Creating Connections with Ideas
Pantages Story Update On Saturday 28 October, at app 12:15 noon, we will be giving the first recital at the Pantages in over 50 years. It will run about 25 minutes, with music from Broadway to opera given by soprano Diana Oros-Wilder, and pianist Michael Onwood. Our friend John Atkin following a tour of ------is leading a Heritage tour, starting from the Chinese Cultural Centre at 10:30 that morning, and ending at your theatre almost 2 hours later.


Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network

The Downtown Eastside is the historic heart of our city. It is a neighbourhood and a community challenged by gentrification, the mass sale of illegal drugs, and poverty. Yet it has a history of overcoming challenges that would intimidate many other communities. The members of the Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network believe the arts are a powerful, indigenous resource in the Downtown Eastside and a highly accessible means for many who have limited material resources to utilize and expand their knowledge, skills and talents for community development. The interests of this Network is to contribute, through the arts, to the social, cultural and economic renewal of the Downtown Eastside to create a healthy, artistically vibrant and culturally rich community where people from predominately low incomes and with diverse life styles, abilities and financial means feel at home. CAN will do this by providing opportunities for residents of the Downtown Eastside to experience the arts as audience, for personal growth and expression, as aspiring and practicing artists, and for personal and collective voice for advocacy on issues affecting the community. CAN will do this by creating a locally-led sustainable economic and social renewal collaboration with local resident, community and business organizations. CAN will do this by building bridges with people and organizations within and beyond the Downtown Eastside that strengthens understanding and appreciation for the people of this community and their accomplishments. The Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network is guided by the ideas of inclusiveness, respect, and transparency. How the Downtown Eastside CAN The Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network of individuals, groups, and organizations collaborates with and supports one another to facilitate, plan, organize and create arts programs in the Downtown Eastside. CAN is open to all who subscribe to the interests and ideas that guide participants in the Network, which are to Support individuals and groups in determining their own futures Facilitate cooperation among groups within and beyond the community Communicate information and decision-making openly Encourage listening and communications that foster understanding and respect Appreciate that diversity is the source of creativity Grow and develop with the knowledge, skills, and talents each participant brings Create opportunities for people to acquire skills and knowledge Accept that some will choose not to be involved. Accept there will be disagreements Accept decisions arrived at collaboratively and revisit them only if conditions change. Recognize that contributions create contributions from others Ensure participation is open to all who accept these interests and ideas To pursue the interests of the Network and the Downtown Eastside, CAN will Undertake joint communications, promotion and media activities Collaborate in raising funds and in-kind resources Develop joint arts programs Bring arts programs and arts experiences to the community Share resources Provide training and work-experience opportunities in the arts and in activities that support arts programs Provide volunteer and employment opportunities in the arts Enable emerging and professional artists to work together and to learn from one another CAN respects the established relationships that each organization has with its patrons and funders and will work to strengthen the individual identity of each. What is CAN CAN is an unincorporated body and a project sponsored by the Community Arts Council of Vancouver, an existing non-profit organization by with charitable status. This relationship will be reviewed periodically to ensure it is working well and to consider the merits of CAN becoming an incorporated entity or remaining within the Community Arts Council. Community Arts Trust The Downtown Eastside Community Arts Trust fund is being established to contribute to the sustainability of local arts activities and will work closely with the community arts partnership. Fund-raising for the trust is being supported by the Friends of Carnegie and the Community Arts Network group of senior Vancouver business people. Founding Organizations At present the organizations working most closely to establish the Community Arts Network are Carnegie Community Centre, Central City Mission Foundation, desmedia, Firehall Arts Centre, Gallery Gachet, and Vancouver Moving Theatre. Others who are in agreement with the interests and ideas of the network are equally welcome. The Downtown Eastside The Downtown Eastside is defined as the area bounded by Victory Square to Clark Drive, and from the waterfront to Terminal and Pacific Avenues, incorporating the communities of Gastown, Chinatown, Strathcona, North Hastings, and Oppenheimer Park.

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