With BC Youth Week 2019 coming up May 1-7, we’re gearing up to celebrate all things youth, including our fantastic Youth Leaders: Sheroan Anthonypillai, Stratos Charalambides, James Hickson, and Silvia Rubino. With experience ranging up to a decade at the Roundhouse, this dedicated team ensures that youth have a welcoming, fun, and safe space to play, learn, and build community. We took a bit of time to connect with the team and learn more about why youth support is so important at the Roundhouse.
20 June, 1937 – 22 January, 2019
“Order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction.” – Kenneth Clark
Michael Noon, a beloved member of the Roundhouse Society’s Board from December 2008 until January 2013, and then of the Society’s Advisory Council until 2015, passed away peacefully early in 2019. He was kept company by close friends, who were remarkable in their love and care of him, and were by his side at the end. We, at the Roundhouse, feel the loss of this lovely man who was such a bright light in the Vancouver arts community.
We’re excited to introduce you to the Roundhouse’s new Youth Council! This team of very cool and very engaged youth grades 8-11 are collaborating with our Community Youth Worker, Sally Chan, on projects and events at the Centre. Learn more about why these youth decided to join, along with fun facts about each Council member.
Our Community Youth Worker, Sally Chan, has been hard at work coordinating a variety of new programs for youth in 2019, including a partnership between the Roundhouse and UnderToe Skateboard Academy. The program provides fun, beginner skateboard lessons for youth ages 7-13, who want to learn the fundamentals of skateboarding, taught by experienced coaches, in a safe and supervised environment.
In Fall 2018 Sally Chan joined the Roundhouse team as our new Community Youth Worker and in just a few months has initiated a handful of youth programs and initiatives for the New Year. We took a moment to check in with Sally to see what drew her to this role, why it’s important to create safe and supportive space for youth, and her plans for youth at the Roundhouse.
November 7, 1946 – September 25, 2018
It is with tremendous sorrow that the Roundhouse said goodbye to Ralph McKnight, an invaluable member of our community, who died in late September 2018. As an active contributor to the Roundhouse Society for over twenty years, Ralph leaves an indelible impression with his warm-hearted, loving, and passionate presence.
On November 6 the Roundhouse Foyer will be animated with a tribute to those who gave their lives during WWI as part of The World Remembers project leading up to Remembrance Day. Spearheading the project is Roundhouse Society Board Director and Director and Composer in Residence at Mountain View Cemetery, Mark Haney. Mark shared how he came to be involved in the project and his thoughts on why it’s an important part of remembering the fallen.
This past summer, the Roundhouse welcomed Kay Slater as one of the Centre’s new preparators. With a background in fine arts and design and a keen objective to bring accessibility into gallery spaces, Kay has become an invaluable part of the team. We took a moment to speak with Kay about what compelled them to become a preparator, why community spaces like the Roundhouse are important to artists, and how Kay’s personal experience with hearing challenges has shaped the way they work.
In Spring 2018 the Vancouver Park Board, in collaboration with Made in BC, launched a call for proposals for a two-year Community Dance Residency at the Roundhouse. The residency called upon professional dancers and choreographers with community-engaged practices to work together with non-professional dancers of varying experience and ability to create and produce new works.
Beyond acting as our beloved Production Administrator, Maria Rita Castillo is an accomplished poet, using her words to share her experience in migrating from the Philippines to Canada. She was compelled to write poetry through a love for classic literature and an understanding that the form could help her to express thoughts and emotions with greater clarity. In early 2000, Maria decided to submit her work online and has since had two poems published by the International Poetry Society and formed friendships with a community of writers and artists who share her passion for the written word.