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Artist spotlight: Julian Lawrence

Artist spotlight: Julian Lawrence

Students from Windemere Secondary school, who came in for a tour of our current exhibition, Welcome to Our World, recently left ArtStarts some very original thank-you gifts!

Portraits of Resilience on display at ArtStarts Gallery

Portraits of Resilience on display at ArtStarts Gallery

The Many Strong Voices Programme (MSV) was created in 2005 to bring together indigenous peoples, community organizations, policy makers, NGOs, and researchers from the Arctic and Small Island Developing States. One of its key goals is to make sure the voices of people in these vulnerable regions are heard.

Toward cultural harmony

Toward cultural harmony

Students at Handsworth Secondary in North Vancouver concluded a special music project with a concert at their school Friday afternoon. Working with a composer-in-residence, several world music experts, and mentors from Sinfonia Orchestra, a group of students collaborated over several months to create cross-cultural musical works that reflect their ideas on matters of cultural understanding, pluralism and community building.

Children Live Dream Here

Children Live Dream Here

Opening tonight! Strathcona Elementary students will celebrate an ongoing community-based project with outdoor projections of their photography this evening. Drop in after school or work to see photos and hear audio recordings that reveal the voice of inner-city children.

Flutter, Hum, Buzz...

Flutter, Hum, Buzz...

Yesterday the ArtStarts gallery was visited for a second time by a group of 3/4 students from Graham Bruce Elementary, here to view a display about their completed project Flutter, Hum, Buzz: An Artful Garden Party. The project was the result of an artist residency by Lori Weidenhammer, who helped the students to learn that art is more than painting and sculpture, and that the raw materials for artistic expression can be found all around them.

SWARM takes ArtStarts by storm!

SWARM takes ArtStarts by storm!

What an exhilarating performance by Vancouver's very own hyper- kinetic percussion troupe SWARM! The group offered a unique hands on experience filled with fun, music and movement. Kids learned action drumming using funky recycled instruments such as rubber tubing, garbage can drums and even rubber duckies and chickens. Parents and kids leaving the event told us it was a blast, so awesome, and that they i loved it all!

Opening soon! {Creative Connections}

Opening soon! {Creative Connections}

Creative Connections. Program Coordinator Katie Varney worked hard with the help of staff and volunteers, including the above handyman extraordinaire, to install this exhibition. The exhibition runs until December 18 2009 and features insightful work from some of BC's youngest artists as they reveal their world through art.

Elsie Roy visits ArtStarts

Elsie Roy visits ArtStarts

We had groups of students from the neighbouring elementary school, Elsie Roy, working with artist Elizabeth Mackenzie on a portraiture residency at the gallery.

Fat Cat Banner Project

Fat Cat Banner Project

This stunning piece is one of a series of 12, 10-foot banners created by grades 3 students (yes grade 3!) from Kelowna to market the local Fat Cat Festival.