Update! I’ve just completed a really cool collaborative art project called
Passion for Learning, an “interactive exhibition of images, personal stories and quotes, created in collaboration by Downtown Eastside residents and UBC students”. Browsing through the UBC website I came across a variety of ways to get involved. Mind you, not everything is going to cater to your interests, but sometimes you come across an endeavor that may suite you very well!
The goal for the Passion for Learning project is to facilitate the interaction of UBC students and downtown east side residents in a unique way. Through this, I was provided an opportunity to get involved artistically and in an interactive way. I was able to combine my interests in art as well as my interests in getting involved. Here was the description I stumbled upon on the webpage:
Get Involved/At UBC Campus (Point Grey): We are looking for people interested in a creative and artistic volunteer experience. Participants will create art displays based on Downtown Eastside residents’ quotes about learning. No artistic experience is necessary—just a passion for learning! A variety of formats are welcome including painting, mixed media, photography, and more.
I emailed the person in charge and was able to start from there. The process began when she sent me a quote from a patron of the UBC learning exchange , a UBC department that does community outreach in the downtown eastside. All of the quotes collected were on the theme of learning. Mine was:
Q: What is the most important lesson you have ever learned?
A: How to be truly free and comfortable with oneself.
One of my favourite aspects of creating art is the conceptual side of it. I like taking ideas, themes, concepts and emotions and producing something from that. I was really happy with the quote I got because I think it’s something that everyone can relate to, and especially through this major transition to university, where it becomes a priority to find oneself and be comfortable with that.