Vancouver-born Kevin Dale McKeown’s career in journalism, media relations, and event management began as the Georgia Straight’s first openly gay columnist in 1970. After nearly two decades as a gay news columnist and as an arts and culture reporter for a myriad of publications, Kevin began a second career as a cultural event marketer. More recently, Kevin has revisited the stories of the early days of Vancouver's gay community with a column for Xtra West, and has also been involved with media relations and community engagement for a number of different advocacy initiatives including Alliance News. As a result of a long and varied career, Kevin was inducted into the Q Hall of Fame Canada in 2011
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Shaping Vancouver 2017: Subcultural Heritage
FREE, registration is required. Donations to Heritage Vancouver are much appreciated.
When: Thu, September 14, 2017. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Heritage Vancouver
Conversation #3: Subcultural Heritage – Emergence of Social Diversity and the Creation of Heritage
By definition subcultures are oppositional in nature and exist outside of the mainstream. As they fight for changes and recognition, these marginal cultural practices may assimilate and change society as a whole in the long term. Various subcultures have emerged and taken root in Vancouver such as punk rock, the LGBTQ community, hippies, the Georgia Straight, and Greenpeace and environmentalism.
This discussion looks at the heritage of these subcultures, the identities they have formed, and how we can protect and recognize these places and values- particularly when their intangible social practices leave shallow traces of tangible heritage.
Kelty McKerracher is a community-engaged artist and Expressive Arts Therapist. Growing out of her work in harm reduction, she founded Illicit, a community-led performance project addressing the opioid overdose crisis (www.illicit.blog). As the Program Manager of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver, she co-founded the Reframing Relations program bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists together to spark dialogue about reconciliation (www.cacv.ca). She is an advocate for the role of the arts and the knowledge held by communities in shaping the city.
Michael Turner is a Vancouver-based writer of fiction, criticism and song. His blogs can be found at mtwebsit.blogspot.com.
Monty Wood, attendee at both the official UN congress and the non-governmental forum at Habitat I, and the UN’s first conference on human settlements in Vancouver of May 1976
Sarah Currie (board member, Heritage Vancouver Society) is a strategic and goal-oriented professional with a proven ability to develop and nurture relationships with corporate executives, industry stakeholders, government officials and consultants. Sarah has a strong background in not-for-profit management, including capacity building, board governance and stakeholder engagement. An engaging speaker with a passion for people and place.
Having moved to Vancouver in 2013, Sarah has worked for Heritage BC, Earthvoice Strategies Inc. and more recently as a Communications and Engagement Specialist at the UBC Sustainability Initiative. Sarah is currently working with PFM Executive Search as their Research Consultant, specializing in strategic planning, corporate social responsibility and executive search recruitment.
About the series
Shaping Vancouver 2017: ReShaping Conversations on Heritage
Welcome to Shaping Vancouver 2017. We’re excited to present our third series of engaging and diverse talks to you. This year, our focus is on reshaping the conversation by looking at how we can expand how we have been defining heritage to make it more inclusive and representative. We engage with the narratives that live around, outside and within the Anglo-Colonial account that has so dominantly shaped Vancouver’s heritage. We start with a discussion on Vancouver’s new thematic framework for heritage and what that means for how we define heritage in our communities and city. The series then engages: undefined heritage; subcultural histories, including immigrants and marginalized groups; and concludes with an important dialogue around First Nations heritage where a panel will discuss how heritage can be used as a tool in the Truth and Reconciliation process.
Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!