February 19, 2021
Arts Office eNews::February 2014

This month's creative community highlights:

  • North Shore Culture Days makes Canada's 'Top 10' list
  • DNV staffer Deirdre Rogers is Artist Among Us
  • Guest writer Karen Moola tells us about Culture Babes
  • Pigs and art at the Smith Gallery
  • Cascadia's special arts programs
  • Traffic box artist of the month
  • Next Generation board development workshop

Check the ON! calendar and find out about all of the arts and cultural activities happening here on the North Shore. 

The Arts Office team,
Barb, John & Lori



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  • The national Culture Days office recently announced the top ten cities and towns across Canada participating in 2013 Culture Days.  Based on the total number of registered activities, North Vancouver ranked #10 overall in Canada.  And in the regional top ten category, we're #6.  Bravo to all of the North and West Vancouver artists, arts and cultural organizations, libraries, heritage groups and creative businesses that helped to put us on the national Culture Days map!

  • Deirdre Rogers (pictured above third from the left), has been the Properties Clerk at the District of North Vancouver for 6 ½ years. When she's not in the office, she keeps herself busy playing the viola and singing in choirs.  Music is something she loves and she's glad to have a livelihood that allows her to pursue her passion.  "It's all about balance", says Deirdre, "My day job allows me to be a happy amateur musician instead of a struggling artist!"

  • Contributed by guest writer, Karen A. Moola.

    New parents are quickly thrown into feedings and diaper changes, with one day running into the next. It is no surprise that parents seek out activities to brighten their routine. Culture Babes provides a refreshing new take; infusing culture into the experience of parenthood. (Photo credit, Conni Vogelfaenger)

  • Internationally renowned Canadian artist Gu Xiong will guide hundreds of North Vancouver school children and community members in the creation of 16,000 clay pigs at workshops on February 22nd and March 1st at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art. The clay pig sculptures will be incorporated into Xiong's HuangPu River art installation that will form part of a new exhibition opening May 9th at the Smith Gallery.

  • The Cascadia Society is a life-sharing community located in North Vancouver that provides residential home care for adults with special needs. Arts and culture is integral to the Cascadia philosophy and can be found in the range of creative offerings that they present in the community each year. Through music, theatre and creative movement,  Cascadia allows the potential in each person to unfold.

  • Julia Mamen, a Grade 7 student in the French Immersion program at Cleveland Elementary School was one of many young artists that participated in the North Shore Nature project. Her artwork was among the twelve designs selected to be wrapped around traffic signal boxes in the City and District of North Vancouver.  Julia's colourful artwork can be viewed at the intersection of Old Lilloet and Lillooet Road.

  • The final workshop in this year's Survivor 101: Next Generation Series happens on Tuesday March 11th and will focus on the steps involved in building a highly effective and functional Board of Directors. Participants will learn about key roles and responsibilities and how boards  fit into the 'big picture' in small to mid-size community arts organizations.