What if our community stories were actually woven together? Weaving Our Way includes the display of small individual weavings, their accompanying stories, and a collective collaborative blanket. The exhibition explores
What if our community stories were actually woven together? Weaving Our Way includes the display of small individual weavings, their accompanying stories, and a collective collaborative blanket. The exhibition explores 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 work challenges 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.
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.
A Roundhouse partnership with Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society
DATE Nov 8, 2018 – Jan 3, 2019
TIME Mon-Fri 9am-9:45pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4:45pm
LOCATION Great Hall Gallery
November 8 (Thursday) - January 3 (Thursday)
The Roundhouse | Great Hall
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