Engaging Artists in Community Program
|Harvest Moon Festival
Catrina Megumi Longmuir, 2017
|Great Blue Heron
Bryn Finer, Donald Gunn, 2018
The Engaging Artists in Community Program supports artists with socially oriented art practices who wish to work collaboratively within communities in Richmond. The program targets culturally diverse and multi-generational audiences and aims to foster cross-cultural exchange, inclusive community building and education on issues and topics of relevance to communities.
Community-based artworks can express a shared goal or theme and provoke dialogue on ideas related to cultural identity, social history or the environment. Artist projects can leave a physical or social legacy for the community and may include, but is not limited to public performances, sculptures, participatory art installations, hands-on art activities, workshops, exhibitions, digital media based artwork and other socially engaged art forms. Projects commissioned from this program provide community participants with a greater sense of self, identity, community and place through art-making experiences.
2020 Artist Projects
Victory Gardens for Diversity: Recipes or Community-Based Ecological Engagement
This year-long artist residency project at Terra Nova Rural Park is led by artist Lori Weidenhammer and supported by Lois Klassen, Crystal Lee, Jenn Pearson, Catherine Shapiro and Lori Snyder.
This project is inspired by the historical WWII Victory Gardens movement and popular slogans such as: ‘grow your own, can your own’, ‘grow vitamins at your kitchen door’, ‘make-do and mend’, and ‘use it up, wear it out, make it do’. The artist collective will present a variety of public engagement events throughout 2020,Victory Gardens Brochure
For more information about the project, please visit: www.victorygardensfordiversity.blogspot.com.
Thompson Community Centre Mural Project
Commissioned artists Popo and Lola (April dela Noche Milne and Dawn Lo) will be Popo and Lola engaging community members and users of the Thompson Community Centre through the spring to inform a mural artwork that will be installed near the North entrance of the centre. The artists plan to work on-site during the summer months, so you may be delightfully surprised the next time you visit or are in the neighbourhood at Thompson Community Centre. Follow the artists progress @popoandlola on Instagram and popoandlola.art.blog
Sandi Liang, Artist-In-Residence at West Richmond Community CentreHello Project
The “Hello!” project aims to activate the community centre's outdoor spaces as a learning and sharing platform to connect culturally diverse and multi-generational community members through art and storytelling. Follow the Hello! Project @hellowrcc on Instagram and learn about upcoming events on hellowrcc.wixsite.com.
Previous Engaging Artists in Community Projects
- Minoru Manifesto, Julie Hammond, 2019
- The Interpreter Project Wen Wen (Cherry) Lu, 2019
- Musqueam Artist-In-Residence Workshops, 2019
- Tide Water Tales, Artist Rendering Tales Collective Inc (ARTCI)
- Great Blue Heron, Bryn Finer and Donald Gunn, 2018
- FANFARE, Faith Moosang, 2018
- spART, Pierre Leichner, 2017
- Minoru Seniors Legacy Project, Catrina Megumi Longmuir, 2017
- Harvest Full Moon Project, Marina Szijarto, 2016
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