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November 01, 2011

The Kingsway Project Unfolds

ArtStarts and professional photographer and media artist Anne Marie Slater have come together to bring the history of the Kingsway corridor alive for 120 Grade 3 to 7 students at two Kingsway area schools, Sir Guy Carleton and Charles Dickens Elementary.

Made possible through the support of the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grant Program, this three-month residency aims to

  • create a legacy project that honours the heritage of Vancouver 
  • foster critical thinking, collaboration and creativity in youth through their engagement in a hands-on art project with a professional artist
  • introduce children to cultural resources, including City of Vancouver Archives and ArtStarts gallery, and
  • publicly present art that celebrates community and builds cultural connections

Anne Marie in the classroomAnne Marie in the classroom at Dickens Elementary

The last few months have seen Anne Marie paying regular visits to the schools, working closely with both students and teachers to lead and guide the project. They began with a look into the past and a visit to the Vancouver Archives and the Museum of Vancouver. There, students poured through binders and books to discover what the neighbourhoods they call home used to look like, how people used to dress, what the cars used to look like, and how the street got its name. At the Museum of Vancouver, they got a taste of mid-century Kingsway, its car culture, its fashion and its politics.

at the ArchivesAnne Marie leads the learning at the Vancouver Archives

at the ArchiveCarleton students learning how to use the Archive's resources

The following week was a study of present-day Kingsway. After an introduction to using the camera’s view finder to frame an image, students followed Anne Marie out of the classroom and onto the sidewalks. Armed with disposable cameras, they roamed through the residential streets and along the busy main road itself. Under the artist’s guidance they documented elements of the life they observe around them today.

 on a photo walkAnne Marie leads Dickens students on a photo walk

on a photo walkSeeing the world through the view finder

The past and the present came together at the "History Faire" open house that each school hosted. This was an opportunity for the students to display and share all the elements of learning that had happened in the classroom as part of the Kingsway Project, those led by the artist as well as those spearheaded by their classroom teachers Joanne Finnamore, George Prevost, Miranda Hounsell and Jody Polukoshko. The inspiration and excitement was evident as students who were posted at various display stations introduced their projects to visiting parents, students and teachers.

 at the history faireVisitors learn about Kingsway's history at Dickens History Faire open house

at the history faireLearning on display at History Faire open house hosted by Carleton's Grade 3 class

The Kingsway Project culminates in December with an exhibition of photo panels created by the artist along with student-created support work at the ArtStarts Gallery in downtown Vancouver. Stay tuned for details...

The Kingsway Project artist residency is presented by ArtStarts in Schools with support from The City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grant Program.

Support the Kingsway Project

Support the creative young minds in your community by making a donation to ArtStarts in Schools and this project through Canada Helps (plese note "Kingsway" in the message field). Charity receipts will be provided. Our modest fundraising goal is $1000 - every amount donated helps!

We also welcome donations of time and skill - we're looking for volunteers to help install this exhibition. Contact Exhibition Manager Keiko at [email protected] to find out more.

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