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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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Twitter, Media, and Change

My mom informed me about the federal court’s ruling on voting fraud in the last election before it was reported in the mainstream media because she was tracking it on Twitter (not that the mainstream media seems to be too interested anyway).

A couple days later when I asked how the Globe and Mail paywall affected her night-time news-reading ritual, my aunt informed me: “Guess I’m getting more of my news from Twitter.”

Plenty has been written about the death of the newspaper; and it seems like for some of my family, they’re replacing it with Twitter. Maybe I’m not the best person to comment. Initially, a complete Twitter-sceptic, I now observe from afar: I regularly read my favourite hockey writers and my mom’s feeds, but I don’t have an account of my own. As frequent readers may have guessed, the 140-character limit does not suit me. I find that it limits the capacity to communicate nuance and therefore increases the possibility of being misunderstood. There was one point about a year ago, where I warned my mother that her Twitter feed made her sound like more of a political extremist than she was.  So, while brevity may be the soul of wit,[1] I am a long-winded Polonius. You could say that my attitude towards Twitter is better suited to a grumpy old man. However, the more I reflect on it, the more I realise Twitter doesn’t exactly bring anything new to the table; rather it simply magnifies, extends, and intensifies the way we already interact with the media.[2]

“The Readers’ Prejudices”

The internet has been praised for opening up dialogue and breaking down barriers.  However, while it’s very easy to find viewpoints with which you don’t agree on the internet, this ideal is generally not what happens. Instead, people tend to use the internet to find and interact with like-minded people. As  Twitter feeds are filled with people who they choose to follow, Twitter acts as a personalised collator of information that confirms people’s pre-existing ideas. I found it interesting how after the recent murders in Woolwich, my Facebook feed filled up with condemnation of the racist backlash, but was itself devoid of any racist backlash. Not that the confirmation bias arrived with Twitter. The following clip from the satirical 1980s British sitcom Yes, Prime Minister does a fairly good job of describing today’s British print media.

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Racism in Vancouver: Lingering in Less Obvious Forms

Illustration by david anderson http://davidandersonillustration.com

Last weekend I attended a facilitator training by CitizenU on Anti-discrimination. Having been part of the ArtQuake team for less than a week, I didn’t know what to expect from the weekend. It turned out to be a wonderful experience. Apart from getting to know and bonding with ArtQuake co-founders Tahia and Jannika, I discovered some fascinating yet disturbing facts about the history of racism in Vancouver, which plunged me into a deep reflection about forms of racism today.

Not too long ago…

For those of us born in the late 80’s it’s always shocking to be reminded that legal and institutionalized racism existed in Canada as little as 50 years ago. Consider that it was only in 1960 that ‘Status Indians’ living on reserves received the right to vote in federal elections for the first time. We watched a documentary during the training which showed that there were growing branches of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)  in Canada during the 1920s and 1930s, but even in 1980 the Canadian Knights of the KKK had about 2,500 committed Klan members, from recruits in urban British Columbia schools, Vancouver high schools, the University of British Columbia, and the B.C. Institute of Technology, most of which were very young.These members were white supremacists who were against immigration of other races to Canada. Did you know that during World War Two Canadians of Japanese origin, including Canadian-born and naturalized citizens (men, women and children) were detained, relocated, and expelled from their British Columbia homes, and 23,000 Japanese Canadians were sent to detention camps in the interior of BC, Southern Alberta and Manitoba? Chinese Canadians were only given the right to vote in Federal elections in 1947, and Indigenous People were given the right to vote in B.C. in 1950.

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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.

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