Building Creative Communities … Building Community Creatively

Founded on five acres of traditional Squamish territory just north of Gibsons BC, Deer Crossing The Art Farm is a registered non-profit organization of creative community builders.  We believe that creative engagement outside traditional art spaces fosters a stronger sense of belonging for all involved. We are committed to collaborating with community members to achieve the following goals:

Rich Diverse Voices

We seek out opportunities to engage creatively with those who are not normally heard (children, youth, elders, people living with disabilities, people living in remote communities), and we co-create powerful works of art (installations and performances) with and because of these “voices”.

Meaningful Connections

We provide opportunities for isolated or marginalized members of the community to connect, share their stories, and engage with the broader community. We provide opportunities for the broader community to grow, adapt and build resilience through their creative interactions with isolated or marginalized citizens.

Youth Engaged in Community

We provide opportunities for youth to assume leadership roles as creative community builders through collaboration and creative engagement. We provide mentorship, employment, and support for young emerging artists; providing a path towards a professional practice as community-engaged artists.

Creating with Nature / The Power of Place

We reinforce our connection to and reliance on nature by incorporating environmental themes into the creative process, using found and recycled material in our work, and situating installations and theatrical productions in the natural environment.

Expanding the Creative Community

We bring together professional artists from different disciplines and communities to collaborate, explore and create. We engage people who may not identify themselves as artists (including youth and children) in creative projects that build confidence in and catalyze artistic pursuits.

Learn more about the Art Farm’s Constitution and Values.

Our Team

Chad Hershler

Chad Hershler

Artistic and Executive Director

Since the art farm society was officially formed in 2008,  Chad has helped develop and oversee its unique art+nature education programming for children and adults (Pollinate), produced five years of high quality arts-in-nature programming, catalyzed the launch of FUSE Community Work Hub (a shared work space for creative and social entrepreneurs) and developed an outdoor festival (Synchronicity) that draws 2000+ people over two days to the Gibsons and Area region every August. Currently, Chad is working on the Art Farm’s largest initiative yet: The Smart Farm Project.

Chad has also worked as a professional actor and writer for the past 15 years.  He has been a company member and collaborator in theatre companies across Canada and self-produced numerous theatrical productions through out his career. As a writer, Chad is an award-winning freelance journalist – as well as a writer of short stories, novels, plays and narrative non-fiction.  In 2001, Chad took a break from the arts to take a small-business course at BCIT to learn the basic skills of business planning, management and operations. Since then, he has applied these skills to his work as a self-employed artist and collaborator and with his work on The Art Farm.  Chad is a Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate, specializing in Theatre Performance, from Concordia University in Montreal.

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Sandy Buck

Sandy Buck

Community Engaged Arts Coordinator

Sandy Buck is a multi-disciplinary fabric and installation artist with over 10 years experience as a costume designer in the theatre and film industry, including a Genie Nomination for her design work on the 2005 film “Eve and the Firehorse”. Six years ago, she discovered the world of puppetry and began creating her own puppets and original shows. In 2006, she formed her own puppet theatre company Rababoo Puppet Theatre. Since that time, she has performed her one-woman show “The Dragon’s Desire” at festivals and theatres across the coast and lower mainland and has performed her puppet show “The Tales of Maggie Rose” across Canada. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Gillian Lowndes Award for her ongoing work as a puppet-maker and puppeteer.

Sandy has extensive experience as event designer for arts and event-based organizations including the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Vancouver Film Festival and Whistler/ Blackcomb. She has organized gala events for over 1000 guests, including creating the artistic decor, organizing the production and coordinating the event. Sandy also has extensive experience working with youth and children. She has created programs for youth in many settings and performed/interacted with children in a variety of settings from small classrooms to large outdoor events.

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Kelly Foley

Kelly Foley

Administrative Coordinator

Kelly Foley works with organizations committed to making positive change.  Her expertise is in all areas relating to communications and marketing, from strategic development and planning through to implementation.  Her mission is to provide strategies in communications, marketing and engagement that transcend convention – connecting entrepreneurs with social innovators, artists with technologists, and youth with seasoned professionals.

Her mantra is to inspire, educate, learn, collaborate, laugh, listen, and mediate through an ever-growing volume of different voices.

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Chlöe Langmaid

Chlöe Langmaid

Marketing & Outreach Coordinator

Chloe Langmaid works as a photographer and marketer for artists, organizations, and local businesses on the Sunshine Coast and Lower Mainland. After completing a certificate in Film she continued to study Liberal Arts while beginning her career in multi-media marketing. Chloe loves to help like-minded clients grow, and Deer Crossing the Art Farm was a perfect fit. After 10 years of pursuing the arts and environmental protection, she is able to explore all of her passions working at Deer Crossing the Art Farm.

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