Downtown Eastside Sacred Circle Society Survivor’s Totem Pole (Phase 4): Final Carving, Community Painting & Witnessing Ceremony
The Survivor’s Totem Pole is a multi-year grassroots community art and action project paying tribute to Salish Nations and Urban Aboriginal people impacted by racism and other forms of exclusion. This final phase, in close partnership with the City and all three local First Nations, will be an unforgettable event. Haida carver Skundaal, the only female carver who apprenticed with Bill Reid, will complete the pole carving and make gifts for the Nov 5, 2016 Pole Raising Ceremony at Pigeon Park with street involved youth; she will paint the pole with already engaged DTES heritage communities (Japanese, Chinese, First Nations); and, host a witnessing ceremony for local chiefs, elders and special guests.
Positive Living BC Raise the Rates: We Can’t Afford Poverty
We Can’t Afford Poverty is a participatory project that highlights the widening gap between rich and poor through community-driven art. A host of community partners and local artists Sharon Kravitz, Murray Bush, Diane Wood, and Tamara Herman will collaborate to shine a light on the human face of the issue and take action through art. They will facilitate workshops to create: a community quilt that reflects experiences of being on welfare or disability; a video speakers’ corner where participants can tell their stories; artwork by local children visualizing their lives and hopes, and; poster-making. The art will be available to local venues and promoted online through videos, posters, memes, and social media.
Association of United Ukrainian Canadians Mriyaty: A Ukrainian-Canadian Dream
Mriyaty is a multidisciplinary theatre/dance work focused on rituals and customs in the larger context of history and cultural identity informed by Ukrainian dance and folklore. By melding cross-cultural and contemporary movement, and bringing professional artists to work closely with community members, the project will open the doors of the historic Ukrainian Hall and its cultural practice to the wider community. Mriyaty will be a chance for diverse participants to develop new skills and for the AUUC to develop its unique artistic voice.
Theatre Terrific The Hidden Stories Project
In partnership with Aboriginal Front Door Society, Theatre Terrific will collaboratively develop, produce, and perform The Hidden Stories Project as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival and the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival. The project will bring together members of the Indigenous community and people who live with a disability to build artistic skills, create ritual structure with guidance from an Elder, and enter into a creative process with the goal of increasing understanding of shared struggle and humanity.
Environmental Youth Alliance Connect the Plots: Wild Mind
Environmental Youth Alliance’s on-going re-wilding project of the southeast corner of the Strathcona Community Garden will invite collaborating artists from the Theatre on Earth Collective to join with community work parties and offer theatrical workshops. Theatre on Earth will then create a performance inspired by the process of re-wilding an urban area with a core group of community participants. The performance will be presented at the Strathcona Community Garden’s Fall Fair.
Thursdays Writing Collective Sustain and Nourish: Thursdays Writing Collective on Food
Sustain and Nourish will investigate the connection between literature and food considering ideas related to neighbourhood-specific issues. Community writers will create and present new work in response to research, field trips, guest authors, and through food-related Social Creation Nights at local restaurants. Working closely with lead artist, former Vancouver poet laureate Rachel Rose, participants with hold public readings at the Vancouver Food Bank, the Heart of the City Festival, and publish an anthology.
Strathcona Community Centre Association Take My Word For It
Take My Word For It is a series of spoken word workshops with youth resulting in the creation of a CD and community CD release event. Working with Ronnie Harris of Ostwelve, an established spoken word artist, youth at four identified sites (Strathcona CC., RayCam, Hastings CC and Britannia/VPL) will be mentored in the art of spoken word and in building a “voice” to comment on issues affecting their lives.
Raincity Housing and Support Society Hooker Monologues
The Hooker Monologues will create and stage an original theatrical production featuring the voices of people of all genders and social locations, including their allies, as they share a myriad of experience in and about the sex industry. Working closely with director Mindy Parfitt, author Maggie deVries, and advocate Raven Bowen, the production staged a workshop for a Raincity audience in June 2015 and opened in March 2016 at the Firehall Theatre.
Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver Underwater Chinatown: Digital Stories
Underwater Chinatown: Digital Stories includes a set of three 5-week, artist-facilitated community digital storytelling workshops focused on the space and the subaltern histories of Vancouver’s Chinatown. Participants in these workshops learned basic skills for creating their own PodPlay (site-specific audio play). Read coverage of the project by The Source: Forum of Diversity Completed works are available on soundcloud.
