Over the past couple of months I’ve had the privilege to be involved in the Housing Matters Media Project, a response by a team of great young artists to Vancouver’s housing crisis. They’ve created a suite of 10 short films that I think will surprise you, inform you, and move you to action. The first public screening is scheduled for February 7th at the Roundhouse Community Arts Centre.
Housing Matters was conceived and curated by community-engaged artists Corin Browne and Patti Fraser, two neighbours and friends who have supported and mentored me and many others for more than ten years. This project gave me the chance to try and pass on some of those skills.
The Housing Matters site is currently undergoing a bit of an overhaul, but one key part is up and running: the survey. We’re embarking on a data-collection project to try and reinforce the themes explored in the films with some hard numbers from the communities affected.
If you live in the greater Vancouver area, please take 2 minutes to add your voice to this great project.
Meanwhile, I’m using my blog to host some rather large audio files associated with the project, which will also appear over on the Housing Matters site. Recorded during workshops conducted last fall, these files feature local artists & educators Arelyn Weissman and Matt Hern.