Weaving Our Way: What if our community stories were actually woven together?
Richmond City Hall Galleria 6911 No 3 Road.
Viewing hours are Monday thru Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Weaving Our Way includes the display of small individual weavings, their accompanying stories, and a collective collaborative blanket. The exhibition will explore the theme of Musqueam weaving, artistry, story-telling, and community organizing, showcasing a multiplicity of heritage in the form of contemporary woven public art.
This exhibition will challenge people’s notions of community as an emergent, living process, rather than a frozen structure. Communities arise within groups of people based on overlapping motivations, identities, interests, and lived experience. Weaving is a metaphor for these connections, especially those that bridge cultural and generational boundaries. The act of communal weaving also forms those very bridges, so that we can act creatively and collectively.
As part of this presentation, at 2pm on Saturday, September 22, 2018, Debra Sparrow and VACS will present a weaving workshop and short film screening at Richmond Art Gallery, free and open to the public.
About the exhibitors:
Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society (VACS) supports artists and creative communities, in Vancouver and beyond, and builds cultural resilience in communities through art. To overcome inter-generational gaps and disconnections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, VACS has developed the weaving project with Musqueam weaver Debra Sparrow, based on the premise that we all have something to learn, to teach, to create, and to weave into a community. Running since 2015, and currently at the Dunbar Community Centre, the project has expanded with an additional artist Dawn Livera and 2017 Cultural Arts grant, to foster a truly sustainable development, skill-sharing, and creative freedom through weaving.