of concert series across the Lower Mainland. The grant will support a  matinee series based at Highlands United Church.  Video-streaming will target an underserved population of seniors and other more vulnerable residents.

Wild Bird Trust – $12,000
The Wild Bird Trust defines its habitat preservation activities through a lens of traditional Indigenous cultural practices. In 2021 the Nature House will host an exhibition honouring Tsleil-Waututh leader Chief Dan George, while the mudflats will provide inspiration and opportunity for two local Indigenous artists in residence as well as for the annual Osprey Festival.