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A Participatory Creative Mapping Project 2018


This project centers on presenting a more realistic vision of how arts and cultural resources are associated with community well-being components. Recognizing the power of arts and cultural resources in every one of us and bolstering them to promote community well-being is a global issue of the utmost pertinence.  


Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society invites you to a participatory creative mapping project where we explore the relationship between place and our identities and discover an interesting way of knowing and expressing the spaces we make and use in everyday life—and the relationships that they create, through our own poetry, sound, image, and movement. A new way of engaging with Vancouver will emerge and become an interactive online map to be shared with the world.


People of All Ages, Backgrounds, and Abilities are Welcome.



Art-Based workshops

When does space become place?  What makes a place a home?  What is a sense of place? What is People-Place relationship?Why does it matter? What can sense of place do for our environment?

Each workshop is structured to explore four themes* and includes a guest artist talk and creative art making activities. These activities involve movement between pre-reflective and reflective levels and support the process of transforming inner experiences into symbolic form that can be communicated to others: words, images, sounds, or movements. Bring your curiosity and imagination and be part of this new creative mapping project!

Community Partners:

Webinar Series 1: Knowledge-Generating Space

Webinar Series 2:

Relational Space

 Webinar Series 3:

Negative Space

Call for Submission

We will accept poems and photograph (high resolution), images such as photograph and sketches (high resolution, JPEG), sounds (mp3), and movement (youtube link).

                    Submit for a chance to win a VACS Cotton Tote Bag!









Please read the Submission Requirements and Guidelines. By submitting this form, you agree to the terms of this contract and the following:

  • You represent and warrant that you are the creator of the work submitted.

  • You agree to grant the VACS the right to use the artwork for promotional and/or documentation purposes of the event/exhibition.

  • You understand that the submission of your artwork is non-returnable and non-modifiable.

  • If selected, you agree to have your artwork reproduced on the VACS website and other media for publicity purposes.

  • You understand that submissions received without all of the items required and without the proper file naming format will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed by the selection committee.

  • You understand that any content that may be deemed offensive, indecent, or objectionable, will not be published. 

Contributing Artists

Lilia d 'Acres

Sharon Bool

Pille Bunnell

Leanne M. Christie

Robin Clark

Danielle Gagnier

Yoyo Gang

Claudine Gévry

Maya Honda-Granirer

Synn Kune Loh

Noriko Nasu-Tidball

Gary Nay

Gabriel Pliska

Leah Price

Brian Robertson

David Roomy

Joel Tibbits

More to be announced!

Permission granted by artists to use work for Mapping the Wonderous West Side. All other rights reserved.


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We thank for the Government of Canada for the funding and our community partners, UBC Faculty of Arts Internship, Dunbar Community Centre, West Point Grey Community Centre, and Kitsilano Community Centre, and Rick Hansen Institute's Consumer Engagement Lead for their support and collaboration.  


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