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Park Board announces 2015 Artists in Communities

July 14 2015

“The Vancouver Park Board feels that the arts are an essential element in the kind of vital, creative place we all want to live in,” said Park Board Chair John Coupar.

Artists in Communities

The artists and projects chosen for the 2015 Artists in Communities program are:

  • Working Holiday Project (Dunbar): Artists Elisa Yon, Leah Weinstein, and Jaspal Marwah, a  multi-disciplined collective, from textiles to performance
  • UpCYCLED Stories (Mount Pleasant): Sarah Van Borek, filmmaker, musician, artist, and Emily Carr University instructor
  • Free Imagination (Thunderbird): Emily Gray, muralist and art instructor
  • Magic Trout Imaginarium (Trout Lake): Artists Zee Kesler, Emily Smith, and Françoise Thibault multi-media artists in a Tiny Community Centre

The artists will launch their projects in the upcoming weeks and continue into 2016. Follow project blogs where events and workshops will be posted.

Learn more about the Artists in Communities Program

Art engages communities and people

“The Vancouver Park Board feels that the arts are an essential element in the kind of vital, creative place we all want to live in,” said Park Board Chair John Coupar. “With innovative arts programs such as the Artists in Communities, the Park Board partners with community centre associations, and actively supports artists working with members of the public in new and exciting ways.”

How the projects were selected

Over 25 applications were submitted, of which four projects were selected for this year’s program. A jury made up of arts professionals and community centre representatives — with Park Board staff as advisors —carefully reviewed each application and shortlisted those who met the criteria for the program. Then interviews at the community centres identified the best matches.

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About the Artists in Communities Program

Since 1994, the Artists in Communities Program have been encouraging interactions between artists and the community. The program is funded by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation in partnership with community centre associations.

How we are building community by making art together

Artists in Communities program at Trout Lake Community Centre

Artists in Communities program

The Artists in Communities program supports artists working with communities on issues of joint interest or concern using principles of community cultural development. Check out our annual call for artist applications.