On Issues That Matter To Us
Note to Readers: Essays in this volume were written by the team and fellows of the Future Leaders Through Art Program (FLAP) during the summer of 2020. Its aim was to give youth tools for social justice, as well as help them explore the importance of and the possibilities that art could provide. Featuring a youth-centric view on current events, the magazine you have before you is a culmination of all those efforts. SHIFT focuses on the enduring, ever-present need for systems change as society evolves. As such, it is also named for the shift we wish to see in the world, and in each other. We hope that you emerge from SHIFT a little different and keep an open mind as you traverse the diverse range of experiences and ideas that we have to offer. Read on.
In Search of Our Cretive Edge
A Collaborative Artist's Book
The present volume is the product of a co-creative process that the contributors went through and that Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society (VACS), as editors, facilitated. This collaborative artist's notebook came from the voices of culturally diverse weavers of the ongoing intercultural weaving group organized by VACS. Searching for self-reflection and self-discovery during the COVID pandemic, VACS has initiated a collaborative artist notebook project (funded by the City of Vancouver's 2020 Cultural Arts Grants Program) in order to cultivate a peer-teaching practice as a basis for developing a community of practice where all learners and peer teachers are reflective partners who contribute to a joint enterprise, a shared repertoire, and mutual engagement. The notebook preserves the community’s soul as intimately and rawly as possible; therefore, a necessary part of the creative and generative community. This generated internal conversations that – hopefully – generated a shared value for all.