organizations

Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice 世代同行會

 Formerly Youth for Chinese Seniors, Yarrow has been serving low-income immigrant seniors in Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside since 2015. With two part-time staff and the support of over forty volunteers, we provide outreach to isolated seniors, interpretation and translation services, advocacy, and diverse programming that builds bridges between generations. We combine service provision and grassroots organizing, with a core belief that service work is political and that as a community, we have the tools we need to take care of one another. We empower seniors and youth to work together to improve their communities and tackle the difficult problems of oppression and violence. Our vision is of a Chinatown that is intergenerational and thriving, with accessible and culturally relevant services and an environment that cherishes our seniors and youth.

Yarrow recognizes and values the diversity of everyone in our community. As an organization we are committed to welcoming and affirming the human rights of all people, including people of colour, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ people, sex workers, and people with disabilities.

Pride in Art/Queer Arts Festival/SUM Gallery

The Pride in Art Society (PiA) is a professional multidisciplinary art organization dedicated to the presentation and promotion of queer art and artists; inspiring recognition, respect, and visibility of people who transgress gender and sexual norms. Through curated exhibitions, performing arts presentations, readings, artist talks, panels, workshops, and screenings, we bring diverse communities together to support artistic risk-taking, incite creative collaboration and experimentation, and celebrate the rich heritage of queer artists and art. PiA produces the Queer Arts Festival (QAF), recognized as one of the top 5 festivals of its kind worldwide (Melbourne Herald Sun). QAF produces, presents & exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring challenging, thought-provoking work that pushes boundaries & initiates dialogue. QAF has a strong record of culturally diverse programming within its LGBT2SQ mandate, emphasizing prominent representation of artists, staff, and membership from communities who have called the DTES home—notably Asian-Canadian (specifically Chinese and Japanese) and Indigenous communities. Since 1998, PiA has presented 1,735 artists in more than 220 events, welcomed 61,500 patrons & incited the creation of dozens of new Canadian works through commissions, premières & curation. QAF’s programming has garnered wide acclaim as “easily one of the best art exhibitions of the year” (Vancouver Sun), “concise, brilliant and moving” (Georgia Straight) & “on the forefront of aesthetic and cultural dialogue today” (Xtra).

Pacific Canada Heritage Centre - Museum of Migration

加太承傳中心暨移民博物館協會

The Pacific Canada Heritage Centre – Museum of Migration (PCHC – MoM) Society is a non-profit society incorporated to build a wider and improved understanding of Canada’s history and growth through intercultural explorations of historic and current trans-Pacific immigration.

Its mission is to establish a Museum of Migration at a site of historical significance for Canadians whose families first arrived in Canada through its western portals, and create a supporting national research network for an interdisciplinary and more inclusive interpretation of Canada’s history.

The PCHC- Museum of Migration will be a hub where Canadians can engage with each other to understand past and current relationship between immigrants and host communities, including their interaction with First Nations peoples, and where Canadians will be able to research their family history and share their stories.

Since 2012, it has functioned as a “museum without walls” and offered a range of activities from workshops, cultural walking tours, to oral history projects and exhibitions throughout Metro Vancouver and Toronto in partnership with its wide networks of collaborators.

Pathways to Education

The Pathways to Education program, delivered through Pacific Community Resources Society, aims to enhance educational success and supports youth living in the Downtown Eastside and Strathcona community to successfully graduate from high school and transition into post-secondary education, training or employment. The high school graduation rate for the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver, including the Downtown Eastside, is lower than the provincial average and the lowest of all Vancouver communities. According to the most recent census data only 41 percent of young adults (20-34) in Strathcona have a high school diploma. Working in partnership with community partners, local schools, school boards, and many diverse volunteers, Pathways to Education is helping to break the cycle of poverty through education and support strategic, long-term social change. Pathways to Education's innovative community-based program provides free academic, social, financial, and individualized supports to youth, including: Tutoring and academic support; Mentoring and social activities; One-on-one educational and social support; Bus tickets and grocery cards; Positive relationships with adult role models; and Scholarships for post-secondary education and training. The results of this unique Program have been ground breaking, increasing high school graduation rates by an average of 85 per cent in 20 communities across Canada, with 75% of all Pathways students successfully transitioning to post-secondary education.

