New Works is a Vancouver-based non-profit, charitable organization, founded by Barbara Clausen and a like-minded group of cultural workers in 1993 as a vehicle for the development, production and presentation of culturally diverse work that brings affordable, professional dance from around the world to local neighbourhood venues.
In 1998, New Works began to operate additionally as a dance management organization, providing stable, affordable management services to some of innovative dance artists and companies, while also providing pro bono and special project assistance to many creators in the city’s dance ecology. New Works continues to play an important role in building the next generation of arts administrators by providing on-site internships, work experience, and mentorship.
In 2019, New Works has reaffirmed its vision of supporting artists and building community through dance, and has decided to focus in the upcoming 5 years on the core values of transparency, accessibility, support, and collaboration. This will be accomplished through working on 3 key priorities:
Operational Strength – Focusing on Financial and Human Resources stability and capacity;
Programming Focus – Ensuring that all programs are simply designed, focusing on artist support through an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion lens, and;
Marketing and Communications Clarity – Developing and implementing simple, clear and robust marketing strategies.
VISION: To be a model for supporting equity-seeking artists, to be a hub for artistic excellence, and to build community through dance.
MISSION: New Works is an innovative organization that exists to support dance artists, cultivate audience, and provide and promote diverse and accessible performance experiences. We strive to remove systemic barriers positioned against Equity seeking practices and practitioners, including Indigenous artists.
WORKING MANDATE New Works supports artists by:
- Providing meaningful opportunities to interact, lead, and teach, as well as perform
- Connecting culturally specific dance communities with new audiences and forms, thereby nurturing a shared sense of ownership and belonging within the dance world;
- Making diverse dance events accessible to multiple communities; and
- Providing performance opportunities for diverse dance artists and companies.
- Transparent: New Works strives to be a recognized leader in establishing proactive and consistent transparency policies in all of our dealings. All goals and actions in this plan are viewed through the lens of achieving consistency, reliability, and clarity.
- Accessible/Inclusive/Diverse: NW programs are accessible to and accessed by diverse artists and audiences. We use representation to remove systemic barriers to inclusion, continually introducing new communities to professional arts performance. Our role is to support, grow, and nurture equity-seeking artists and companies through administration and management, and to grow new audiences through programming diverse traditions, styles, and formats of dance, prioritizing access.
- Supportive: Our artists advance in their careers, grow audience reach, and improve their financial position. They gain an understanding of what it is to be a successful independent artist-producer, and gain a higher level of control over the trajectories of their own careers. Artists get the support they need, adapted to their maturity level – the artist support we provide is responsive to the life cycle and unique needs of each artist.
- Collaborative: NW generates a collaborative culture, where artists and staff share experiences and knowledge in meaningful and far-reaching ways. Artists, board and staff – we work together. New Works develops strategic partnerships with other presenters and organizations to increase the impact of our work, and the work of the artists we support.
- For more details, read our New Works Strategic Plan Summary 2019-2024. If you have any questions or would like more information, reach out to us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. New Works gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, British Columbia Arts Council, CMHC Granville Island, The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, and Presentation House Theatre, as well as our community partners East Van Graphics, The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, SFU Office of Community Engagement, SFU School for the Contemporary Arts and The Dance Centre.