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Promoting the Arts at Alex House

Artists for a Change (AFAC) is a project bringing mostly new and emerging artists together to help create positive social transformation in our community. The vision involves providing a working space, resources, and exhibition/performance venues for one or more collaborative, creative multimedia projects.

Artists participating in AFAC will work with one another to identify an issue of social concern affecting our community; and then devise a plan to highlight that issue through art. The exhibition, installation, and/or performance would be accompanied by one or more intentional community conversations, with the goal of harnessing the passions stirred by the art to equip citizens to advocacy and action, thus creating change.

Workshops at Alex House have begun, and we are in the beginning stages of securing consistent, accessible, resourced, safe space for artist-participants to collaborate and do their work. If you want to be a part of the team, there is still time. Contact Neil Fernyhough, Manager of Community Programs, at 604-535-0015, (ext 236) or communityprograms@alexhouse.net, for more information or to get involved.

We are also looking for community support – we need volunteers to help promote and manifest events; and sponsors and donors who can help support the mostly young and emerging artists making this important project happen!

Many of us are aware of the long history the Semiahmoo Peninsula has had as a haven for artists and writers, representing a variety of media and genres. Decades ago, creative folks flocked to our forests and beaches to be inspired by the beautiful, secluded surroundings – not to mention the cheap rents of the many seasonal cottages, once a feature of White Rock, Ocean Park, and Crescent Beach.

That spirit of creativity still thrives on the Peninsula, as is seen in the many arts and cultural groups and events here, far out of proportion to the actual population of South Surrey and White Rock. But none of that would exist, were it not for the avid support of local residents.

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