Dig Your Neighbourhood
The Dig Your Neighbourhood Project Open House For Kelowna's North End
Dig Your Neighbourhood- Rutland!
Dig Your Neighbourhood is a package of visual art, photography, creative writing, and activities based on a specific neighbourhood. It hopes to creatively connect people to their places of residence in interesting and interactive ways. This
year, UBC students are focussing on the Kelowna neighbourhood of Rutland. EVENTS for this
• Come meet the creators of the DYN Rutland at Scarecrow Fest, Lion’s Park, 12 – 4 PM, Sunday October 6th
• Urbanatomy! -- A Pecha Kucha presentation about Rutland— Monday, November 4th, 7PM, Rutland Centennial Hall.
Dig Your Neighbourhood Community Launch
The Dig Your Neighbourhood Community Launch will be at the base of Knox Mountain, Saturday April 20 1 - 4 PM. Twelve UBC students from Creative Writing and Visual Art have created a package of art for Kelowna's North End neighbourhood (north of Clement Ave., west of Trench/ Gordon Rd., including the lakeshore and Knox Mountain.) Come enjoy music, street food, and a taste of the North End as revealed in the bag of cool stuff! The package contains materials created from research in local archives, talking to residents, and spending time in the neighbourhood. The goal is to help new residents live sustainably and consciously in their new place. The package will also be on display at the Okanagan Heritage Museum in May 2013. The remaining packages will be delivered to people who move into the neighbourhood by Welcome Wagon Ltd as a one-year pilot project starting May 1st.
Dig Your Neighbourhood Brown Bag Lunch Event!
Heritage Week in BC is featuring neighbourhoods and heritage homes and the Dig Your Neighbourhood project is one of the week's events. On Wednesday February 20 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. people can learn about this art and research project in Kelowna's North End. The lunch hour event will be held at the Okanagan Heritage Museum 2279 Queensway Ave. Contact Nancy Holmes at email@example.com; 250-807-9369. For more information!
Thank You for Coming to the Open House in Kelowna's North End!
On December 1, CRWR 481 and VISA 400 students hosted an open house in Kelowna's North End. We had terrific music by neighbourhood musicians, "Small Change." About 50 people – young and old -- arrived to see and comment on the thirteen project proposals for a package of art for newcomers to the neighbourhood. The neighbourhood people told us about their fears of thoughtless development, environmental degradation and pollution, concern for the character of this unique place, and their hopes and dreams for the future. The students listened, asked questions, and heard many stories! Over the next few weeks, the students will work on their projects keeping in mind the generous and fascinating conversations they had with local people. We'd like to thank everyone who attended to help us out! Keep your eye open for future events!
Dig Your Neighbourhood: Ryan Ennis, Michelle Grahame, Nancy Holmes, Karen Meyer, Tanatswa Pfende, Natalie Rice, Logan Saunders, Laura Sciarpelletti, Kelly Shepherd, Amy Stetzl, Daniel Vineberg, Nik Vreugdenhil, Ali Young
Thanks to The Kelowna Downtown Knox Mountain Neighbourhood Association, The Welcome Wagon, Julia Prudhomme and Kristi Hemingson, and the Justice Institute of BC! Photographs credited to Julia Prudhomme.
Dig Your Neighbourhood is a pilot project designed to create an art package for a neighbourhood in Kelowna. Traditional welcome wagons visit new homeowners with information about a city as a whole. Our Dig Your Neighbourhood will be a package of art that tries to attach new residents to their very specific new place—their neighbourhood environment. Along with stories and artworks focussed on their very own neighbourhood, the recipients of the package could learn about special places, local stories, buried history, and unique features of their new home. The art may convey information about such topics as water, sewers and run-off, how to live with wild creatures and nearby wildlife corridors, the type of soils and landscapes, names of mountains or water bodies nearby, birds, insects, bike routes, gardening, pesticides, native plants, land scarring, trees, erosion, weather, noise and light pollution, walks, seasonal cycles, etc. All information will be delivered in an entertaining, artistic, and thought-provoking way.
This project is being created by the students of Creative Writing 481 and two VISA 400 students. The students have chosen the North End neighbourhood of Kelowna as their research and creation territory.
Watch for upcoming events around this project!
Photographs credited to Ali Young.