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Since 1996, the First Peoples' Cultural Council’s Arts Program has delivered the Aboriginal Arts Development Awards (AADA) through a strong partnership with the BC Arts Council. Paired with an investment from the New Relationship Trust, this longstanding program is a primary source of support for the unique expressions of First Nations artists in B.C.

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We are very proud to report that our Aboriginal Arts Development Awards program awarded 76 grants totaling $979,950 to Aboriginal and First Nations artists and organizations across the Province during our last fiscal year.

Proposals are accepted annually from First Nations and Aboriginal artists, organizations and established collectives that have a demonstrated commitment to their practice in any artistic discipline—visual, music, dance, theatre, literary or media. The AADA program supports both traditionally-based and contemporary experimental approaches.

The next deadline for applications for the Aboriginal Arts Development Awards will be Monday, October 31, 2016.

The Awards assist Aboriginal artists to:
  • advance their work and artistic skills through mentorship and training
  • gain the recognition of their peers
  • develop a history of public presentation (not necessarily in publicly-funded venues)
  • devote more time to the creation of new work
The Awards assist Aboriginal organizations to:
  • enhance their activities as an arts and culture organization or collective
  • advance the capacity and sustainability of their organization for the benefit of the artists and audiences they serve
  • enhance their connections to other arts organizations or networks
Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to their artistic practice and development in any artistic discipline—visual, performing, literary, media, including the contemporary practice of traditionally based forms.

For more information please contact:
Cathi Charles Wherry: cathi@fpcc.ca
Kyla Schorneck: kyla@fpcc.ca

*For the purpose of this program, the term “Aboriginal artists” include status, non-status, Métis and Inuit practitioners.

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