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Art Cart Launch “Art Cart” Takes Community Art to City Streets

March 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Art Cart Launch

“Art Cart” Takes Community Art to City Streets 

Fri Mar 23, 2012 – 11:00am Oppenheimer Park, 400 Powell Street (@ Jackson)

VANCOUVER BC, Coast Salish Territories – Gallery Gachet and Oppenheimer Park are cutting the ribbon on the Art Cart. This is a community red ribbon cutting, so please join us!

The Art Cart is a mobile art gallery and vending cart. With its light, aerodynamic design it is attached to a bicycle or pushed by hand, and features art by people facing barriers to accessing resources and space.

“Art Cart takes the ‘art gallery’ concept into the community at large,” says Lara Fitzgerald, Gallery Gachet’s Programming Director. “It can roam freely into neighbourhoods, encouraging the public to engage with art in new ways, while allowing emerging community artists to reach a wider audience.”

The Art Cart launch is timely. Artists and collectives continue to lose studios and gallery spaces to gentrification in the Downtown Eastside; Gallery Gachet itself may be losing its longtime home at the end of 2012. The Art Cart underlines the precarious existence of many artists, while celebrating community engagement with a vibrant local art movement. It will also serve as a roving hub for curated exhibitions, community workshops and public events.

“The launch of the Art Cart shows the determination of local organizations to serve the residents of the community, and to provide them with a imaginative and exciting mobile gallery,” says Terry Hunter, Artistic Producer of the DTES Heart of the City Festival. “This is community art in action. And dollars in pockets for low income residents. And community pride!”

The Art Cart is a collaboration between the Oppenheimer Park community and Gallery Gachet’s artist collective, providing alternate means for creative exchange, empowerment and art sales. Through a collaborative ideation process, it was designed by industrial designer Dean Bennett, and manufactured by Toby’s Cycle Works. The project was made possible by the City of Vancouver’s Great Beginnings Program and with support from the Community Arts Council of Vancouver. 

About Gallery Gachet: Gallery Gachet is a unique artist-run centre located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside established in 1992. Through artistic means, Gallery Gachet aims to demystify and challenge issues related to mental health and social marginalization, to educate the public and promote social and economic justice. http://gachet.org 

 

AHA MEDIA at W2 Belongs to Me Event in Vancouver DTES

March 25, 2012 1 comment

SATURDAY MARCH 24 SCHEDULE

2pm WELCOME
Gather in the second floor Community Lounge, enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee and baked goods from our in-house cafe. Tour through our 3-levels and basement crossmedia studio. Hear a welcome “state of the union” address from W2 Board and staff on what we have accomplished, where we are at, and where we are heading.

 

2:30-3:30pm FIRST CONCURRENT SESSIONS +++++
Choose a topic or working group that you are currently involved in, are curious about, or waiting to dive deep into!

A) PROGRAMMING
media arts, festivals, music, literary, electronic arts, all ages, long tables, your ideas…

B) COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
crosscultural, redress, digital divide, access, DTES, urban Aboriginal, SFU students, your ideas…

C) CROSSMEDIA BROADCASTING
W2 TV, CJSF, Coop Radio, Shaw Cable, multi-platform broadcasting, interactive, demos, tech services, your ideas…

D) VIDEO HISTORY of W2
area for video presentations/looping with some presenters/informal

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3:30-4pm BREAK / informal open space
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4-5pm SECOND CONCURRENT SESSIONS+++++

A) COMMUNICATIONS
Web, graphic design, social media, computer programming, street teams, your ideas…

B) W2 MEDIA CAFE
Social enterprise food operation, catering opportunities, politics of food production and serving, coffee, local food, urban agriculture, your ideas…

C) W2 RADIO
The W2 Morning Radio Project is W2′s current affairs program broadcast every weekday at 6-8am on 102.7FM. This conversation is designed for current or future contributors to discuss the state of the show and how we can build it.

D) LETTERPRESS
Interactive demonstration on letterpress, programming, fundraising, your ideas….

E) VIDEO HISTORY of W2
area for video presentations/looping with some presenters/informal

5-6pm RECEPTION
Join us at this optional reception for a complimentary beverage and food samplings from the W2 Media Cafe, as we wrap up the day with conversation. This is for individual W2 members like you, plus group members: Simon Fraser Student Society, Open Media, Coop Radio, CJSF, KAYA Songweavers, AHA Media, Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival, W2 Radio, Fearless TV, and you!

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Activate your W2 Belongs to Me member card while you are here today! Earn benefits from your participation with W2′s membership loyalty program. The more contributions you make or coffee or meals you purchase, the more discounts and free access to W2′s resources you receive. Ask a staff member for more information.

