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AHA MEDIA is very pleased to meet Roy Was Here Creative Studio at W2 Community Media Arts – 112 West Hastings in Vancouver

January 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Gillian, Josh and Friend of Roy Was Here Creative Studio

Website:
http://www.roywashere.ca

Roy Was Here/Roy Collective is comprised of artists, animators and designers from a variety of creative backgrounds. We offer creative solutions in a variety of different areas including: video, print + web design, animation, t-shirt design and screen printing.

We support non-profit organizations, believe in fair wages and diversity.

Our studio is located at:
112 West Hastings Street
W2 Perel Gallery Building, 2nd Floor
Vancouver, BC
V6B 1G8

Contact:
josh.roywashere@gmail.com
gillian.charlie.cole@gmail.com
ph. 778-552-0380

Please visit our online store:
http://roywashere.bigcartel.com/

http://www.twitter.com/RoyCollective

AHA MEDIA films at DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) NEW Art Space at 57 East Hastings in the LUX Hotel for ArtWalk Vancouver 2010 in Vancouver

January 30, 2010 1 comment

AHA MEDIA films at DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) NEW Art Space at 57 East Hastings in the LUX Hotel for ArtWalk Vancouver 2010 in Vancouver

http://www.DTESCAN.wordpress.com

Lani Russwurm, Coordinator of DTES CAN and April Smith of AHA MEDIA look through the new Art space to provide Downtown Eastside (DTES) artists a chance to participate in Artwalk Vancouver 2010. http://www.ArtWalkVancouver.ca/

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Below is a photo of Lani Russwurm, Coordinator of DTES CAN at the NEW Art Space at 57 East Hastings in the LUX Hotel in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES)

DTES CAN (DTES Community Arts Network)

http://www.DTESCAN.wordpress.com

Founded in 2003, DTES Community Arts Network brings together artists, residents, community agencies, and arts organizations to cultivate a vibrant and viable arts scene in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Few neighbourhoods make as much noise as Vancouvers Downtown Eastside (DTES). Although much of the attention it attracts focuses on drug addiction, mental health, and poverty, it is also one of the most creatively-inclined areas of the city, as seen in its street art, numerous art galleries, scores of artists, demonstrations, and even the unruly culture animating its streets and alleyways. While other neighbourhoods struggle to define themselves in a rapidly changing city, the DTES boasts a community that knows who it is and isnt afraid to express it. DTES Community Arts Network strives to channel this creative power to make positive change in the neighbourhood by cultivating a viable and vibrant community arts sector.

DTES Community Arts Network emerged out of the 2003 celebrations commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Carnegie Centre and the historic role of the DTES as the Heart of the City. It is a network of individuals and community and professional arts organizations working through the arts to contribute to the economic, social, and cultural renewal of the DTES. As intense redevelopment transforms the area, DTES CAN aims to strengthen the DTES as a healthy, artistically vibrant, and culturally rich community where people with predominantly low incomes and from diverse lifestyles, abilities, and financial means feel at home.

DTES CAN is committed to providing opportunities for Downtown Eastside residents to experience the arts as aspiring and practicing artists, audience members, as a means of personal and collective expression, and to advocate on issues affecting the community. Using a cluster organizational model to bring artists and residents together, DTES CAN encourages participation, builds capacity, and supports, renews, and builds arts and related projects in the community to foster cultural redevelopment.
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In this photo and video is Lani Russwurm of DTES CAN speaking with David Duprey and Rachel of Artwalk Vancouver 2010

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Below are photos of the spacious 2,000 sq feet NEW Art Space for DTES CAN artists to have their art displayed during Artwalk Vancouver 2010

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Below is a photo and video of Lani Russwurm, Coordinator of DTES CAN showing the New DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) Art space’s big Garage Door Access in the back

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Below is a photo and video of Lani Russwurm seeing the New DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) Art space from the back going towards the front of the space by the entrance door

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Below is a photo of Alvin Clayton of AHA MEDIA and one of his art pieces that will be in the displayed in New DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) Art space for Artwalk Vancouver 2010

