Artists in Communities program

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.

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2020-2021 residencies

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Artists in Communities residencies are extending into 2021.

Willoughby Arevelo and Isabelle Kirouac

Kitsilano Community Centre

Join the Art & Fungi Project, a living laboratory where everyone is invited to participate in fun activities and create artwork inspired by fungi and their many ecological roles that help to shape and connect our world.

This project is led by Willoughby Arevalo, a mycologist, visual artist, and kitchen wizard and Isabelle Kirouac, an interdisciplinary choreographer and movement educator. We will use our senses to connect with each other and with nature; walking, cooking, moving, drawing, writing, talking, mapping, gardening, playing, and much more. The land informs our bodies, and our bodies inform the land. We strive to emulate the fungi, whose mycelia create vast underground networks that interconnect beings across ecosystems to facilitate communication and exchange.

Through creating art that emerges from our encounters with fungal life, we strive to be active participants in our ecosystem, learning, listening, and responding to it.

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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.

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Lori Snyder and Laura Cisneros 

Hastings Community Centre

Build relationship to this land, and learn about Indigenous plants, foods, and medicines with Indigenous herbalist Lori Snyder and art historian and writer Laura Cisneros.

Through plant walks, art workshops, and gatherings we will explore the land around the Hastings Community Centre, New Brighton Beach (aka Khanahmoot) Hastings Community Park, and the Hasting Park Sanctuary.

Throughout the seasons participants will be invited to creatively investigate various plant life through painting, plant dyes, collage, photography, video, and poetry.

Learn which plants are Indigenous flora, which we can eat, make medicines, dyes, and tools with and which are simply enjoyed for their beauty. Preserve and expand this knowledge in collaboration and solidarity with different species, cultures and generations.

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