Storytelling & Poetry Writing Workshop with jaye simpson

Starting Jan 30th at Mt Pleasant Community Centre

Presented by Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Queer Arts Festival TGD2S Inclusion Committee

Hone your poetry, prose and essay skills with workshops facilitated by jaye simpson. These workshops strive to engage in the power of developing one’s voice and narrative while rejecting the assigned script we are given in society. While focusing on tone, rhythm and pace, jaye hopes to guide writers with prompts, editing exercises and practice readings. This series asks you to investigate the stories that inspire you and the people behind them while also asking what.

Jan 30th Week One: Introductions // Editing Tips, Tricks & Hacks // Poetry Prompt

Feb 13th Week Two: Poetry Prompt Feedback // Spoken Word & Voice // Spoken Word Prompt

Feb 27 Week Three: Practice Reading/Spoken Word Feedback // Prose & Personal Narrative, Prose Prompt

Mar 19 Week Four: Prose Feedback // Editing, Submitting and Publishing // General Prompt

Mar 26 Week Five: Tone & Voice // Practice Reading & Feedback

Apr 2 Week Six: Artist Biography & Statement of Poetics, Booking & Set/Suite Curation


Shane Sable Cultivate


On the third Friday of every month Shane Sable hosts the artist’s circle Cultivate at SUM Gallery.

Two events that create space for a community of practice amongst queer and 2Spirit artists. 4-5pm is open to indigenous queer, trans and 2spirit folks. 5-6pm open to all queer and trans identified.

Artists from all disciplines encouraged to attend.

Need a creative sounding board? Struggling to overcome artistic isolation? Join other artists just like to to chat about goals, process, accountability and just about anything else that we can support one another through. Share work, challenges, ask for advice, soak up the energy. Can’t wait to see you there!

Glitter Technics


Glitter Technics
is a 13 week workshop held every Wednesday from September 11th to December 4th, from 4pm to 8pm, with the exception of a special 5-hour workshop with Reel Youth on October 30th from 4pm to 9pm. All classes take place at The SUM Gallery in Chinatown, located at #425 268 Keefer Street. The workshop is free, with snacks and transit passes provided.

Produced in partnership with Pride in Art Society, Community Arts Council of Vancouver, and TELUS.

Glitter Technics is an experiential creative empowerment workshop series designed to shine the light on you and a story you want to develop and share. Participants will have the opportunity to discover and enhance new and existing artistic practices, tools and techniques as well as choose the creative medium(s) that will help them share their story with the greater public. Come join in the glitter of some of the cities most inspiring performing artists and facilitators who will guide and mentor participants to explore their artistic curiosity and self-expression, take creative risks and increase their self-esteem, confidence and leadership.

Led by Mutya Macatumpag (moo-cha) (maca-toom-pag), participants will work as a collective, creating community, culture, a healthy environment to gain new skills, encourage existing ones to a new level and produce meaningful work. Our aim is to foster solo and group collaboration and production, through exploration, support, fun and mentorship. We will be building up our technical skills in digital story telling, music, movement, theatre, writing, visual and performance art.

Free workshops on Technology in the Arts

Emerging Artists Program

May 4 and May 9, 2018

Join us at SUM for FREE workshops on Technology in the Arts!

Technology in the arts can provide us with incredible opportunities to take our creations to the next level. However, knowledge on how to use and install equipment can keep us from exploring and achieving the potential of our artistic visions. Workshops are FREE and available for all Queer and Allied Emerging Artists!

Technology in Performing Arts with Sammy Chien

Ever wondered… How does technology facilitate the way we create art? What are the dramaturgical perspectives on video projections?
How does the role of arts and technology implicate with our artistic expression and our spiritual health?

Friday May 4 from 3-5pm come and learn from cutting edge interdisciplinary media artist Sammy Chien, the official selected mentor for the audiovisual performance software Isadora from the creator of the software Mark Coniglio.

This workshop will focus on introducing audiovisual technologies and demonstrating its applications to inspire the participants’ creative possibilities working with sound, video and new media/technologies.

Intro to Media Art Installation with Bobbi Kozinuk

On Wednesday May 9 from 2-6pm, join media artist extraordinaire Bobbi Kozinuk at SUM gallery for an intro to Media Art Installation!

In this workshop you will learn about:
– Sources: DVD, media players, computers, looping and auto start, file types, compression, synchronization.
– Projectors: aspect ratio, image resolution, brightness, care and setup, orientation, zoom and throw.
– Signals and Cables: hdmi, dvi, VGA, video, sdi, wifi. Cable length.

** You can come to one, the other or both workshops. No registration required. **

PAID INTERNSHIPS OPPORTUNITY

The Queer Arts Festival is offering emerging artists a rare opportunity to receive an honorarium while working and learning alongside professional artists. Through a mentorship and training program, you will learn the skills necessary to work towards a career in the arts and technology. Please see the job descriptions for details on the available positions.

QAF Emerging Artist program works to equip you with new skills and experience through mentorship, to offer you the resources and techniques to engage new technologies as a means to further your career, develop leadership skills, and build the necessary abilities for further employment in arts and technology. These mentorship positions will provide you with introductory experiences in the arts as well as on-the-job training. 

Previous experience or knowledge is not required.
Read the job descriptions below:
EA Job Description_ Assistant Stage Manager
EA Job Description_ Media Art Installation Technician

Application forms available at the workshops.

*ASL interpretation available upon request. Please contact us directly with any accessibility needs at info@prideinart.ca