Vancouver community groups gathered to express their common concern about homelessness in creative and demonstrable ways. Some hosted umbrella painting workshops to create functional or art umbrellas auctioned to raise funds to benefit people living on the street. Others organized workshops and forums to raise awareness and action around homelessness in the city. Others curated related exhibitions. Many other plans and events developed. See the EVENTS link for more information.
THE ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY ARTS AND RECREATION CENTRE www.roundhouse.ca
The Roundhouse hosted Out of the Rain , A Project for Homelessness in the Exhibition Hall and Performance Centre from Tuesday November 8th until Thursday November 17th, 2005. A month of citywide events culminated at an Exhibition, Gala Evening + Silent Auction at the Roundhouse during those dates. As well, Public Forums took place between November 8th to 17th, entitled A Liveable City for Everyone .
The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre is an evolving project finding new and creative ways to integrate the arts, community culture and sports. The Roundhouse exists to satisfy the needs of widely divergent communities. It is mandated as a Centre providing community arts opportunities for residents living throughout the entire City of Vancouver and, specifically, people who live and/or work on the eastside of the Downtown peninsula. In September 1996, neighbours, staff and members of the arts community identified the overall mission to “celebrate diversity… of people, values, ideas, and activities”. The Roundhouse works to achieve this goal through a very wide range of programming opportunities and connection to a widely divergent community.
GALLERY GACHET www.gachet.org
Gallery Gachet was and is a major partner in this project and collaborated with the Roundhouse for a month long parallel exhibition in November 2005., November 4, 10pm.
Gallery Gachet was founded in 1993. Gallery Gachet is run by a collective, comprised of consumers and survivors of mental illness and sexual abuse. Gallery Gachet provides artists informed by mental illness with opportunities to exhibit, curate and develop leadership skills, and coordinating cultural projects as a means for capacity building. They empower themselves through civic leadership as artists and community members and aim to educate and demystify the public on issues relating to mental health.
CORRECTIONAL SERVICE CANADA (CSC) www.csc-scc.gc.ca St. Leonard’s Society of North Vancouver Salvation Army Belkin House Culinary Arts Program Ferndale Organic Farm and Vocational Training Program Correctional Service Canada Pacific Region Artists Buried Heart Society
Correctional Service Canada (CSC) in partnership with community organizations promote safer communities through awareness raising, education and public engagement. CSC has a proud history of community service that includes assisting non-profit organizations through art and food donations. In 2004, CSCs ‘Ferndale Organic Farm Project’ located outside Mission, BC, supplied over 3 tonnes of organic produce to Vancouver area organizations that provide meals and food bank services to homeless populations. In 2005, the Ferndale Organic Farm Project was expected to increase productivity to supply even more organic produce to an ever-expanding roster of Vancouver area service providers.
BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION – CITY OF VANCOUVER www.city.vancouver.bc.ca/parks/
TWIN FISH CREATIVE www.twinfishcreative.com Twin Fish Creative donated their graphic design services for the Out of the Rain identity/logo, print materials and website design. In collaboration with the web development talents of 4AM Group and the master photographic eye of Albert Normandin , Twin Fish Creative brought the “ Out of the Rain ” project concept to life through a generous donation of time and resources from all involved.
Twin Fish Creative is a Vancouver, BC based branding and graphic design studio that specializes in creating powerful brand strategy and compelling communications materials for small and mid-sized companies.
4:AM GROUP www.4am.ca 4:AM Group is a digital marketing company that specializes in web design & ecommerce development, search engine optimization, email marketing and interactive media services for small to medium sized firms as well as large corporations.
ALBERT NORMANDIN PHOTOGRAPHY www.albertnormandin.com Albert Normandin is a Vancouver, BC freelance photographer that works both locally and internationally, shooting extensively for a variety of clients and travelling the world for his personal work.
PACBLUE DIGITAL REPROGRAPHICS www.pacblue.net PacBlue Digital Reprographics provides quality digital printing services for everything from business cards to billboards.
PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS