Langara College Continuing Studies will run a new course this September on Public Art.
“This eight-week course is open to anyone with an interest in the commission and creation of public art. The course will cover the history, development, and placement of public art (including performance art) in public spaces. No artistic experience is required. You will work in teams to create proposals for a public art installation. More information: CS Public Art VSAR1109.”
The instructor is Michael Cox, a good friend of mine who also took Judith Marcuse’s course on Art and Social Change at SFU – the same class where Something Collective was born!
Finally completed the amazing video installation with Windermere, Nootka and the Vancouver Biennale’s Big Ideas project. This video explains how we mixed old media (Polaroids, Betamax, 35mm film, typewriters) with high schoolers from Windermere, elementary students from Nootka, and made a video installation at Kits Beach around the Echoes sculpture by Michel Goulet.
Thanks to Katherine Tong and Terry Howe at the Biennale, Laura Treloar and Damian William at Windermere, Hank Ferris at Nootka, Carmen Rosen and the Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors Centre for all the support!
(Got this by way of the Roundhouse Community Centre and Marie Lopes)
You are invited to:
CULTURE + COMMUNITY
Visioning Social Practice
Friday, November 30th, 2012
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC
This day aims to build an understanding of the current state of community engaged arts practice in Vancouver and to identify strategic directions for continued success into the future. It is presented by partners in community and culture: Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Faculty of Culture + Community and Continuing Studies), the City of Vancouver (Cultural Services and Park Board) and the Community Arts Council of Vancouver.
Le Continental XL, choreography by Sylvain Émard, a Sylvain Émard Danse and Festival TransAmériques co-production, co-presented by Quartier des spectacles. 200 amateur dancers took part in this line dancing extravaganza. Photo: Robert Etcheverry 2011.
“The Canada Council is launching a dialogue about how the arts bring value to the lives of Canadians and we invite you to join the conversation.
Read the discussion paper, Public Engagement in the Arts, on current thinking and practices in public engagement or check out Simon Brault’s blog post on ways Canadians can have rich artistic experiences. Then share your thoughts on how to become actively engaged in the arts. Tell us what public engagement in the arts means to you by posting comments on the blog, on our Facebook page or on Twitter at hashtag #artsandpublic.
This spring, Something Collective produced their first interactive theatre show for young audiences. Here’s a short preview!
Captain Creative Saves the Day is an arts advocacy performance that encourages kids not only to appreciate the value of art in community, but to take part and make art themselves! Look how much fun they had!
The show is about 45 minutes including a performance that leads to audience participation and a discussion / Q & A.
Today, after three days of installation, we finally finished our moss graffiti project on the walls of the Sunset Community Centre. This is one of the 5 components that are part of the We Are Here mapping project, and a result from the community engagement with the South Hill Education Centre and the Chaos Boys Club.
Today I also had the chance to share our experience with 47 kids ages 5 to 12 from the Day Camp that was held during the summer at Sunset.
It was an amazing experience to facilitate this process, work with these culturally diverse groups of people and participate in making their projects come to life.
Please come and visit Sunset Community Centre to see this moss graffiti project and spray the green living art work on the walls to keep it alive!
We are having a great time with the youth from the Chaos Boys Club that regularly meets at Sunset Community Centre. For the last two weeks we have been working on the development of the proposal for the moss graffiti project that is going to be installed on the north facing wall of the Sunset Community Centre.
After having a participatory process where the kids identified or “mapped” how their community has shaped them and how they are shaping it, including different cultural, social and environmental issues present in their neighbourhood, they split into small groups to start visually developing different proposals for their mural project.
We also had a photo shoot portrait session where they did their best pose trying to represent their different proposals.
There has been a debate in the media about the abrupt termination of the moss graffiti project I started on July 23rd with the art class group at the South Hill Education Centre, as one of the components of our We Are Here Community Mapping Project:
After having two inspiring sessions with the students, where the participants had the chance to identify or “map” different issues of their individual and collective concern present in their community/neighbourhood, along with a great photo-shoot session, the group agreed on presenting 5 different proposals that were intended to be installed in one of the walls of the Sunset Community Centre using the moss graffiti technique.
After presenting them during the second session, they concluded with one great proposal that included one of the portraits taken during the first session and a tag line or message reflecting on the common environmental issues addressed somehow in all the small group proposals pitched before: “How green are you?”
Even though the project was stopped before its completion, I would like to continue working with this amazing group of students that generated a very interesting moss graffiti mural proposal, and extend an open invitation to each one of the participants to complete this project outside their art class schedule and outside the South Hill art class curriculum.
I really value, respect the community art process the students already started and think their participation is very important until the full completion of the project they were invited to actively take part on.
On the morning of June 9th the rear windows of Sunset Community Centre’s foyer were transformed into an enormous glass canvas in celebration of the rich diversity and multiculturalism in the Sunset Neighbourhood. Patterning the Community was an interactive and collaborative window mural project with artist Juliana Bedoya that was based on patterns, images and markings that paid homage to our diverse ethnic backgrounds.
Using black ink, around 30 community members young and old contributed to this temporary decorative art installation. The window mural activity engaged community members to the point that some of them were very inspired and worked for a long period of time on their cultural patterns. These included Punjabi writing, the French fleur de lis, clouds, rain, Indian and Chinese symbols, Japanese flowers, Latin and African inspired geometric shapes, a Taiwanese boat, a Jewish star of David, the city of Vancouver, batman and other multicultural traces were left on the window panels.
People also had the chance to participate in the four activities facilitated by artist Laura Barron happening on the tables at the lobby that directed them to create each challenge with a different medium on a specific surface (ie. chalk on black construction paper; colored pencil on notecards) created an attractive and consistent aesthetic.