Artists in Communities program

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.

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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.

2023 residencies

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, mobilise calls to action, and share artistically with one another.

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Photo: Sophia Sosa and Josh Cameron, photo credit: Nic Latulippe

Nathaniel Marchand Nathaniel Marchand at Create! Arts Festival

Trout Lake Community Centre

Trout Lake and John Hendry Park represent a unique social ecology connecting an urban wildlife habitat, a popular recreation space, and the multicultural community that uses it. Artist-in-residence Nathaniel Marchand will offer a variety of public interactions and workshops to highlight and celebrate these connective eco-social threads.

Open to all, explorations with natural ink making, storytelling, mask-making, land stewardship, and site specific installations invite the community, in its full diversity and identity, to deepen its awareness of the area's natural surroundings. Events will occur throughout the year, often aligning with Trout Lake Community Centre’s programming, such as Earth Day and the Lantern Festival.

Nathaniel Marchand (Métis / Franco-Ontarian / Mixed Settler) is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose practice investigates relationships to the land, ethnobotany, and the use of natural materials. An advocate for intergenerational and cross-cultural collaborations his workshops and activities integrate a hybrid of eco-arts and new media explorations. 

He holds a Certificate in Fine Arts from the Yukon School of Visual Arts and a BA in Communications and Video Production from Concordia University. 

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Photo: Nathaniel Marchand at Create! Arts Festival, photo credit: Wendy D

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