(We carry this story as a public service, to support WE ARTS and the arts in the West End. You can also go directly to their announcement here for more details, including sponsors. Also, at the bottom we provide a link to their Facebook page and an article. They are the folks behind the stunning news mural at the West End Community Centre.)
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What’s an Art Plan ?
An Art Plan is the shared vision of a community. Created through a series of community arts workshops and dialogue sessions, this record will communicate a more detailed vision for arts activities and resources for the West End.
Who should attend ?
Everyone is invited to attend! This includes West End residents, businesses, community groups, families, and artists of all disciplines, cultures, and ages.
How does it work ?
The community will engage in an afternoon of creative exploration, workshops and dialogue hosted by acclaimed choreographer and teacher Judith Marcuse. The first major public event is Sunday February 22nd, (1-4pm) at the West End Community Centre. It is free-of-charge.
Why do we need it?
The art plan is a planning tool used by the community, city planners and developers. It will help support and steer the development of facilities, programming and events that will enrich our community and bring us closer together!
Let’s make sure our voices are heard so that we will have a vision for a culturally vibrant community that supports arts, culture, and heritage.
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State of the Arts: WEArts adds colour to the West End (by Cheryl Rossi, Vancouver Courier, 5-Aug-2014)
Photo caption: West End Arts Society cofounders John Hewson, Satomi Hirano and artist Steve Hornung hope a mural Hornung painted at the West End Community Centre will help kickstart an arts scene in their neighbourhood.
What Satomi Hirano saw in a report about the arts in Vancouver seven years ago stuck with her.
“All the amenities for the arts were in the East Side,” the advocate for the arts said. “There was hardly anything on the West Side and here I am living in the West End.”
Hirano asked what was being done to support arts and culture in the West End when she attended open houses to develop a 30-year vision for her neighbourhood. Stephen Regan, executive director of the West End Business Improvement Association, offered to help Hirano start talking to businesses and residents about what could be done to support the arts in the area.
Hirano then contacted West End resident John Hewson, who served for eight years on the Whistler Arts Council, and the pair co-founded WEArts, the operating name for the brand new West End Arts Society.
With money from Gordon Neighbourhood House and the Vancouver Foundation, WEArts led arts projects, predominantly for youth, last year and hosted an open house where participants prioritized they wanted:
- an arts centre and arts venues in the West End,
- arts festivals,
- a website, registry or magazine to connect artists,
- pop-up galleries in businesses, vacant spaces, community spaces in or outdoors, and
- affordable studios, rehearsal and artist live/work spaces.
The city has granted the society $10,000 to hire a consultant to devise a community arts plan.
… “The East Side Culture Crawl is one of those celebrated events in the city every year,” he said. “It would be nice to have a couple of signature events in the West End that are recognized equally.”
Hewson advises those who want to learn more about WEArts to visit wearts.ca and sign up for the newsletter.
August 5, 2014 02:09 PM