Hadden Park Field House Residency
In 2015 I began creating and facilitating community-art projects in Vancouver’s Hadden Park’s field house as part of a multi-year residency with art collective Publik Secrets. Located at 1015 Maple St, the field house is host to year-round workshops, performances, installation art, and community events. Visit the website to see past and future events.
BC Mobile Sauna Society
West-coast Sauna culture has been creatively evolving in British Columbia. For over 14 years, the BC Mobile Sauna Society has been converting trucks, buses, and trailers into Finnish-style Saunas, taking their unique sauna culture into unexpected places; cultural venues, backyards, protest camps, and glacier-fed lakes to name a few. A world apart from the experience offered at hotels, spas, and rec centre saunas, the BCMSS has fostered a culture that promotes sociability, conviviality, and interdisciplinary exchange.
I worked with the Mobile Sauna Society to design and build a sauna that is lightweight and flexible enough to be used for spontaneous urban and wilderness applications. The result is a canvas-tent sauna that wraps onto a minimal cedar framework. This tent sauna is used for weekly sauna-gatherings in Vancouver as an ongoing space for connection and a site for community well-being.
For more information about the BC Mobile Sauna Society, visit http://sauna.saunasessions.ca/
Kickstand Community Bike Shop
In 2012, I co-founded Kickstand, a community initiative to create an accessible bicycle repair workspace on Commercial Drive.For a sliding-scale donation, anyone can access the workshop and fix their bikes with the assistance of our volunteers. Through peer-learning and skill-building, Kickstand empowers people to use their bicycles as a sustainable mode of transportation.
More information at http://eastvankickstand.org/
Vancouver Tool Library
I was a founding member and director of the Vancouver Tool Library (VTL) in 2011. The VTL is a cooperative tool lending library located at 3448 Commercial Street. It loans a wide variety of tools for home repair, gardening, and bicycle maintenance. It also offers affordable workshops on tool related skills and projects.
More info at http://vancouvertoollibrary.com/