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September 21, 2022

Welcome Ezi as ArtStarts Program Assistant

ezi smiles with their dog. A green plant in the frame.

ArtStarts is pleased to welcome Ezi to the team as a Program Assistant. Ezi joins the team with support from the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA). In his short time at ArtStarts, Ezi has hit the ground running to provide programmatic support to our Gallery and grants. In addition, Ezi has taken the lead on bringing the organization’s accessibility up to date by overhauling the ArtStarts website’s alt text. Read on to learn more about Ezi.

AS: Tell us a little about yourself.

Ezi: Hi there! My name is Ezi and I am a trans,queer, black biracial artist that has been a settler on these unceded Sqaumish, Musqueam and Tseil-Watuth territories my whole life. I am a second-generation settler of Jamaican, African, and European descent.

AS: Do you have a creative practice? What does it look like?

Ezi: My creative practice is very spiritual for me. I have always been an artist my whole life. A couple of years ago I started to focus on intuitive creating, working with my ancestors, and guiding spirits. All this has started to influence my work. I give credit to my ancestors and guiding spirits, as well as the universe for my practice. I believe so much of what I create is being “channeled” to me by other energies. I get glimpses of finished paintings in my head or faces and things. I get lost in bringing its energy to life.

AS: Where did art start for you?

Ezi Growing up I was always surrounded by artists of some kind or art of some kind. I didn't have much access to the internet so I was left to use my imagination to find things to do. I would often end up creating many different things or watching others create.

AS: What do you hope to bring to your role as a Program Assistant?

Ezi: This is a new role for me and working in the arts industry is very new to me. I am looking forward to learning and being able to grow in many different areas and learning how I can assist others better.

Funding for Ezi’s position is made possible through the Environmental Youth Alliance’s (EYA) Roots & Shoots program. Roots & Shoots is a federally-funded paid youth employment program supporting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Colour) and other youth aged 18-25 who face barriers to building their skills and start a career in the environmental field.

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