Building community by making art together
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.
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.
Dancing and Mobilizing – Truth Telling With Hip Hop
Sophia Sosa and Josh Cameron
West End Community Centre
Join Sophia Sosa and Josh Cameron are in their pursuit to co-create a community arts-driven space. All genders, all ethnicities, and all ages are welcome in their regular free weekly dance workshops, open community discussions, and celebrations through community gatherings and events.
Sophia Sosa is a Filipina passionate interdisciplinary artist, locally known as one of the most reliable sources for Hip Hop dance in Vancouver. She is also the founder and vice president of Barangay Project Society that provides free arts mentorship, dance workshops, and gatherings that connect to BIPOC and LGBTQ2S youths, immigrants, at-risk youths, and refugees.
Josh Cameron began his dance journey as a Bboy in 2008 and with his interdisciplinary street dance background and energetic style, Josh has earned titles at All Style and Breaking competitions across western Canada and the United States. He has now aligned his one-decade teaching practice with the Barangay Project Society, where he works as the executive assistant and director of Special Programs and Initiatives.
From March to November 2023, Dancing and Mobilizing is accessible to all ages, skill levels, and experiences. Social/partner dancing is your next step: to connect to current community issues, mobilize calls to action, and share artistically with one another.
Photo: Sophia Sosa and Josh Cameron, photo credit: Nic Latulippe
Edward FuChen Juan
Trout Lake Community Centre
From August to December 2023, Edward FuChen Juan will be the artist in residency at the Trout Lake Community Centre working on a community based collaborative project.
Ed invites the public to work with him on creating a legacy art piece through interactive workshops and public events.
The workshops will consist of papermaking, ink paste making, and printmaking. The workshop created artworks will be used as building blocks for the fabrication of the legacy art piece, which will be gifted to the Trout Lake Community Centre as the conclusion of the residency.
Edward is a contemporary visual artist based in Vancouver, BC, the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
He identifies as a queer Taiwanese Canadian with ethnic roots from the Hakka and the Plains First Nation people of Taiwan.
His art practice is printmaking on paper with water-based ink extracted from Indigenous materials of selected regions. Presently, he has expanded his process to papermaking with unconventional plant fibers of significance cultural importance.