Working with Vines was revelatory! We consulted with them for our large, collaborative art project ‘Pedestrian Protest’ that was exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite public art space in 2021. Not only did Heather and her team introduce us to important members of the local creative and activist community, they also provided feedback on process, protocol and the work throughout the process. Heather and her team have spent many years creating trusted relationships with many communities that include Indigenous and People of Colour and the regular communication was based on trust and knowledge. We believe that Vines is an under-recognized resource, and that many institutions, cultural and otherwise, would benefit from their leadership and knowledge. Highly recommended!
It is with pleasure I provide a referral for Vines Art Festival’s application for support. Vines has been supporting downtown eastside (DTES) community members through programs at Carnegie Community Centre and Oppenheimer Park for several years. They create opportunities that are engaging, dignified, and confidence-building for the community members who participate. It is with deep care, responsibility, and accountability that they engage in their work. I recommend them unreservedly.
The Pride in Art Society (PiA) recognizes the importance of the consultation work offered by Vines Arts Festival. Our staff recently attended a workshop led by Vines Accessibility Director Marcelo Ponce, which was illuminating for everyone, particularly PiA's own accessibility coordinator. Ponce provided integrative knowledge on accessibility through their lived and working experiences in community-oriented spaces and non-profit art organizations.