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Below is a photo of  New DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) Art space for Artwalk Vancouver 2010 from the back with the lights off. (Please notice the shadows in the window from the street level)

AHA MEDIA films Make it Real Authenticating and protecting indigenous art forms in Vancouver DTES

January 29, 2010 Leave a comment
AHA MEDIA films a panel of Make it Real: Authenticating and protecting indigenous art forms at Indn Arts ‘n Action Make it Real show at Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts in Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
Conversations with people involved in the indigenous arts movement discussing the recognition, authenticating, and support of First Nations arts and crafts. Panelists include Pat Bruderer, who as worked on this issue for years, and guest keynote presenters working on behalf of Norval Morrisseau, including: Gabe Vadas (Weekan) who was Norvals agent for 20 years; Bryant Ross of Coghlan Art who continues to represent Norval for over 20 years; and Mark Anthony Jacobson.
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In this video, Gabe Vadas ( Weekan) who was Norval Morrisseau agent for 20 years speaks upon authenticity at Indn Arts ‘n Action Make it Real show at Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts in Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
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In this video, Mark Anthony Jacobson speaks upon Norval Morrisseau authenticity at Indn Arts ‘n Action Make it Real show at Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts in Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
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In the next photos and video, Bryant Ross of Coghlan Art makes Fake Norval Morrisseau painting into the TRUTH at Indn Arts ‘n Action Make it Real show at Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts in Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
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In this video, Mark Anthony Jacobson has a sacred healing circle after the demonstration of making a Fake Norval Morrisseau painting real at Indn Arts ‘n Action Make it Real show at Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts in Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
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All videos were filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

AHA MEDIA filmed Gina Waldman – Prominent Human Rights Activist, Chair of JIMENA speaking upon “Forgotten Jewish Refugees” in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday Jan 24, 2010

January 26, 2010 Leave a comment

On Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 – AHA MEDIA filmed Gina Waldman – Prominent Human Rights Activist, Chair of JIMENA speaking upon “Forgotten Jewish Refugees” in Vancouver, Canada

Regina Waldman, Chair of JIMENA http://www.jimena.org (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa), was recently on a Pacific region speaking tour, sponsored by the Canada-Israel Committee. http://www.cicweb.ca

While in Vancouver, Ms. Waldman shared her personal story about mistreated and under-represented Jewish refugees.

Gina Waldman’s bio from The David Project http://www.thedavidproject.org

Gina Waldman born in Libya to a family that had lived in the country for centuries. She was persecuted and nearly murdered while escaping during a brutal expulsion from her homeland in 1967. All her assets were confiscated. She was allowed to keep only twenty dollars, only because she was a Jew.

In the years following, Ms. Waldman has been a tireless advocate for refugees and human rights. Her accomplishments and credentials included the following:

In March 2008, she testified at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva about the Jewish refugees from Arab countries.

Using her personal story, Ms. Waldman sheds light on the unknown history of the Forgotten Refugees.

She recently testified before Congress on the plight of the nearly one-million Jews who were made refugees from the Arab countries. She speaks of how she grew up in a hate-filled country, including her own school. A teacher, whose class she observed, asked the children in an arithmetic lesson, “If you have ten Jews and kill five, how many do you have left?” “That,” said Gina, “was my first taste of hate.”

In 1992, Ms. Waldman was awarded the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award by the Human Rights Commission.

In July 2007, she testified for the Human Rights Caucus of the United States Congress as an expert witness.

Part of the Directorship of the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jewry, which helped win freedom for thousands, including dissident Anatoly Sharansky.

Worked closely with Russian Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Human Rights champion Andrei Sakharov.

Advocated against human rights abuses in Chile during the Pinochet Regime.

Worked to re-settle Bosnian Muslim refugees in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Co-founded and Chairs JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) to educate the public about the plight of the Jews from the Middle East and North Africa. http://www.jimena.org

JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa is a 501 (c) (3) organization that works on many fronts to educate and advocate for the forgotten Jewish refugees of the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to 1948, approximately 850,000 Jews lived in Muslim countries of the Middle East, North Africa, and the Persian Gulf. Today, 99 percent of these ancient Jewish communities no longer exist.

