Creative Entrepreneurship Project - BC-657

Project type: Innovation
Desired discipline(s): Business, Social Sciences & Humanities
Company: Community Arts Council of Vancouver
Project Length: 4 to 6 months
Preferred start date: As soon as possible.
Language requirement: English
Location(s): Vancouver, BC, Canada; Canada
No. of positions: 1
Desired education level: Undergraduate/BachelorMaster's
Open to applicants registered at an institution outside of Canada: No

About the company: 

The Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV) was the first arts council in North America. Since its beginning in 1946, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver has been a contributor to shaping the cultural life of Vancouver. CACV has been a powerful force in creating and advocating for many of the institutions, traditions, and policies in Vancouver that we benefit from today.

OUR VISION & MISSION - CACV’s vision is of a socially engaged, inclusive, and vibrant city alive with community arts. CACV’s mission is to further the development of community arts throughout Vancouver. We advance our vision in Vancouver through community arts programs that address social exclusion and accessibility to creative opportunities, Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships, sustainability in the arts sector, and our collective resilience in the face of growing social and environmental challenges. Our main programs are Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (VOAF), Community Arts Fund, and Reframing Relations.

Describe the project.: 

Currently, our organization hosts the annual Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (VOAF) in Downtown Vancouver, where we host over 50 artists and performers. These artists are considered “outsider artists” with diverse backgrounds. Their backgrounds include being new and emerging artists, marginalized artists, artists with disabilities, artists with language barriers, socioeconomic barriers, they may be self-trained artists with no formal education, and or low income/un-housed individuals based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (where our office is located). The average art sales from the festival generated over $10,000 over the 3-day festival.

The goal of “Creative Entrepreneurship Project” is to develop a business strategy and implement a “social entrepreneurship” online platform that will support online art sales and educational workshops.

The aim is to support our “outsider artists” with an online platform to sell their artwork online and our organization can host online workshops such as “social media for artists”, to help support them on their arts entrepreneurial journey.

The main tasks are to develop a business plan to create an online platform including an operating plan, action items, expenses, and timeline. The main goal is to develop an online platform that will have the ability to host an online art sales platform, virtual educational workshop videos, and virtual meetings.

The methodology/techniques to be used include background research, survey with artists, research other online platforms, research other online sales platforms, and writing a project plan. 

Required expertise/skills: 

Digital research, analytical expertise, problem solving skills.