Vines is seeking youth participants of varying experience (age 16-24) who have an interest in political and environmental conversations for a multi-week program in arts practices. This is a FREE program and includes payment for a final project all youth will create for the festival.
You will take part in 8 workshops which will cover various topics (Artistic Disruption, First Nations Protocol, Group Building, Public Art, Performance/Presences, Embodiment, Project Management). Following the workshops, participants will break into focus groups and create a project to be presented inVines2018 Festival in August.
Dates: Mondays: April 30 – July 30 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Wednesdays: June 20 & 27 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Followed by a performance on August 18, 2018
With Russian as her mother tongue, Aleks Besan is a queer immigrant and settler on unceded Coast Salish territories. She is passionate about community engagement and has been working and organizing in East Vancouver for the last 10 years. Currently in the role of Engagement Manager at Vantage Point, a consulting organization which assists BC’s non-profit sector with issues of governance and leadership, Aleks is a true people person, and thrives when facilitating and developing educational experiences. She has also worked with Check Your Head, coaching youth to deliver peer-to-peer social justice workshops, and with Open Media, guiding external collaborators and volunteers to boost campaign efforts for democratic digital rights. Aleks is certified in dialogue and mediation practices and continues to be involved with feminist anti-violence as well as Indigenous redress efforts. She also draws, dances, and writes in the in-between times.
Vines Art Festival
Heather Lamoureux is privileged to be a producer, artist and community engagement facilitator on the unceded territories of the Musquem, Squamish and Tsliel-Waututh nations. She is the founder and Director of Vines Art Festival. Heather is currently studying Expressive Movement Therapy at Tamalpa Institute under instruction of Anna and Daria Halprin. She is a graduate from Simon Fraser University with BFA in Dance and a minor in Business Administration. Heather works as the producer for Raven Spirit Dance and has been a part of the Curatorial team at PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. She has produced The Firehall Arts Centre’s BC Buds and is the Youth Program Coordinator for Dancing on the Edge Festival. She Heather continues to dance and create performance art with Pressed Paradise, a performance art collective.
Heather volunteers weekly at BC Crisis Centre, a call center that focuses on suicide prevention. She partakes in local environmental activist activities, supporting indigenous voices. When she has spare time she spends as much time as she can outside - hiking, biking, stargazing and exploring.