Building Legacies, Creating Partnerships in the Arts Sector

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2010 Legacies Now has supported B.C. arts and cultural organizations to find innovative ways to do business, produce projects and encourage participation in the arts through its granting programs.

Our Catalyst program, for example, helped four Vancouver theatre groups form a central operations hub, enabling them to reduce expenses and improve production. Boca del Lupo, Electric Company Theatre, Neworld Theatre and Rumble Productions used funding from Catalyst to hire a consultant to develop a new operations plan, which led to the development of Progress Lab 1422 (PL 1422), an East Vancouver garment factory converted into 7,000-square-feet of state-of-the-art rehearsal space, offices and storage facilities.

"What I love best about the space is that other local artists are starting to imagine the creative possibilities, too," said Nathan Medd, managing producer for Electric Company Theatre. "One of our board members is trying to put a value to the number of new projects that spring up as a result of random encounters between artists at PL 1422. It really is turning into the arts hub we envisioned."

Standing alongside the Catalyst funding program are the Innovations, Creative Communities and Arts Partners in Creative Development programs, all of which have supported arts and cultural projects throughout B.C. Innovations and Arts Partners in Creative Development have funded numerous performing, visual and multi-media projects to attract new audiences to the arts. And Creative Communities continues to support the research and development of long-term cultural plans to help B.C. communities work towards a future that is enriched with the arts.