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Art Party: A look behind the scenes with our OneLove 2013 video shoot

On June 21st, a few members of the ArtQuake team, OneLove art mentors and youth got together at the Purple Thistle to shoot a promo video for this year’s OneLove Arts Festival. The shoot was directed by  Levi Hildebrand with videographer Jamie Edgar, of Lively Willy  Productions.

Brace yourself; because the following is jam packed with too much behind the scenes awesomeness, your dial up server may not be able to handle it:

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The following polaroids were taken by one of the youth photography “mentees” during the session:

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By, Rachel Gamboa
Photography Mentor, OneLove Mentorship Program 2013
@rachelagamboa

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Join the Crowd!

There are so many amazing events and projects happening in our communities, but not enough time to get involved with them all! How can we still show our support?

Crowdsourcing

Crowd-sourcing is an excellent opportunity to support projects from all around the world even when you may not have the time to get involved. Why does ArtQuake love crowd-sourcing? Because creative minds get the opportunity to share their ideas and to see them come alive.  It gives people like you and me the chance to harvest and foster an artist’s idea by funding it.

Platforms such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter are reaching a wide-ranged audience through relevant and easily accessible platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, WordPress and many other forms of social media. Crowd-sourcing is  a great way to connect with all groups of people who share similar, if not the same passions of and for creating change.

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An example of a successful and local project is Make It Happen! How to Succeed in the Handmade World. It is an Indiegogo campaign featuring a to-be documentary about the lives of everyday people who have quit their day jobs to start their very own creative businesses, selling what they make. Their goal is to inspire others to pursue their passions and show how it is possible to be successful as a creative business entrepreneur and live a life where nothing but passion, drive, dedication and love are invested into their work. The founders and team of this campaign include Jenna Herbut, who is the co-producer of the Make It craft show and Make It University. Along with, Neil Mangan, former lawyer, author, videographer, creative entrepreneur and previous tour manager to his successful Vancouverite brother, Dan Mangan! Dan Mangan also is featured in an interview in the film. They have raised a total of $16,035 and have surpassed their goal of $15,00!

 Now you can join the crowd too!…

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Check out ArtQuake’s #50cubed campaign. Our goal is to get 50 people to donate 50 dollars within the 50 days. All the proceeds will go towards our annual OneLove Festival, which is a two day celebration of young artists using their creativity to spark change in the world. Over 20+ local Vancouver youth will be capturing our city’s collective identity through spoken word, improv, painting, photography and more! You too can be a part of it all by helping us reach our goal of $2500! For every donation of 50 dollars, you will receive two festival passes and a chance to win an exclusive print from the show! The OneLove Festival will be held at the Cultch in East Vancouver on August 21 and 22.

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What YOUth said: Insights from the Arts in Action Dialogue

Thank you for all of those who came out to the Arts in Action dialogue. It truly was a fun and inspiring day! Here are some of the highlights from the comments and insights gained through the World Cafe Discussion questions, which tackled the different angles of the relationship between art and discrimination, and how we may use art to create diverse and inclusive communities. Please share your comments and thoughts below!

As a lot of art sells for thousands of dollars at exclusive events and shows, how can public spaces in Vancouver be used to make art more accessible?

It just so happened that for this question we focused on visual art. This question allowed for some venting about how the high cost of art supplies and studio space makes it inaccessible to many students and youth. There was a consensus that we would like to see progressive policies from Government at different levels supporting the arts. The group soon delved deeper into the roots of this issue and asked the question: “what is the motive for creating art?” Is it fame or wealth? The money-centric, class-differenciated reality of our present day society has made art a luxury that can mostly be afforded by a rich elite. This often creates a dilemma for artists who rely on this exclusive culture to sell their work. Finally, there needs to be a balance between artists making a living while not being motivated by money in such a way that they would make their art inaccessible to those without the material means. The group then began to question whom are considered artists and decided that the production of art should not be exclusive to those who are professional artists. As one participant put it: “Art should be more like exercise – everyone should do it.” Finally, it was clear that appropriate public spaces need to be selected for sharing art in a way that will encourage connection and community, and that a general public education is needed in order to appreciate art in public spaces.

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