Onion Language Centre

Onion Language Centre exists to dismantle the way we interact with language learning in general and put it back together with the learner in mind.

Language is a huge part of our human experience, and it is meant to be learned as an extension of human interaction.

Language is not just about mechanically trading words back and forth with others, but really involves conveying meaning through what you say and even what you don’t.

Learning Chinese is frankly often a painful experience for many people. But learning a language doesn’t have to be painful. It can, and should, be a challenging but rewarding experience that you face on your own terms.

Made in BC - Dance on Tour

Made in BC- Dance on Tour is a non-profit industry association dedicated to building a culture for dance throughout the province of British Columbia. Our programs create opportunities for people from all over BC to learn about the arts, express themselves creatively and celebrate a shared humanity through dance performance and activities. We connect BC communities with dance artists; fostering an appreciation of contemporary dance by collaborating with arts presenters, community arts councils, parks boards, schools and community groups across the province. We support dance artists by connecting them to community partners and nurturing and supporting their creative ideas and projects by enhancing their capacity to bring their passion to others. If you want to bring dance to your community through performances, residencies, workshops and community engaged dance projects – we can help make it happen!

LIVE Biennale of Performance Art

LIVE, The LIVE International Performance Art Biennale is a showcase and forum of contemporary performance art. Our mission is to encourage ideas around live art through a creative, critically engaged program of activities. We strive to be an internationally focused inclusive site of cultural exchange and collaboration that promote art and ideas to simultaneously engage the public’s imagination and activate their roles within the social body. We are dedicated to servicing multi-cultural engagement by offering new professional opportunities to exceptional artists locally and worldwide, and providing a forum for emerging artists. LIVE enjoys an historic and ongoing relationship with the Downtown East Side and Chinatown community and consciously supports the local art centres and businesses. LIVE is a celebration of cultural diversity and personal identity inclusive of and sensitive to First Nations, visible minorities, sexual orientations, genders, and people of different ages and histories.

ICOAAT International Centre for Arts and Technology

ICOAAT, the International Centre of Arts and Technology is Vancouver’s Literary Makerspace. We are interested in all things literary and text based. ICOAAT is home to the Dominion Reading Series for marginalized writers, produces Storytelling with Drag Queens and holds other diverse events around the Lower Mainland in various venues.

ICOAAT is an organization that holds space for intersectional LGTBQI2S and BIPOC creatives. The studio space will be set up to provide for small innovative production of chapbooks, sewing projects with text, printmaking and letterpress works.

We have partnered with the Burnaby Public Library, The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, United Church of Canada, Microsoft Metrotown, Café Deux Soleils and Cottage Bistro to put on literary events that seek to bring diversity to Vancouver. We continue to look for new partnerships with unique community members and help those that may face challenges in putting together literary events.

Groundswell

Groundswell is a non-profit society providing accessible education to support the creation of meaningful employment and social ventures. We provide space for young ideas and young ventures to connect, flourish, and contribute to the local economy. Our social venture training and mentoring programs put the emphasis on the individual and the community, helping people build sustainable projects with a little money and a lot of impact. Our program participants includes artists, makers, foodies, designers, educators, healers, and social service providers who are united by a desire to belong to something greater than themselves. Through Groundswell, participants and alumni connect to mentors, industry experts, professionals and other organizations using business as a tool to build better communities and working towards a more collaborative economy. Our vision is a regenerative, collaborative economy where each individual can contribute meaningfully and find purpose in their life through their work.

Greater Vancouver Weavers' and Spinners' Guild

Eight enterprising women initiated the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild in 1935. Today we have one hundred and fifty members. Interesting monthly programs, workshops and special interest study groups are arranged to appeal to beginners as well as more advanced weavers and spinners. The guild sponsors lectures, shows, demonstrations and exhibitions to promote and support weaving and spinning in the greater Vancouver area including Vancouver, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Delta, Richmond, Surrey, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, and other suburbs.

The Purposes of the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild are as follows:

  • To promote, encourage and improve the art and craft of weaving and spinning.