JIMENA seeks recognition for the nearly one million Jews indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa who were displaced from their country of origin.

JIMENA is dedicated to the preservation of Mizrahi and Sephardi culture and history.

JIMENA endeavors to address the existing gap in the historical narrative of the Middle East and North Africa by sharing the Mizrahi and Sephardi story of oppression, plight and displacement.
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Below is a photo of Daniel Schloss  Pacific Region Manager, Advocacy of the Canada-Israel Committee   http://www.cicweb.ca shows us the film “Forgotten Refugees” by The David Project & IsraTV

In this video is the beginning part from “Forgotten Jewish Refugees” the movie in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday Jan 24, 2010

In this video is the Peace and Justice storyline from “Forgotten Jewish Refugees” the movie in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday Jan 24, 2010

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In the next 6 videos, Jonathon Narvey and Gina Waldman speak about Forgotten Jewish Refugees in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday Jan 24, 2010

Jonathon Narvey: Principal Writer and Consultant http://www.writeimage.ca http://www.jnarvey.com

Gina Waldman: Prominent human rights activist, Chair of JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) http://www.jimena.org

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In this video, Randi Winter, Jonathon Narvey, Gina Waldman, Daniel Schloss speaking on traditional clothing of Forgotten Jewish Refugees in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday Jan 24, 2010

Gina Waldman: Prominent human rights activist, Chair of JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) http://www.jimena.org

Randi Winter: Director and Travel Specialist in Inspired Pursuits http://www.passionatetravel.org

Daniel Schloss: Canada-Israel Committee – Position: Pacific Region Manager, Advocacy http://www.cicweb.ca

Jonathon Narvey Principal Writer and Consultant http://www.writeimage.ca http://www.jnarvey.com

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In the next 2 videos, Randi Winter and Gina Waldman speaking on Forgotten Jewish Refugees in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday Jan 24, 2010

In this video, Daniel Schloss, Gina Waldman with Randi Winter speaking on Forgotten Jewish Refugees in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday Jan 24, 2010

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All videos  were  filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

AHA MEDIA is pleased to help announce W2 Culture + Media House plans for Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

January 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Hello!

Here’s a way to participate in February’s massive culture and media party coming to town! Your W2 crew has been gearing up for months and now is inviting you to play an active part in delivering a 24/7 party as we get set to LAUNCH W2!!

We have rented a 4-story 1903 heritage building across the street from Woodward’s as we wait for the construction to be completed. We have designed a month-long happening that celebrates Vancouver’s subcultures and unique creative scenes, and will service a few hundred local and international journalists and bloggers. There’s going to be plenty of things going on in Vancouver – but none will be as diverse on a daily basis, be both hyper-local and global, open for as long, and be quite as hip as W2 ;)

W2 is attracting a lot of media attention with the front cover of this week’s Westender http://www.westender.com/articles/entry/new-media-centre-seeks-to-democratize-olympic-coverage/news-and-views/, CTV, CBC, Rabble.ca, Vancouver Observer, Vancouver Sun, Globe & Mail, and across the country with Canadian Press. We haven’t even issued a press release and the buzz is growing!

W2 Culture+ Media House is currently recruiting volunteers for the month to support & contribute to our daily operations including Broadcast, Communications, Security, Cafe, Guest Services, Operations and Technical.

The Deets
W2 is a much-anticipated community media arts facility opening this spring and summer at the landmark Woodward’s redevelopment in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Five years in the planning, in late April we will open the W2 Cafe, and in the summer will open spaces for a community TV and radio station, media labs and community meeting spaces. here’s a pic from this week:http://www.creativetechnology.org/photo/w2-cafe-woodwards-atrium

As the world arrives for the Olympics, and with construction delays with the Woodward’s heritage building, we decided to operate across the street as the W2 Culture + Media House. This is a 13,000sq ft social media and arts hub hosting 300-500 journalists, bloggers, and artists from February 1-28, 2010. It’s the media centre for folks who can’t get accredited by VANOC at the Trade & Convention Centre or by the BC government at the Robson Square BCIMC.

