Who We Are
We are a group of neighbours who live in Mount Pleasant. Our group formed as part of the Broadway East Revitalization Project and the associated Weaving Policy, People and Place Together group. We applied and were successfully funded by the Neighbourhood Small Grants program in 2013.
Our mission is to transform the stretch of Broadway, between Prince Edward and Prince Albert, into a place where neighbours and community members can fully experience art in all its forms while strengthening awareness of businesses in the area and promoting community engagement.
What is an Art Walk?
Although the name might suggest it is a walk, it is actually an unguided drop in drop out event. During the times established, businesses and locations will host artists and light refreshments allowing people to freely flow and experience different art work at their own pace. With time, art walks are only one of the things we do.
How is this different from similar long-standing fall art events?
Our art walk event is shorter as it happens one day only and it takes place inside and outside of businesses, not art studios. More importantly part of our mandate is to have an unjuried event, which means artists new and experienced can participate and share their work (there is no cost for artists to participate). Finally, our event focuses on a specific area of Broadway that is normally not very inviting, transforming it and inspiring new uses for it by creating a temporary art destination. With time we have also evolved to explore different arts (installations and film), sponsor public pianos and community art projects and partnerships that fit our mission of transforming spaces and communities through art. We believe in public art, giving access to all through free events and collaborations because we can always do more together than alone.
Partner, Friends and Sponsors
The following is a list of groups that have at one time or another and collaborated with us and without whom we wouldn’t be able to put our events together:
- 100 in 1 Day Vancouver
- Active Fiction Project
- BC Culture Days
- CityStudio Vancouver
- Civic Renewal Lab
- The Drift Society
- Dude Chilling Art Collective and Art Exchange
- Erin’s Neighbourhood Project
- Hot Art Wet City
- The Food Connection
- Kalama Collective
- Laneway Artist Collective
- Livable Laneways
- Means of Production Artists Raw Resource Collective (MOPARRC)
- The Midtown Experiment (by the Chinatown Experiment)
- Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House – MetamorFest
- Our Social Fabric
- Papergirl Vancouver
- Radical Spirits Art Collective
- Santiago & Deborah – Tango Argentino
- St George Rainway
- Vancouver Cycle Chic
- Vancouver Farmers Market – Mount Pleasant
- Vancouver Foundation Neighbourhood Small Grants
- Vancouver Pop-Up-Poets
- Western Front