Arts Partners Artistic Works Featured At Cultural Olympiad

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Arts Partners in Creative Development (APCD), a $6.5-million arts investment partnership between six Canadian funders, is featuring 10 projects at the Cultural Olympiad during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 2010 Legacies Now manages this unique partnership on behalf of high-profile funding organizations, including 2010 Legacies Now, the Province of British Columbia, Canada Council for the Arts, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Foundation and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).

"With the world coming to B.C. for the 2010 Winter Games, these national and local organizations came together to showcase our local culture by investing in the development of one-of-a-kind artistic works," said Bruce Dewar, CEO of 2010 Legacies Now. "Never before has a partnership been formed between national, provincial and municipal funders with a common goal of giving our artists the resources they need to create work of the highest standard."

APCD is committed to developing extraordinary legacies for B.C. arts and cultural communities by contributing to the creation of original, and sometimes daring, world-class artistic works. An example of such an innovative project is the creation of Canada's first theatre made of snow and ice, featured at Whistler during the 2010 Winter Games. B.C.-based The Only Animal Theatre, a pioneer in this endeavour, spent several years developing the story of Nix that is performed in and around an intricate snow dome. The Only Animal Theatre and its partners received $100,000 in 2007 to run a full-scale workshop of Nix, enabling them to perform before a Whistler audience in 2008 and fine-tune its technology and presentation for future tours.

Arts Partners in Creative Development performances taking place at the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad include:

  • The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival: Best Before
  • Presentation House Theatre: The Edward Curtis Project
  • Hard Rubber Orchestra: Ice Age 2010
  • Aeriosa Dance: In Situ
  • Vancouver Community Gamelan Society: Marathonologue
  • The Only Animal Theatre: Nix
  • Rotary Okanagan International Children's Festival: Rick: The Rick Hansen Story
  • Vancouver's Turning Point Ensemble: Son of Chamber Symphony
  • Western Canada Theatre Company Society: Where the Blood Mixes
  • Mascall Dance: The White Spider
  • Since launching in March 2007, APCD has invested $5.3 million in 65 B.C.-based organizations to support the creation of original works. One final call for projects takes place in April 2010 to distribute the remaining funds. APCD supports B.C. organizations in creating and developing original works in both the performing and studio (visual, media and literary) arts. Some works will reach audiences locally, while others will be presented across Canada and abroad.

    Arts Partners in Creative Development (APCD) assisted BC arts and cultural organizations to create and develop new works or further develop existing works. Created in 2007, APCD committed an investment of $6.5 million over three years to support works being showcased both locally and worldwide.

    APCD was a partnership of 2010 Legacies Now, Canada Council for the Arts, Province of British Columbia, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Foundation and VANOC. Visit for more information.