Jacob’s Well Nest Community Mural
Jacob’s Well, in collaboration with Mission Possible and Servants, facilitated the creation of a large outdoor mural on the wall space of the Mikado Martial Arts Supplies Building at 701 East Hastings St. The intent of the project was to encourage community participation, beautify the neighbourhood, create employment, discover leaders within the community and guide them in leading volunteers to carry out the project. The design process was led by artists Jenny Hawkinson and Cara Bain and was largely determined through community workshops at Jacob’s Well. The beautiful finished mural depicts cherry blossoms transforming into birds flying toward a nest. Check out Jacob’s Well’s video of the mural creation process.
RainCity Housing and Support Society Much Ado about SOMETHING!
Raising awareness about homelessness through community theatre.
For Homelessness Action Week 2014, RainCity Housing has partnered with the City of Vancouver, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver and local artist, actress and director Luisa Jojic on an exciting theatre project to stimulate dialogue and new understandings around issues of homelessness. Under Jojic’s direction and guidance, a diverse group of participants have developed an original script together, using Shakespearean text as a foundation for addressing issues related to home, community, identity and belonging. We are very excited about the coming together of individuals – folks who are vulnerably housed, formerly homeless or homeless, and those with a higher income and have housing – in order to create, produce and act in ‘Much Ado about Something’! http://www.raincityhousing.org/
eartHand Gleaners Society Urban Cloth Project
Collaborating with Environmental Youth Alliance, Moparrc, and Hastings Folk Garden Society.
The project weaves together First Nations gathering traditions, early settler agricultural methods and contemporary environmental practices through shared investigations for urban cloth production. Terroir means a sense of place, and as such the project, led by artists Sharon Kallis, Tracy Williams, and Mirae Rosner, will facilitate community connection with the land. It will involve DTES residents in processing flax and milkweed crop at Hastings Urban Farm; processing the plants into spun fibre that will be dyed with pollinator plant green waste from the farm; and waxing the fibre with beeswax from the neighbouring rooftop hives. The waxed linen thread will be knit and crocheted into markers that will show pollinator corridors in the Downtown Eastside. Meanwhile, dance workshops will lead to the creation of choreography that celebrates agricultural rhythms and is based on the fibre processing movements. The dance performance will be a part of the final multidisciplinary celebration/performance at Hastings Urban Farm in spring 2015. http://earthand.com/
2013 and earlier
The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre Connecting our Voices
This project connects professional artist mentors with participating women of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre to create in a variety of artistic media, culminating in an participant-led multimedia arts show to be displayed at local galleries. Both Aboriginal and Chinese traditional artistic and crafting practices will be featured in the work to reflect the backgrounds of the women at the Centre, and artists will look for commonalities between the cultural practices throughout the work. The professional artist-mentors are First Nations artists Christine MacKenzie, Chrystal Sparrow, and Anastasia Belokopitov.
Strathcona Community Centre Meeting on Common Ground
A multicultural and intergenerational theatre-based project for seniors and youth, its purpose is to promote community engagement, foster cultural exchange, and enhance the health and well-being of both seniors and youth. Two professional theatre artists, Sharon Bayly and Maggie Winston, with the help of an English-Chinese translator, will work with participants through the stages of story exchange, creative process, show building (including puppet and costume making), and public performance.
The Only Animal Out On A Limb
This project is an intergenerational collaboration of storytelling workshops, public presentations, and online archives on the theme of growing up and growing older. The project involves diverse participants including both DTES and non-DTES residents. Elements of the project include facilitated storytelling workshops with master storyteller David Roche, public Out On A Limb events in partnership with the 2013 Heart of the City Festival, and screenings of digital stories on the outside wall of the Portland Hotel.
Vancouver Moving Theatre Bread and Salt
This project is performed by a multi-generational cast of over sixty professional and community actors, singers, dancers and musicians. Inspired by stories and memories from the East End’s historic Ukrainian community, this 85th Anniversary tribute interweaves oral history with live theatre and music, haunting choral singing and the driving rhythms of Ukrainian dance.