Ride the Bus and Win $500 with In2Transit

In 2 Transti - get there by busRiding 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.

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“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.

The monthly prizes remaining include gift certificates to businesses on the 34 C2C Express bus route - The Broken Spoke, Mudsharks Coffee Bar, Zocalo Cafe, Gladstone Brewing Co, Tim Hortons, and Caffe Amantes. The grand prizes include $500, a 16GB iPod Mini from My Tech Guys and $50 gift certificates to local restaurants along other Comox Valley bus routes (The Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa, Manvirros Indian Grill, Martine’s Bistro, Ichiban Sushi Restaurant and Locals Restaurant.)

 

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YMP 2015: Create to Inspire

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. 

 

FILM SERIES Comox Valley Art GalleryThe 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:

  1. Manos De La Comunidad by Gabriel Yordano
  2. Planting the Seeds of Knowledge by Gabriel Yordano
  3. Reasons to try Transit by Milo Bowman and Bernardo De La Torre
  4. Diversability by Kayla McDonald
  5. Cumberland Forest by Milo Bowman
  6. Sharing the Seeds of knowledge by Ashley Harris
  7. Lewis Park Totem Poles by Natasha Mary Sam
  8. Pressing Send by Atcha Burns
  9. Dogwood Initiative: Youth Voter Outreach by Alex Hallbom
  10. Tum Tum Whispers by Bernardo De La Torre
  11. Habitat for Humanity by Atcha Burns
  12. What is Love by Ashley Harris
  13. Let’s Jam! by Kayla McDonald
  14. Fecal Matters by Alex Hallbom
  15. You Are Not Alone (YANA) Outreach Video by Natasha Mary Sam

 

Alternatively you can show the Comox Valley Art Gallery some online love by viewing the entire playlist of videos on their Youtube Channel.

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The CVAG Youth Media Project Presents: Create to Inspire

 

An Evening of Video Works by Comox Valley Youth

 


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.

Directions:

Click here to view Stan Hagan Theatre on the North Island College Campus Map
Click Here for directions to North Island College

 

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Make Art Wednesday

All Ages Drop-In Summer Community Art Making

On the plaza at the Comox Valley Art Gallery

Concurrent with the downtown Farmers’ Market

10AM - 12PM

JULY 8 / 15 / 22 / 29

AUGUST 5 / 12 / 19 / 26


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.

For more information about CVAG’s programs and projects, visit us at comoxvalleyartgallery.com and sign up for our enews.

If you are interested in creating, leading or volunteering to help with a summer make-art event on the plaza, give us a call at 250.338.6211 or email gallery@comoxvalleyartgallery.com

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.

http://www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com/first-nations-program/

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Homelessness | Amanda Ridgway | TEDxComoxValley

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.

Family Balance – What goes in goes…where? | Nick Ward | TEDxComoxValley

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?

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

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