Organizations


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Community Arts Council of Richmond

The Community Arts Council of Richmond (CACR) is a Federally and Provincially registered non-profit charity. Our mandate is to support the arts, artists and artisans in Richmond BC first, and then metro Vancouver and the rest of the province. We have been successfully operating in Richmond since prior to 1970. Since inception, we have had many high profile events, including raising significant funds to build both the Richmond Cultural Centre and Gateway Theatre, and have given out thousands of dollars in scholarships, awards and support.

Currently, our focus is on producing art exhibitions that allow both the artists and Richmond public to enjoy high quality exhibitions at moderate to zero cost. We also support, in partnership with the Arts Connection, the highly successful, IMMERSED IN THE ARTS – REACH TO program, for students lacking in art education.

We maintain a website with both a CACR calendar of events and one for the public to post their own events at no cost. As well, participating members are able to have an entire web page devoted to who they are and what they create. We have a variety of membership types and costs and further information on who we are and what we do can be found on our website www.richmondartscouncil.org.


 

Gateway Theatre

For over thirty years, we have provided the City of Richmond with outstanding theatre featuring some of Canada’s top artists.  We produce six shows every year – four in our 540-seat proscenium Main Stage and two in our 100-seat Studio, as well as the Gateway Theatre Pacific Festival.

Gateway Theatre is also home to the Gateway Academy for the Performing Arts.  Now in its twenty-fourth year, the Academy features professional actors teaching the craft of theatre to children aged six to eighteen.

Finally, Gateway Theatre is a cultural centre for the City of Richmond.  When we are not producing our own shows or running our Academy, we are available for rentals to other arts groups in the community.

We are producers.  We are teachers.  We are a first-class facility.  In all that we do, the Gateway Theatre stands for excellence in the performing arts.


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Gulf of Georgia Cannery

Built in 1894 in the historic fishing village of Steveston, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery was the largest building of its kind (earning it the nickname, “The Monster Cannery”), and the leading producer of canned salmon in British Columbia. It stopped canning in the 1930s, but remained active as a net loft, fish depot, and later as a herring reduction plant, until it ceased operations in 1979. Today, the non-profit Gulf of Georgia Cannery operates the national historic site on behalf of Parks Canada.

The fully restored historic cannery is now home to a museum presenting the history of Canada’s West Coast fishing industry, through guided tours and interactive exhibits. Visitors can experience the sights, sounds and smells (!) of the cannery and its history, while exploring the permanent exhibits of the historic salmon canning line and the herring reduction plant. The Cannery also offers a feature exhibition which changes annually, and is host to many community and holiday events, including an indoor winter market, throughout the months of October to April.

For more information, please visit: www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.org


 

Lipont Place

Lipont Place is a commercial art space invested by the Lipont Investments Inc.. Located at the CBD of the City of Richmond, Canada, Lipont Place is also in the heart of the arts and culture district designated by the government. It is within walking distance to the Aberdeen Skytrain station and ten minutes drive to the Vancouver International Airport. Lipont Place is being transformed from an automobile showroom, office space and service centre to professional art exhibition spaces, café and a bar. While contributing to the cultural life of Richmond, Lipont Place provides a rare multi-functional venue to the local creative industry, which benefits the cultural community and audiences.


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The Richmond Academy of Dance

The Richmond Academy of Dance celebrates 28 years and is unique in the Lower Mainland, producing dancers of the highest standard in classical ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, contemporary and musical theatre; and leading its graduates to become Canada’s newest young triple threat professionals. Exceptional training is provided within our Professional and Recreational Programs in the beautiful community of Richmond. We are so honoured to work in the City of Richmond and to continue to help Richmond be recognised world-wide for the Arts. We currently have 31 Faculty Members. www.richmondacademyofdance.com


Richmond Artists Guild

The Richmond Artists Guild belongs to Richmond Arts Coalition as a group member. Our motto is : “To encourage local artists to meet together to improve their skills and expand their knowledge of art.” Now in its 61st year, Richmond Artists Guild was formed in September 1955 after a group of artists posted a notice in the local paper and a meeting was held. One of the aims was to get together for outdoor painting and the group wasted no time in organizing for Sunday sessions almost immediately. Richmond Artists Guild received recognition when it was presented with a special award from the Vancouver Art Gallery for its efforts in promoting local art activities. When it became obvious that a new Library and Art Centre was needed, RAG members were active in helping raise $500,000 and also appealing for provincial and federal grants of 1million each for the present building. Richmond Artists Guild has approximately 60 members.


Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives, or simply RCRG, is a hub for volunteering and giving. We promote, encourage, and facilitate local philanthropy by connecting Richmond residents with opportunities to get involved in their community.

We’re also a direct service provider, operating a Child Care Resource & Referral Centre, the Richmond Christmas Fund, and a wide range of Seniors Community Support Services.

In our dual role as capacity builder and service provider, we’re committed to creating a strong, healthy, vibrant community, one where everyone feels like they belong, and everyone has a chance to contribute.

Learn more at www.rcrg.org.


Richmond Community Foundation

Founded in 1990, the Richmond Community Foundation manages nearly 50 forever funds, together valued at $4.4 million. These funds, established by community organizations, businesses, families, and individuals, continue growing over time. Indeed, as their name implies, they last forever.

As the funds earn investment income, a portion is distributed back into the community, as grants to local non-profit organizations and scholarships to Richmond students. To date, the Community Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million in grants and scholarships, including $118,000 in 2016.

If there’s a cause you care about – including the Richmond Arts Coalition – there’s a forever fund to match, and you can help it grow by making a donation. You’ll be issued a tax receipt, and your donation will keep having an impact – today, tomorrow, forever.

Learn more at www.richmondfoundation.org.


 

Richmond Orchestra & Chorus

Richmond Orchestra & Chorus has been entertaining Richmond since 1985. The over 100 musicians of the Association are guided by a select group of professionals to share the joy of music in practice and performance. ROCA presents an average six concerts per season, and appears at community events throughout the year.


 

Richmond Potters Club

The Club meets on the third Thursday of every second month – starting in September, ending in May. Membership is open to adults with previous experience or who have taken lessons. Membership fees are $60/year. Class information available in September.


 

Richmond Singers

The Richmond Singers is a 55 voice women’s choir which began performing in 1971. Our purpose is “to sing, in harmony, a variety of music for the enjoyment of the members as well as to give public and private performances for the listening pleasure of others”. We have two major performances per year, a Family Christmas Concert in December and a Spring Concert in May. The Richmond Singers have performed in shopping malls, at City Hall, South Arm Fall Fair, the airport and senior centers.


 

Richmond Youth Honour Choir

Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Lorraine Jarvis, the Richmond Youth Honour Choir has grown into two dynamic and outstanding choirs reflecting the richness of the Richmond music scene. With 47 eager young singers in The Elementary Choir and 25 youth in the secondary Chamber Choir, singers are auditioned each year and chosen for their musical talent. From Bach to Oscar Peterson, from ethnic folk songs to movie favourites, our singers bring joy, inspiration and beauty to their audience. The Richmond Youth Honour Choir presents formal concerts in addition to singing at Conferences, at Senior’s Residences and with other musical groups. We have performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Diamond, RCOC, the Richmond Legion Band and the Richmond Music School Orchestra. Singers and parents rave about our high musical standards and our vibrant, exciting style.