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.
SUPPORTED ARTS & CULTURE PROGRAMS
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The Polygon Gallery
The Polygon Gallery opened its doors in November 2017. With a mandate to exhibit and disseminate photography and media art, emphasizing contemporary practices within a context of historical and international art-making, formerly as the Presentation House Gallery, organizes national and international exhibitions, produces award-winning publications, and offers engaging public events and art education programs. Some of the world’s most important artists, both local and international, have been featured by the organization—from acclaimed Vancouver visual artists Stan Douglas, Fred Herzog, and Ian Wallace to leading international figures such as Hiroshi Sugimoto and Annette Kelm. After 40 prolific years as Presentation House Gallery, the organization has taken a new shape, and a new name, on the waterfront of Vancouver’s North Shore with a purpose-built building.
The Y.P. Heung Foundation is proud to be amongst the donors in a Capital Campaign that have contributed to the realization of the Polygon Gallery’s new building.
Bill Reid Gallery
The Bill Reid Gallery was established by the Bill Reid Foundation in 2008, to celebrate the Haida master artist Bill Reid (1920 – 1998), and the diverse living cultures of the Northwest Coast. The Gallery honours Bill Reid by exhibiting the Bill Reid SFU Art Collection, and presenting special exhibitions and programs that build bridges between all peoples, including Indigenous and settler populations. Their mandate is to promote a greater awareness of Indigenous cultures and values.
In conjunction with the municipal government and other senior levels of government, as a private donor the Foundation is participating in various phases of renovation of the Bill Reid Gallery, so that the Gallery can increase exhibit space to accommodate an expanded program schedule, improve visitor experience, and to better support revenue generating activities.
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.
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
The 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.