Spring 2014 UTown@UBC Community Grants!

With a record number of Community Grant applications submitted this cycle, competition was fierce, but the UTown@UBC Community Grant Selection Committee is please to announce the Spring 2014 Community Grant recipients! In total, 11 grants, totalling $7200 were awarded to campus residents for everything from a forum theatre project, to a charity craft club and more! Thank you to all who applied, and congratulations to all the recipients; we look forward to building community on campus with all of you!

Changing the Lens, Audrea Chen, $1000

"Talk to me...not about me."
Changing the Lens invites you to Spoken, Unspoken, an evening of interactive community theatre that explores the emotions and frustrations behind discussions on Canadian Aboriginal issues. Everyone is welcome to attend and to participate in the performance at their comfort level. The evening promises to be both entertaining and transformative!

The performance takes place in the Neville Scarfe building, Rm. 100. Light dinner will be provided at 6:30pm with the performance starting at 7pm. Entry is by donation (suggested: $5). RSVP at our Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/285113558319241/, Or email: changingthelens@gmail.com.

Youth Film Project, Dave Huang, $400

Our team of future Spielberg’s and Scorsese’s are back behind the camera, and tackling a brand-new topic: fandom. For the next few months, youth will explore the culture of fandom by interviewing fans and looking at why this phenomenon exists.

Don’t forget, the Youth Documentary Club will be screening their first documentary “Life Without Wi Fi” at the Old Barn Community Centre on May 3rd, as part of BC Youth Week.  Check back soon for more information!

Gala-ry Night, Joshua Bokor, $500

The AMS Art Gallery is turning the big 3-0 (and the permanent collection is turning 65)! The entire UBC community is invited to celebrate this milestone event at Gala-ry Night, an evening of art appreciation, food, drink and entertainment.

  • When: April 5, 2014
  • Where: AMS Art Gallery, Student Union Building, 6138 Student Union Boulevard 

For more information, contact Sacart@ams.ubc.ca, or check back for more

Multicultural Family Resource Fair, Lindsay Wells, $500

Come join us on Friday April 4, 2014 from 10am-12pm at the Acadia Commonsblock (2707 Tennis Crescent) for the 6th annual Multicultural Family Resource Fair! This event is an informative, fun, and inclusive community event that celebrates diversity and encourages learning for local families. Local service providers in the areas of health, safety, childcare, early childhood development, and newcomer support will set-up interactive information booths to provide resources and support for families with children 0-6 years old. Connect with other parents in the community and gain valuable information from local service providers, all while your children participate in face painting and other entertaining activities. You won’t want to miss it!

Kids for Charity, Iva Jankovic, $800

Coordinated by a UTown@UBC youth, Kids for Charity is a program that allows kids and youth to explore their creative sides by participating in a free weekly craft course, while teaching them the importance of being charitable. Crafts are sold and any funds raised are donated to charity. Check back soon to see where you can purchase some of these creative (and charitable) masterpieces! To participate, please contact kidsforcharity@gmail.com

Seniors & Friends, Zheng Kang, $1000

Loneliness and isolation are serious issues among senior citizens. Seniors & Friends provides opportunities for seniors to connect with their neighbours and fellow UTown@UBC residents, taking part in activities, from games and "meet and greets," to visits to museums and galleries and more. Help create community amongst generations of UTown@UBC residents! To get involved, contact Seniors & Friends.

UBC Intercultural Alliance Fair, Benjamin Jelsma, $1000

UTown@UBC is very proud to support the first-ever UBC Intercultural Alliance Fair! UBC is home to thousands of faculty, students, staff and residents from all around the world, and the UBC Intercultural Alliance invites the entire UBC community to celebrate these different cultures by sharing them with one another. Music, food, dance and more, will help bring together the cultural clubs across the UBC campus to foster intercultural understanding and promote cross-cultural collaboration.

  • When: March 28th, 11am-3pm
  • Where: Abdul Lahda Science Student Centre

Community Fitness, Anna Wu, $500

Get fit and have fun with your friends and neighbours, at Community Fitness! Held at the Old Barn Community Centre, Community Fitness is coordinated by  a FREE, low-impact dance and fitness class for residents of all ages and abilities. Check out the Old Barn Community Centre Program Guide for more information!

Peace of Mind Club, Cheng Liu, $500

The Peace of Mind Club focuses on awareness of the importance of psychological health among youth in the UTown@UBC community, connecting them with opportunities for stress management and communication among peers. Feeling stressed? Connect with the Peace of Mind Club!

UTown@UBC Debate and Writing Club, Yuntian Wang, $500

Practice the art of the argument and improve your persuasive writing skills with the UTown@UBC Debate and Writing Club! This program is open to all youth in the UTown@UBC Community who want to improve these skills, and is free. Want to find out more? Connect with the UTown@UBC Debate and Writing Club.

New Life Club, Shirley Li, $500

Did you know UTown@UBC is home to residents from all around the world?  The New Life Club helps newcomers to Canada get to know their campus community and connect with neighbours with weekly meet and greets, centered around intercultural communications, activities on campus and Canadian history. If you are new to the UTown@UBC community and want to participate, contact Shirley.