Riding the bus this summer was even more rewarding than usual for many people in the Comox Valley, due to the In2Transit promotion run by the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD). During July and August over 40 bus riders won prizes valued at $50 or more.
Brian Charlton gets In2Transit
“We would like to thank everyone who got In2Transit and to congratulate our August winners: Kim Watson, Corina Grossmann and Brian Charlton,” said Michael Zbarsky, Manager of Transit and Sustainability.
The promotion doesn’t stop just because summer has. It runs until November 15, 2015. To enter, ride the bus and either take a selfie and post it to a social media channel with the tag #In2Transit, or fill out an In2Transit ticket and drop it off with your bus driver.
Three monthly winners will be chosen for September and October out of the tickets and selfies submitted during those months and then three grand prize winners will be chosen from all the submissions throughout the promotion. Details on this promotion and where to get tickets can be found online at www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/in2transit.
Over twelve weeks a team of Comox Valley Youth were immersed in learning digital media-making and employability skills through the Comox Valley Art Gallery, resulting in a series of original videos created to inspire the Comox Valley.
The Youth Media Project (YMP), sponsored by the Comox Valley Art Gallery through the Government of Canada’s Skills Link Program provided a range of new skills training for this year’s participants, some who faced real barriers to employment. This second project began mid-2015 and ended on September 6th, with a successful screening at the Stan Hagan Thaetre at NIC. It assisted youth in developing life and employability skills through group-based learning. The YMP featured workshops with guest media-makers as well as from the project partners: The Wachiay Friendship Center, Imagine Comox Valley and the Creative Employment Access Society, to name but a few.
Throughout the project youth received training in digital video production, graphic design and animation through the Comox Valley Art Gallery’s media lab, and engaged with key community leaders in discussions surrounding social justice, cultural heritage and community participation. The first part of the curriculum saw participants create individual video projects, aimed at providing inspiration to others. The second part of had participants placed with a variety of real clients, developing promotional video for them. Alongside the video production, participants developed an employment action-plan and resume/portfolio. By completing the program activities youth reportedly experienced reduced barriers to employment and increased ability to enter and participate in the labour market.
Imagine Comox Valley was delighted to play a role in this process and was deeply impressed with the quality of the productions and the ongoing development of this excellent initiative. Once again the participants raised the standards set before with a combination of community involvement, practical use for the media created, and by incorporating innovative and creative elements that reach beyond our part of the world. Have a look at the links below to view the videos on Youtube:
Saturday September 5 Stan Hagan Theatre, North Island College Doors at 6pm, Films start at 7pm – Free Admission
Each year the Comox Valley Art Gallery brings together a cohort of emerging filmmakers through the Youth Media Project. Participants engage in creating independent films that express their visions for change in the Comox Valley. Current work explores themes such as managing human waste, the real meaning of diversity, the affects of cyber bullying, the story of the Lewis Park totem poles, the importance of protecting the Cumberland forest, the meaning of love, and the story of a small town in Columbia that creates something out of nothing. Students work with community organizations to create short promo videos that will be screened as well. Refreshments will be served prior to the screening at 6:00pm when doors open.
Join us this summer for MAKE ART WEDNESDAY at the Comox Valley Art Gallery. Inspired by our current exhibitions, these self-directed art encounters offer possibilities for experimentation through hands-on artmaking. The events are open to all ages and everyone is welcome. Materials are provided. Donations are appreciated and support the program.
If you are interested in finding people to create and facilitate art-based events and want to work on street closures for a few hours on July / August Wednesdays from 10-12, we can offer this program as a format for this purpose.
We also have a big opening this Friday – hope to see you there.
Dawn talks about residential schools and their impact on the people and their family’s who were involved. She passionately makes a plea for a link between what residential school survivors experienced, and how their future healthcare needs have to match the impacts of that experience.
This talk translates our society’s increasingly global conscience to understanding the challenges of homelessness and realizing the innovative community problem solving making a difference in communities across the nation. Amanda sees our acceptance of homelessness as a pathology of our disconnection with ourselves, each other and our planet. Amanda presents a vision of community where everyone is at home.
Diligently taking out the recycling every week, Nick and his family got to wondering just how much stuff flows though their household. Placing a set of scales at the front door, they measured groceries in and garbage out for a while, and developed some interesting perspectives about how we do, and don’t, think about what we use each day. Every little helps…or does it?
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!
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.
“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.”
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.
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 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Or drop off your application to: