2017 marks the 10th anniversary of Studio 101, an ECCS program dedicated to supporting diverse and engaging artistic experiences for Vancouver’s inner city youth.
Many Eastside schools are designated as inner-city and have limited exposure to professional artists and arts experiences beyond the classroom. The program brings school children into participating Eastside Culture Crawl artist studio spaces for free, hands on workshops. For many participants, it is their first time connecting with professional artists. The program provides students insights into the various phases of the creative process, while promoting creative confidence and fostering an appreciation of the visual arts.
This year, Strathcona Elementary and Britannia Elementary students from grades 4–7 will visit Eastside Crawl artist studios to create photographic works, textile arts and mixed media items. Students will also participate in animation workshops in collaboration with Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society, an artist-run production and exhibition centre that supports independent filmmakers and media artists.
Studio 101 is coordinated by Laura Aliaga and Kathryn Youngs.
The program was conceived in 2007 by long-time Crawl artists Mira Malatestinic, Richard Tetrault and Kathryn Youngs, and is proudly supported by the ECCS, Opus Art Supplies and the Michael Lawlor Estate.