With support from the Province of BC and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development Vancouver Community College (VCC) Aboriginal higher learners are supported through the development of Aboriginal Gathering Spaces "to assist public post-secondary institutions develop and enhance infrastructure that reflects the cultural characteristics of their Aboriginal students, community, and traditions". Vancouver Community College has a total budget of $175,000 remaining from the VCC Aboriginal Gathering Space funding designated for the acquisition of Aboriginal works for display in public spaces within the VCC Broadway Campus. This funding creates a unique and significant opportunity to acquire multiple works of art for VCC to honour the First Nations on whose traditional territories the College operates; to recognize the contributions of First Nation artists and Aboriginal artisans to British Columbia's shared culture and cultural heritage; and reflect culture to Aboriginal learners that creates a welcoming environment and improves access to education at VCC.
All art will:
* Be undertaken only by persons of Aboriginal ancestry;
* Reflect local 3 First Nations culture first, followed regional, and national Aboriginal culture and diversity; and
* Respect the local significance of traditional waterways with this theme.
Art will be sited in appropriate locations throughout the Broadway campus with the objective of providing quality art to the greatest number of VCC students. The objective is to develop a worthwhile, enduring, and varied collection of artworks in VCC buildings, public spaces, and appropriate other spaces that enhances, enlivens, and enriches the lives of all students at VCC while reflecting the culture and values of the Aboriginal community.
For full details visit BC Bid at: http://www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca/open.dll/welcome
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