VANCOUVER, May 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Emily Carr University gratefully
announces a milestone donation of $400,000 from the RBC Emerging
Artists Project. This gift brings RBC's total contribution to Emily
Carr University's THE BIG IDEA capital campaign to $500,000. This is
the largest investment that a financial institution has ever made in
support of the University.
The RBC Emerging Artists Project supports programs that bridge the gap
from academic excellence to professional careers in all art forms.
Emily Carr University will use this generous gift to establish a
creative grant program for students and will recognize this commitment
by naming the media gallery space at Emily Carr's new campus at Great
"We believe in the power of art to enrich our lives and enhance our
communities," says John Montalbano, CEO of RBC Global Asset Management.
"The RBC Emerging Artists Grant Program and the RBC Media Gallery will
support emerging digital artists while enhancing awareness and
accessibility to the art form."
The RBC Emerging Artists Grant Program at Emily Carr will be an
adjudicated process through which fourth year and Masters-level media
students will submit designs, proposals and concepts. More than an
award, this will be an investment in the most important piece of work
in a student's academic career. Successful projects and associated
events will be showcased at the annual graduation show in the RBC Media
Gallery for Emerging Artists.
Equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, the new RBC Media Gallery
for Emerging Artists will be a public venue, which demonstrates how
digital technologies allow for new forms of artistic expression and
public exhibition. The gallery will serve two main purposes: providing
students with an opportunity to present work in a public exhibition
context; and facilitating workshops, exhibition talks and stakeholder
events that promote the diversity and complexity of contemporary art
"The RBC Emerging Artists Project recognizes Emily Carr University as a
digital media innovator," says Broek Bosma, Associate Vice President,
Advancement + Alumni Affairs, "both the RBC Media Gallery and the RBC
Emerging Artists Grant Program will benefit our students, our community
and the public."
The establishment of the RBC Emerging Artists Grant Program and the RBC
Media Gallery for Emerging Artists at Emily Carr will build on the
University's tradition of excellence in film, video and integrated
media, and will empower the next generation of film makers, media
practitioners and digital artists. The RBC Media Gallery is expected to
open within Emily Carr's new campus in 2017.
Access eMedia Kit online at http://thebigideaecuad.ca/rbc-donation/
About Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, established in 1925, is a world
leader in education and research. Encouraging experimentation at the
intersection of art, design, media and technology, our learning
community merges research, critical theory and studio practice in an
interdisciplinary environment. Alumni and faculty are internationally
recognized as award-winning creators and thought leaders who have
enormous impact on both the cultural sector and economy. We engage
students, industry, and society to continuously explore and think
differently about creativity and how it shapes our world. Emily Carr
is building a state-of-the art campus for 21st century learning at
Great Northern Way. The University will be at the centre of a new
social, cultural, educational, and economic engine for British
Columbia. Find out more at ecuad.ca.
About RBC's Commitment to Community and Sustainability
Royal Bank of Canada is Canada's largest bank and one of the largest
banks in the world, based on market capitalization. For more
information, please visit rbc.com. RBC is recognized among the world's financial, social, and
environmental leaders and is listed on the 2014 Dow Jones
Sustainability World Index, the DJSI North American Index, the Jantzi
Social Index, and the FTSE4Good Index. RBC is one of Canada's Greenest
Employers, and one of Canada's 50 Most Socially Responsible
RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations,
sponsorships, and employee volunteer activities. In 2013, RBC
contributed more than $104 million to causes worldwide, including
donations and community investments of more than $69 million and $35
million in sponsorships. Learn more at rbc.com/community-sustainability.
SOURCE Emily Carr University of Art + Design