The 24th annual Eastside Culture Crawl has announced that it is expanding its reach this year with virtual and appointment-based studio tours and livestream demos.
“Each year, we welcome visitors to explore the richness and vitality of the Eastside Arts District,” says artistic and executive director Esther Rausenberg in a press release. “And while artists have faced unprecedented hardships this year, our mandate for the 24th annual Crawl remains the same—to celebrate the extraordinary talents of our visual artists and inspire a creative connection between artists and the greater community.
That connection for the Crawl–which takes place November 12-15 and 19-22–will be made through enhanced, interactive virtual programming, via the use of a new digital appointment scheduler for controlled, in-person engagement at open studios. A virtual preview week, November 2 to 9, will feature a curated selection of artist workshops, demonstrations, and talks, as well as the seventh annual Moving Art exhibition.
“The strength and resilience, the fortitude and passion arts patrons have come to expect each year from the Culture Crawl will be on full display,” adds Rausenberg. “It promises to be an inspiring, uplifting and unifying experience.”
TAKE FLIGHT VIRTUAL BENEFIT
October 14–November 7, 2020
The Crawl’s fourth annual benefit and festival launch, this year’s virtual event features a silent auction, event-tote auction, and the return of the popular Art Roulette.
November 2, 2020 at 7 pm (online premiere)
The Culture Crawl’s seventh annual film and video exhibition is titled “Connection in the year of our disconnect.” This showing of evocative contemporary films features 11 artists who have dug deep within their own creative reserves to embrace our multiplicity of experiences.
November 3–5, 2020
Centred on the theme of “Creative Resilience,” this series of three discussions by 2020 Culture Crawl artists is moderated by former journalist and fellow creative Carlyn Yandle. Topics include: “Pivoting in a Pandemic,” “Working through Loss,” and “Traversing Sensitive Territory.”
DIS(PLACE)MENT: EXPLORATIONS OF PLACE, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Skwachàys Lodge Gallery
November 7–23, 2020, from 10 am–5 pm
This exhibit, curated by Cheyenne (Natoyihkii) McGinnis, highlights the issue of displacement in Indigenous communities while simultaneously inspiring individuals to create their own spaces through sharing culture, self-reflection and community-building.