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March 18, 2016

Meet a Community Art Star: Evelyn Tindjau

Meet a Community Art Star: Evelyn Tindjau

"Meet a Community Art Star" is a regular feature showcasing ArtStarts' amazing group of volunteers who are passionate, enthusiastic arts champions. Read more posts in this series.

Evelyn Tindjau has been volunteering at ArtStarts as a Gallery Assistant since November 2015. She moved to Vancouver from Jakarta, Indonesia to study Interior Design at The Art Institute of Vancouver. She has been living here for almost 2 years now—and has finally grown to like poutine.

When did art start for you?

It started when I was back in high school. I really love reading graphic novels as the drawings are so detailed and everything looks really vivid. From then on, I realized that I wanted to do something like that, too, so I started drawing.

What do you do here in Vancouver?

Other than volunteering here in ArtStarts, I study full time at The Art Institute of Vancouver and I am also a full-time sister, with one older brother and one younger brother. I like to go out to eat with my friends, mostly to eat desserts—we like to hunt for all the best desserts in Vancouver.

What is your definition of creativity?

Creativity can mean a way of thinking. There are always different ways of solving something and people should exercise their minds to think outside of the box more. For me, creativity is second nature, I just trust and follow my intuition. I get inspired by everything around me and seem to be able to incorporate it into my interior design work.

What drew you to volunteering at ArtStarts as a Gallery Assistant?

Back home in Indonesia, I feel like schools don't really appreciate or focus on the arts a lot and that children are told to focus only on academic studies, but I believe that children should focus on the arts, too. I want children to experience the beauty of arts and creativity; it should be taught more and encouraged in schools. This organization does exactly that, so that's why I like volunteering at ArtStarts.

What have been your favourite projects that you have worked on as Gallery Assistant?

My favourite project is when I was created the props for the ArtStarts' Staff Planning Retreat. It was basically sticks with bubbles of different strengths of the staff members. The task was simple but I really enjoyed creating those because it gave me insight to how fun team building activities can be. Office work is usually seen as boring but what they do here seems fun and supportive.

Thank you, Evelyn!

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