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Carnegie Association

Documentaries for Thinkers


Free documentaries covering subjects seldom covered by mainstream media.

Carnegie Centre Theatre

Shows every Saturday night EXCEPT the first Sat of every month. Often Q&A sessions from the producers attending.


For more information contact Colleen Carroll 



Mapping the Everyday: Neighbourhood Claims for the Future
A Process-oriented Collaborative Exhibition
Nov. 1 -Feb. 25
The Audain Gallery
DTES Women's Shelter
DTES Community

 Lantern Making Workshops  

In preparation for the Winter 
Solstice Lantern Festival, 
workshops will be hosted at 
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical 
Chinese Garden. 

Learn to make a Pin-prick 
Lantern with Artist Instructor 
Debbie Blair!

Sundays December 11 & 18, 
1:00-3:00 PM

$5 per lantern

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical 
Chinese Garden
578 Carrall St.
In the Hall of One Hundred 

For information contact Donna 
Chen 604-662 -3207  
Eastside Fridays!

Come visit us at the EWMA studio storefront for Eastside Fridays!
Come celebrate the wonderful artwork and our amazing artists! Fun filled nights with art, music and stories. 

Please call 604.253.2512 for information about our upcoming events.

802 East Hastings
Wed-Sat: 12:00pm-6:30pm
Sun: 12:00pm-4:00pm

Supporting women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to work together and develop an alternative form of business or employment. We offer a free space for all women artists and artisans who want to learn new skills to make and sell marketable artwork. Enterprising Women Making Art (EWMA) is a program of Atira Women's Resource Society, a community-based organization that supports all women, and their children, who are experiencing the impact of violence/abuse.

Join a bookclub


Participate in a Creative Writing Circle


Attend an Arts/Culture Appreciation  Event


Intrepid Pens DTES Reading & Writing Society provides literacy based programming for DTES residents.

Help-Portrait Vancouver 2010 (Thank You)
Watch the Help Portrait Vancouver Video

A Big Smiling Success!

239 portraits were taken at the Union Gospel Mission on December 3rd.  


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There are many opportunities to get involved with CACV, including event support throughout the summer.  


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Community Arts Council of Vancouver

creates community through the arts.

Our mission: CACV is the voice for the community arts in Vancouver. We explore critical social issues through creative processes. CACV fosters and supports programs, practices and initiatives that develop common understanding through shared experiences. 

From its founding in 1946 as the first community arts council in North America to today, CACV has been influential in the arts and culture scene in Vancouver. 2010 program priorities are to support community arts programming and infrastructure in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver; provide leadership in community arts in the City as a whole; and be a leader in the developing field of environmental art.

Community Arts Council of Vancouver
Established 1946


December is here and the DTES is a hive of activity and creativity--even more so than usual.  


You may be involved with one or more of the events here - and maybe you'll attend some of the others to support friends and neighbours.

We are grateful to once again be one of the beneficiaries of the Bah! Humbug! benefit coming soon. Watch the Woodward's Atrium video monitor for some preview shots and images about the organizations involved.


I am looking forward to some holiday time - and also to 2012 which is shaping up to be another active year for Arts Council activities in the neighbourhood.


Other events we've missed here? Please add at our social network site. We promise to "like", "share" and "tweet" to help you get the word out. We have over 4000 facebook friends and 1630 followers on twitter.    



Mary Bennett,
Administrator, CACV


Bah! Humbug!   

SFU Woodward's and the Vancouver Moving Theatre with the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company and The Community Arts Council of Vancouver are pleased to bring back to the stage Bah! Humbug!, a benefit in support of community arts in the Downtown Eastside.
A contemporary adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Bah! Humbug! parallels the economic disparities between Victorian England and Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Reconceived as a staged reading and musical event, this presentation includes community actors working along-side professional actors from the city.

December 14 - 17 at 7:30 PM & December 17 - 18 at 2:00 PM
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Level B2 at SFU Woodwards 
Call 604.873.3311 for more information or to purchase tickets 

Gallery Gachet
On December 9, 2011 Gallery Gachet will offer for sale an exclusive selection of artworks generously donated by emerging and established artists from the Lower Mainland and beyond to support the gallery in its effort to raise much needed funds for its programming and to support its mandate. 
Artworks from Rosemary Burden, Enda Bardell, Vasan Sitthiket, Margaret M. Mah, Debra Sloan, Phyllis Schwartz, Monica Deac and Mandara Lebovitz will be for sale, representing a diverse range of mediums, from drawing to ceramics; and varying styles, from figurative to abstract. 
Many of the artists whose works are in the auction boast impressive international exhibition acclaim. Enda Bardell's hard-edge metaphysical abstract paintings are in the permanent collection of the KUMU National Art Museum of Estonia in Tallinn and were included in the Estonian Art in Exile exhibition in 2010. Her donation to the Fundraising Art Auction is representative of the artist's career as an abstract painter, similar to those held by the KUMU National Art Museum. Debra Sloan's clay sculptures are in the permanent collection of the International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary and her works are currently on exhibit in Alberta, Ontario and Kecskemet, Hungary. Monica Deac's abstract paintings have been exhibited in solo and group shows in New York and Chicago.Thai artist, Vasan Sitthiket's works have been acquired for the permanent collections of a number of institutions, including the MOMA (NY), the National Gallery (Bangkok), the Singapore Art Museum and the Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane). He has also won a number of  awards for his work from bodies in Thailand and India.


