Canada Council for the Arts announces its 2012 grants for the Assistance to the Promotion of Architecture

This program provides grants to Canadian organizations for the public presentation of works in architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism. The grants support special projects that promote contemporary, Canadian works of architecture to a broad and diverse public.

Projects must lead to the production of books, films and videos, television programs, radio programs, multimedia programs, exhibitions, architectural competitions, a series of articles or lectures, or other public events. Projects must have a minimum content of 50 percent contemporary Canadian works of architecture.

The purpose of the program is to give the public the opportunity to: better understand the role of architecture in helping to shape a rich physical, social and cultural environment in Canada, and to better appreciate the artistic values of contemporary, Canadian buildings, landscapes and the urban environment.

For this program, works of architecture include buildings, landscapes and places, as well as works of critical and (or) design research on architecture, landscape architecture or the urban environment.

The successful grant applicants are:

* Ron Thom: from West Coast Home to Points East, a travelling exhibition from Trent University, to Vancouver and Toronto, curated by Adele Weder – $47,000.

* National Pecha Kucha Night on downtowns across Canada, by Progress Unlimited + partners in Edmonton and beyond – $19,000.

* Warming Huts on Winnipeg’s Assiniboine River, by the Forks Foundation – $45,000.

* Cool Gardens, a new garden festival by Storefront Manitoba Inc., curated by David Penner and Eduardo Aquino – $30,000.

* Rapid Response: Architecture Prepares for Disaster, a group exhibition at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre – $45,000.

* Documentation of the East Scarborough Storefront community design initiative by Architext, to be shared with municipal governments across Canada – $20,000.

* Canada’s Modern Heritage, an exhibit of photographs from the Canadian Architect archive at Ryerson’s new Paul Cocker gallery, curated by Robert Burley – $15,000.

* Digitization of the Journal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, for an open-access web portal: Sexton Library at Dalhousie University – $25,000.

* Lecture series in St. John’s, Newfoundland, by the Newfoundland & Labrador Association of Architects – $4,000.