VANDOCUMENT @ Khatsahlano 2013
Annual outdoor arts & music fest builds new connections and celebrates community
Photos by Sheng Ho and Ash Tanasiychuk
Video shot & edited by Ash Tanasiychuk
The sun was hot but the shade was cool. Khatsahlano 2013. VANDOCUMENT’s first booth at a festival. And it was a blast.
A small stage mere feet away from us had crowds of people dancing.
And throughout the day, VANDOCUMENT sharpshooter Sheng Ho strode the streets capturing some of the action, such as longboard racing
fun for the kids
and of course, the VANDOCUMENT team in action!
One of the most effective parts of the day for us was our poster board.
Our question, “How can we make Vancouver’s arts more inclusive and accessible?” was a huge success. It generated tons of stimulating conversation with a wide range of people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests.
Some of the written responses included:
* Creative jams in public spaces
* A dependable source to find out about events
* Introduce a friend to art
* A dedicated arts tax. Portland did it!
As well as the inspiring, positive interactions we had with the public, including this piece of support from local art supporters Mark Jacobs and Yoo-Mi Lee:
HUGE shout outs to everyone who made this incredible day possible, we literally couldn’t have done it without your support:
W3 printers for printing our business cards, postcards, and banners
BLIM for use of your button press – so many rad little buttons!
Hot Art Wet City for lending us tables
VIVO for lending us the poster board, felt markers, and chairs
Chris Pellizzari for your 10′ tent
Khatsahlano for the booth, helping out us and our socially conscious, community benefitting neighbours on the Trafalgar strip.
And of course, EVERYONE on the VANDOCUMENT team, those who were there all day, from set up to tear down, to those who stopped by, to those who tweeted texted and emailed, to everyone who has contributed quality photos, vids, and writing to this little community-building art project that could.
You’ve all helped so much & you are appreciated immensely.
Founder of VANDOCUMENT. Photographer, illustrator, lover and supporter of arts & culture.