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Oct 09, 2019 Return to Headlines

Engage with Creative Leaders at Coquitlam’s Cultural Summit

by Caitlin Osborne |

COQUITLAM, B.C., Oct. 9, 2019 – Get inspired and connect with local arts leaders and creative thinkers from Coquitlam and the Lower Mainland at the 2019 Coquitlam Cultural Summit. Summit details and an event program will be available for viewing and download at coquitlam.ca/culturalsummit

Now in its second year, the 2019 Summit launches with an exciting new Arts Night Social on Friday, Nov. 8, 7 – 9 p.m. at Place des Arts. Showcasing dynamic live performances, artist dialogue and delicious food, the Arts Night Social will open up conversation and stimulate ideas before the full-day Summit on Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Evergreen Cultural Centre. The Summit will include two keynote addresses, roundtable talks and immersive live arts experiences designed to explore current trends, ideas and themes in the arts, culture and heritage sectors. 

Keynote Speakers Highlights

  • Brenda Leadlay // Executive Director for BC Alliance for Arts + Culture
    Brenda's keynote address will explore the importance of creativity, wellness and the arts, including the potential positive impacts creativity can have for the arts, our health and well-being, and society as a whole.
  • Kim Senklip Harvey // Proud Syilx, Tshilqot'in, Ktunaxa and Dakelh Nations womxn and Fire Creator (director/playwright/actor/community member)
    Through storytelling, Kim will explore themes of indigenous engagement, benefits of knowledge sharing, the new relationships needed between indigenous and settler peoples, and how we can use arts, culture and heritage to evolve our relationships.

Roundtable speaker highlights include:

  • Kevin Huang // Executive Director of the hua foundation
    Kevin will share his personal story of reconnecting to his cultural heritage though community-building work in Vancouver's Chinatown.
  • Marie Lopes // Arts, Culture & Engagement Coordinator for the Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation
    Marie will discuss the Vancouver Park Board Fieldhouse Studio Project, which transformed more than 20 former caretaker cottages into studio spaces for community-engaged artists.
  • Jessi Fowlis // Youth Engagement and Marketing Assistance for Evergreen Cultural Centre
    Jessi's talk will explore diversity, accessibility and modern community building in the arts. She'll discuss the powerful act of presenting and welcoming 'otherness' and the importance of providing open and inclusive spaces.

Get Your Tickets

Tickets for the event are $25 per person and include admission to both the Arts Night Social and the Cultural Summit, refreshments on both days, as well as lunch during the Summit. Tickets are available through Evergreen Cultural Centre or via a direct link at coquitlam.ca/culturalsummit. Tickets will be available for purchase until Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. 

Learn more about the speakers and live arts experiences planned for the Summit at coquitlam.ca/culturalsummit

Media contact:
Terra Dickinson
Cultural & Community Events Supervisor, City of Coquitlam