Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

WePress: Making Art in the Neighbourhood

March 01, 2018


FREE, no registration required.


When: Thu, March 1, 2018. 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 WePress and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

Presentation + Art Workshop

Join WePress as they share their journey from being a small group of community-builders and art- and print-makers to delivering innovative art programming in the Downtown Eastside, in a space shared with Gallery Gachet (9 W. Hastings Street).

Check them out firsthand by making your very own block print while learning about WePress’ exciting Sketchbook Project, a community partnership with Gallery Gachet and Powell Street Festival Society. In collaboration with several Downtown Eastside community organizations and supported by the Vancouver Foundation, BC Arts Council, the City of Vancouver, and the Community Arts Council of Vancouver, this will culminate in an exhibition opening at Gallery Gachet on Friday, March 9, 2018.

This event will be ASL interpreted.

Speaker + Facilitator Bios

Michael Clague (C.M.) from 1996 to 2005 Michael was director of a City of Vancouver facility, the Carnegie Community Centre. It was during this period that he learned about the power of the arts for building community, and community arts activity became the focal point of his tenure at Carnegie.

Michael’s first experience in printing and publishing was in launching “The Saturday News” (Canada’s Smallest Newspaper) on a gelatin pad in his Vancouver neighbourhood in 1950 (1 cent a copy – same for ads). Currently Michael is Past President of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver and is supporting the development of the Community Arts Fund whose first priority is the Downtown Eastside. Michael was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2008.

Very special thanks to the numerous volunteers that have also helped with the project so far! We are indebted to your kindness and want you to know how much your positivity has helped us move forward.

aly de la cruz yip is a queer multi-disciplinary artist of mixed chinese and filipinx ancestry, a settler working, playing, living, loving on unceded coast salish territories. their art explores themes relating to gender chaos, chronic illness, diasporic feels, and intergenerational trauma. a self- and community- taught artist, aly is committed to centring and amplifying the voices of marginalized people.

Linda Uyehara Hoffman completed an apprenticeship in typesetting at Vancouver Community College, which included instruction in setting type for letterpress. She produced a number of cards as part of her training. She worked as a typesetter for Intermedia Press for 14 years beginning on a Compugraphic and ending on a Mac. As a marketing assistant at Vancouver New Music, she produced programs, posters and brochures.

She continues to be interested in typography and design and welcomes the opportunity to expand her knowledge of letterpress operations.

Helen Kang is a taiko drummer (Japanese “big drum”), crafter/sewist and community-builder. She is a member of Sawagi Taiko (first all-women taiko group in Canada) and on the board of the Vancouver Taiko Society. She has her roots in community-building in grassroots HIV/AIDS activism in Toronto, and is now active in the community arts scene in Vancouver. She believes in the power of art-making to bring people together and to create possibilities of what the world can be.

Helen holds a PhD in Sociology from SFU and currently freelances as a medical writer and dissertation consultant for graduate students.

Cara Seccafien has contributed to several organizations in Vancouver and Edmonton as an artist, designer, and administrator. Most recently she has been involved with Powell Street Festival Society, Gallery Gachet, and The Other Press in addition to WePress.

She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Alberta in Edmonton and has since pursued artist residencies at Malaspina Printmaker’s Society in Vancouver and Paul Art Space in Missouri.

Kathy Shimizu is a web & graphic designer, artist, and community organizer, receiving her Bachelor of Design degree in Communication Design from Emily Carr Institute in May 2005. In addition to her print and web design work, she has served a variety of roles for the Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS), Asian Americans United, the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association, the JC Community Building Project, and WePress. She has organized art exhibits and events, and has helped lead printmaking and other art workshops, including those for the PSFS’ Advocacy & Outreach Committee at the Oppenheimer Park Fieldhouse, Carnegie Community Centre, Maclean Park (for Strathcona Community Centre), HomeGround, Heart of the City Festival, and for the Right to Remain Research Project. She was a member of Katari Taiko for many years, and is currently a member of Sawagi Taiko.

Nina Yañez has worked as an artist using technology in design, architecture, and interactive work for nearly a decade. Following a period of rehabilitation, she’s attempting to use her experience to deconstruct and attack the male dominated culture surrounding technology. She believes in empowering artists, queers, women, and people of colour, to use technology in a way that demystifies patriarchal myths. However she’s mostly just a sensitive cat lady.


WePress is a community artspace in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver on the occupied territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and mi ce:p kwətxwiləm (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We seek to support Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside residents and communities to empower themselves and build community capacity and resilience through art-making.

Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!


FREE, no registration required.


When: Thu, March 1, 2018. 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 WePress and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

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