I would like to encourage support of our Youth, and Students in the Arts, particularly in Film and Media. Vancouver is termed "Hollywood North", and yet there is limited funding and support for initiatives in this area. Imagine if Kevin Smith, who produced "Clerks", and his blockbuster sequels, after dropping out of Vancouver Film School, had received some support that allowed him to keep his production local. Vancouver would have reaped the benefits, as would any supporter, with their logo on the film at the festivals.
It's good business, and good for our community.
This is not a mandate, but a hope, a dream..
We'd love to see more support for local community and professional grassroots theatre so we can continue to support our artists, actors, musicians, writers, playwrights, tech folk and all involved... No More Cuts please!
Over the last month I have been tending a whole caboodle of seed starts for the spring fling. What I've learned so far is how to make newspaper pots for seedlings, that I should have started many of the seedlings a lot sooner and I may invest in some grow lamps for the fall.
The False Creek Watershed Society presents the 5th annual:
> SALMON CELEBRATION
> "Remembering Our History, Celebrating the Living"
> The 5th annual "Salmon Celebration" will take place on BC Rivers Day,
> Sept 28th 2008 in Vanier Park, near the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
> 12PM - 430 PM, Parade begins at 1:00
I've been working in the arts for over 10 years now and volunteering for a small literary magazine for 7. I am often frustrated by the fact that it so difficult to sustain the publication. We subsist on grants and volunteer efforts, and we publish new Canadian female authors. For many of them, it's their first big break, and many of the people we have published over the years have gone on to hugely successful literary careers. But it's so difficult to develop a broader readership. Does no one value Canadian literature anymore? It's so difficult to get people to support the magazine by buying a subscription. I think we should all place more value on the arts!
Educating children, families and educators in the area of arts and environmental change based on recycling, reusing, sustainable living practices. Creating an outreach traveling to outlying communities to inspire more change through workshops, facilitation of community events, transformation of resources from "Junk to Jewels" (ie. beach debris to Mosaic Community Masterpieces.
build a sustainable, simple lifestyle and business that incorporates these ideals and introduces alternatives to children, families and educators in an outreach arts and ecology, veggie powered, yurt squatting, homeschooling, alternative educating softly nomadic, pragmatic vision of the future unfolding with hope.
About six months ago I started having regular meetings with local community organizer Andrea Curtis (Public Dreams, Car Free Commercial Drive, VeloFusion, etc.) about creating an affordable shared space for artists in our immediate community to meet, rehearse and develop new work.
The Vancouver Life Drawing Society, an unassuming non-profit arts organization, is moving soon to new premises – possibly to a storefront, for the first time in our 25 year history We look forward to a higher public profile and an expanded Gallery program.
This Society is a gem, offering life drawing and painting sessions seven days per week as it has for 364 days of every year since the early 1980’s. We are lucky to have this in Vancouver – some much bigger cities don’t have such a reliable structure to help visual artists practice a most fundamental discipline, figure drawing and painting. (Full disclosure – I am on the Board, and obviously am a big fan of the organization).