What do you appreciate in your neighbourhood?
Vancouver non-profit, Instruments of Change, is bringing Infectious Gratitude to neighbourhoods around Vancouver. Instruments of Change, which designs expressive arts experiences that empower people to become instruments of transformative change in their own lives as they find their creative voices, is welcoming people of Vancouver to offer “pop up shout outs” throughout the summer. Thank local businesses and spaces for services provided to our Vancouver communities at the Infection Gratitude series of free pop-up events running at various parks and beaches throughout the City from July 10th through August 5th 2021.
Sponsored by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation’s Neighbourhood Matching Fund and Instruments of Change, Infectious Gratitude, artists Laura Barron (instrumentsofchange.org) and Wen Wen Lu (wenwenart.com) invite community members to come together to appreciate and advocate for their local businesses, services, green spaces in creative ways – through story, drawing, or poetry – at safe, socially distanced weekly, pop-up booths in busy Vancouver parks.
Asking participants: “What would you like to see “thrive” in your community?” Infectious Gratitude will facilitate a creative process in which community members can express their gratitude through “urban love letters”, haiku poetry and/or visual art. This initiative is intended to spread gratitude instead of fear, as we emerge from this collectively challenging time, more hopeful and connected.
All creative work will be documented on a digital map, as well as distributed throughout the city in surprise installations that are intended to “virally” spread gratitude throughout the city that we all love.
The Infectious Gratitude pop-up schedule is below:
For more on information on Instruments of Change projects visit instrumentsofchange.org