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Summer School will turn an artist-run-centre into a temporary, free community education center and art studio.
Summer School will turn an artist-run-centre into a temporary, free community education center and art studio.
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SUMMER SCHOOL
A project by Erin Jane Nelson and Ming Lin to be held at Project Space located in Vancouver's Chinatown (www.projectspace.ca) from July 20th- August 28th.

**All Donors will receive a Thank You in our publication, Lesson Book.
**All donors of $25 or higher will receive pre-registration to all Summer School courses.

Summer School will turn a Vancouver-based Artist-Run-Centre (Project Space) into a free pop-up school for one week. Classes will be taught by Lin, Nelson, and several local guest teachers and will cover a wide range of topics such as:

  • Sustainable Dye Techniques
  • Homemade Looms and Back-Strap Weaving
  • Air-Tasting
  • Indigo Dyeing + Kite-making!
  • Making Chapbooks out of Anything
  • Solar Photograms
  • Mushroom Spore-Printing and Edible Mushroom Identification
  • Creative Analysis and Redesign of Local Flora
  • & More!!

In addition to the school component, Nelson and Lin will also be mounting an exhibition of the works of art and design created by students + teachers of Summer School which will be on view in Project Space for the entire month of August. We will also host public artist talks and openings. Finally, Project Space will be publishing an accompanying book, Lesson Book, which will feature instructions from all of the classes, curatorial essays, images of the projects, and other surprise material. So, if you don't live in Vancouver, you can still learn from Summer School.

OBJECTIVES:
Born out of our experience working in the art-hub of New York City, we would like to challenge notions of what constitutes an artists “work” and shift the focus from producer of luxury goods, to an identity rooted in research, curiosity and creative problem-solving. As such, Summer School promotes a vision of art as an emancipatory tool with which one can take charge of his or her everyday experiences. In the spirit of Dada, and other avant-garde artist groups, the aim is to initiate experiences that challenge the routines established by the dominant social discourse through the use of banal and accessible materials. The artist, then, is seen as a teacher and facilitator of these alternative events.

As this project emphasizes the latent potential of everyday activities and materials to produce new and potent art forms, it also aims to engage members who don’t necessarily consider themselves as being part of the arts community. By using familiar and accessible materials and concepts, Summer School will encourage the participation of both the long-time and the new residents of Strathcona and Chinatown neighborhood. Since these are considered "transitional" neighborhoods, we feel that new art initiatives in the area should not only target young, culturally savvy attendees to migrate in, but also extend a welcome to the long-standing residents and encourage cultural diversity. By creating a project that is contingent on public participation, we are promoting the mingling of Vancouver’s arts community with the more established communities in the area, thus allowing both parties to benefit from the exchange of dialogue and ideas.

We will be actively posting updates including more information about our classes, bios of the architects, artists, publishers and teachers behind Summer School, and more information on our prizes!!

In the meantime, here are some great links to get acquainted with our contributors:
http://projectspace.ca/blog/

http://erinjanenelson.com/

http://powerplantpress.org/

http://airtasting.com/

http://monoclothing.ca/

http://davidsemeniuk.com/

http://jordanabel.ca/

http://vancouver.designnerds.org/

Summer School Limited Edition Poster by Powerplant Press!!

Set of 5 Limited Edition Postcards by Powerplant Press!

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    Get a digital version of Lesson Book +"thank you" letter and paper flowers

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    A handmade Summer School Poster by PowerPlant Press (pictured below) + pre-registration for Summer School classes.

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    Set of 5 handmade Summer School postcards by PowerPlant Press + pre-registration for Summer School classes.

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    Erin and Ming will draw you a subject of your choosing or invent a recipe based on the foods you like to eat + pre-registration for Summer School classes.

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    Pre-order your copy of Lesson Book + poster + thank you card and flower + pre-registration for Summer School classes.

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    A one-of-a-kind "Market Bag" hand-made by Erin + poster + thank you card + pre-registration for Summer School classes.

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    "Summer Small Pack" which includes a Market Bag, Jam, Pickles, Original Drawing/Recipe, thank you card, many paper flowers, and pre-registration for Summer School classes. All items hand-made by Erin.

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    "Summer Large Pack" includes everything from the "Summer Small Pack" PLUS a pre-order copy of Lesson Book + poster + pre-registration for Summer School classes.

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    "Locals Special" Have dinner with the artists in Project Space during Summer School + a copy of Lesson Book + pre-registration for Summer School classes.

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    Your choice of donated artwork produced by the teachers and students of Summer School + a copy of Lesson Book + pre-registration for Summer School classes.

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    "School Master" Congrats! We will work with you to develop a course for Summer School that addresses a topic of your choice!! + pre-registration for Summer School classes.

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