SLaM Program

[Successorship, Mentorship and Leadership]

“During this global crisis we need to do everything we can to centre artists to create, develop, innovate, and explore what it means to be existing in these times.  We need artists to make sense of what we are going through.  Though we are in a time where we are not able to share and convene around live performance, I am hopeful that through relationships, resources and support, artists will create evocative, brave and bold works that will be a reflection of what we are experiencing together.”  – Sherry J Yoon, Artistic Director

The evolution of Boca Del Lupo’s Residency Program and 3.7% Initiative, the SLaM Program combines project, career and leadership development in a suite of activity we refer to as “streams” In offering artists support to create and develop during these challenging times, we also hope to help create networks and relationships with and for artists.  Investing in their work now and for the future development of theatre and performing arts locally and nationally.

Project Development Stream

When asked, the overwhelming majority of emerging creators listed “support in developing their own work” as the number one area that they needed help with. Utilizing Boca Del Lupo’s I.D.E.A. process philosophy, in this stream we work with artists to Incubate concepts, Develop a project path, identify opportunities for professional development and Education to deepen the project’s impact, as well as connect the project with opportunities for public Activationas part of festivals, seasonal programming and other curated spaces.

Career Development Stream

Born from Boca Del Lupo’s 3.7% Initiative, this stream works with individuals and groups within BC to identify, communicate and support networking, professional development and job opportunities for BIPOC women and non-binary people who aspire to work in the performing arts. Gathering as a whole and in smaller groups, cohorts include Black Women, Directors, Designers, Administrators, Indigenous Women and Asian subgroups.

Leadership Development Stream

With an increasing number of BIPOC women in leadership across Canada in the performing arts in 2019, Artistic Director, Sherry J Yoon began to convene a national leadership circle.  This network supports the unique challenges and opportunities currently at play.  Often inheriting struggling organizations, under intense scrutiny and without the wiggle room to take risks, this group works to combat systemic racism within the sector in an effort to pass on a more hospitable environment to their successors.

The Open Call for the 2021 SLaM Project Development Stream is now closed. For more information of future application deadlines please email communications@bocadellupo.com

The SLaM Program is supported by: The RBC Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver Office of Cultural Affairs, BC Gaming and  Granville Island CMHC.

The SLaM Program would not be possible without the support of our generous individual donors. 100% of the funds raised go to support independent artists in our community to create new work. We give a heartfelt thank you to the following donors who made this year’s campaign a success: Miriam Aiken, Anonymous, Michael Brockington, Katherine Bruno, Richard Choi, Judith Coffin, Hilary Davis, Julia & Mac Dodge, Carey & Heather Dodge, Jay Dodge, Brian Edwards, Scott Elliott, Anne Fleming, Claire Fogal, Margaret Gallagher, Jane Heyman, Brenda Hudson, Cathy Imrie, Hiro Kanagawa, Cathie Keener, Steven Kirby, Jung Ja Kim, Craig and Zoë Laven, Emmanuelle Laurin, Jamala MacRae, Cat Main, Jo Mangan, Lars Meyer, Yvette Nolan, Greg Olson, John Malcolm Page, Holly Schmidt, Carmela Sison, Marwan Taliani, Stephanie Wong, Sherry J Yoon.  And a special thank you to David McCann for generously matching, dollar for dollar, each donation made this year as well as to our Board Chair, Carmen Stossel, who double matched every donation made by the Boca Del Lupo board.  

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