Help decide who receives $500 donation.
Help decide who receives $500 donation.

Our contest is now closed! The votes have been tallied and we are pleased to announce we have our winners in our charitable arts giveaway.

In May we asked you to nominate your favourite charitable arts group to receive a $500 donation.  We’ve narrowed the field down to five finalists from your nominations, and now it is up to you to decide who will receive the funds.

Voting is simple.  Between now and Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 5pm PDT vote for the arts organization that you think is deserving of the $500* donation.  One entry is permitted per person per day for the duration of the voting.  The arts organization with the highest number of votes by the end of the voting period will receive the donation.  Good luck to all these great organizations and thank you to everyone that nominated a group!

Read each of the descriptions outlining how each of the nominated arts organizations will use the funds, and then complete the form below to register your vote.  Be sure to check out how you can get bonus entries for your favourite charity as well!

1. New Orchestra Workshop Society

The Funds from this prize will go towards program cost for the NOW Society fall show, Rippled Modality, that will form an aesthetic investigation of the senses, and of layers and juxtaposition. Perception, sight, sound, and taste sensations that expand and combine to enhance one another will be explored in this multidisciplinary concert featuring musicians, imagery and the use of electronics and … chocolate!. The Rippled Modality project will consist of workshops, culminating in a final public concert.

2. Pacific Theatre

The money would support Pacific Theatre’s apprentice productions.  Every year we bring on 2-3 emerging artists as company apprentices, and at the end of the season on board they produce their own showcase.  It’s a fantastic opportunity for young, emerging artists to create work with access to all the resources of a professional theatre company.  This will help offset the costs of their production and allow them to take more risks in their work.

3. TomoeArts

We are creating a dance-theatre piece this summer called “Fragments of a Weaver Woman” – performance at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden on July 17 as one of its Enchanted Evening Series.  The piece combines music composed for chinese and western instruments, movement based on Japanese classical dance, and spoken text from the Korean short story “Weaver Woman” by O Chonghui.    We would use funds specifically on costume and object design for the performance.  It would really give TomoeArts a boost!

4. Vancouver Fringe Festival

In recognition of the Fringe’s 30th Anniversary, we will use the funds to create and mount nostalgic décor (enlarged mounted vintage photos & posters) at our  Opening Night event and in our outdoor Festival areas. These images of Fringe Festivals of the past will honour this significant anniversary while reminding people of the Fringe’s long standing history of supporting Vancouver’s theatre and performing arts community.

5. Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra

The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) offers a variety of programs, spanning concert performance and education. The funds would be used to pay for artists to perform in our Elementary Schools program – for a number of years we have produced educational concerts for K-7 at the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre in South Vancouver. These concerts are offered free of charge to the schools in the South Vancouver area.