The Artists’ Residency program is an important part of our commitment to community cultural development. Professional artists create collaborative projects with community members through workshops, programs, discussions, rehearsals and productions. Residency projects are about building a creative community; they promote diversity, innovation, collaboration and involvement.
Moberly hosts residencies for artists who seek space for rehearsal, presentations and collaborative art projects. Artists benefit from a space that gives them the opportunity to develop professionally and/or to create and complete projects. Artists give back to the community through outreach, events and programming activities.
We support projects that focus on empowering the creative voices of all participants; building on their personal experiences and backgrounds to realize a collaborative creative outcome. If you have a project that you would like to pursue at MACC get in touch with us!
Lori Snyder Medicinal Herb Garden
The Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre garden is being developed into a community space for growing herbs and medicinal plants under the guidance of Lori Snyder, a local indigenous herbalist and educator. Participate in drop-in workshops and gardening sessions to get up close and personal with some herbs that are easy to grow in your garden, and learn how to use them to create important medicines, salves, remedies, teas and more. If you would like to be involved in helping us grow this garden plot for the community, and learn how to use the herbs grown in it, please email Oliver McTavish-Wisden at Moberlyarts@vancouver.ca.
Big Band Jazz Festival
The Big Band Jazz Festival is a yearly two-day festival showcasing big bands from BC Universities, providing many of these bands the opportunity to learn from each other. Proceeds are donated to the Fraser McPHerson Scholarship Fund.
Dezza Dance provides classes, workshops, programs and productions to enhance the lives of dance artists and dance enthusiasts. Under the direction of dancer/choreographer Desirée Dunbar, emerging dance artists develop their own vocabulary and express themselves with peer support, as well as develop skills such as teaching classes.
For more info: dezzadance.com
Girls Rock Camp
Girls Rock Camp Vancouver is a project for female youth ages 8-17. We provide young women the opportunity to explore, access and create music with the guidance of positive mentors. We believe that girls possess power and agency and that we provide tools to amplify their already strong voices.
For more info: girlsrockcampvancouver.ca/about-us/
Interplay is an annual festival hosted at the Moberly Arts and Culture Centre featuring multiple performances from artists exploring the concept of performance through multidisciplinary stream.
For more info: mutablesubject.ca/Interplay2017
Polymer Dance offers weekly classes mixing techniques, training, and improvisation for beginners and intermediate/advanced non-professional dancers, along with opportunities to perform in a mix of traditional and non-traditional venues a few times a year. Led by Miriam Esquitín and Kristina Lemieux, Polymer collaborates with other community dance and arts groups, city events, and professional artists.
For more info: polymerdance.com
Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra is one of the first concert orchestras devoted specifically to performing new intercultural music on a grand scale. It is currently the only professional ensemble of its kind in Canada, and one of a only a handful that exist in the world. The VICO brings together musicians and composers from many cultural and artistic communities in the Greater Vancouver area, including Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Indian, Persian (Iranian), Latin and South American, Vietnamese, African, North American and European.
For more info: http://vi-co.org/
Writers International Network
The Writers International Network was created to fulfil the need of an environment where the work of an artist is appreciated and recognized no matter what background, what language or what cultural heritage that artist belongs to. Each year, the Writers International Network produces An Evening of Poetry to celebrate International Poetry Day, a free event that recognizes and awards Vancouver poets.
For more info: writersinternationalnetwork.wordpress.com
For further information on creative partnerships and community engagement call the Arts Programmer at 604-718-5857.