Cultural Network Newsletter

Cultural Plan Update – Next Steps

The public presentation of the draft Cultural Plan 2017–2027 took place on November 24, 2017. We are currently in the process of completing the collection of comments from community groups and the Cultural Plan Task Group. The Consultant and staff will be sharing the draft with Council in February 2018 and will review feedback received from Council and incorporate the comments into the final document. Once the document is finalized, we will work on an implementation plan for Council approval. The Cultural Plan Task Group is recommending that a Cultural Leaders Circle be formed to work on the implementation plan.

Anyone interested in being involved in the implementation planning process, please submit your name, coordinates, bio or resume and why you wish to participate to our email

We have a new Director of Recreation and Community Services! 

With the upcoming retirement of Wendy McCormick at the end of January 2018 after 30 plus years of public service, a through recruitment process was recently completed. 

Danielle Pope is the successful contender and has been appointed as the Director of Recreation and Community Services. Danielle is currently the Business Operations Manager for Parks, Recreation & Culture, and has been an integral member of this management team for the past 7 years. She is looking forward to working with the community in her new role. For questions, Danielle can be reached via email
LeBlanc Collaboration

New Public Art Project - Merkley Park/Karina LeBlanc Field Public Art

A new piece of public art is under production and will be installed as part of the infrastructure rehabilitation at Merkley Park, specifically on the concrete gathering space for spectators and residents next to the Karina LeBlanc new synthetic field. Artist Glen Andersen was selected for this commission by the Public Art Steering Committee. 

Andersen has been working with Kira Sinow’s class of athletic leadership students at Maple Ridge Secondary on this project to develop site specific themes that were inspired by the Merkley family heritage, indigenous history of the site and Karina LeBlanc’s story. The new public artwork will be a combination of mosaic and stamped designs that celebrate active living, sport and heritage. The official unveiling will take place in the spring. Details can be found on the City's website.
Vancouver Foundation

Community survey results from the Vancouver Foundation 
“Connect & Engage” 2017

The new report revisits some old themes to see if anything has changed from five years ago for Metro Vancouver. It also explores new lines of enquiry to expand understanding of barriers and opportunities people identify, search for opportunities to move beyond the issues, catalyze action and to continue to measure the strength of residents’ connections and engagement at the personal, neighbourhood, and community level.

One of the seven key findings is that we can strengthen connections and engagement of people and neighbours through social gatherings, community festivals, and community projects. This is where culture can be a great tool! To view the report, please visit the website.
Safety Workshop

Event Safety Workshop

Location: Fraser Room, Maple Ridge Public Library
Date: Monday, February 26, 2018
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Details: Learn about minimizing community special event risks at this workshop hosted by safety personnel from Fire, RCMP, Engineering and Parks, Recreation & Culture. This workshop includes information about site planning, electrical safety, security, traffic management and more. For details, call the Festival Office at 604-467-7325 or send us an email

Cultural Facilities Rental Grant Program – Deadline February 2

The Cultural Facilities Rental Grant Program offers assistance to non-profit, community based performing arts organizations for some of the costs (including technical and front of house labour) when using Maple Ridge civic facilities. The program is intended to assist with artistic development, increasing profile and expanding audiences for organizations by providing access to a well-equipped, professional ACT Arts Centre venue and other community based civic venues.

The program has a priority to support theatre organizations that have a mission to deliver annual public artistic programs at a community and/or professional level in Maple Ridge. Deadline: February 2, 2018. For further information please contact Yvonne Chui via email.

Community Public Art Grant Available - Deadline March 30

The Maple Ridge Public Art Steering Committee is providing small grant funding for community organizations and service groups to support projects that engage artists with residents in a creative collaboration that is publicly accessible and leaves a lasting experience or legacy for the general public. Partnerships are encouraged and welcomed with business, individual artists etc. A group may apply for a maximum of $1,500 per project. The grant deadline is March 30 for projects in 2018. Additional details, guidelines and application are available on the website for download. Please send completed applications to our email.

Festivals Support Grant Program

We are accepting applications for grassroots grants for small special events in Maple Ridge (max $300) year round. Please visit our website or contact Darlene via email. The website has lots of tools to help new event organizers and staff are always happy to take your calls. There are regular info sessions for organizers too!

For eligible medium to larger festivals the next intake deadline will be April 15 for festivals that take place between November 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019. Applications are available online or by email.

For further assistance please contact the Festival and Volunteer Office at 604-467-7325.

Neighbourhood Small Grant Program 

The Neighbourhood Small Grants program supports residents like you: residents who have small but powerful ideas to bring people together to make your neighbourhood vibrant. Our grants range from $100 to $1000. A grant is money we give you to help you do your project. You must apply for the grant, but you do not need to pay the money back. Applications are accepted year round and are available here. Contact: Kathryn Baird at 604-467-7459 or via email.

