In honour of the 10th anniversary celebration of Culture Days, ten emerging artists have been selected from across the province to be Culture Days ambassadors. Each ambassador will receive $1,000, work with professional mentors supported by provincial partner C*SARN (Canadian Senior Artists Resources Network), and present a free Culture Days activity during the Culture Days weekend on September 27, 28, and 29.
This year's BC Culture Days ambassadors and their events are:
Tiffany Blaise (Vancouver) - Canvases and Coffee! Painting the Local Landscape
A guided painting session of a West Coast landscape over a two-hour session (with coffee and supplies provided).
Brock Gratz (Kelowna) - Animation Station
A workshop dedicated to making animation accessible through painting, drawing, and digital animation technology. All participants' works will be included as part of a large animated collage.
Molly Gray (Fort Langley) - Carve Out Your Place!
A step-by-step workshop on the basic principles of linocut printmaking. Participants will carve a one-of-a-kind relief print (stamp) to take home.
Alyssa Harms-Wiebe (Vancouver) - A Poetic Landscape
A tour along a marked pathway, participants will be invited to read landscape-inspired poetry and to practice the art of natural observation. Participants will learn how to write a micro poem, and will contribute to a growing forest of poe-trees branching together reflections from members of the Vancouver community.
Mundia Kabunda (West Kelowna) - KinFolk Presents Ubuntu's Children
A collaborative storytelling project inviting children to express their creativity through theatre, music, painting, and dance.
Julian Legere (New Westminster) - The Creative Wellness Challenge
An online challenge and hands-on workshop to inspire daily creativity. The workshop will give participants the tools to speak their favourite monologues from movies, TV, and theatre, or even great speeches from history.
Sebastian Nicholson (Prince George) - The Spores of Joy
A Prince George-wide treasure hunt for hidden mushroom castings painted by the community itself.
Olivier Salvas (Vancouver) - Rebel with a Cause: Exploring the Maker Movement
A hands-on creative exploration of the connections between the arts and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Emily Shin (Richmond) - Create Your Own Masterpiece with Emily
A painting party inviting participants of all skill levels to create their own masterpiece.
Dyana Sonik-Henderson (Victoria) - Rhythmical Contemporary Workshops With Style Creator Dyana Sonik-Henderson
A Rhythmical Contemporary dance workshop led by Broken Rhythms artistic director and style creator Dyana Sonik-Henderson.
Artist biographies are available at https://culturedays.ca/bc/ambassadors.
Culture Days happens September 27-29, 2019. It is a Canada-wide collaborative movement dedicated to providing free, hands-on, and interactive arts and culture activities.
For more information on how to take part in BC Culture Days or to sign up for the BC Culture Days newsletter, visit: culturedays.ca/bc.