Connect 2010


our community,
our art,
our show

January 6, 2010


CONNECT is an art show and interactive arts workshop event.

In addition to the juried art show, the public is invited to participate in workshops including: working with textures, poetry reading, collage, photography and drawing.

A catalogue has been produced presenting the artists and a piece of their work, which can be purchased from the Media Contact (see below) for $20.


Who Are Involved:

Artists who live, work or consider the Downtown South of Vancouver home.


The Gathering Place Community Centre
609 Helmcken Street (at Seymour)
Vancouver, BC

“I am excited about combining artists and art from people who use social services in the Downtown South with residents, small business employees and others connected to the Downtown South of Vancouver,” says Jeanne Krabbendam, artist and initiator of the show. “This show will provide a medium to challenge barriers, stereotypes and preconceived ideas about people who use social services and I believe that participants receive satisfaction from creating something from nothing. Everyone learns from each other.”

Ellen, an artist and member of Coast’s Mental Health Resource Centre, says that, “painting gives a human being a sense of self-confidence and it comes, for me, from the bottom of my guts. It is thrilling, even if I have one piece in the show.”

“Our goal is to have an art show which showcases the art work of some the areas most vulnerable alongside more established artists who live or work in the community,” says Jo-Ann Stevens, Manager of the Gathering Place. “We want to level the playing field and hold an art show which bridges the diversity of the neighbourhood and brings people closer together.”

“The Art Show is a way for people and the artists to see the gifts of individuals who have a mental illness and Coast is pleased to participate in this outreach to the public and everyone in the community,” says Darrell Burnham, Executive Director of Coast Mental Health.

Media Contact:
Patricia Wiggins
Coast Mental Health

Gathering Place Information:
Karen Pighin


The Gathering Place Community Centre in partnership with The Downtown South Gathering Place Community Centre Association (DSGPCCA) has supported the diverse community of Vancouver’s Downtown South since 1995. The Gathering Place provides accessible and engaging programs and services for everyone in the community including youth, seniors, people with disabilities, people on low income and people who are homeless.

Programs include services in health, nutrition, fitness, recreation, art, culture and education. The Centre also provides people with access to mail, phones, messaging, storage, a reading room and volunteer opportunities. The Gathering Place and the GP Association work together to create activities and programs which contribute to the betterment of the community and are in the best interest of those people who use the Centre.

The Gathering Place Community Centre is funded by the City of Vancouver and BC Housing and partners with the Vancouver School Board and various community partners. The Centre is located at 609 Helmcken Street. For more information please call Jo-Ann Stevens, Acting Director, at 604-665-2391.

Coast Mental Health is a non-profit organization established in 1972 that works to improve the lives of people with a mental illness through practical support including housing, jobs, rehabilitative social and recreational opportunities, food, clothing and basic life skills training. Coast currently provides supportive housing to over 700 people in 40 different homes and apartments in Metro Vancouver. By 2011 Coast will provide housing to over 1,000 individuals.

The Coast Mental Health Resource Centre, located in the downtown south at 1225 Seymour, supports individuals in the community who are struggling with housing stability, addiction and mental illness. Outreach teams for Downtown and Southeast Vancouver work out of this location to support individuals who are struggling with housing stability, addiction and mental illness. For more information about Coast programs, please call Heather Edgar, Associate Executive Director, at 604-675-2323.