Word Camp Virtual Series is an online edition of the summer Word Camp recently offered in-person for Vancouver + area youth. This year we’re hosting seven online workshops exploring a dynamic range of spoken word, storytelling, hip hop, personal non-fiction and songwriting, all facilitated by awesome artists from across Turtle Island. Our goal is to support youth in building relationships with professional artists and other youth through writing and performance workshops, creative development and cultural engagement. The series is two-fold: seven weeks of online workshops offered in a group setting through zoom, and a mentorship program for youth who are really passionate and want to gain more one-on-one insight into their craft with one of the facilitators. This year, we’re excited to announce Kai Cheng Thom, Leela Gilday, Craig Frank Edes aka The Northwest Kid, Tanya Evanson, Lishai Peel, Isabella Wang and VPH’s very own, Joseph Dandurand.
If you’ve ever been curious about poetry and rap, storytelling and song, and wanted to take your skills to the next level while interacting with other youth, this is for you! These online sessions are designed from a perspective that values and centres inclusion, accessibility and all-levels learning in mind. All of our facilitators are BIPOC and represent a range of skills and awareness to territory, community and language. Sessions are free for youth to sign up and each workshop will have active listeners available.
The mentorship program is open to 14 youth to work with one of the seven mentors, in two one-hour video calls where they can develop, craft, question and gain professional knowledge to grow their practices.
Workshops start October 21
LISHAI PEEL: FROM THE PAGE TO THE STAGE • WED OCT 21 https://www.facebook.com/events/2023662314430665/
THE NORTHWEST KID: TRANSLATING POETRY INTO SONG • WED OCT 28 https://www.facebook.com/events/351806886243984/
LEELA GILDAY: THE POWER OF YOUR VOICE • SAT NOV 7 https://www.facebook.com/events/1488420958010489/
ISABELLA WANG: POETS FORWARD • WED NOV 11 https://www.facebook.com/events/620009725349657/
JOSEPH DANDURAND: SHARING OUR GIFTS • WED NOV 18 https://www.facebook.com/events/340256273860456/
TANYA EVANSON: ELIXIR OF LIFE • WED NOV 25 https://www.facebook.com/events/1798173077005348/
KAI CHENG THOM: SPEAKING THE BONES • WED DEC 2 https://www.facebook.com/events/668489047408272/
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Alongside our dynamic workshops we also offering an intimate mentorship program, open to fourteen youth who are interested in gaining more experience with their creative practice and working closely with one of our seven esteemed artists. Applicants will be invited to select up to three artists they are interested in working with and will be matched early in the season by WCVS organizers. Mentees will get two one-hour video calls with their mentor and one other mentee, where they will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their work, ask questions, and gain professional knowledge that can contribute to the development of their personal goals and artistic practices. Our mentorship program aims to create a safe and supportive online community, providing guidance to young, emerging artists through the sharing of knowledge and skills.