The goals of the Neighbourhood Small Grants program are to:
  • Connect and engage neighbours (e.g. a block party, Snow Angel party or a social gathering)
  • Share residents’ skills and knowledge (e.g. artist or yoga instructor teaching a free class to neighbours)
  • Build a sense of ownership and pride in community (e.g. cleaning up an alleyway or painting a mural)
  • Respect and celebrate diversity (e.g. multicultural community kitchen, Chinese New Year traditions)
Maple Ridge hosts a full calendar of community festivals throughout the year, celebrating unique aspects of our local arts and culture. Enjoy outdoor summer concerts, Farmers Market, Art Studio Tour, Aboriginal Day, signature events such as Canada Day, Remembrance Day, Celebrate the Night fireworks and the Christmas Festival and Parade and more!

Check back regularly for new details about upcoming events and consider getting actively involved as an event day volunteer by visiting our Festivals and Events Volunteer Page.

If your event is not appearing on the calendar, please submit your calendar entry and a photo on the Parks, Recreation & Culture website. It is quick and easy to fill out the online form.

Any questions? Call our Festival and Volunteer Office at 604-467-7325 and we can assist you with your calendar entry or send us an email.
Lantern Workshop

Family Day - Lantern Workshop

Location: The ACT Arts Centre, Maple Ridge 
Date: Monday, February 12, 2018
Time: 11:00 to 3:00 PM
Details: Join the Maple Ridge Festival of Light Society for a free lantern making workshop at the ACT Arts Centre. Carry your lantern in the Festival of Light parade on February 23. For more details, please visit our
Heritage Week

Heritage Week

Location: Maple Ridge Museum
Date: February 18-24, 2018
Week long events based on the theme of “heritage stands the test of time" include: Downtown Walking Tour, Cemetery Walking Tour, History Is…The Banning Of Books, Webinar - Heritage and Real Estate and the annual Heritage Awards night. Visit our website for more details. 

Lantern Festival

Festival of Light & Lantern Parade

Location: Haney Place Mall, Centre Court, Maple Ridge Date: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Details: The celebration begins with a poetry contest starting in December and culminates in a beautiful Festival of Light with live entertainment, poetry readings and a variety of family-oriented activities. Between 7:30 and 8:00 PM, the lantern parade will wind through Haney Place Mall. For details, call 467-2420 or
email us. 

Coldest Night

Location: Downtown, Maple Ridge
Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Details: The Coldest Night of the Year raises awareness of The Salvation Army Ridge Meadows Ministries shelter and other essential services. It is a 2km, 5km or 10km walk around Maple Ridge. Registration is at 4:00 PM and the race starts at 5:00 PM. Visit our
website for more details.

Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film

Location: The ACT Arts Centre, Maple Ridge
Date: March 23 - 25, 2018
Details: The ACT Arts Centre and Ridge Film Studios, with the support of City of Maple Ridge present a three day festival celebrating film created in British Columbia. For more information, please visit our
Repair Cafe

Repair Café Launch

Location: Maple Ridge Seniors’ Activity Centre 
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 10:00 to 2:00 PM
Details: Toss it? No way! Bring broken items from home and the café will provide the tools and skilled volunteers to help you repair your clothing, jewellery, small furniture, small electrical appliances, toys, bicycles, and more! Love to fix things?
Email us to sign up as one of our “fixers” and become a repair hero! Sponsored by Ridge Meadows Recycling as part of Earth Day 2018: “DIY: Make it, Grow it, Fix it, Share it” For more details visit our website
Open Government Portal
The Open Government Portal was created to engage citizens and to increase accessibility, transparency, and accountability. The web portal, along with its flagship application "What's Happening Around Me?" (WHAM), was launched as a beta site on October 17, 2017, after a reveal to Council. Click the image above to learn more and get engaged!

Regional Cultural Grant Calendar
Other Funding Sources and Deadlines

If you’re looking for grant and foundation funding for your cultural project or idea as a group or individual artist/creator, please check out the calendar courtesy of Little Dog Creative Consulting. 

SpaceFinder Program

A new FREE tool has been launched to match artists and arts organizations with under-utilized performance, rehearsal, and event spaces. Initially launching in the Metro Vancouver area, SpaceFinder BC is a state-of-the-art online tool that provides solutions for both artists and venues.  

Visit SpaceFinder BC to learn more.

Alliance Workshops

The Alliance for the Arts offers new workshops including: 

  • Grants 101: An Information Session
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Arts Leading The Way
  • Principles of Digital Marketing for Arts
  • Digital Records Management in Three Steps: A Guide for Small Organizations
For information regarding these workshops and more, please visit our website
Liquor Control & Licensing

The BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) recently announced changes to their Special Occasion Permit Policy as it relates to which events are eligible for permission to obtain a license. For example, the new policy may allow profit-making events to obtain a special occasion license if the event supports the music industry in BC. For full details and contact information for questions related to the changes, please visit the
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