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Profile Highlight: Instruments of Change (Vancouver)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

“Through Instruments of Change’s arts-based community development projects, which serve schools, hospices, shelters, community centres and prisons, they create synergetic experiences that give both their facilitating artists and their participants a means of expression to find their authentic voice using a variety of artistic modes.

Our objectives are:
-To bring music and art to the broadest possible demographic, allowing people the chance to experience, make and do art themselves.
-To connect and impact the creators and audience of our art by enabling participants to become agents of change in their own lives through the act of collective art making.
-To advocate for the value of the arts by illustrating their broad-reaching benefits through our projects, performances, and stories.
-To create a sustainable organization, using diversified funding strategies and by developing numerous community partnerships.”

To read more about Instruments of Change, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Artists: Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (Community Arts Council of Vancouver)


“Attention artists who practice outside the mainstream – this festival is for YOU!

The Community Arts Council of Vancouver is very excited to share that we will be hosting the first-ever Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival, August 11-12, 2017.

Once known as Art Brut, Outsider Art refers to the work of any artist who has little or no contact with the mainstream art world, often including low-income, visionary, folk, and aboriginal artists, and artists with mental health diagnoses.

Major cities around the world hold outsider art fairs and festivals, and the CACV team feels that Vancouver outsider artists are ready to join them on the global stage.

We are seeking applications for this first-ever festival by mail or by email until May 1, 2017.

We are proud to say that 100% of sales from this festival will go to exhibiting artists, and performing artists will receive fees for showcasing their work.

Artists facing visible or invisible barriers are invited to apply.

Organizations working with socially excluded artists are encouraged to contact us about group exhibition space.

Application requirements include a 500-word description about you, your practice, and how you view yourself as an artist. There are also specific requirements for the two artist categories: visual artists and performing artists.

CACV will also be hosting four outreach workshops to provide guidance to artists about their applications.

Click here to view the full details about the festival, the outreach workshops, and the application requirements.”

-from CACV website
Read Community Arts Council of Vancouver’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Call for Tenants: BC Artscape at the Sun Wah Centre (Vancouver)


bcartscape-logoBC Artscape is excited to launch the Call for Tenants for BC Artscape at the Sun Wah Centre at 268 Keefer Street.

The Call for Tenants explains explains how professional artists, not-for profit arts, cultural and community organizations, and community groups can apply to rent  at the BC Artscape space at 268 Keefer Street. BC Artscape is offering units on the lower level, 3rd floor and 4th floor for, but not limited to: production, exhibition, education, social service provision, programming and administrative space. BC Artscape will also have the rooftop available for programming and parking. Occupancy is expected for October 2017. 

For those that submitted an Expression of Interest, the Call for Tenants process will confirm your interest and ideas.

For new applicants, the Call for Tenants application confirms the amount of space you need, what you want to do in the space, and what you need to make that happen.

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 24th at 3PM. BC Artscape’s goal is to inform applicants by March 31st if they have been selected as tenants, and have lease agreements signed by May 15th, 2017.

Read the Call for Tenants document & submit your application!

Chinese version of the Call for Tenants document

Please visit for more information.”

-from BC Artscape newsletter and website

Call for Expressions of Interest: BC Artscape space in DTES Vancouver


Need Space for Creativity? 

BC Artscape is currently seeking expressions of interest from individual artists, arts groups, and not-for-profit arts, cultural and community organizations who see themselves as potential Tenants or Program Providers for 268 Keefer Street. We would like to understand your space needs, the scope of your operations and programming, and the ways in which you anticipate contributing to the Chinatown community.”

Deadline for Responses for 268 Keefer is December 23rd!

BC Artscape’s first project in Vancouver is a community cultural hub in Chinatown. We are leasing approximately 48,000 square feet of vacant space at the Sun Wah Centre at 268 Keefer Street. Our plan for the space is a dynamic, multi-tenant creative hub that meets the need of artists and cultural organizations and responds to the unique neighbourhood around 268 Keefer Street.

Chinatown has a rich tangible and intangible heritage articulated in its buildings, businesses, cultural activities, artists and organizations. Chinatown and the surrounding Downtown East Side (DTES) neighbourhoods are undergoing tremendous change that threatens the existing character and sense of place. Our goal is to provide a platform for the arts that complements the existing cultural assets and organizations, and supports the evolving cultural fabric.

