Arts-Based Community Development & Leon and Thea Koerner Award

British Columbia Arts Council

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British Columbia


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Contact Information

Clayton Baraniuk

Program Officer


Phone Number: 250-978-9839


All funds are available in English and French.

Grant Description

In arts-based community development work, professional artists assist communities through arts-centred activity to gain awareness of their own power as culture makers and contribute to the advancement of creative productivity, opportunities for celebration, and human dignity, health and well-being.

Support is offered to two categories of activity through the Arts-Based Community Development Program (ABCD): New Work & Skills Development and Knowledge Transfer

    Additional Information

    New Work

    Support for one-time projects that create new artistic work through community-based arts and cultural activity. It is expected that these projects will have a specified public outcome. A phased approach, lasting three years is possible under this program.

    Skills Development and Knowledge Transfer

    Support to enhance the capacity of artists to provide leadership to the field, by offering them an opportunity to explore and discuss their creative practice and/or to create opportunities for arts-based community development practitioners to realize new ways of presenting the outcomes of existing best-practice models to new audiences.

    Eligibility Requirements

    Applicant Type
    Artistic Discipline
    Any or All Disciplines
    Funding Type
    Project: Creating and Presenting, Engaging Communities, Professional Development
    Priority Community
    Career Type


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