cyndychwelos

Education / Professional Associations

  • M.A. (art education/curriculum studies) University of British Columbia (2004)
  • B.F.A. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (1983)
  • Early Childhood Certification, Vancouver Community College (1998)
  • International Montessori Teaching Certificate , Toronto, (1984)

Biography

I developed a commitment to and practice of Community Cultural Development (building community by making art together) as a visual artist & arts programmer for the City of Vancouver, Park Board. This form of socially engaged art encounters have artists and community members (who may not see themselves as artists) working together over an extended period of time as creators, producers, performers and active audience members. The scope and breadth of this creative work thriving and flourishing in Canada is as diverse as the communities themselves. In the Diploma and BRM, we investigate this growing field of artist/community collaboration, and the spectrum of arts programming from cultural festivals, to the role of facilities to grant writing. We unpack the creative process to build student confidence and understanding for how to offer ‘creative – making’ opportunities into the everyday life of community. The goal is to inspire and expand student understanding for why participation in the arts contributes to the growing vibrancies of neighbourhoods and civic society.

Co-Research: on the role of the arts in community:

Leading From Beside

Inviting Creativity

CCD projects: I played a role in as an arts programmer: 

Songs for Reconciliation  In the spirit of reconciliation, First Nations artist William Wasden invited community members to work towards sharing truths about residential school history and First Nations children.

Field House Studio Residency A Vancouver Park Board program that provides studio spaces in parks where artists can develop their work, engage residents, and increase participation in the arts. This innovative program locates these juried artist(s) into the Field House Studio Residency for a 3-year term.

 

 

Office: B029g
Phone: 604.251.6050
cchwelos@langara.ca