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AHA MEDIA was pleased to attend What about Love?: Out of the Rain Group Exhibition

June 8, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA was very pleased to attend the

What About Love? : Out of the Rain Group Exhibition

Opening: Friday June 5th, 2009, 6:00pm-10:00pm.

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June 5th to 28th, 2009

Artists: Sue Blue, Wendy Chew, Bob Fiddler, Angel Gaeta, Ray Grabelle, Victor Jean, Montana King, Priscillia Tait, Garnet Tobacco, Adam Warne, Johnney Watts, and others.

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Artists from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside show new work produced during this fourth annual Out of the Rain program.

Out of the Rain supports 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. This year’s twelve artists were provided with art supplies and a street level arts studio to make work for the group exhibition. These artists were selected from over 50 interested and qualified artists.

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This year, Out of the Rain is made possible through financial support from Edgewater Casino’s Social Responsibility Fund (through the City of Vancouver), Direct Access Grant funding, a generous contribution from John Casablanca Institute (via the Community Arts Council of Vancouver), and the provision of subsidized street level work space (Flack Block, 175 W Hastings) thanks to The Salient Group.

We would also like to thank Opus Framing and Arts Supplies for assistance with supplies, and the DTES Community Arts Network for early project support and partnership

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AHA MEDIA wishes to thank

Lianne Payne, Ali Lohan, Quin Martins of Gallery Gachet for leading  the Out of the Rain project  and for such a welcoming opening and reception 🙂

Lani Russwurm of DTES Community Arts Network  for his ongoing support 🙂

Tom Quirk – for documenting the Opening Night 🙂

To see more photos, please see our Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/72157619358649675/

Strawberries are Super Sized this Spring

June 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Spring Strawberries are a scrumptious treat, and we at AHA MEDIA wish to show how super sized they are this spring with the following shots:

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Hendrik looks at mosaic in front of the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

May 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Hendrik and mosaic in front of Firehall arts centre

 

In this video, Hendrik Beune, Director of AHA MEDIA, explains how he contributed to the now installed and almost completed mosaic in front of the Firehall Arts Centre

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.

AHA MEDIA notices No smoking sign at LifeSkills Centre in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

May 28, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA upon arriving at the Lifeskills Centre, noticed a big yellow sign of NO Smoking… announcing that Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents have been getting ticketed while doing so!

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Cart at Main and Hastings vs Cinema at Main and Cordova in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

May 3, 2009 1 comment

The following photos illustrate the juxtaposition of the HAVE NOTS ( corner of Main and Hastings Streets) to the HAVES ( Corner of Main and Cordova Streets).

A man with a shopping cart comes around the corner of  Hastings and travels down Main Street towards the well heeled folks at Cinema 319 and their Red Carpet Gala Event at the corner of Main and Cordova.

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We at AHA MEDIA, hope that with the upcoming Election, issues such as gentrification, poverty and homelessness will be addressed and not forgotten. The Vancouver Downtown Eastside is a vibrant active community with people from many walks of life, – let’s find a way to solve the social problems!

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