History

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 donors, the Foundation created an Art Scholarship & Awards Program to provide scholarships to BC First Nations youth who wished to develop their artistic potential. Since 2004 the Foundation has awarded approximately $350,000 to over 80 artists. In 2014 the Foundation established a Mid-Career Artist scholarship and the Masterpiece Study Grant Program.

The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and managed by a part-time Executive Director. A part-time Program Coordinator oversees the Scholarships & Awards program.

The Foundation was incorporated as a charitable organization in 1994, and issues tax receipts for donations in cash or in kind.