2016 Educators

Sammy Chien

Sammy Chien

Qi Gong

Sammy Chien is a Taipei born, Vancouver based interdisciplinary media artist, director, performer, researcher and mentor who works with film, sound art, new media and dance/theatre performance. He has studied film at Simon Fraser University and developed an expertise in electroacoustic music and digital technology in performance environment. After working with the pioneer of digital performance group Troika Ranch (NYC/Berlin) his work have exhibited across Canada, Western Europe, and Asia including Centre Pompidou(Paris), National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing) and working with artists such as Wong Kar Wai’s Cinematographer Christopher Doyle, the Father of Rock in China Cui Jian and having lunch with Ai Wei Wei. Sammy has also been involved in research or mentorship in projects that focus on the integration between art, science, technology and spirituality as well as engaging with various community groups such as social activists, low-income residents, mental health, spiritual healing, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ2+, indigenous, multicultural background and youths. Sammy is the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Chimerik似不像 collective. http://sammychien.com/

Fresh Roots

Fresh Roots

Agriculture

Sprouted in 2009, Fresh Roots was founded by Gray Oron and Ilana Labow. Together, they were looking to root agriculture in East Vancouver: just how much food could they grow for their friends and neighbours? It turns out – a lot! With a handful of seeds, a whole lot of rain and sun, wheelbarrows full of passion, and a backyard full of vegetables, Fresh Roots grew.

We enact our mission through Schoolyard Market Gardens, educational farms we utilize as pathways to youth empowerment and employment. We facilitate outdoor experiential learning with teachers and students, mentor youth leaders through garden clubs and summer programming, host internships for high school aged youth fostering self-confidence, leadership and employment skills, and empower Vancouverites to grow their own food through our volunteer programs. All our food is sold into the school community; into cafeterias, food access programs, restuarants, and to our neighbours. We also work with other schools and organizations to develop their own market gardens and associated programming. We are a thought leader in institutional food systems change and outdoor experiential learning.

Bronwyn Preece

Bronwyn Preece

Performance Artist

Bronwyn Preece lives 100% off-the- grid on Lasqueti Island/Xwe‘etay, BC: an honoured guest on Straits Salish Traditional Territory. She is an improvisational, site-sensitive performer, community applied theatre practitioner, author and poet, walking and visual eARThist and the pioneer of earthBODYment, currently doing a performance-based PhD examining the embodiment of ecology and disability. She both facilitates workshops and performs internationally: including at World Stage Design 2013 in an outdoor, edible stage: in an international collaborative project examining how local gardening can serve as a metre for climate change. She served 6 years in local politics, with the Islands Trust, being the youngest woman ever elected to her post, operating under a ’green’ mandate. She is the author of In the Spirit of Homebirth: Modern Women, An Ancient Choice (2015), Gulf Islands Alphabet (2012), among multiple other publications.
www.bronwynpreece.com

Claudia Segnovia

Claudia Segnovia

Dance and Visual Artist

A mixed media artist, whose passion for the creation of creatures/ monsters burbling up from the subconscious signify Claudia Segovia’s prolific art practice, she has been creating art since childhood. Diplomas in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Emily Carr Diploma program gives her the formal structure that offers her work control allowing the wild nature of the imaginative creatures to play.

Born in England to a Spanish, chemist father, whose artistic past times included opera, he was also a fabulous piano player. Her Mexican mother trained as a dancer but her career as a dolphin and brain researcher saw the family living in different parts of Mexico, Los Angeles and Spain.

As a child, her art practice and ballet classes were a constant. After high school, she attended and graduated from the National Centre for the Arts in Mexico City with a degree in Contemporary Dance Choreography.

In 1997, she moved to Vancouver,Canada. A creature maker in three dimensional soft fabrics, paintings and drawings, an art and dance teacher, a choreographer, a mother and a dog lover, Claudia is passionate about the value of honouring the artistic spirit and nourishing the physical body with healthy choices.

Presently she teaches art and ballet/modern at Arts Umbrella, art at Vancouver School Board, Butterfly Yoga and Oakridge Child Centre and has created a book binding workshop offered to Vancouver schools. She shows internationally at the following galleries: Galeria Arte Contemporaneo (Lagos de Moreno, Mexico), Animorphs at Ainsworth Custom Design (Vancouver,BC), Anonyumus Show (North Vancouver, BC), Seymour Art Gallery (North Vancouver, BC), Arts off Main (Vancouver, BC), Maker Fair (Vancouver, BC);. Whistler Arts Council, Hycroft (Vancouver,BC) , Canadian Federation of Artists (Excellence Award), North Vancouver Art Council, Port Moody Arts Centre, Mexican Consulate/UBC (Vancouver, BC), Raw Canvas (Vancouver, BC)... plus shows coming up in France and Spain.

Lori Snyder

Lori Snyder

Herbalist

Lori Snyder A Metis Herbalist blends her Indigenous roots of the Tsuut’ina. Assinboine, Cree, Objiwe & Nipissing Nations with her Scottish, French & Celtic ancestry. For the past 25 years, Lori has been studying and researching plant medicines and wild edibles. Combining both a First Nations perspective and European herbal traditions, Lori’s vision is to create native, edible & medicinal food forests throughout our urban landscape.

Lori Weidenhammer

Lori Weidenhammer

Bee Educator

Lori Weidenhammer is a Vancouver performance-based interdisciplinary artist originally from Saskatchewan. She is the author of a new book called Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees published by Douglas and MacIntyre. For the past several years she has been appearing as the persona Madame Beespeaker. Her collaborative media works with Peter Courtemanche have been shown in Canada and abroad. As a food security volunteer and activist Weidenhammer works with students of all ages on eating locally and gardening for pollinators. She is passionate about art that that transforms the relationship between the artist and the viewer and creates community bonds.

Avyen Von Waldenburg

Avyen Von Waldenburg

Theatre Artist

Avyen von Waldenburg is a graduate of Vancouver Film School. He decided to continue education in New York City to obtain an education in theater and acting. While there he studied independently with many teachers, some including Acrobats of the Heart author/teacher Stephen Wangh and developer of the Viewpoints Mary Overlie. He also studied Balinese Maskwork, Scene Study, Presence work, Mesiner, Roy Hart voicework, Grotowski, Fitzmaurice technique, etc. Since 2010 he has been studying Pochinko Clowning with David McMurray Smith and has had occasional classes in the Vancouver area. Avyen is currently the co-founder of Neon Elephant and is the Executive Creative Consultant for New (to) Town Collective.

Anjela Magpantay

Anjela Magpantay

Theatre Artist

Anjela Magpantay is a theatre performer, co-founder of New(to)Town Collective and co-artistic director of Neon Elephant Circus. She has a BFA in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University and has a creative arts degree in Clowning. Her curiosities have led her to research the Grotowksi physical training and it’s legacy. She continues to explore and expand her understanding of the various forms of theatre and performance