Working Holiday is a socially oriented art project that aims to engage the Dunbar community in a collaborative exploration into what constitutes a holiday. Artists Elisa Yon, Leah Weinstein, and Jaspal Marwah bring a diverse range of art practices in: sculpture, textiles, crafts, performance, site specific installations, socially engaged art, and architecture. Starting in the fall of 2015, the artists will present a year-long series of “season specific” art interventions, in response to traditional holidays and the everyday self-made holiday. Hands-on crafting activities, pop-up participatory installations, and food-based collaborations are just some of the ways the artists will engage community members in a collective reimagining of what constitutes a holiday.


Elisa Yon is a Public Art Project Coordinator for the City of Richmond. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. As a Vancouver-based artist Elisa continues to develop an interdisciplinary practice that moves across architecture, design, social practice, and public art. Her recent projects include Cloud Coordinate (with Felicia E. Gail), a site specific, photo-based installation utilizing a Marpole bus shelter and contributor to the upcoming The Everyday Practice of Public Art: Art, Space, and Social Inclusion  (co-edited by Cameron Cartiere and Martin Zebracki).

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Leah Weinstein is a Vancouver-based artist whose practice investigates connections between material culture and the social ideals of a larger collective. Using everyday objects and materials to create sculpture, textiles and performance, Leah examines relationships between individuals and collectives, subjects and objects, action and display. Her work has been supported by the City of Richmond Public Art Commissions (2013); Charles H Scott Gallery, Vancouver (2014); the Banff Centre, Banff AB (2015); Gallery 2, Grand Forks BC (2015); and she has an upcoming solo show at Touchstones Nelson, Nelson BC (2015-16). Her professional experience includes designing costumes for contemporary theatre and dance companies, and she completed a MAA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2014. For more information, visit: www.leahweinstein.com.

Jaspal Marwah is an urban planner living in the Riley Park / Little Mountain neighbourhood of Vancouver. He likes to explore the intersection of art and public space, which he frequently does through leading community engagement projects with the Vancouver Public Space Network. Jaspal will seek to create small moments of surprise that echo the experience of encountering the unexpected when traveling to new places. He envisions developing interventions in ordinary or overlooked spaces in exploring concepts and memories related to these holidays. ­


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The Artists in Communities Program is based on principles of community cultural development and is funded by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation in partnership with Community Centre Associations. Its purpose is to support artists working with communities on issues of joint interest or concern. For more info about all these projects go to: Artists in Communities Program


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