Believe in Brit is a youth driven educational and skill development project that will create a minimum of 6 metal signs to be inserted into green space around the Britannia Centre site. Youth will look at the interconnections between the recorded histories of the City of Vancouver, the neighbourhood, and the Britannia site and develop signs which will have a saying, word, symbol or character created and chosen by the youth that reflects thoughts, feelings, descriptions of what it is like to live, work, and play in this part of the city, in this neighbourhood, and at this centre.
Britannia Community Services Centre and i.e. creative artworks invite you to the opening of the Believe in Brit Youth Sign Project, Respect and Loyalty.
DATE: December 22, 2011
TIME: 4pm to 6pm
PLACE: Britannia Teen Centre (Rink Mezzanine Room)
INFO: Info Centre, 1661 Napier St. 604-718-5800
Respect and Loyalty
The Believe in Brit Youth Sign Project engaged youth from the community to create, design and produce signs that would express their thoughts and views about who they are, where the are and what is important to them.
Youth worked with artists Cheryl Hamilton and Mike Vandermeer from i.e. creative artworks on Granville Island. Together they composed, designed, filed, welded and painted two signs. Within each of these signs, “Respect” and “Loyalty,” are message-words such as: honour, pride, love, courage, effort, hope and trust. Both signs create a dialogue with passers-by, prominently situated on the Britannia Community Centre site bordering the main pedestrian street which links the High School and Elementary schools, Info Centre, 55+ Centre, Library, Pool, Rink, Gymnasiums and Teen Centre.
This high-traffic corridor has become an outdoor gallery of sorts and these signs with their bold messages from the youth, cut from heavy steel and blazoned in bright colours bring a strong voice to this quiet space.
With support from the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grants Program and the participation of the Government of Canada.