On August 3rd and 4th, Heartwood held MAKING SPACE: A Community Panel & Discussion. The first night of the two-day event started off with a panel spotlighting organizations who not only ran social spaces but also organizations and collectives that rely on these spaces in order to provide the services, gather, celebrate, and collaborate. The panel was moderated by Melissa Fong, local journalist and Vice President of Centre A and included panelists, Anthony Meza Wilson of Gallery Gachet, Ana Rose Carrico of Red Gate Arts Society, Ingrid Méndez of Sanctuary Health and Watari Counselling & Support Services, and Melanie Matining of Heartwood.
The panel was met with a full house filled with community members, organizers, and City of Vancouver staff and councillors. Questions that arose from the panel were brought forth to the second evening of the event: the community discussion. Big thank you to Women Transforming Cities for facilitating the discussion!
The panel was unfortunately not recorded, though you can listen in on a recorded discussion that reps from Heartwood, Gallery Gachet, Red Gate Arts Society, and Centre A did on Roundhouse Radio's show, Impact, on August 22nd. The link can be found here. The notes are documented in a Google Drive file open to anyone interested in adding to the discussion.
At Heartwood, we know that although our physical space has closed, the Heartwood Community will continue to thrive. The closure of community spaces intersect with housing rights, gentrification, the non-profit industrial complex, lack of funding, and isolation - to name a few. We're interested in figuring out ways we can address these issues, build stronger connections across communities and generations, and continue to create!
Click the images below to be directed to the open-sourced notes from each of the community discussions.
MAKING SPACES | Discussion: What are ways we can collaborate as a tool
for creating community spaces and access for those spaces?