BC Culture Days Aims To Reconnect BC Community Members With Art
BC Culture Days will be hosting events across British Columbia from September 24 to October 24 and hopes these interactions with art will bond within the community as well.
“We have all been affected over the past 18 months and have had to adapt to new ways of interacting and communicating with each other. We sincerely hope at BC Culture Days that the events and activities offered this fall will serve as a catalyst for British Columbians to rediscover their creative endeavors, safely reconnect with their communities and collectively reimagine a new future. supported by shared experiences, ”said Nazanin Shoja, BC Culture Days program director.
10 Ambassadors have been chosen to share different art forms, one of which is located in Prince George:
- Jeni Chen (Richmond) – Art Journal for Beginners: An illustrator and soon to be a picture book author, Jeni presents several techniques for creating an art journal with materials found around the house.
- Laura Rechwan (Colwood) – INTERCHANGE art exhibition: Visual artist and entrepreneur, Laura invites her community to participate in an online art exhibition, featuring live events from local artists and art lovers, including studio tours, artist talks, poetry readings and other performances.
- August Bramhoff (Vancouver) – Our first conversation: digital art exhibition A photographer and advocate for the inclusion of the arts, August is hosting a virtual art exhibit featuring artists from British Columbia.
- Jean-Baptiste (Prince George) – Manufacture of medicine sachets: A non-binary, Two-Spirit storyteller and member of the Wet’suwet’en Nation of the Laksilyu Clan, Jean leads an in-person workshop on sewing a beaded pouch as well as identifying medicines or sacred objects to fill the pouch.
- Alyssa Amarshi and her tribal roots (Vancouver) – Jam Out! With its tribal roots Alyssa is a dancer and a member of the interdisciplinary collective Her Tribal Roots. The collective organizes a workshop in person, facilitating games and movement, vocal and percussive exercises, followed by a dance and music session.
- Valeria Ascolese (Vancouver) – Where do we go from here? Conversations on the The future of performance: Peruvian-Italian multidisciplinary performance artist and educator, Valeria hosts a six-episode series exploring the impact and consequences of COVID-19 on the artistic performance sector, featuring conversations with six emerging artists from British Columbia .
- Kenthen Thomas (Salmon arm) – Secwepemc Stepetkwll: legends who teach with Kenthen Thomas: Teacher and storyteller, Kenthen explores the knowledge of the ancestors of the Secwepemc territory through live sharing of stories in person.
- Tara Rajah (Port Coquitlam) – Environmental vibrations: Classically trained cellist, Tara presents an in-person, child-friendly performance project that explores the human connection to nature in a public space.
- Carter Kirilenko (Vancouver) – Climate Solutions Film Festival: Filmmaker, director and documentary producer, Carter hosts an online film festival featuring a series of short films offering nature-based solutions to the climate crisis.
“Art is in a really unique position for people to explore really deep subjects, things that are really important to them. But it also creates this truly incredible shared experience between the artist and the people who watch her, ”said Ambassador Jean Baptiste.
Baptiste will be holding a PG workshop and said it was a good way to engage in healing work after being so isolated due to the pandemic.
“It’s good to know who your facilitator is and who will be leading the workshop because people are going to walk into a space, and I want them to feel that this is the right space for them, especially because he can be so vulnerable.