The Vancouver Park Board Artists in Communities program builds community by making art together using principles of community cultural development.
We host artist residencies each year in participating community centres to support artists working in neighbourhoods and encourage a wide variety of interactions between artists and residents.
Artists collaborate with community members (who may not see themselves as artists) as creators, producers, performers, and active audiences.
The residency projects leave lasting physical or social legacies in the community, such as learning new creative processes, developing collaborative skills, creating an artwork.
The Artists in Communities program makes our neighbourhoods more vibrant. We use art as a catalyst for engaging individuals and communities, inspiring participation, and building relationships.
The next call for applications will be in March 2017.
Featuring invented games, exciting competitions, and physical activities for all ages, we look to explore the people and the area in ways that can develop collective narratives and ask questions that encourage people to discover their place within the world.
The project will be led by artist Anthony Schrag, who's work focuses on playful physical acts such as a 5-A-Side-Tug-of-War, attempting to break world records for "Hand Holding in a Circle", climbing on buildings, and recently walking 2638 km from the North of Scotland to the Venice Biennale.
Community members will be invited to collaborate with stories, visions, music, art, and more to create an immersive video and sound installation within the arena itself. Find Rene and Lisa creating real-time in the arena's "living room" or in their mobile projection/sound studio at other locations in the community.
Inside this box are many ideas, understandings, wisdom, stories, and knowledge that light the community from within. Sometimes this box gets messy or we forget what is inside, and we need to open it up.
This collaboration between poet/multi-media artist Ronnie Harris and Expressive Arts Therapist/community artist Kelty McKerracher will open the community box of light through multiple ideation processes with diverse community groups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anthony involved the Trout Lake 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 explains.
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.
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.