A free show with spectacular poets in the Frederic Wood Theater, was not something I thought I could help bring to life in my first year but I did.
Despite communication troubles and intense levels of identity shuffling and re imagining- the event turned out well and blew all the minds of the people in the audience. I think it was one of those things that UBC lacked, which is why we did it. UBC needs more whimsy, more fire, more burning, more poetry and more people inspiring and teaching other people at no cost. Coming together to be safe, imaginative and ready to explore the boundlessness of words.
The Museum of Anthropology holds remarkable ethnographic objects right outside the doorstep of UBC Students. However, my job is to find more ways for students to become familiar with the cultural spaces on campus and gain some feelings of ownership and discovery. I believe that we should all be taking advantage of the most beautiful resources on campus. Dive into UBC, The Calendar and us at the UBC Arts and Culture District came together for a second annual Arts and Culture Night at the Museum of Anthropology attracting around 350 students.
UBC Improv, and UBC Slam, and other performers like my friends Rebecca, SheldonCole and new friends like Alex Lim, brought this night to life with creation, artistry bouncing through the walls of Canada’s most renowned museums. Check out the video to see how it all went down, you might even seen a little flickr of my performance.
And now, we plan for next year! I hope to bring brilliance and imagination up in into all the corners and cracks of our easily distracted minds.
I’ve been writing pieces to further the old mission of writing about everything that happens in the Arts and Culture District at UBC.
Here are a few new ones that I thought I’d post on here if anybody’s interested in taking a read:
And then also in addition to doing some UBC FYI stuff I wrote up a couple of doo-dads for the Campus Resident. The local UNA paper.
I am now going to be contributing to UBC Fyi writing about what I think is fun and artistic on campus! All things to further our naughty Arts and Culture District Mission… This week I talked about Mariah Dear, my love, dear friend and brilliant poet. Check it out here.
Now it’s been about a month and a half at my new job at UBC, where I am working along side Deb Pickman in the world of attempting to make UBC Arts life, better, more-engaging and coherent. It’s been pretty wild so far.
Deb and I are both yappers, and in some of our talking times I have discovered how what really fuels both of us, is the why in regards to the necessity of the arts. A lot of the work is engaging students into having meaningful experiences, we are salesmen just selling an attempt to strengthen souls, not anything that can be given a decimal value. I think here is where a lot of the authenticity kind of comes to play.
The job, which I still have yet to create a shortened title for, instead of my lengthy 10 word one- has been going pretty well. I think I am getting my groove in, and it’s exactly what I needed to connect with the artistic community at UBC. Slowly and surely, I think I am wrapping my brain around how things work, who is who and what is important here. It’s still a big transition, but it’s getting there.
Something I’m really excited about, one of the pieces we are working on, is a promotional video for the Arts and Culture District at UBC. It’s going to be my spoken word poem with shots of the UBC Arts and Culture District, specifically focusing a lot on MOA, current performances in the Chan, Old Aud and Freddie Wood as well as the Audain Art Centre and Belkin Art Gallery. Other pieces we have rolling right now, is hopefully making an Arts Night Out during Art Week in January, where talented clubs, musicians and artists can perform in an intimate and suave evening, as well as some more specific task-oriented projects like bringing more art into UBC’s already existing events, for example UBC’s Mental Health Week, Thrive which is happening now, constantly updating the virtual calendar and now curating a physical Arts Calendar for the Arts Undergraduate Society of all the UBC Arts & Culture events, hopefully arranging buskers for the campus to groove out by the new ticket trike, a bicycle concierge of Arts and Culture District events on campus, doing some social media work and consistently seeking ways to engage more students into existing spaces and events, as well as connecting students with opportunities to tell their stories.
Anyways, it’s been rad and will continue to be so! I’m excited to see how things continue and have lots of hopeful energy to get some wins for arts in my ten hours a week.
Also, I get to eat a lot. Which is always good for your most starving student.