British Columbia Initiatives

‘65_RedRoses’ is a 2009 documentary produced and directed by Nimisha Mukerji and Phillip Lyall, and distributed in Canada by Hello Cool World, who created and now directs the ongoing ‘65_RedRoses #4Eva’ campaign. At 23, Eva Markvoort was waiting on the transplant list for new lungs.  Living with the fatal genetic disease, cystic fibrosis (CF), was a constant reminder that she needed to make every breath count.

African Storytelling comes to life wherever you find African Stages. Dancing, singing, drumming, acting, costumes, masks and the great storyteller Comfort Ero, bring traditional and contemporary African arts to gathering places, festivals, libraries and theatres in the Greater Vancouver area and across the country. African Stages Association was officially incorporated in Victoria, BC in 1997, although Comfort was telling stories long before then under the name Zibota African Moonlight Theatre.

AGEWELL questions the current aging paradigm, attempting to understand and tease apart conventions and assumptions from lived realities and experiences. With this understanding, we use arts-based facilitation to support cross-sector dialogue and collaboration to help improve seniors’ wellbeing. AGEWELL consists of two phases. In the first phase we invited the community to share their thoughts and feelings on aging by submitting creative expressions on the topic. Selected submissions were exhibited at the Vancouver Performing Arts Lodge (PAL) between May 30th and June 8th, 2014.

Arts and Arthritis provides Power Point presentations and a gallery walk of ceramic work, showing different aspects of living with chronic health conditions.

What does it mean to provide diversity competent healthcare? This art gallery exhibits 11 short graphic novel stories/comics describing the knowledge, skills and character traits needed to provide quality care to Fraser Health's diverse populations.

Art Heals is a Two Rivers Gallery program that has a history of over 10 years. Through this program, an artist works with University Hospital of Northern BC clients in the pediatric unit, adolescent psychiatric assessment unit, youth detox, adult psych and adult detox once or twice each week throughout the year. Each session is a hands on studio art activity aimed at engaging the clients and giving them an opportunity to express themselves through art.