  • To provide an opportunity for the sharing of knowledge, skill and ideas among the guild members.

  • To emphasize the importance of achieving and maintaining the highest possible standards of excellence in all work.

  • To collect current literature and other materials relating to the art and craft of weaving, spinning and dyeing and to make these available to all members of the guild.

Full Circle First Nations Performance

Full Circle: First Nations Performance is a non-profit society and registered charity that creates opportunities for Indigenous artists. Margo Kane (Cree/Saulteaux), an interdisciplinary artist and Indigenous arts leader, founded Full Circle in 1992. Upon establishing Full Circle, Kane’s vision was to make a profound contribution to the development of Indigenous performance in Canada.

Traditionally, in the Indigenous world, art is not separated from the community. It is integral to a happy and healthy way of life. Full Circle believes in rooting art back into the community, where it was traditionally and where it is intended to be. Through creating opportunities for Aboriginal artists to express their life experiences and engage with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, we share these values with as wide scope as possible so that people of all races and ages have a better understanding of First Nations, Metis and Inuit culture.

Canton Sardine 沙甸鹹水埠

In 1958, inside the Parisian Iris Clert Gallery, French avant-garde movement artist Yves Klein emptied an entire exhibition space of an art gallery. Visitors upon lifting the blue curtains at the entrance, enter an empty exhibition hall. Although Klien’s original intention was to provide viewers a monochromatic visual experience, he simultaneously became the pioneer of taking the space known as the “White Cube” as the subject of the exhibition itself. Two years later, in 1960, Arman, a distinctive figure of Neo-Realist art, filled an entire exhibition space of the same gallery with discarded materials, but visitors were required to view the exhibition outside of closed doors and display windows. The invitation to this exhibition, titled Full-Up, was a sardine can full of handwritten texts. To this day, the term “White Cube” has become synonymous with art galleries and spaces; nevertheless, it is no longer an adequate description for today’s non-profit artist-run centers. We hope to replace the word “space” with “sardine,” because other than exhibitions, a non-profit artist-run center also carries curatorial and publishing functions, as it can also be a site for artist residencies and bookstores among many other roles.  

This institution is found by Vancouver based artists originally from Canton, China, hence the name “Canton-sardine.”

BC Libraries Cooperative

Our organization was founded in 2009 to develop the Evergreen® open-source ILS to support a new generation of library service in British Columbia. Since then, we have grown in both membership and range of services to take advantage of opportunities we see for our members, and in response to what our members tell us they need in their communities. We are governed by a board elected by our members, and we welcome member participation through a number of channels 

We help our members do a lot with a little. When it comes to IT infrastructure, our aim is to increase technological capacity in all of our members’ communities. We aim high, and as a hybrid between a traditional library consortium and a technology start-up we are a unique organization in Canada.

BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA)

The The BC Civil Liberties Association, established in 1962, is one of Canada’s leading social and democratic justice non-governmental organizations. With a mandate that includes work on police accountability, government transparency, voting rights, prisoners’ rights, national security issues and women’s rights, we are one of the most vibrant and visible advocacy groups in the country.

BEST: Better Environmentally Sound Transportation

BEST is a charitable organization that has been promoting sustainable transportation since 1991. Our mission is to activate better transportation options through initiatives, collaboration and leadership. BEST's current programs include The Bicycle Valet, free and secure bicycle parking at events, Parkbus, express bus service to BC Provincial Parks, STAR, Seniors Transportation Access and Resources, BC Commuter Challenge,  a one week sustainable commuting event for organizations, Living Streets, a citizen-engagement program focused on improving the pedestrian experience, and WalkSide, mapping and routing walkability and accessibility of city streets.

Asian Canadian Writers Workshop

The Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop Society (ACWW) is a not for profit organization and is governed by a board of directors and executive team.  The Purpose of the Society is:

  • to organize, sponsor, stage and otherwise promote cultural arts activities and events including festivals, presentations, demonstrations, exhibits, workshops and seminars involving Pacific Rim Asian Canadian literary arts, themes and interests conducted in the English language;

  • to encourage public appreciation of the above through educational activities including cultural exchange and scholarship

  • to foster public appreciation, awareness and community development through cultural events.