News - Art and culture

May 7, 2014
Activist and poet Bud Osborn has passed away. Bud was a founding member of Vancouver Area Network of Drugs Users (VANDU), a group of users and former users who work to improve the lives of people who...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Organizing, British Columbia
March 24, 2014
A photography exhibit opened Thursday night at Charlottetown's Confederation Centre of the Arts, featuring photographs by women living near or below the poverty line. The photos are accompanied by...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Women, Prince Edward Island
January 20, 2014
Two years ago, Igloolik became the first site for an innovative Internet broadcasting project that Kunuk and his partner Norman Cohn hope will help birth a new wave of grassroots filmmaking in 10...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Art and Culture, Inuit, Technology, Nunavut
October 16, 2013
Last week PovNet launched our new PovNet Timeline: A Selective History of Poverty, Anti-poverty Organizing and Technology in BC at the Provincial Training Conference for Legal Advocates and the PLAIN...
Keywords: Art and Culture, British Columbia
September 24, 2013
The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario has launched the Reimagining Accessibility Design Challenge to challenge students to redesign the traditional disability symbol of a wheelchair and create a more...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Disability, All of Canada
August 13, 2012
As the 2012 Olympic Games come to a close this weekend in London, we have put together a list of undereported stories of resistance to Olympic related displacement and development.
Keywords: Art and Culture, Organizing, International
August 24, 2011
A series of podcasts by people involved in the history of the self-government movement in Yukon, "Voices of Visions" offers 10 20 minute podcasts. The podcasts are available in mp3 format, allowing...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Art and Culture, Government Policy, Inuit, Yukon
July 26, 2011
This amazing online art exhibition presents the work of artists who have sought to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness. Since the Great Depression, artists in the US have not only acted as...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Homelessness, United States
June 27, 2011
For the last month, members of the Downtown Eastside Power of Women group have been sharing their stories about hope, struggle, love and resistance in the Downtown Eastside on the Vancouver Media...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Art and Culture, Women, British Columbia
June 9, 2011
The Downtown Eastside Power of Women Group will publishing stories collected from their "In Our Own Voices" project throughout the month of June. Check their website for a new story every Monday,...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Women, British Columbia
June 3, 2011
The Downtown Eastside Power of Women Group is launching the In Our Own Voices writing project in June 2011. After a six-week period of intensive writing, we are ready to share our stories about hope...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Art and Culture, Women, British Columbia
October 25, 2010
Penny Goldsmith interviewed several advocates and PovNet board members across BC and Canada during her fellowship with the Carold Institute last year. This illustrated story came out of an interview...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Organizing, Technology, All of Canada
May 25, 2010
Between 1886 and 1903 a British philanthropist, Charles Booth, and many volunteers, walked the streets of London to document the relative poverty and wealth of the city streets. The result was a...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Poverty Research, International
October 20, 2009
The Tyee has put together a stunning photo essay on homelessness in Vancouver and struggle for affordable housing over the past two years. They also put together a panel of experts to assess...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Government Policy, Homelessness, photo essay, British Columbia
February 14, 2009
A slideshow of the second annual Poverty Olympics by Blackbird.
Keywords: Art and Culture, Homelessness, Organizing, British Columbia
December 18, 2008
More than 50 pieces of art created by professional artists and community members, including ex-residents are on exhibit on the boarded up windows of the Little Mountain Housing complex. The Little...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
October 5, 2008
Solutions from Lived Experiences through Arts-Informed Research Asleep in Toronto I Was Here
Keywords: Art and Culture, Homelessness
November 29, 2007
PIVOT 2008 Downtown Eastside Portrait Calendar: Hope in the Shadows - For the past couple of years the PIVOT Legal Society has handed out free disposable black and white cameras to residents of the...
Keywords: Art and Culture, British Columbia
November 22, 2007
Portraits of Edmonton's Inner City (Video) is a audio slide show of people living in poverty in Edmonton, one of Canada's richest cities. The photographer, Pieter de Vos says it is an attempt to...
Keywords: Alberta, Art and Culture, Homelessness
February 18, 2007
Across the country there are two projects involving low income women taking photographs of their lives. In Saskatchewan a group of First Nations women are photographing what they see everyday as part...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Art and Culture, Women, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan
November 24, 2006
There are a number of progressive organizations across Canada that are selling beautiful and inspiring fundraising calendars for the new year. You can order many of these online or seek out calendars...
Keywords: Art and Culture, All of Canada
September 17, 2006
A book of life stories of seven women who have triumphed over addiction, poverty, and illness in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has won the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in BC. George Ryga...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Women, British Columbia
September 5, 2006
An SFU graduate student has created a game that puts the player in the role of a homeless woman. The game involves moving the woman around a simple map trying to forage for bottles and items to sell...
Keywords: Art and Culture, British Columbia
July 14, 2006
PhotoVoice is a participatory action research method pioneered by Carolyn Wang. PhotoVoice is a process that enables community members to produce photographs to document their experiences. The...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Women, All of Canada
July 5, 2006
Julian Beever does 3 dimensional illusionary drawings in chalk. One of his drawings, a forty foot long one, depicts a Make Poverty History world. See the Make Poverty History world from the front...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Organizing, International
April 1, 2006
Many of Japan's homeless construct their own transportable houses. Thet are simple, elegant and inspired by the zen Buddhist tradition. They have begun to be appreciated as art, being photographed...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Homelessness, International
January 9, 2006
Located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Pivot is a non-profit legal advocacy organization that focuses its efforts strategically to address the legal and human rights challenges commonly faced by...
Keywords: Art and Culture, British Columbia
November 5, 2005
Homefest is a concert to raise awareness of the housing crisis hurting the lives of thousands of people in Edmonton. Money raised by the concert will be donated to support housing needs in Edmonton...
Keywords: Alberta, Art and Culture, Housing
April 28, 2005
A new play by anti-poverty author and activist Sheila Baxter (Still Raising Hell, A Child is Not a Toy) is being performed in Vancouver May 6th and 7th. The Death in a Dumpster: A Passion Play for...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Homelessness, British Columbia
October 6, 2001
This video is based on interviews with leading members of OCAP including John Clarke and Gaetan Heroux, as well as footage of actions organized by the group in the last few years. Judy Koch has...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Organizing, Ontario