AHA MEDIA is pleased to be a Media Sponsor of the Out of the Rain Program at the Flack Block (175 W. Hastings at Cambie )

AHA MEDIA is pleased to be a Media Sponsor of  the Out of the Rain program in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES)

Initiated in 2005, the Out of the Rain program in Vancouver is an evolving unique initiative that brings together professional and marginalized artists to promote genuine solutions to homelessness, as well as develop new methods of art production, sustainable art practice, life stability planning, and dissemination.

Special emphasis is working closely with those artists who face significant challenges (mental health, housing, addiction, poverty) to maintaining and sustaining a regular art practice but who, in the face of these challenges, persevere to make art as a means of survival and self-expression.

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In this video, Hendrik Beune, Director of AHA MEDIA and former OOTR participant gives an introduction of OOTR’s new work space at the Flack Block provided by the Salient Group. http://www.thesalientgroup.com

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter.

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What About Love? : Out of the Rain Group Exhibition

June 5th to 28th, 2009

Opening: Friday June 5th, 2009, 6:00pm-10:00pm.
Artists from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside show new work produced during  Out of the Rain program.

Since 2005, Out of the Rain has been bringing together professional and marginalized artists to develop new methods of art production, sustainable art practice, life stability planning, and a professional exhibit.

Special emphasis is placed on working with artists who face challenges to maintaining regular art practice but who, in spite of these challenges, persevere to make art as a means of survival and self-expression. To this end, twelve artists are being provided with studio space, art supplies and sustenance. These artists were selected from over 50 interested and qualified artists.

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This year, Out of the Rain is generously funded by the Social Responsibility Fund (through the City of Vancouver). Gallery Gachet (http://www.gachet.org) would also like to thank the Salient Group for providing subsidized street level work space in the Flack Block (175 W. Hastings at Cambie).

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AHA MEDIA believes that Out of the Rain ( OOTR ) is an outstanding and very worthwhile project in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES ) area! We are pleased to support all the artists for their creative spirit and hard work to keep arts alive in our communities! 🙂 

More Photos of Out of the Rain 2009 are on our Flickr 🙂

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/72157617754121096/

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