This semester I taught a program planning and evaluation class at SFU and the main assignment was for the students to work with a non-profit organization to develop an evaluation plan that the organization can use. So I figure I will highlight the five nonprofits that we worked with as part of my course.
In recognition of the great work that the Arts Council does, both the Executive Director, Stephen O’Shea, and the President, Leanne Ewen, won Platinum Awards1 , this year. Stephen won Citizen of the Year and Leanne won the Bernie Legge Cultural/Artist of the Year award!
Today was the Annual General Meeting of the Arts Council of New Westminster, followed by its 50th birthday party! For the past 50 years, the ACNW has been bringing community of New Westminster together through the arts and I’m proud to have been a small part of that.
I joined the board of ACNW back in June 2014, at the encouragement of my friend, Tig. It was shortly after I finished my MBA and it gave me my first experience of being on a board of directors. For the past year, I served as the secretary on the board. I got to work with a fabulous group of people, got to contribute to an organization that supports artists in the community and runs many of the amazing events that makes New West such a cool place to be. I learned a lot, made some great friends, and am proud of what we’ve accomplished over this time. I made the tough decision to step down from the board after 3+ years – with my day job getting busier and busier and my new role on CESBCY, I felt like I should not spread myself too thin and that it was a good time to make way for some new blood on the Arts Council board. I will continue to be a supporter of the ACNW, but now as a cheerleader on the side rather than as a member of the board. Looking forward to seeing what amazing things the ACNW does in the next 50 years!
Happy birthday, ACNW and thank you to all the artists, art enthusiasts, donors, staff, volunteers, board members, and ACNW members who make it all possible!
When: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM (you don’t have to be there right at 6 – you can show up anytime between 6 and 10 pm)
Where: MATCH Eatery & Public House (at Starlight Casino – New Westminster, 350 Gifford Street, New Westminster
What: Ticket includes Burger and Beer (or wine)
Join us for an celebration of the arts including a silent auction, live painting from local artists Danielle Bobier and Pierre Kaufman, music created by local musician, HARGOW. (Wes Koopmans), and visual projections by local artist Tetsuomi Anzai. Funds raised at this event will be used to bolster the delivery of our outreach and education programs, including ArtsToGo and LitFest NewWest.
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Remember that time I did a Paint Nite with Cath? Well, I also did a paint night with my friend Amy way back in the old timely days of October! Here’s the painting we were trying to paint – a heron sitting on a hill:
My hero turned out to look more like a duck, but I’m OK with a duck on a hill:
I don’t really love my clouds, but overall I’m happy enough with the painting that I’ll hang it up (once I figure out which wall I want to hang it on!)
Amy was unhappy with her initial attempt at the heron, so she painted over it making the hill bigger and did another heron!
I’ve been looking for something to hang on one of my living room walls for a while, but I hadn’t been able to find something I liked that was big enough to put on this big empty wall, with the exception of a $2200 piece that I saw at Granville Island, but I just couldn’t justify that much money on a thing to look at1. The other day, however, I was browsing at my favourite consignment store, Champagne Taste2, and I came across this:
It’s paint on canvas and it’s just big enough to justify going on my big empty living room wall.
Then this other piece – a print on canvas – caught my eye, mostly because I thought it would look good above my awesome purple chair:
Right now it’s by my Christmas tree, but in January when the tree comes down, it will be directly above the chair. Unlike the silver one, where I have no idea who the artist was, this purple one came with the artist’s name – John Seba – and the artwork’s name – Pink Magnolias I – so I was able to Google it and find out what the original owner would have paid for this: $166.99. What I paid for it: $183 Since I have no idea where the silver one came from4, I have no idea what it’s value is, but I paid $255 for it, and I think that’s a pretty good deal.
Clearly, I am not a sophisticated art connoisseur. [↩]
I.e., the place I got my awesome purple chair. Also, I have no affiliation with these guys – just love the stuff they sell! [↩]
Champagne Taste was having a tax-free sale, plus it had been marked down 40%. [↩]
It has the initials “RMA” on it, along with what kind of looks like a single triangle with a circle above it before the initials, but I can’t figure out who that is! [↩]
LitFest New West – an “annual literary arts festival presented by The Arts Council of New Westminster1, Royal City Literary Arts Society, New Westminster Public Library and Douglas College” – has just put out their call for workshop proposals!
They are looking for proposals that are:
centred on writing and/or reading as they relate to the following subjects:
Food & beverage
Genre (e.g. mystery, humour, fantasy)
Memoir & history
Reading (the art of)
The business of writing (e.g. publishing, social media, fundraising)
Minority perspectives & approaches to the craft
Children’s literature (e.g. writing, presenting)
Check out the full call for proposals here. The deadline is Feb 15, 2016.
