OneLove 2012: In retrospect

Time flies by. It was only a few months ago ArtQuake was searching for passionate, creative youth to join our OneLove youth committee. Six months and one fantastic night of live performing and visual arts later, the One Love youth program finally came to a close.

The Committee, made up of six enthusiastic youth, received workshops and training in marketing, budgeting, fundraising and other skills related to project management. ArtQuake brought in facilitators from all over Vancouver to provide the resources necessary for the committee to acquire the necessary skills to feel confident applying their new skill set to organizing what would be the fourth annual OneLove show.

And so the adventure began, equipped with the knowledge and tools to plan ArtQuake’s annual summer show, the team set off to turn their ideas into action. With guidance from the ArtQuake staff, each individual youth took on their own respective roles and responsibilities, utilizing their own personal strengths to contribute to team’s collective goal to mount Onelove successfully.

Team-work and  a collaborative approach is perhaps  the only way an event as layered with equal parts arts and activism could be executed. The OneLove show is a live multi-medium arts event that celebrates both local and international youth artists who are using their creative capacity to create positive social or environmental change in their communities. The event mixes a diverse array of performing arts while providing a platform for young visual artists to showcase and sell their art. It is ArtQuake’s objective to use the arts, in all its forms as the ideal stage to recognize and honour creative leadership among youth aged thirteen to twenty five.

ArtQuake was extremely grateful to receive a major grant from the Vancouver Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council to create a program for a group of youth to have the opportunity to bring this very special event to their community. We are extremely lucky to have the support of the YPC, as we could not have had the capacity to give the committee the same degree of resources without their support! ArtQuake would also like to thank Dorothy for her courage in presenting the OneLove youth committee’s project in front of Capilano University’s “Change Pilotz” panel back in June. Her passionate request granted the committee additional funds to put towards the show.

The ArtQuake staff is incredibly proud of our Committee, this became more apparent as the show was quite the success – with only minor hiccups along the way. Set in the 700 studio  CBC studios in downtown Vancouver, the fourth annual OneLove show quickly became a full house! Featuring 6 recognized youth artists form as far as Northern Uganda, and a myriad of talented local performers from the Vancouver area- the slow highlighted spoken word artists, heavy metal bands and everything in between.This year was the first year we showed films, made by youth on topics ranging from environmental sustainability to respectful gender relations. The recognized youth artists were just as diverse. We honoured a youth using their artistic ability to de-stigmatize issues around HIV in their region of Northern Uganda,a young artists using ancient anthro-typing techniques to bring awareness to the delicate relationship between humans and the natural world and four other inspiring stories.Rimmed along the outskirts were our visual artists, standing besides their master pieces anxious to show their art to the public.

Each youth artist was recognized individually in between performances, and our charming MC tied together the many facades of the celebratory art and activism showdown. OH! And how could I forget the mini pies! Yes, just to add to the already overwhelming night, we had home made mini blue berries pies.

ArtQuake ended the night hoping each audience member left the studio feeling entertained, inspired and most importunely- motivated to explore their own creative capacity so to feel empowered to be the change they wish to see in their community.

Thank you to all who came out to support ArtQuake’s OneLove youth committee and OneLove 2012, your commitment to youth, art, and activism is indispensable to us!

More photos coming soon- so stay tuned!

For more information on the OneLove show or the OneLove youth committee please contact  Jannika or Tahia.

With gratitude, love and PIE !

~ The ArtQuake staff

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

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