The arts are expression forms that speak a common language, while bringing value to the lives of people and their communities. Art is a channel for open conversation, understanding collective concerns and issues, and bringing diverse people together through connective bridges. Those involved with the world of arts and culture help shape our communities in lasting and meaningful ways.

The purpose of giving back to the arts and culture communities is to support and inspire excellence in those who strive to embrace the beauty of arts and culture within Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia.

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Arts Club Theatre - LEAP Program

The Foundation has made a multi-year grant to the Arts Club Theatre Company. The LEAP Program (Learning Early About Playwriting) is an energetic and innovative program for evolving playwrights. Courses are directed by award-winning playwright and actor Shawn MacDonald. There are three levels of courses: participants start off creating short plays in level 1, writing one-act plays in level 2, then creating full-length plays in level 3.

Ballet BC

The Foundation has made a multi-year grant to strengthen and expand the Ballet BC Apprenticeship Program, which provides training for both national and international dance apprentices. Ballet BC is an internationally acclaimed collaborative and interactive contemporary ballet company known for its bold and innovative style. As a leader in the creation, production, and education of contemporary ballet, Ballet BC powers the industry through dance training opportunities, audience and community engagement, and professional development activities.

Bard on the Beach - Shakespeare Festival

25th Black on White StackedThe Foundation has made a multi-year grant towards Bard’s Riotous Youth program, a training and internship program in Shakespeare performance for youth aged 19 – 24. Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is produced annually under two purpose-built performance tents in Vancouver’s idyllic Vanier Park. Located at the mouth of False Creek and on the banks of English Bay, Bard is known equally for its beautiful setting and for its distinction as the largest Shakespeare festival in Western Canada. Bard produces four shows each season between June and September in addition to offering excellent education and outreach opportunities for young theatre enthusiasts.

Vancouver Recital Society

Silk Road Project (VRS) – Silk Road Ensemble unites performers from across the world, such as the artistic cello sensation, Yo-Yo Ma. Its mission is to engage in multicultural connections and to create mechanisms for diverse instrument groups from all over the world. The Silk Road also inspires self-motivated learning and active educational programs.

Igudesman & Joo (VRS) – Igudesman & Joo are both classical musicians who perform unique yet hysterical theatrical shows combining comedy, classical music and pop culture. This popular duo has gained millions of hits on their YouTube clips, and have had worldwide TV appearances and performances. In 2015, Y.P. Heung Foundation will support the Igudesman & Joo program.

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