IN THE NEWS
THE ROUNDHOUSE RECEIVES $40,000 INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT
January 18, 2017 – (Vancouver, BC) The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Society is pleased to announce that we have received a a $40,000 grant from the Government of British Columbia through their Collaborative Spaces program, administered by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. The money is earmarked for the seat replacement project in the Performance Centre, scheduled to occur Summer 2017. The current seating system is 20 years old and at the end of its life due to frequent breakage and repairs. New seats will increase capacity and safety in the Performance Centre.
Converted into a theatre from the former CPR engine repair shed, the Roundhouse’s unique Performance Centre is host to many of Vancouver’s finest arts and culture groups: Kokoro Dance, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver International Dance Festival, TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Bluebird North, and Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, to name but a few. The Roundhouse is a popular venue, seeing such diverse events as music album launches, film screenings, and trade show presentations and workshops come through its doors. We look forward to improving the experience of theatre users and patrons with the upgrade to our infrastructure.
The Collaborative Spaces grant application was spearheaded by Adrian Mitescu, volunteer Roundhouse Board Director, with the assistance of Board Directors Steve Jones, Mark Haney, Andrea Han, Gillian Crouch, and Arts Programmer, Marie Lopes.
The Roundhouse must also rely on the generosity of corporations and individuals to help fund the substantial seating upgrade costs. To this effect, we have a fundraising campaign, fondly dubbed Name a Seat and Park Your Caboose. Run by volunteer Board Directors, this campaign offers personalized seat plaques to those who donate $250 or more to the fund. Read more on the Name a Seat and Park Your Caboose page.
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Government of BC Announcement
Vancouver to receive cultural infrastructure funding (January 17, 2017)
Collaborative Spaces News Release (pdf) (January 18, 2017)
In other media
Georgia Straight – Arts Notes (January 18, 2017)
Alliance for Arts blog (January 18, 2017)
Donate to the Name a Seat and Park Your Caboose campaign
Name a Seat and Park Your Caboose page (information)
VISION & MANDATE
In September 1996, the Roundhouse Advisory Committee, composed of neighbourhood representatives, heritage supporters, members of the arts community and Park Board staff, undertook a retreat to work through a vision for the Roundhouse. The following is the result of those discussions:
The overall mission is to celebrate diversity…of people, values, ideas and activities.
This mission is made up of three key elements:
THE ROUNDHOUSE AS PROJECT
All of us who work or play or socialize at the Roundhouse will be active participants in an evolving project to find new and creative ways to integrate the arts, community culture and sports.
THE ROUNDHOUSE AS OASIS
The Roundhouse is located in the centre of one of the largest urban experiments in history, transforming a few hundred acres of mostly vacant lots into one of North America’s densest and most diverse urban sites. The Roundhouse will be an oasis in the centre of this dynamic mix, enabling people to use their creativity and energy (at whatever level) to rejuvenate themselves and to be better equipped to face a blizzard of challenges and opportunities around them.
THE ROUNDHOUSE AS CONNECTION
The Roundhouse exists to identify and serve the needs of widely divergent communities. To do this the Roundhouse must reach out to the places and situations where those communities feel comfortable. These relationships will grow into Roundhouse programs through sponsorships, partnerships, and our own productions.
COMMUNITY ARTS & COMMUNITY RECREATION
The mandate of the Roundhouse is twofold: to be a centre for community cultural development and a community source for recreational activities for all ages. We thrive on exploring issues, on taking risks, on being cutting edge. We strive to bring people together in new ways to explore what is important to them. Through stretching our boundaries and challenging our perceptions, we endeavour to build community and in our own way to make the world a better place. We invite you to join us.
JOIN THE BOARD OF THE DIRECTORS
The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre is seeking volunteers to be part of the Board of Directors. MORE INFO
JOIN THE PROGRAM COMMITTEE
The Roundhouse is a vibrant, active community centre providing innovative as well as traditional programs with a special focus on arts and culture. The Program Committee provides an opportunity for members of the public to collaborate with Roundhouse staff on program choices and priorities, and to assist with special events. The Program Committee meets on the second Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7pm at the Roundhouse. Dinner is provided to fuel your creative juices! Meetings are held once a month except for July, August and December. Each volunteer committee member is expected to attend at least four out of the seven meetings annually and commit to participating on the committee for a minimum of one year with the opportunity of renewing annually.
FOR INFORMATION AND TO APPLY
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