Join Us! We are looking for Tenants and Partners

Opening in October 2017, we’re looking for partners now to help inform the project vision, design, and operation of the space and potential tenancies.

We want to hear from partners within the local community, as well as artists, and arts,cultural and community organizations from across Vancouver’s arts community who are looking for space or to provide programs.”

For more information and applications, please visit BC Artscape’s website

-from BC Artscape newsletter and website

Youth Engagement Project: Mine (Vancouver)


“Time: Fridays 4pm-5:30pm
Dates: January 20 – March 10
Place: Trout Lake Community Centre
Cost: FREE with snacks provided

The program will be co-facilitated by Kelly McInnes and Rianne Svelnis with live music by Alex Mah. It is intended for youth ages 14-18 who are interested in dance, performance, music, theatre, story-telling, textiles and visual art! The workshop will be a collaborative creation process focusing on Kelly’s project ‘mine’, which is an interactive, multi-disciplinary work that uses a large collection of second-hand clothing to create imagery and stories surrounding our experience of consumption, materialism, and identity. It explores fast fashion, body image, history and memory, using clothing as the common thread between us.

More about the facilitators:

Kelly McInnes is a Vancouver based dance artist whose intention with her work is to magnify, comment on and create dialogue around, important socio-political issues within our society. Kelly’s work is often multi-disciplinary and includes long duration, installation, community engagement and guerrilla performance.

Rianne Svelnis is a Vancouver-based dance and recent graduate of the Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program. She celebrates dance as a primal language of expression; sacred, playful, political and transformative.”

-submitted by Deborah Gordon

Heart of the City Festival (Downtown Eastside Vancouver)


13th Annual Downtown Eastside
Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday October 26 to Sunday November 6, 2016

Over 100 events at over 40 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside

“Welcome to the 13th Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival and twelve days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken word, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, public art, mixed media, art talks, history talks and history walks.

The theme of this year’s Festival, Living on Shared Territorypays tribute to the Downtown Eastside’s founding peoples, cultures and diverse neighbourhoods as we live, learn and create together on unceded Coast Salish territories under the long shadow of our colonial past and present.

A special feature this year is the installation of the 27 ft. Survivors Totem Pole in Pigeon Park at Hastings and Carrall. This grass roots initiative led by Sacred Circle Society, in the words of carver Skundaal Bernie Williams (Haida/Coast Salish), “honours the many people who have arrived and lived in the Downtown Eastside as survivors”.

Other Festival highlights include:

Realms of Refuge, a participatory evolving gallery project produced in partnership with Jumblies Theatre (Ontario) that brings to life miniature worlds and explores different ways we find refuge in the places where we live; Metamorphose, a community-engaged dance production and premiere by Karen Jamieson Dance and the Carnegie Dance Troupe that explores transformation, creation and imagination through dance; Richard Tetrault’s stunning and dynamic three-piece mural/banner (11.5’high x18’wide) featuring local activists and artists past and present.”

For more information on the Heart of the City Festival, please visit!

-from Heart of the City Festival’s website

#callresponse – to support the work of Indigenous North American women and artists (Oct 28 – Dec 10, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver)


“grunt gallery presents a new exhibition titled #callresponse featuring a remarkable lineup of artists, performers, and curators.

OPENING RECEPTION: October 28, 7 PM – 10 PM
EXHIBITION: October 29 – December 10, 2016
LOCATION: grunt gallery #116 – 350 East 2 Avenue, Vancouver BC

Christi Belcourt | Maria Hupfield | Ursula Johnson | Tania Willard | Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory

Isaac Murdoch | Esther Neff & IV Castellanos | Cheryl L’Hirondelle | Marcia Crosby | Tanya Tagaq

Tarah Hogue | Maria Hupfield | Tania Willard
in partnership with grunt gallery


1 – 4 PM: Maria Hupfield, IV Castellanos and Esther Neff
Location: Motion Capture Studio, ECUAD (Room 285e, 1399 Johnston St, Granville Island)

4 – 7 PM: Ursula Johnson with Charlene Aleck, Audrey Siegl and Cease Wyss
Location: community park behind grunt gallery (E 5th Ave @ Brunswick)

8:30 PM: Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory and Tanya Tagaq
Location: Native Education College (285 E 5th Ave @ Scotia)

To support the work of Indigenous North American women and artists through local art commissions that incite dialogue and catalyze action between individuals, communities, territories and institutions. To stand together across sovereign territories as accomplices in awakened solidarity with all our relations both human and non.