The Fundraising Art Auction is organized as a silent auction at Gallery Gachet, with bidding starting at 8.30pm and ending at 9:45pm. The winning bids will be announced at 10pm. Gallery Gachet invites the public to attend the auction and bid for artworks. 
There is no cost to attend the event. Refreshments will be served. 

For more information, please contact Lara Fitzgerald, Programming Director, or Gabriella Solti, Fundraising Coordinator

604.687.2468 or by email at programming@gachet.or




Second Annual DTES Community Craft Fair


Get your Christmas shopping done while supporting low-income women in the Downtown Eastside this Saturday!
  • Free handmade button for every customer who makes a purchase, while supplies last! 
  • Hot chocolate and cookies!
  • Bring your addresses, we'll mail a card to friends or family for you!
  • Kids welcome, come decorate a gingerbread person and take a photo with Mrs. Claus!
  • Bring a donation of a pair of new athletic socks to bring some warmth to someone this season
The Community Christmas Craft Fair is a unique experience: crafts are affordably priced, vendors are part of a supportive community that the public is welcomed into, and any proceeds go, without any fee deducted, into the hands of the vendors. Craft sessions were held in the community leading up to the craft fair at the LifeSkills Centre, The Rainier Hotel, the Bosman Hotel Community and Station Street Community working on a range of projects designed to be accessible to all levels of ability and experience, while flexible enough to allow women to bring their own style and character to each piece. All supplies were provided to participants as well as support, guidance and encouragement. 


A number of independent crafters are also involved in the fair, but must provide a variety of affordably priced items (under $20) to make this the most inclusive and accessible craft sale of the season, a true community building event. 


Where: Interurban Art Gallery, 1 East Hastings Street
When: 12pm to 6pm
What: Crafts, hot chocolate, cookies, photos with Mrs. Claus! 


Contact Coco Culbertson at or 604.724.0834
A Call Out to Artists: Help Brighten the Union Gospel Mission 


In order to better meet the needs of the struggling men, women and families in the DTES, we recently opened a new 70,000 square foot facility on East Hastings. We're looking for upbeat, positive, happy, peaceful or calm works of art for the empty wall space at Union Gospel Mission. Our hope is that this facility becomes a warm, creative and healing environment for our guests, residents and tenants. With plenty of empty wall space, we are inviting local artists to submit original pieces that will adorn our hallways and inspire those who call UGM home.   
We are searching for artists interested in either donating an existing piece, or submitting a concept and creating a new piece specifically for one of the many walls in our facility. 
The artwork demonstrate at least one of the following: love, determination, transforming communities, redemption, or overcoming obstacles. 
  • It should use colour 
  • It should be something that can be appreciated by a majority of viewers. 
  • If any scenery is depicted, it is local/Metro Vancouver, and shows a transformed neighbourhood.
  • Depicts more than one person (to inspire the desire for community and relationship in those who often choose isolation) Faces depicted show authenticity (to tell a story).
  • Does not personify God or any deities (out of interdenominational sensitivity)
  • Does not depict children (to avoid triggers for those who have lost families)
  • Is not violent, kitschy, sterile or clinical
If a piece is selected and installed in 2011, we would like to offer an honorarium of $100, along with recognition in our spring 2012 issue of Gratitude (full color newsletter received by 55,000 of our donors).
To submit your work, please include artists name, title of the work, size of the piece (in inches), value of the artwork, medium, and a photograph of the piece (no larger than 2 MB). Submission Deadline is December 30, 2011. 
For more information, or to submit your artwork/proposal for consideration, please contact Natalie Dunlop 
604.215.5445 ext. 336
Community Arts in the DTES
Networking workshops - coming in 2012

With the recent success of three workshops on grant-writing facilitated by Sonja Embree, Vice-President of CACV, and Administrator, Mary Bennett, we are planning a series of monthly networking workshops around a variety of topics. You can contribute your suggestions here. or contact

Thank you to the City of Vancouver for providing the W Room on the 5th Floor of the Woodward's Heritage building for these sessions.

While primarily intended for organizations who provide community arts events in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, others welcome if space permits.

In the meantime, if you were among the 60 who attended the grant-writing workshops, you might be interested in looking at this list from IDEA Encore.

"A list of 20 items needed for a successful grant from the FUNDER'S perspective. Not rocket science, just years of experience hearing program officers complain about what was NOT in a grant that they wanted to see."

CACV Funders


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