Our temporary location at 112 West Hastings will be transformed into a 24 hour/day space for independent local & international journalists and bloggers to share their perspectives on the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver with the world. It will also include a free public access cultural space exhibitions during the day with morning press briefings, workshops and conferences, and transformed at night to present a cross-section of Vancouver’s diverse culture scenes for live ticketed receptions and events.

Every night something new: African Dance Party, Bikes Inside, Hot One Inch Action, Abandon Normal Devices Conference (with Liverpool), visual arts exhibits, DJ parties, workshops, screenings, and the Feb 22 Fresh Media Olympics conference. About 40 events in 28 days! Our building will also be transformed by visiting Quebec artist Isabelle Hayeur from Jan 29 to Feb 28 with her installation ‘Fire with Fire.’

As a community-based project, we rely almost entirely on volunteer staff contributions to build this legacy project for the DTES at Woodward’s – and we invite contributions of creativity and labour to make the W2 Culture + Media House happen.

Being a part of W2′s major cultural happening during this historic event for Vancouver is a guaranteed exciting, challenging and rewarding experience. Volunteers will gain serious hands-on experience in festival, media, and event production – it’s great for your resume, making friends, and building skills. You can be in the middle of W2′s mix of high-profile international and local lineup of artists, DJs, academics, journalists and bloggers all month long. We are going to make this happen because of the intelligent, caring and creative people that are our 650 W2 Facebook Fans, and 800 members of our W2 online community. If you haven’t joined, it takes 30 seconds here:http://www.creativetechnology.org/main/authorization/signUp?

We encourage people to get involved with whatever time you may have to advance our growing organization in our Downtown Eastside neighbourhood! Volunteer GuideDownload our Volunteer Guide pdf for a list of available teams & positions by clicking on this link:http://api.ning.com/files/BJUvwhVsn0HptZpUHRlmH0sFFrBcN-iRj8osf2VEnEDb2XIVeEr10NOs5WkX7qFud7y-Xf*D6MqW*ueB6iDMJqVGIoOCfv-G/W2mediaHouseVolunteerGuide.pdf

How to Sign Up
Then please sign up online to get into our contributor/volunteer database. Real easy here:http://www.creativetechnology.org/page/volunteer-intern

Volunteer Orientation
Attend one of our orientation sessions to become more familiar with W2, available positions and what’s entailed. Upcoming orientation sessions (@112 W. Hastings) will feature an overview and then small break-out groups for each team. Pick any of these:
• Saturday, January 23rd 4pm – 6pm (sorry for short notice)
• Wednesday, January 27th 4pm – 6pm
• Saturday, January 30th 4pm – 6pm
More orientation sessions to be scheduled. Will keep you posted.

Host a visiting artist!
With Vancouver hotel rooms at $300, we are also looking for our W2 members and friends to host our international artists, so if you have a spare room, bed, or couch, please register on our billeting form:http://www.creativetechnology.org/page/billet-1 We really appreciate you considering that role as well. Make your Olympic month even more interesting by building a personal connection to a W2 artist from the UK, Netherlands, Quebec, or USA.

Conclusions…
OK, that’s it for our requests for participation for our W2 Culture + Media House! Join our Facebook group – instead relying on you to participate at your own pace in our online community. But you will have noticed that in fact we did ask you to help W2 for the long term.

In case you haven’t yet, take a minute to sign our letter to the CRTChttp://www.openmedia.ca/action to break the stranglehold SHAW has on community access TV in Canada, so W2 can access funding for our community TV station.

Some concluding programming notes… We are featuring a beautiful exhibition in the gallery by Jeremy Crowle which we invite you to visit before February 6.http://www.creativetechnology.org/xn/detail/2128459:Event:26186http://www.creativetechnology.org/photo/jercrowlew20623-1?context=featured

If you want to party at W2 this weekend, Alex Kwan and crew are launching their third issue of online magazine Public on Saturday night, 8pm, event details here:http://www.creativetechnology.org/events/public-launch-party

You can also follow us at http://twitter.com/W2Woodwards

Cheers from us:

Hywel Tuscano, Project Coordinator
Lianne Payne, Administrative Director
Irwin Oostindie, Executive Director

and our W2 Board and Bladerunners crew.

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