Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Call fo a Community Arts Intern

Call for Community Arts Internship for the Artists in Communities program, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

Currently there are two positions available for emerging artists to work with established artists in a community art residence project at a community centre. The successful applicant will be selected by the more senior artist(s) and other members of the project.

These internships are based on the proposition that the emerging artists will gain knowledge, experience and contacts. The emerging artist will contribute to the success of the project working under the guidance and direction of the more senior artist(s) selected for the residency.

The Artists in Communities Program is a partnership funded by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and Community Centre Associations. The residencies are based on artists and members of a community coming together to create work around a common interest or concern. While creativity, experience and knowledge is recognized in all participants, the artist’s role is unique in that they are responsible for ensuring meaningful and respectful processes and aesthetic outcomes. For more information about the whole program please go to http://vancouver.ca/parks/arts/air.htm

The 2010 Artist Residencies are located at:

1. Sunset Community Centre, Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, Sunset Ice Rink
6810 Main Street and 7646 Prince Albert Street and 390 East 51st Avenue
Contact: Cyndy Chwelos, Community Arts Programmer, Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 604-718-6521, cyndy.chwelos@vancouver.ca

2. Riley Park Community Centre 50 East 30th Avenue, Vancouver BC V5V 2T9
Contact: Tony Syskakis Programmer Riley Park, 604-257-8643 tony.syskakis@vancouver.ca

Skills and abilities:
Some of the skills and abilities desirable in the emerging artists selected for internships include: organizational skills; interpersonal skills; event planning, community outreach, communication skills; knowledge of the specific community, and in some communities language skills may also be an asset.

Payment and time commitment:
The interns will be paid $2,000 and should be prepared to spend at least 200 hours on the project and be willing to work flexible hours.

Where and how to apply:
Applicants should e-mail a CV along with a cover letter explaining why they are interested in the internship and the names and contact information of two references to:

Sunset/Moberly Community Centre: cyndy.chwelos@vancouver.ca

Riley Park Community Centre: tony.syskakis@vancouver.ca

Deadline: Tuesday, January 5th at 4:00 pm

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre and MISCELLANEOUS Productions presents

A solo, duo, trio, and ensemble performance featuring culturally diverse youth in collaboration with professional artists. Youth voices speaking up about power, racism, immigration, poverty, violence, sexism, addiction and love.
Friday, Nov 27 & Saturday, Nov 28 8:00 PM
tickets at the door $5.00-$15.00 sliding scale

Friday, October 16, 2009

LIGHT Celebrating Diwali Through Indian Dance, Music, & Stories

Shakti Dance Society in partnership with MACC presents LIGHT, an interdisciplinary piece, which tells the stories associated with the celebration of Diwali. This work brings together some of Vancouver’s finest talent in Indian music, dance and storytelling. The cast includes:
Storyteller/Actor, Colleen Lanki, Bharata Natyam dancer, Anusha Fernando and musicians, Neelamjit Dhillon, Kalpana Prasad, Stefan Cihelka and David Tsabar.
This colorful piece highlights the expressive nature of Indian Classical dance and music and the contemporary relevance of traditional tales. It is suitable for all ages.
Saturday, October 24, 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 25, 2:00 pm
$15.00 Adults; $10.00 Children

Tickets are available at the door and at Banyen Books 604-737-8858

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ephemeral Tea Party

Participants extended their investigation onto the floor generating larger scaled, collaboartive pieces. Intergenerational hands creating, side by side. Seniors from our community and a grade 4 class from Moberly Elementary were brought together to particiapte in an ephemeral tea party this fall. Utilizing natural materials from nature, artists Lori Weidenhammer and Sharon Kallis guided the participants to create elaborate desidngs concentrating on colour, form and texture.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Shadow Puppet Workshop

Participants learnt about the history of shadow puppets, how to make a shadow puppet and how shadows can be utilized in a theatrical production.

Puppeteer, Maggie Winston from Lost & Found Puppet Co. lead 3 workshops with Seniors and young people from the Sunset Community Neighbourhood.
Since 1999, the Ghost Train has become an annual tradition for thousands of families craving thrills and excitement. Reinventing itself each year with new themes, sets, costumes and many more surprises conjured up by the creative team at http://www.mortalcoil.bc.ca/, the Ghost Train is a uniquely wonderful and fun experience every trick-or-treat season.
Directors Sharon Bayly, Peter Hall and Marietta Kozak of Mortal Coil head up this year's crew of actors, dancers, stilt performers, and puppeteers bringing demons from all corners of the world's folklore to life. Don't worry, though—even as you venture through the Mouth of Hell and travel to the Underworld, you'll be out of harm's way in the safety of the Ghost Train...trust us! Mwahahahahahaha!
This year Mortal Coil offered free Shadow puppet workshops in community centres as a way to encourage participation, enhance understanding of puppetry and to enlargen community enagagement with this festival.

Students visit MACC from Langara Leadership In Recreation Program

4) Completed artwork was shared for all to see the imaginative, creative manner participants have represented Botanical Investigation.

