New Initiatives for 2018 and beyond:
‘Thursday Night Young Peoples Sound Experiment’, an initiative to enable local
youth to engage in the musical culture established at MacLean Park Fieldhouse.
With mentorship provided by established professional musicians from around Vancouver, the Thursday night series will guide participants through practical steps of playing woodwind instruments, percussion and voice training directed toward performing shows at local arts festivals. Participation is free of charge.
‘The Red Paint Drawing Club’ reprises a successful initiative from last year,
wherein participants from the community engage in a series of three day workshops of facilitated classical painting lessons in portraiture. Broken into easy lessons, the environment of learning is simple, effective and accessible for all ages and all skill levels.
Horn Production – the next series. Instrument building research conducted at MacLean Fieldhouse concludes a need for longer, wider forms for optimal sound production. As such, staves of wood have been grown for two years (instead of one), and are nearly cured as of this Autumn when building can begin. Collaboration with Cottonwood Community Garden, MOP Garden, Brad Muirhead Orchestra and EartHand Gleaners Society. Estimated time of completion: 1.5 years.
MacLean Park Outreach Plan:
Oncle Hoonki’s Fabulous Hornshop will continue an outreach plan based in
participation in local community engagements. During good weather, we are present upon the lawn in front of 710 Keefer, demonstrating carving and musical improvisation, inviting the public inside for tours. While this has proven very effective, it is bolstered by appearances (with signage and samples) at nearby Strathcona initiatives, such as those of Strathcona Community Garden, Hives for Humanity events and youth classes from nearby Lord Strathcona Elementary, to name a few. Onsite demonstrations are hands on
and interactive. Potluck will continue, certainly, to drive the success of
Tuesday night drop-in carving classes.
Our success has been driven on in-kind donations and volunteer collaborations.
An incomplete list of ongoing partnerships includes:
-Brad Muirhead, composer/performer. (fuhorn) compositions with orchestra.
-Cameron Cartiere, Lead Artist/Producer – Oak Park Fieldhouse and’As the Crow Flies’, collaboration for event production.
-Carmen Rosin – Lead Artist/Producer, Still Moon Arts Society, collaboration for Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival.
-Cottonwood Community Garden – Rosemarie Larson, land stewardship.
– EartHand Gleaners Society -Sharon Kallis & Rebecca Graham of Means of Production Garden and Trillium North Park, ongoing engagements.
-Hives for Humanity/Beespace/Hasting Folk Garden – Cassie Plotnikoff & Sarah Common. Land stewardship and skills development for community.
-Karen Barnaby, Chef. Food, fibre arts and carving facilitation, ongoing.
-Katheryn Petersen, Event Producer: ‘The Great Accordion Journey’,
collaboration with orchestra and event facilitation – all ages.
-Lord Strathcona Elementary School – Marianne Persoon, Educator grade 7-8,
ongoing classes in Archeological practice of stone age tool making.
-The Legion of Flying Monkeys Horn Orchestra – Jamie Macdonald, Dennis R Tokarsky, Mythical Man, Dr. Jason Jones, Giselle Couver, Regan Belan, Super Robertson, Chris Hixon, Marjorie Robbins,Jason Harder, Andrew Parker and Jody MacDonald, ongoing series of performances, local and international, interactive and all ages singalong.
-Strathcona Community Garden – Carla Frenkel. land stewardship.
-Union Street Films, Martin Borden, filmmaker. ‘Clown Parade’ video produced with volunteer community members over two years in the making.