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Follow W2 on Twitter http://twitter.com/W2woodwards

W2 Belongs To Me – Spring 2012

March 24, 2012 Leave a comment

W2 Belongs To Me - Spring 2012

Saturday March 24 2012 from 2-6pm  at the W2 Media Cafe

Deepen your relationship with W2 this coming weekend!

It has been six months since opening the W2 Media Cafe and we are thrilled with the response and impact of our public programs. We have produced more than 100 community events and served tens of thousands of visitors on our 3-levels in the Woodward’s heritage building.

While building the centre we are facing serious financial challenges to both operate and complete our 10,000 sq ft space. This year, W2 was more than 85% self-funded so our future is definitely in our own hands. We talk about W2 being people-powered and this is the spirit we hold when creating programs and services, finishing our space, and operating each and every day. We look forward to seeing you at W2 for some of our diverse programs, and having you participate in the way that is most meaningful for you.

The W2 Board of Directors is inviting members to this afternoon session and reception to provide an overview of the many programs and service we have up and running. This is your opportunity to learn more about what we are doing, help you connect with people with similar interests, and get more involved with programs and committees that need your help now.

While you are here today, activate your “W2 Belongs to Me” member card to start benefiting from your loyalty to W2!

SATURDAY MARCH 24 SCHEDULE

2pm WELCOME
Gather in the second floor Community Lounge, enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee and baked goods from our in-house cafe. Tour through our 3-levels and basement crossmedia studio. Hear a welcome “state of the union” address from W2 Board and staff on what we have accomplished, where we are at, and where we are heading.

2:30-3:30pm FIRST CONCURRENT SESSIONS +++++
Choose a topic or working group that you are currently involved in, are curious about, or waiting to dive deep into!

A) PROGRAMMING
media arts, festivals, music, literary, electronic arts, all ages, long tables, your ideas…

B) COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
crosscultural, redress, digital divide, access, DTES, urban Aboriginal, SFU students, your ideas…

C) CROSSMEDIA BROADCASTING
W2 TV, CJSF, Coop Radio, Shaw Cable, multi-platform broadcasting, interactive, demos, tech services, your ideas…

D) VIDEO HISTORY of W2
area for video presentations/looping with some presenters/informal

———————————-
3:30-4pm BREAK / informal open space
———————————-

4-5pm SECOND CONCURRENT SESSIONS+++++

A) COMMUNICATIONS
Web, graphic design, social media, computer programming, street teams, your ideas…

B) W2 MEDIA CAFE
Social enterprise food operation, catering opportunities, politics of food production and serving, coffee, local food, urban agriculture, your ideas…

C) W2 RADIO
The W2 Morning Radio Project is W2′s current affairs program broadcast every weekday at 6-8am on 102.7FM. This conversation is designed for current or future contributors to discuss the state of the show and how we can build it.

D) LETTERPRESS
Interactive demonstration on letterpress, programming, fundraising, your ideas….

E) VIDEO HISTORY of W2
area for video presentations/looping with some presenters/informal

5-6pm RECEPTION
Join us at this optional reception for a complimentary beverage and food samplings from the W2 Media Cafe, as we wrap up the day with conversation. This is for individual W2 members like you, plus group members: Simon Fraser Student Society, Open Media, Coop Radio, CJSF, KAYA Songweavers, AHA Media, Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival, W2 Radio, Fearless TV, and you!

—————————–

Activate your W2 Belongs to Me member card while you are here today! Earn benefits from your participation with W2′s membership loyalty program. The more contributions you make or coffee or meals you purchase, the more discounts and free access to W2′s resources you receive. Ask a staff member for more information.

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Follow W2 on Twitter http://twitter.com/W2woodwards

Boxairs – Boxers for Women in Vancouver

March 11, 2012 Leave a comment

 

April Smith Photo Exhibit at Utopia Festival 2012 in W2 Media Cafe, Vancouver

March 6, 2012 Leave a comment

W2 Woodwards

UTOPIA: 2nd Annual Festival of Women in Digital Culture


The second annual Utopia Festival lands at W2 with film screenings, workshops, a free International Women’s Day community fair, and epic evening performances. The festival showcases women in the Vancouver community ‘making our future through technology

April Smith: Photo exhibit

March 5-30, Woodward’s Atrium, Vancouver

Social media maven April Smith presents some of her favourite digital images of women in our DTES neighbourhood.
April Smith works with AHA Media, a social media project, which has a massive archive of digital stories by and for inner-city residents. The exhibition is supported in part by DTES Neighbourhood Small Arts Grants.

See more of Utopia Festival here

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