Full disclosure: I’m on the board of directors of ACNW [↩]
Thursday night a few friends and I went to Beer & Bling, an event held at Working Silver, a silversmithing shop, where local jewelry makers were selling their wares while sampling some fine Steel & Oak beer, with beer proceeds going to the Arts Council of New Westminster1. And I have to say that the turnout was great, both the beer and the jewelry were excellent, and it appeared that lots of both were being sold!
My friend Heather stopped by on her way to dance class, my friends Kim and Cath came in from Vancouver (with poor Cath making an accidental side trip to Surrey because she was on an Expo Line instead of a Millennium Line train2.) and my friend Erin came over from Surrey. Cath did the lion’s share of her Christmas shopping, Kim did a mix of shopping for gifts for others and gifts for herself, and I bought one gift for someone else and a few things for me, and Erin got herself a ring plus a bunch of business cards so she can go check out the artists websites and spend some time deciding what to buy3
I can’t show you what I bought as a present lest the recipient be tipped off, but I can show you what I got for myself!
First I got myself a Christmas tree ornament:
It a Christmas tree to hang on the Christmas tree. Meta-Christmas, if you will.
And I also treated myself to this necklace and these earrings:
They kind of look like (a) you could do some serious damage with them in a street fight and (b) you could use them to ask Scotty to beam you up.
Full disclosure: I’m on the board of the Arts Council. [↩]
For those of you not from the Vancouver area, the Expo Line and the Millennium Line run the exact same route from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver until they get to Columbia Station in New Westminster, at which point Millennium Line loops through New West and Burnaby, and back to Vancouver, whereas Expo Line crosses the river into Surrey. If you are Skytraining just within Vancouver and Burnaby, you don’t need to pay attention to which train you get on, so many a Vancouverite who ventures out into the ‘burbs has found themselves on the wrong Skytrain thinking “omg! Why are we going over a bridge???” [↩]
I don’t think Heather got anything, but I could be wrong. [↩]
I’m stealing this directly off the website of Working Silver, a silversmith who offer silversmithing supplies, classes, and silver jewelry for sale. They are having a Christmas shopping night that is paired with beer drinking, which is also a fundraiser for the Arts Council of New Westminster, a nonprofit organization of which I’m on the board of directors. You should check it out!
BEER & BLING Christmas Shopping Night!
Dec 10th 5-10pm
Sample Craft Beer made by our friends at Steel & Oak and do your Christmas Shopping at the same time! Hand made sterling silver jewellery by local artisans, Jewellery making Classes, and Gift Certificates make wonderful Christmas gifts!!
At the Workingsilver store and teaching studio, we are all about hand made sterling silver jewellery and supporting local artisans. Partial proceeds from the Beer Tasting will go to the New Westminster Arts Council.
Workingsilver: 131 E Columbia Street, New Westminster
Driving: 5 minutes from Hwy 1. FREE off street parking available behind the building for this event
Walking: 5 minute walk from the Sapperton SkyTrain Station
So, it’s December tomorrow. How, exactly, did that happen? Wasn’t it January just like 5 minutes ago? Looking at my calendar for the next month, I see that December will also be flying by, because I have an insane amount of things in my calendar, including:
Work Christmas party #1 – dinner and Escape Room with my team
Work Christmas party #2 – party being held by the project office of the big project I’m working on (location TBD)
Work Christmas party #3 – held by the research centre that I work for at a fancy club
Arts Council of New Westminster board of directors Christmas party
Beer & Bling – buying jewelry, drinking beer, raising money for the Arts Council of New West
When I was a kid, I loved Bill Nye the Science Guy. Oh wait, I just looked up when that show actually aired, so let me re-phrase: When I was a teenager, I loved Bill Nye the Science Guy. I had already decided by that point that I was going to be a scientist, so how could I not love a show full of science-y facts and experiment you can try at home and silly science jokes?
Fast forward nearly 20 years, and I still love Bill Nye the Science Guy. He’s a promoter of science, skepticism, and rationality. And he’s the only man who, in my humble opinion, can actually pull off wearing a bowtie. So when I heard there was Kickstarter going on to fund a documentary about his life, how could I not take part?
Personally, I chose to donate at the level that would get my name in the credits and a bowtie for your dog… or in my case, cat1. I also get a Bill Nye Frisbee because science.
Perhaps you would also like your name in the credits? Or to get a bowtie for your dog, cat, rabbit, lizard, or other similar sized animal? Or one of the many other cool rewards one gets for kickstarting this awesome film? Well, you only have 29 hours to go (as of the time at which I’m writing this posting!) to do so! Just go to Kickstarter and give them all your money! Or, like $50. Whatevs2.