Building community by making art together
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.
Mudflats - Sylvan Hamburger
False Creek Community Centre
Mudflats draws its name from the ecosystem that predated settler development in False Creek. Over the course of the project, artist-in-residence Sylvan Hamburger, will glean materials from the neighbourhood’s industrial past to better understand its current circumstance. Through printmaking, drawing, and textiles, Mudflats upholds engagement with these salvaged materials as a means of creative placemaking.
Sylvan is hosting regular pop-up workshops in and around the False Creek Community Centre. These free, public events are an opportunity to meet neighbours, learn about the area’s history, and create vibrant installations that will hang throughout the community centre. All are welcome to join – keep an eye out for the colourful tent.
Sylvan will also be accepting donations of old sheets and fabric. Bring your own linens.
Jimmy Joseph and Lisa G
Marpole Oakridge Community Centre
Join artists Jimmy Joseph and Lisa G to co-create a community art panel that will be displayed in the Marpole Oakridge Community Centre. Everyone is welcome to help design, paint, and document this centerpiece artwork during regular weekly workshops from April to August 2022.
Master Carver, Jimmy Joseph, is Kwagiulth from Alert Bay. He is a fourth generation carver. He's been carving professionally for over 40 years. He lives a traditional lifestyle of hunting, fishing, and attending potlatches. He's also an active member of the Native American Church. Jimmy is a residential school survivor. He gave up drinking when he began carving, and never picked it up again.
Lisa G is a member of the Iris Film Collective, which currently works out of the Burrardview Fieldhouse (as part of the Park Board Fieldhouse program). She has been conducting community-led filmmaking workshops since 2005, such as the Our World program, which visits remote Indigenous communities across Canada and provides opportunities to create community directed short films.
These workshops will create a three-panel carved and painted artwork with a corresponding documentary short film sharing how it was made.
Bracken Hanuse Corlett
Raycam Community Centre
Explore the history of the Raycam building and the space that surrounds it with interdisciplinary artist Bracken Hanuse Corlett who hails from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations. Unveil neighbourhood history with community members and create art that speaks to the future plans for the community.
Learning that the formation of RayCam was a grassroots response to the railway has piqued Bracken’s interest in working with community to create work that speaks back to the railways history and imposition on the land.
Bracken will facilitate workshops to create art that includes digital design, animation, performance, and projection mapping that will be shown both inside and outside of the centre.