Prepare to Elevate!

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The streets, alleys and halls of Downtown Courtenay are on the brink of transformation as the final elements of the 4th annual Elevate Arts Festival converge for June 3-6. Over 250 artists and performers and hundreds more volunteers and community partners are putting the final touches on their contributions to this mash up of art, culture, ideas and urban reclamation!  
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The Elevate Arts Festival offers culture lovers a fringe-style menu of music, dance, puppetry, parades, films, literary events, projections, improv theatre, circus, live painting, street dining, pop up parks and so much more. A quick glance at the full schedule is enough to tickle the interest of the most fickle culture lover. There are options for participants of all ages including mural projects, writing and ‘zine workshops, puppet making, a giant collage event, kids shows, and hands on art, crafts and creations scattered across the 14 venues that come to life on Saturday June 6th.
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“Our vision with this event is to shatter barriers between the people who create culture and the people who consume culture”. says Elevate Co-Producer Meaghan Cursons. “We want to celebrate the incredible creative spirit of our community, in a barrier free format, and show how culture is such a force in community building. We also want to learn from each other and the rich mix of local and visiting artists creates powerful chemistry that helps to stretch our creative edges.”
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Events kick off Wednesday Night with “uniVERSE”, a poetry open stage at Union Street Grotto. Or head over to the Comox Valley Art Gallery for Pechu Kucha Comox Valley Volume 4. Then the rest of the week is a freight train of creative momentum! Visit www.elevatethearts.com for all the details including a downloadable schedule of events.
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From 10 am till LATE on Saturday June 6th you can fully immerse yourself in a day and night filled with the bizarre and the beautiful all in the heart of Courtenay. The Elevation comes but once a year. You don’t want to miss out on this adventure! For everything you need to know - visit www.elevatethearts.com or follow them on facebook or twitter.

YOUTH MEDIA PROJECT – Call for Youth Participants

Youth Media Project is a program for community action through media involving 9 participants between the ages of 16 – 30. For 12 weeks youth work as a team to create videos expressing their visions for change in the Comox Valley. The project welcomes all youth, including immigrant youth, Aboriginal youth, street-involved youth and others who face barriers to employment.


YOUTH PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE:
– Full-time minimum wage employment (12 Weeks)
– Experience in video production, graphic design & web development
– Consultations in career development

JOB POSTINGS:
Team Leader deadline May 27
Technician/Assistant deadline May 27
Employment and Skills Coordinator deadline May 27

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:
Youth Participants deadine June 5


TO APPLY, PLEASE SUBMIT:
1. A letter of application describing your reasons for applying, your work and school experience and how this project is important to your future

2. Suggested: support material such as a resume, art work (photographs, writing, videos, etc.

 

INFO SESSION: Tuesday, June 2, 5:30pm at Comox Valley Art Gallery

Email your application to:
director@comoxvalleyartgallery.com
Or drop off your application to:

COMOX VALLEY ART GALLERY
580 Duncan Ave., Courtenay, BC
250.338.6211

This is a full-time 12 week program, Monday to Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm

This project is funded in part by the BC Arts Council
Partners: Wachiay Friendship Centre, Creative Employment Access Society, Imagine Comox Valley

4th Annual Elevate Arts Festival set to Launch!

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Dancers, musicians, poets, painters, circus performers, thespians, photographers, projectionists, crafters and merry makers of all stripes are gearing up for the 4th Annual Elevate Arts Festival, set to launch in Downtown Courtenay June 3-6. This multi-venue, cross-disciplinary arts festival welcomes artists, performers and culture lovers to the streets, alleys, halls, pubs and cafes of Downtown Courtenay for a 4 day mash up of culture and community building!


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Featuring diverse evening events June 3-5 and a FREE all day and night street festival on Saturday June 6th, Elevate welcomes participants of all ages to be part of a street level celebration dedicated to shattering barriers between culture consumers and culture producers. “Elevate is about more than the tradition performer - audience relationship. Its about bringing the culture makers and the culture lovers together and its about looking at the intrinsic value of engaging in the cultural life of our community.” says Elevate Co-Producer Bobby Herron.


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There are still lots of ways to get involved in the upcoming festival. Volunteers, roving performers and pop up artists are still welcome to join the fun! Poets and story tellers are invited to share their work at an open mic event called uniVERSE at Union Street Grotto on Wednesday June 3. The Elevate Mini Mural Project invites families, businesses or individuals to take on a 2×4 foot mural and paint in place at the festival June 6th. Photographers can submit to be part of the 4th annual Photopia Exhibition! Add to that an Improv Soap Opera, Participatory Story Telling, Poets Corner, Pop Up Parks,  Zine and Collage workshops and crazy kids crafts and your hands, mind and heart become part of the festival! Details about all the ways to engage the Elevate Arts Festival are available online at www.elevatethearts.com.


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Projects, performers and artists coming to Downtown Courtenay this June 3-6 include Puppets for Peace with Timothy Gosley, Pecha Kucha Comox Valley, Doug Koyama, Daniel Moir, Lara Kroeker, The Women’s Punk Rock Choir, Joy District, Harp Pixie, Triple Heat Dance, 7 Story Circus, Pantuso Dance, Cathy Stoyko, Nova Fire Spun Arts,  Douglas Walker, Hart and Stone, PK Tessmann, Tippy Agogo , The Great Speckled Fritillary and over 150 other creative contributors! Event venues include Union Street Grotto, Billy D’s, Zocalo, Lower Native Sons Hall, The Lower Elks Hall, Duncan Ave, The Comox Valley Art Gallery, The Sid Williams Plaza, The Bridge, Simms Alley, The Avalanche and Imperial Square, the home of Gladstone Brewing, Mudsharks and Guerrilla Pizza.


 
Mark the dates and plan to immerse yourself in the cultural heart of our community!
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