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QTBIPOC youth led artistic community care project: offering workshops, gatherings, and creative collaborations 

based out of the ancestral, unceded and stolen territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples "vancouver, bc".

currently part time at the pandora park field house.

Watercolor Butterfly 8
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Watercolor Stain
Blue Curl Pattern

fractal, adaptive and nature based 
Emergent Strategy inspired (Adrienne Maree Brown)

Image by Presetbase Lightroom Presets

Currently in collaboration with Room Magazine, Indigenous Brilliance Collective and VINES Art Society

ABOUT US

the art ecosystem is a web of connections that has grown through sharing and creating art together, building relationships to the land, and prioritizing accessibility and visibility of QTBIPOC, disabled artists and radical creatives in community online and offline. 

founded in 2021 by lexi and karmella, the art ecosystem has collaborated with Indigenous Brilliance Collective, Room Magazine and Part Of Studio to create micro-projects including a series of workshops, social media, community dialogues, a winter pop up shop, and IB podcast episodes. our work is led by, and celebrates Black and Indigenous artists, makers and movement leaders. 

THE FUTURE WE SEE

"all that you touch, you change" - Octavia E Butler

we understand humans as a part of many ecosystems, despite the impact that many years of colonialism, supremacy and land-based resource exploitation have had on the environment. inspired by adrienne maree brown's emergent strategy, our interpretation of ecosystems approach recognizes system change as a natural and evolutionary process made possible through small-scale, interconnected movement and transformation.

 

we believe in centring QTBIPOC joy and wellbeing in this process of change and creation.

this ecosystems approach to healing and connecting through accessible art practices is a meaningful offering to the individuals, communities and systems that we interact with.

OUR VALUES AND GOALS

  • creating liberated and joyful spaces through art

  • uplifting and centring QTBIPOC community members and our collective wellbeing

  • honouring and respecting our responsibility to the land and the host nations

  • offering opportunities for community care and meaningful engagement on/offline

  • prioritizing accessibility, cultural safety and peer led projects

  • expanding meaningful representation within the arts

  • redistribution of wealth, resources, knowledge and skills 

  • humility, learning and collective growth

interested in collaboration?
CONTACT US

dm us on instagram @art.ecosystem

or

email artecosystemcollective@gmail.com

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