LocoMotoArt artists, Laura Lee Coles & Rob Scharein are excited to introduce their community engaged art project Moments of Happiness (2015-2016).
Motivated with the intent to offset the negative feelings people receive from the
onslaught of news reports of global violence, hardship and tragedy, the artists will ask
members of the Vancouver community to think of what makes them happy and place their moments of happiness in a database. Starting in October, the artists will assemble all the contributions and create a final artwork that will be displayed at the participating community centre on March 20, 2016 IN CELEBRATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS.
Participant’s can contribute in one or all three ways listed below:
1. Email the artists a photo from their cell phone which reminds them of a moment
of happiness (email@example.com)
2. Write down a single word that represents happiness to them
3. Write down a short sentence that describes a memory of a happy time.
SUNSET COMMUNITY CENTRE LOBBY -
OFFICIAL LAUNCH -
MARCH 20, 2015 2:30 - 4:00 P.M.
KERRISDALE COMMUNITY CENTRE
2:00 PM -5:00 PM
APRIL 21 (SENIOR CENTRE)
MAY 26 (LOBBY)
JUNE 19 (SENIOR CENTRE)
DUNBAR COMMUNITY CENTRE
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
RICHMOND WORLD FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 5 - 7:00 - 9:00
GLOBAL VILLAGE - MINORU PARK
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Re-creation's aim was to engage the dialectic of modern urban permaculture and the absence of the vibrant sounds of animal species once inhabiting such spaces. After the afternoon workshop and field trip, participants returned to McBride Park, where they processed the recordings and installed them, with the public invited to experience their sound installation.
This workshop was lead by residency artist Miles Thorogood with the assistance from residency artist Phil Thomson, two of LocoMotoArt's four audio and sound artists!
Both activities were part of the Sustenance Festival.
Organized By: Village Vancouver (Ross Moster) and LMA's Miles Thorogood
Photos: Laura Lee Coles
Time: October 5, 2014 from 9am to 5pm
Location: McBride Park Fieldhouse/Aberthau Mansion and surrounding environs
Organized By: Village Vancouver (Ross Moster) and
LocoMotoArt's Miles Thorogood
A hands-on community arts based workshop and public event presented by Village Vancouver in collaboration with Aberthau artist-in-residence LocoMotoArt. Re-creation aims to engage the dialectic of modern urban permaculture and the absence of the vibrant sounds of animal species once inhabiting such spaces.
A re-creation of those sounds will be achieved through a distributed sound emitting system seamlessly woven into the physical and aural fabric of a local park space. Led by LocoMotoArt artist Miles Thorogood, LMA artist Phil Thompson will instruct participants in recording techniques and then sounds will be obtained through a field trip to Aberthau Mansion and Jericho Beach, where we will explore less urbanized spaces. Using 3 sets of recording equipment, groups of up to 4 participants will record what they consider to be important sounds in an environment to a permaculture.
We will then return to McBride Park, where we’ll process the recordings and install them, and the public will then be invited to experience our sound installation (see separate event below.)
Registration: Pre-registration is required. Limit 12 participants. RSVP to Refirstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring your own water, lunch and snacks.
Followed by a public event from 5-9:30 pm:
RE-CREATION Sound Installation
Re-creation aims to engage the dialectic of modern urban permaculture and the absence of the vibrant sounds of animal species once inhabiting such spaces. After the afternoon workshop and field trip (see above event), participants will then return to McBride Park, where they’ll process the recordings and install them, with the public invited to experience their sound installation.
FREE. No registration is required for the evening installation.
Both activities are part of the Sustenance Festival.
On Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 10AM - 12PM a free workshop Organic Food Gardening was conducted at McBride Park field house in community collaboration with LocoMotoArt.
Workshop Facilitator: Grant Watson (Grant's Gourmet Gardens)
Workshop Organizer & Promotion: Village Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks
Attendance: 25 + registered, but many cancelled due to the cold weather. 14 actually attended.
Participants ranged in age from 20's to 60's.
This workshop covered the basics of planning, preparing and starting a food garden. Participants were introduced to simple techniques for starting plants indoors and in the garden, given information where to get supplies and how to do garden without the use of artificial additives.
The workshop was publicized on Village Vancouver’s website HERE.
About Village Vancouver’s gardening workshops:
This gardening workshop is part of ongoing Village Vancouver programming, which is designed to increase knowledge about growing food, build community cohesion, and increase security and food resilience in Vancouver neighbourhoods.
Funding: Neighbourhood Small Grant
Quotes: Grant is an excellent instructor. I learned a lot.
Thanks for offering this workshop. I found it very informative.
Once again, Village Vancouver has provided a great service to the community
by organizing this workshop.
LMA hosted Village Vancouver, who conducted three free community workshops, where participants helped build and paint small portable seed saving library boxes.
10AM - 12:30PM on November 16
1:00 - 3:30PM on November 25
6:00 - 8:00PM on December 1
Six individuals, mostly from the Kitsilano area, met to assemble wooden boxes that were shoebox size and painted them. The Seed Libraries are part of ongoing seed saving and sharing to build local community and personal food producing gardens in Vancouver Neighbourhoods.
Attendees were middle to senior aged and expressed their interest in supporting local food security initiatives. The workshops were designed to help individuals build boxes for use in their communities and other Vancouver neighbourhoods. A goal of Village Vancouver is to find permanent locations for some VV Seed Libraries - for instance at Community Centres, Libraries, and Neighbourhood Houses.
· I've never done anything quite like it before. It was fun.
· I liked working with a group of people on the seed boxes.
· If you need help on something like this again, let me know.
About Village Vancouver’s Seed Saving Initiative:
The Village Vancouver Seed Libraries program currently includes two large community seed boxes that are taken to various locations (street fairs, harvest festivals, garden work parties, workshops, potlucks, community food markets, drop-in spaghetti nights, etc.) within the City as many as 40 times a year to share with the public. Other Seed Saving programs include Seed Saving workshops, a Cedar Cottage Seed Bank, Dunbar Village Seed Savers Project, helping organize the 1st BC Seed Gathering and leading the Community Access to Seeds Roundtable, and donating seeds to youth and school garden programs.
Laura Lee Coles & Rob Scharein's Moments of Happiness Blog