To ground art in responsible action, value lived experience, and demonstrate ongoing commitment to accountability and community building. To respond to re/conciliation as a present day negotiation and the reconstruction of communities in the aftermath of colonial trauma.

ABOUT #callresponse

Strategically centering Indigenous women as vital presences across multiple platforms, #callresponse is a multifaceted project that includes a website, social media platform, touring exhibition and catalogue (forthcoming in 2017).

Five site-specific art commissions have been taking place across Canada and into the United States throughout 2016 in dialogue with various publics. The exhibition will include selected representations of each project. Each artist has invited a guest to respond to their work and these contributions will also be included in the exhibition.

Moving between specific sites, online space and grunt gallery, #callresponse focuses on forms of performance, process and translation. An online platform utilizing the hashtag #callresponse on social media (FacebookInstagramTwitter) connects the geographically diverse sites and provides opportunities for networked exchanges.

A dedicated project website includes artist statements, documentation, contributions from guest respondents, and integrated social media, including a series of interviews with the lead artists and their respondents on the Broken Boxes Podcast.

Use the hashtag #callresponse to get involved in the conversation!


#callresponse is produced in partnership with grunt gallery and generously supported by the {Re}conciliation initiative of the Canada Council for the Arts, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Additional funding support from the British Columbia Arts Council. Presentation partners include BUSH Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, FADO Performance Art Centre, Kamloops Art Gallery, OFFTA live art festival, the National Arts Centre, and the Native Education College.

-For more information and Artist bios, please visit
-RSVP to the Facebook event here.
-Watch a video teaser here.”

-from grunt gallery press release
Read grunt gallery’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Vancouver Mural Festival: 35+ new murals, music & community events, Aug. 20 (Vancouver)


“July 6, 2016 (Vancouver, BC) – Create Vancouver Society is excited to announce Vancouver Mural Festival on Saturday August 20, 2016. In partnership with The City of Vancouver, Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area and the Burrard Arts Foundation, the inaugural event is expecting close to 100,000 people to join in the celebration of 35+ brand new murals around Main Street in the Mount Pleasant and False Creek Flats communities. The ambitious initiative hopes to transform the way art is seen in the city and already garnered serious community support over the past year culminating in a $200,000 matching grant from the City of Vancouver’s Innovation Fund as part of Mayor Gregor Robertson’s Public Art Boost.

The VMF art exhibition will include 35+ artists installing murals throughout the festival, with international highlights including Kashink (France), Bicicleta Sem Freio (Brazil,) LowBros (Germany) and NeverCrew (Switzerland.) Additionally, renowned locals like Ola Volo, DEDOS, Tim Barnard, Andrew Young, and Corey Bulpitt will also be taking part. The festival’s largest single mural will be painted on the front of Hootsuite’s HQ by local legend Scott Sueme. Burrard Arts Foundation will host a gallery show of participating artists July 14-Aug 27. For more details visit:

The daytime programming will mean street closures along Main Street between 7th Ave and 12th Ave for performances, interactive art exhibits, community projects, markets and more. Thornton Park will also host a market, art installations and a lounge for festivalgoers to relax and take break from the sun. Music and art’s deep connection will be reinforced with 5 free outdoor stages, the two biggest being the famous Red Bull Tour Bus and the Truckstop Tailgate Party at the Red Truck Brewery on East 1st Ave.

Lastly, VMF is proud to launch their one-of-a-kind club music series, Underplay. Presented by 102.7 The PEAK, these evening shows will feature renowned artists playing intimate shows at Mount Pleasant’s top local venues like The Biltmore, The Fox Cabaret, and The Cobalt. The line-up includes Shad, Andrew WK, Hey Ocean!, Timber Timbre, Chapel Sound, Dralms, WILLA, and more.

To see a full list of artists and performers visit:”

Connect with Vancouver Mural Festival on Facebook.

Posted with permission from Jelissa Classics






Community Mural Painting Party (Native Education College & grunt gallery, Vancouver)


“grunt gallery and the Native Education College (NEC) have partnered together to create two new large-scale, full colour murals in celebration of the NEC’s 30th anniversary at their location in Mount Pleasant.

