This week we finished the install of the project Here & There. This year long project has artist Pat Beaton and intern artist Zee Kesler working with Sunset community members to represent the past and present of this neighbourhood. The project is installed in an are where 2 other community engaged art pieces located. The whimsical face piece was facilitated by artist Elizabeth mackenzie during the summer fine arts camp Creative remix. While the mapping piece, Community Texture, hung in the window was faciltated by artist Barbara Meneley. We are delighted with the connection between the 3 diverse projects.
This week we began the install of the community engaged arts project Here & There which artist Pat Beaton has been faciltiating since April 2010. Below are images from the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre and the Sunset RinkMoberly Arts & Cultural Centre
One of the iniaitives that leads up to International Women's Day is a series of workshops for community members to create their own poster celebrating significant women in their own lives. We had the pleasure of working with a group of grade 7 girls from Moberly School who not only created a poster, but had the good fortune of a visit from one of this years Remarkable Women, Poonam Sandu. Poonam generously spent time with us and shared the story about how she and her sister created a significant contribution to the stewardship of Vancouver through a recycle program at large special events:
Vancouver sisters Preet Bal and Poonam Sandhu have been knee deep in recyclable containers for the last three years. In 2008, the pair started a pilot project to divert waste generated from the annual Vaisakhi parades in Vancouver and Surrey. These parades, which are attended by up to 100,000 people, are well known for the free food that is distributed, including bottled water, juice and pop. Due to the sheer size of the event and lack of appropriate receptacles, historically many recyclables were discarded into garbage bags.
In 2008, with a dozen blue bins and less than a dozen volunteers in tow, Preet and Poonam set up recycling stations along small sections of the parade route. Each recycling bin was staffed by a volunteer, highlighted with bilingual signage (English and Punjabi), and monitored closely to prevent contamination. The bin started as a foreign entity, but quickly became a welcome addition, saving 200 containers per hour from going to the landfill. Subsequent years have seen the pilot project successfully grow with the support of the City of Vancouver, City of Surrey, Metro Vancouver, the respective temples hosting the parades, and an increasing force of green-minded volunteers and citizens.
A partnership with the Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra had Khac Chi Bamboo Music perform for 90 school children from Trudeau Elementary this month. Khac Chi Bamboo Music is 2 person ensemble with Chi Khac and Bic Ngoc who are incredibly talented Vietnamese musicians that have won the hearts of audiences in 24 countries all over the globe. Showcasing rare and unique musical instruments made out of bamboo, Khac Chi performed the haunting melodies of Dan Bau, a one-string zither from northern Vietnam, the Koni which has resonation chamber is a player's mouth, taking all of us on an adventure in sound.
Contemporary Dancer and movement analyst, Donna Redlick bringing this intention to a group of seniors and older adults over the next 3 months.
"I dance to discover what connects us beyond any spoken language can describe. It is through these movement experiences that I begin to understand that we are not alone and that maybe the intangible is tangible..."
Seniors created and danced 'where they came from'.
We are a community arts centre that provides a place for intercultural connections, a gathering place for the community and an opportunity for all to experience the arts in programs, events and performances.