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Viva La Creatividad!

November 2, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Join us for an evening of community art, food and performance!

The event highlights 20 years of FES students, graduates and community members through an exhibition of alumni artwork and performance pieces (Reunion) while raising funds for the Arts in FES (Faculty of Environmental Studies) at York (Legacy), and most importantly, to have an unforgettable party (Fiesta)!

Exhibition runs Nov 3-8, 12-5pm daily. See here for more details.

Viva Creatividad will celebrate the strong heritage of art for social change within FES, the 10th anniversary of the Community Arts Practice (CAP) Program, the 20th anniversary of the Eco Art and Media Festival, and the retirement of their founder, artist and activist professor Deborah Barndt.

Alongside Barndt’s photo exhibit, From Start to Fire: A Community Arts Retrospective, there will be numerous exhibits by notable FES and CAP graduates from the past 20 years, including Genevieve Robertson, Sabrina Malach, Elaine Teguibon and Julia Winckler.

We are excited to announce that the evening will be MC’d by Jamaican teacher, writer, community development worker and comedian Blakka Ellis, a graduate of the MES program. There will be engaging live performances at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00PM.

Live performances include:
Vocal performances by Liz Forsberg & Heather Chetwynn
Poetry by Liana Di Marco and Selam Teclu
Choreographed dance performance by Ryan De La Cruz
and many more!

To spice up the event, guests will be invited to enjoy snacks produced by local food organizations founded by FES alumni!

Local and Community Food Organizations include:
AfriCan Food Basket
Black Creek Community Farm/Maloca Garden
Not Far From the Tree

While celebrating the past is important, looking to the future is critical. Individuals are welcomed to bid on the variety of items in the online silent auction that includes visual artwork and music, as well as 4-night stays at private cottages. All proceeds from the silent auction will contribute to the Deborah Barndt Environmental and Community Arts Innovation Endowment. The Arts in FES has had a long-lasting presence in global artwork for social change and for the environment. It needs nurturing and support to continue its long life so that for years to come future creative students have a community to call home. Viva La Creatividad!

View and bid on auction items here!

RSVP here
Facebook URL Viva Creatividad


November 2, 2014
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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