Building Creative Communities … Building Community Creatively
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”.
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.
Artistic and Executive Director
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.
Community Engaged Arts Coordinator
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.
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
Videography & Media Artist
Joah Lui is a new media artist and maker. Digi Majou is her playful and healing alter ego. Her superpowers combine new media technology with the compassionate actions of Majou, a Chinese Sea Goddess. Digi Majou beckons, catalyzes, and illuminates the stories of many human journeys. Together we tap into ancestral energy and magic, bringing forth into the present day a powerful call to communicate, and make meaningful play.