Through the Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) and the Greenest City NSG, the Downtown Intercultural Gardeners Society (DIGS) has been able to acquire the necessary equipment to build two beehives for the DIGS/St. Paul’s Observational Beehive Project that will be located on the roof of the Providence Building at St. Paul’s Hospital. DIGS is an intergenerational, multiethnic group of predominantly downtown Vancouver residents who have operated a community garden on the rooftop of St. Paul's Hospital over the past seven years.
The grant funded the construction, installation of six garden boxes. Two are for two senior tenants who had trouble accessing our community gardens. Two were given to children at the daycare, who do not qualify for a plot in our community garden, and two are community herb-sharing gardens for anyone to use. The grant also funded a small bench beside the herb gardens, which has proved popular as a resting spot.
So much fun! We had a great turn out! Lots of neighbours came and made their own pinatas, ate pizza, drank coffees and met lovely folks :) It was a beautiful October day and we crafted outside!
We had snacks and fruits and coffees donated from local businesses- too cool!
Such a wonderful way to celebrate our community!
I created pinata likenesses of folks from our community to be displayed at local coffee institution Melriches on Davie at Bute! The show was up for a month and I held a pinata workshop to bring together neighbours and strangers to craft and get to know each other. The show was a huge success and was featured on CBC Arts! I feel so proud of our community and grateful for a chance to share my craft with folks :) Thank you!
I am partnering with WE Arts (West End Arts Society), Babylon Buttons and the Women's March to create buttons that encourage dialogue around women's rights. Originaly I hoped to be a regular interactive event at the West End Summer Art Market but some personal events got in the way of that. There will be several booths set up at the 2019 Women's March where people can create their buttons.
We had about 2 dozen folks join us at the meet up event.
We partnered with Mary's on Davie, a local restaurant who supported the events that we host at the Jim Deva Plaza, to host the event and build connections with the local business' as well.
Every Monday evening we have a drop-in table tennis event where anyone can come and learn to play table tennis. During the rest of the week we have various people playing their own organized games.
As the theatre is used quite often in the wider community, people are aware that a table tennis table and equipment is available so it has made an appearance at parties hosted in the theatre, and recreational time during event set up and events.
We connected neighbors while sharing the knowledge of Vancouver history and culture. Curiosities of Coal harbor and other neighborhood names, also Vancouver and Canada general History. Local and older residents are proud of telling their experiences as well newcomers are anxious to learn.
The barbecues were very attractive and not difficult to have participants; as we had rare opportunities to meet them before.
As the opportunities to meet the foreigners of our building were rare, we prepared cooking meetings in order to be attractive.
The meetings were really good, with the help of Small grants we had success during the barbecues sharing the knowledge of Vancouver history and culture. Curiosities about the neighbors name, as Coal Harbor or Gastown for example. Local or old residents are proud of telling their history as well the newcomers are curious to learn.
The group is still small, but we can say now we have friends in neighborhood.
Our project had the purpose of foreigners and local people integration in our building during the cook of feijoada, Brazilian food as well during an outside picnic.
We shared the receipt of Feijoada while cooking, it was funny. Cultural local topics and Vancouver curiosities were shared while promoting regional cooking meeting.