Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival in association with Vancouver Moving Theatre and Jumblies Theatre (Toronto) and in cooperation with Carnegie Community Centre/Oppenheimer Park presents

2nd Downtown Eastside
Nov. 9-14, 2010, Oppenheimer Park
488 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC

The 2nd Downtown Eastside Arts For All Institute- Oppen-Art is a five day intensive course that combines community art leadership training with participation in a community art project. It’s all inspired by plans for historic Oppenheimer Park as a place for growing, learning, art and healing.

During the morning, the institute will provide a small group of participants with in-depth leadership training in the principles and practices of community-engaged art; the tremendous value it has for community; and things you need to know to launch your own project. Activities include presentations, discussions, hands-on art-making, creative explorations and resources to take home.

During the afternoon, participants join a larger community workshop to collaboratively generate designs, ideas, stories, music and food that celebrate Oppenheimer Park, gardens, healthy food, right-to-food initiatives and indigenous plants. The week culminates with a feast for all participants during which the week’s activities will be shared, performed and documented.

Who is the Institute for?
The project offers two streams of participation:

Leadership Training (all day)
For people interested and experienced in art and other processes that engage communities; and Downtown Eastside-involved community artists ready for leadership roles.
Application required. Six to eight applicants will be selected.

Free Community Workshops (afternoon only)
For Downtown Eastside community members interested in generating creative material to inspire future gardens, right-to-food initiatives and community art projects. Registration required. Up to 20 participants per day.
Please contact Sandy MacKeigan at Oppenheimer Park if you or your group would like to take part.

What are the course topics?
Mornings: The “nuts and bolts” of facilitating community arts projects: articulating a vision, planning and forming partnerships, writing grants, managing budgets, arts-based research, facilitation with diverse people and in challenging situations, interdisciplinary collaborations, documentation, evaluation, legacy and sustainability; questions of ethics and aesthetics.
Afternoons: Art-making workshops with the community that explore garden designs, music, edible art, food, and indigenous plants in an environment designed to support community-building.

Faculty Instructors
The faculty includes two of Canada’s leading community artists, Ruth Howard (Jumblies Theatre, Toronto) and Savannah Walling (Vancouver Moving Theatre, Downtown Eastside)assisted by the staff of Oppenheimer Park.
Culinary artist Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish, urban ink productions) will organize fresh, seasonal refreshments and collaborate in activities that integrate seasonal ritual, food, storytelling and art-making.

Venue: Oppenheimer Park Activity House, 488 Powell Street
Dates & Times (subject to change)

Mon. Nov. 8, 7-9 pm Public Talk with Ruth Howard – What feels Important Right Now (in Community Arts)
Oppenheimer Park Field House – free
Tues. Nov. 9 – Wed. Nov. 10 Leadership Training 9:00 – 5:00 pm
& Fri. Nov. 12 – Sun. Nov. 14 Community Workshops 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Please note: no session Nov. 11 Saturday night feast 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Sunday night refreshments 5:00-6:00 pm


Leadership Training
Because of the Carnegie Community Centre’s policy to not charge fees for programs at its facilities, this leadership training will be provided in exchange for an in-kind service or donation. If you are chosen to take the leadership training we will have a conversation to work out together the nature of this in-kind service or donation. What ideas do you have of a service that you could offer in exchange for the training?

Afternoon community workshops and Nov. 8 Public Talk with Ruth Howard

Light breakfast and lunch for leadership trainees
Afternoon community workshop: snacks, coffee/tea for all participants
Saturday evening Nov. 13: Feast for all participants

To register as a Leadership Trainee for all day activity
Applications are available at Carnegie 3rd Floor Office or visit www.heartofthecityfestival.com.
For more information please contact coordinator Sharon Bayly at 604-628-5672 or dtesartsforall@gmail.com. Six to eight leadership trainees will be selected with a view to creating a compatible and diverse group which includes Downtown Eastside-involved participants.

Leadership Training Application deadline: Friday Oct. 8, 5 pm.
Mailed applications must be received by this date. Completed applications may be emailed to dtesartsforall@gmail.com. Applications arriving by Oct. 8 will be assessed and participation confirmed no later than Oct. 14. Late applicants will be considered if there is space.

To Sign Up for the afternoon Community Workshops: Contact Sandy MacKeigan at Oppenheimer Park.

Download Application Form Right click and select “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”

Vancouver Moving Theatre is presently working on the 7th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival. Visit the Festival website. See you there!