3) Provide enough time for participants to work with materials for a prolonged period of time that allows for a rich investigation and opportunity to develop new skills and understanding about these art-making tools and materials.
2) Provide clear instruction in order for participants to feel encouraged to work with the material
1) Create an environment condusive to curiosity, investigation and engagement with art-making processes.

Langara Community College students in the Arts & Heritage class attended a workshop called Botanical Investigations at Moberly. This experiental method of learning provided students the opportunity to engage directly with the process of artmaking. The Community Arts Programmer at Moberly teaches this class at Langara College and felt that in the participation students would gain a greater understanding and appreciation for aspects to consider when developing and offering high quality arts based workshops in the recreation field.

Belly Dance Classes at Moberly

At MACC we offer a range of arts programming for the young to the young at heart. Leona Finlayson teaches the timeless art of Belly Dance. Leona is offering a workshop Oct. 17 from 2:00-4:30 PM at Moberly called Bellydance Treasures, with a focus on the egyptian shimmy. Please join us. Registration through Sunset CC @ 604-718-6505.

Monday, September 14, 2009

MISCELLANEOUS Productions presents POWER

In a groundbreaking project developed by MISCELLANEOUS Productions (creators of e-race, What You Carry With You, THE REENA PROJECT: Outcasts & Angels and Stock Characters: The Cooking Show), a group of culturally diverse, multi-barriered youth are collaborating with a team of professional artists on POWER: an evening of solo, duo and trio performance pieces, ensemble drumming and dance numbers, all of which take a raw, honest look at the things that matter to youth in the community: power, racism, immigration, poverty, violence, sexism, addiction and love.

Building on workshops and outreach initiatives conducted through 2008, a casting call in January 2009 and another in July 2009 drew youth from local high schools, community centres and youth-serving organizations. Since January, under the guidance of Director/Writer Elaine Carol and other professional artists, the youth performers have had intensive training in interdisciplinary performance art, solo performance, theatrical monologue, stand-up comedy, Slam poetry, ritual performance, World music, hip hop music and dance.
MISCELLANEOUS Productions is proud to present POWER at the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre:
Open Dress Rehearsal/Preview 8PM: Thursday, November 26
Performances: 8 PM: Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28
Admission: $5.00 - $15.00 sliding scale

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sustenance Feasting on Art & Culture Festival

Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre is part of this fall festival hosted at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in Vancouver.
OCTOBER 1 – 16, 2009
click onto the link below

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Creative Remix

Thank you Creative Remix!
This month long Fine Arts camp culminated in a community celebration where parents and siblings attended a reception at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre. Camp participants of week 3 worked with dancer, Desiree Dunbar to develop and perform a choreographed dance piece. They WOWED the audience.
Hope to see you all next year.
Creative Remix was made possible through a partnership between; South Asian Family Association, The Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre with special thanks to the Sunset Association and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Creative ReMix Margaret Naylor

Working with the theme of nature Artist, Margaret Naylor introduced the children to printmaking techniques. They began with a visit to Van Dusen gardens with the intent of looking at diverse shapes, sizes and colors of leaves. Inspired from this visit and the resources the artist provided, they created imagery first by drawing, then cutting, creating a printing block which enabled them to ‘pull a print’. Finally, they embellished their work with collage and descriptive words. They were introduced to block printing, Styrofoam line printing and lino cuts.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Creative ReMix: Desiree Dunbar

Contemporary Dancer, Desiree Dunbar brought creative movement into the mix, this week. She introduced the participants to dance in ways that you may not consider such as utilizing chairs as props for creating a choreographed piece. Over the course of 5 days they created a dance piece that will be performed at the community celebration culminating the final day of Creative ReMix.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Creative ReMix with Elizabeth MacKenzie

The installation of the portraits onto the walls at MACC.

Creating Creatures was a collective drawing process that had participants begin by drawing a single line with the inkwash. After these dried, they each chose one of the line drawings which they did not create and embellished it further with permanent fine markers resulting in a creature. Each drawing circulated amongst a number of participants having each add to the creation of the final piece.

Artist, Elizabeth Mackenzie provided a brush and ink workshop introducing camp participants to a number of techniques. These strategies encouraged exploration of indelible ink on rice paper, newsprint and cardstock. She focused the workshop on the subject of line, circles, faces and creatures. This artist is very interested in how participants become engaged in the process of making and creating often resulting in a large accumulation of work produced in her workshop/classes. The accumulation of the faces were installed onto the walls at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, animating the space in a whimsical manner.

Creative ReMix with Koyali Burman

Koyali Burman visited Creative Remix offering a workshop in Kathak, a classical Indian Dance. This dance form traces its origins to the the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathaks, or story tellers. These young people learnt how to use hand movement, facial gestures and footwork to create narratives.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Creative ReMix with Madame BeeSpeaker

Madame BeeSpeaker led the children in an ecological discusion culminating in the creation of a large spiral under the elm tree in Moberly Park. Madame BeeSpeaker is interested in drawing the children's attention to beauty and the rediscovery of the immediate natural beauty found in the urban environment that we often take for granted.

Working with natural materials with a focus on pattern, color, and texture captured these young peoples imagination and enthusiasim. Their engagment with the process allowed them the opportunity to create, all of which Madame BeeSpeaker capture through photography.