YVR Art Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization founded in 1993 by Vancouver Airport Authority to foster the development of BC First Nations art and artists. Between 1993 and 2004 the Foundation’s activities focused on encouraging the display of BC First Nations art in public buildings, in particular the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The Foundation supported the design, purchase, and commissioning of artworks to celebrate BC’s cultural heritage and sense of place, many of which were integrated into the airport’s architecture. To learn more about the spectacular public art at YVR click here.
In 2004, in collaboration with corporate, foundation and individual donors, the Foundation created an Art Scholarship Program to provide $5,000 scholarships to BC First Nations youth age 16-26 who wished to develop their artistic potential. In 2014 the Foundation established a Mid-Career Artist scholarship and the Masterpiece Study Travel Grant Program, and in 2015 the Foundation expanded the eligibility for awards to include Yukon First Nations artists. In 2017 the Aspiring Artist Award was established, providing $500 art awards to BC and Yukon First Nations youth age 13-19.
Since 2004 the Foundation has awarded 90 scholarships, grants and awards totalling approximately $400,000.
The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and managed by a part-time Executive Director with a part-time Program Coordinator overseeing the programs.
The Foundation was incorporated as a charitable organization in 1994, and issues tax receipts for donations in cash or in-kind.