Lulu Series: David VertesiDavid Vertesi
Collaboration as Innovation
Thursday, March 9, 2017
7:00 pm | Richmond City Hall
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Once viewed as a form of vandalism, graffiti and underground street art has been gaining popularity as a legitimate art form around the globe over the past few decades, and today, street art is finding its place with mainstream audiences. In 2016, the Vancouver Mural Festival brought together thousands of onlookers, and in its first year, successfully mobilized more than 150 businesses, organizations and artists to work cooperatively to create a unique public celebration. In its first year, the festival commissioned a staggering 56 artists to create 53 new large-scale murals in the heart of Mount Pleasant over the period of one month. It galvanized local community members to come together, innovate and collaborate with each other in new ways. The result was a lively celebration of street culture that included music, interactive art exhibitions, community projects and even a marketplace.
Long after the summer festival ended, the legacy lives through the vibrantly painted building facades and dialogue that surrounds them. The festival uses street art as a catalyst for community-building and a way to address a variety of civic issues including public art policy, environmental policy, reconciliation, Coast Salish history and culture, artistic censorship, diversity, cost of living and the need for culturally sustainable development practices.
David Vertesi is the co-founder of Create Vancouver, a non-profit society that aims to change the way art is seen in the city. As Executive Director of the society’s flagship event, the Vancouver Mural Festival, he oversaw its launch and inaugural year. David has spent the last 10 years making a name for himself as a versatile contributor to the Canadian music industry. A founding member of Vancouver’s Juno-nominated indie pop band, Hey Ocean, he has also worn the hat of producer, artist manager and community advocate. In 2011, he founded the annual event #SingItFwd raising more than $200,000 for youth music programs in the downtown eastside and garnering a YMCA Power of Peace Award.
This talk will be preceded by a short performance by SHAMIK, a Vancouver-based beatboxer and producer. Shamik has toured internationally, sharing the stage with artists such as Tegan & Sara, Method Man & Redman, Bassnectar, Tanya Tagaq, Q-Bert, Flo Rida, Girl Talk and George Benson. He is the founder of the deep and ambient digital label, Sensing Waves, and one half of the duo Too Attached.