Community Engaged Art

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t EMMA Talks we are really interested in the ways in which an intentionally curated community based art event could actively transform conventional audience/speaker dynamics by enabling different kinds of engagement.  And we’re really interested in exploring the possibilities of collaborative art-making as a community response to important issues and ideas.

With support from the BC Arts Council and the City of Vancouver Cultural Services, we are able to commission community-engaged artists from diverse mediums to produce a collaborative art event that explores the themes of each talk.

We acknowledge that the strongest community-engaged art projects are sustained, long term projects that allow relationships to build over time.  We hope to inspire this type of engagement to embolden the audience’s overall experiences as well as aim to build a stronger and vibrant community surrounding the Talks over time.

We have held 6 amazing Community Engaged Art events along side our talks:

  1. The Thoughtful Photo Booth by community engaged artists: Sylvia McFadden and Vivienne McMaster
  2. Vanessa Richards led the audience in participatory song before and after Rebecca Solnit’s talk. (read more about this night)
  3. Tin Can Studio created an art engagement called Common Threads — which explored ‘connection; through the metaphor of thread through this participatory activity.
  4. We have been working this past year with Tin Can Studio as our artists in residence. see below for more details on the first two.
  5. “Playing Post-colonial – A Decolonizing Activity Book for the Woke and Weary,” which also included a giant size Sinulkay & Ladders board game! Design by Michelle Nahanee with Art by Paisley Nahanee. This is for Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Matriarchs event, Curated by Michelle Nahanee.

EXPLORE PROJECTS

27
Apr

Common Threads – Tin Can Studio

Tin Can Studio created an art engagement called Common Threads — which explored ‘connection; through the metaphor of thread through this participatory activity.
17
Feb

Participatory Song

The EMMA team collaborated with the brilliant and talented community engaged artist Vanessa Richards, who led the audience in participatory song before and after Rebecca...
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4
Nov

The Thoughtful Photo Booth

The Thoughtful Photobooth was facilitated by the wonderful community engaged artists, and photographers: Sylvia McFadden and Vivienne McMaster! Photos below are by the folks in...
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