The Artists in Communities program:
The program uses community-engaged arts practices to:
The Vancouver Park Board is pleased to announce the artists chosen for the 2015 Artists in Communities programs at Dunbar, Mount Pleasant, Thunderbird, and Trout Lake community centres.
A socially oriented art project that aims to engage the Dunbar community in a collaborative exploration into what constitutes a holiday.
Artists Elisa Yon, Leah Weinstein, and Jaspal Marwah bring a diverse range of art practices in: sculpture, textiles, crafts, performance, site specific installations, socially engaged art, and architecture. Over the course of the fall, winter, spring, and summer, the artists will present a series of "season specific" art interventions, in response to traditional holidays as well as everyday self-made holidays.
Hands-on crafting activities, artist walks, participatory art installations, pop-up interventions, and food based collaborations are just some of the ways the artists will engage community members in a collective reimagining of what constitutes a holiday.
A community bike musical at Mount Pleasant.
Join filmmaker, musician, artist, and Emily Carr University instructor, Sarah Van Borek, in the creation of a unique, 3-part movie that has music and dance components and that tells the story of the Mount Pleasant community using a focus on bikes and cycling as artistic inspiration, art materials (recycled bike parts), and public presentations.
Mount Pleasant community members of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels are invited to explore their neighbourhood while contributing to various aspects of the project, including: storytelling, video/animation, music, dance, and sound. The project will be presented to the public in 4 stages, each at a bike pedal-powered pop-up projection nearby the Mount Pleasant Community Centre.
This project will begin in September 2015 and end with a celebration and premiere screening of the final movie at an outdoor "bike-in" the following September.
An art project that invites and unites the Thunderbird Community in the creation of a mural that will inspire and celebrate imagination.
The goal of the project is to engage with residents, young and old, and be part of a creative process through participation, informational sessions, and painting workshops. Emily Gray is a muralist and art instructor who is passionate about inspiring individuals and communities. When we are all together making beautiful things life is beautiful.
Emily Gray creates dynamic compositions that allow viewers to flow through the paintings and experience art on a larger scale. With simple and effective application of paint a space can be transformed. The creative possibilities are endless when we connect and set free our imaginations.
A project based out of the Tiny Community Center; the first 'tiny house' ever used as a community classroom and artist residency.
As a curiosity cabinet with a modern twist, artists Zee Kesler, Emily Smith, and Françoise Thibault will explore art making as a means of self expression in order to create a new understanding and appreciation of Trout Lake's natural ecology, environment, and neighbourhood as a place of wonder and inspiration.
At Hillcrest, Britannia, Hastings, and Trout Lake community centres
Artist William Wasden, Jr, invited participants to join in the spirit of reconciliation with weekly workshops that worked towards sharing truths about residential school history and First Nations children.
Community members learned about the traditional upbringing of children in Kwakwaka'wakw culture through language, song, dance, art, and history.
The project culminated in a public community performance at Trout Lake Community Centre on National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2014.
At Trout Lake Community Centre
The Trout Lake community worked intensively with on-site artist Anthony Schrag at Trout Lake Community Centre. Anthony involved community through discussion, play, and stories. "I don't make 'art objects' but instead prefer to work with people, using art to encourage conversations and develop events that can continue on in myths and stories, linking the diverse community together in shared memories," he explained.
At Renfrew Park Community Centre
Something Collective led an interdisciplinary approach to explore the Renfrew neighbourhood. Friends and neighbours created an interactive, map through dance, video, soundscapes, green graffiti, puppetry, and photographs that marked their favorite spots.
At Kensington Community Centre
Dance artists Julia Carr, Meghan Goodman, and puppeteer Maggie Winston created a unique, site-specific performance experience that animated the Kensington Community Centre in an open house celebration. Community members were invited to participate as performers and audience members to explore what makes a healthy habitat. Together, the artists and community represented this healthy habitat through puppetry and dance.
The Artists in Communities program is based on partnerships between community centre associations and the Vancouver Park Board.
Each year, several interested community centres host an Artist in Communities program.
Community centres create community profiles that outline the issues and interests of their community. Artists respond to one or more of the community profiles to develop their project proposal for each centre.
The Park Board and sponsoring community associations review each application and award the programs to artists. Each program offers artist fees and material fees, funded by the Vancouver Park Board and community centre associations.
Selected artists or artist teams begin their work at the host community centre. Artists work with Park Board arts and culture staff, community centre staff, community members, and community partners throughout this cooperative and creative process.
The program is not a live-in residency. It is open only to artists who live, work, and have a permanent residence in Metro Vancouver.
To generate interest, feedback, and participation from members of the community in the creative process, artists can:
Each Artists in Communities program is a team effort involving the Vancouver Park Board, community centre associations, and artists. Each team member plays an important role in the program.
Selecting artists for the Artist in Communities programs is a challenging process that involves two stages:
During this stage, juries made up of arts professionals and community centre representatives (with Park Board staff as advisors) review and discuss each application. Each jury creates a short list of artists who meet the criteria for the program and whose proposals directly relate to the issues and interests outlined in the community profiles for the program.
The initial review is based on the following criteria:
Community association representatives and community centre staff interview each applicant on the short list and award the program to an artist or an artist team.
The final selection is based on the following criteria:
Read our mandate, vision, values, and policy statements around the arts.
Last modified: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:22:55