Mural #1 – Where the People Are Welcome, led by artist Marissa Nahanee (Squamish & Nisga’a) with Jerry Whitehead (Cree), will be painted on the west wall of the NEC’s Longhouse.

Mural #2 – Past and Presence, led by artists Corey Bulpitt (Haida), Sharifah Marsden (Anishinaabe) and Jerry Whitehead (Cree), will be painted on the east wall of the Tsimilano Building, an administrative building located next door to the NEC’s Longhouse.

Both murals recognize the history of the Native Education College and its location on unceded Coast Salish territories. The educational institution has become a meeting place where many First Nations, Inuit, and Métis as well as settler and immigrant students come together for sharing and learning that is grounded in Indigenous cultural knowledges. We honour the land that we call home, the people who have lived here for generations and this rich diversity of contemporary Indigenous existence in Vancouver and the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.

We’d like to invite YOU THE COMMUNITY to put on your painting clothes and come join us on Saturday, August 6 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm to GET PAINTING! No experience necessary.  Families and kids of all ages are welcome.

EVENT:               Community Mural Painting Party #1
:                 Saturday, August 6
TIME:                 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
LOCATION:       Native Education College, 285 East 5th Ave, Vancouver, V5T 1H2

FREE EVENT. Open to the public. Drinking water will be provided.

Drop by the NEC weekdays between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm to watch the artists at work as they prepare the walls for the big community painting party.

And stay tuned for information about Community Mural Painting Party #2 which will be held on August 20 in conjunction with the upcoming Vancouver Mural Festival.

Corey Bulpitt: aakeit Aaya or “Gifted Carver” Haida of the Naikun Raven clan was born in Prince Rupert BC in 1978. He is a great-great grandson of the famed Charles Edenshaw and Louis Collison. He is an avid painter, jeweler, wood and argillite carver who enjoys exploring different mediums such as spray paint, which he has used to create large-scale paintings involving urban youth in Vancouver. Through his study Corey creates functional pieces that can be used in the traditional context of song and dance.

Sharifah Marsden is an Anishnaabe artist from Mississauga’s of Scugog Island First Nation. Sharifah draws from her Anishnaabe roots and her knowledge of Woodlands art to create works that include everything from acrylic paintings, murals to beadwork and engraving. She graduated from the Native Education College, Northwest Coast Jeweller Arts program under established Haida/Kwakwaka’wakw artist, Dan Wallace. She has been focusing on her own career as an artist, creating jewellery and designing murals for a number of Vancouver’s non-profit organizations.

Marissa Nahanee is a Squamish and Nisga’a seminal visual artist and public speaker. Since childhood she has seen her father Latash paint and create space where people feel welcomed. Her first public mural is located at the Firehall Arts Centre called “Radius” and another with Greenpeace called “Perseverance.” A graduate of NEC’s Northwest Coast Art Jewellery Program, Nahanee is working with the United States Consulate on another mural project in Vancouver.

Jerry Whitehead is of Cree heritage from the James Smith First Nation in Saskatchewan. Art has been his lifelong passion. Today Jerry resides in Vancouver and he continues to paint within his community and abroad. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree – Indian Art (S.I.F.C) from the University of Regina in 1983. He then went on to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1987. You may view Jerry’s artistic projects at and see the various projects he has been involved with.

More info here:
Link to Vancouver Mural Festival:
Link to Facebook event:

-from grunt gallery press release
Read grunt gallery’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Love Line: Youth Art Exhibition w/LOVE BC & grunt gallery (July 5-9, Vancouver)


Leave Out Violence (LOVE BC) is an organization working with all youth, with a strong emphasis on supporting youth who experience multiple social and systemic barriers. LOVE brings together youth from different backgrounds and experiences and offers them creative tools to tell their stories, promote non-violence and practice healthy self-expression.

LOVE LINE showcases a collection of LOVE youth’s work and stories through photography, poetry, short films and mixed media. Through this work, LOVE youth are able to share their experiences with each other and form a strong, healthy peer community. The youth team named this exhibit LOVE LINES in recognition of the long-term connections that they built at LOVE.”

– from the grunt gallery newsletter (June 2016)
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Read LOVE BC’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map