Spring has arrived in Vancouver and along with the blossoming cherry and magnolia trees comes the beginning of the 4th year of Papergirl Vancouver! Papergirl is a worldwide inclusive non-commercial art project that brings people together in celebration of art and community through the spirit of altruism. Each year we ask that artists, of all ages, abilities and medium (as long as it can be rolled up!), donate pieces of their work which are then displayed along side each other in a non-juried exhibit. After the week-long exhibit is over, the artwork is then rolled up and gifted by a team of cyclists to non-suspecting members of the public around Vancouver. The ride-out is part performance art (we like to call it a giftervention!), part community building, and is a lot of fun! Last year Papergirl Vancouver received hundreds of works of art from local artists as well as from artists all around the world, and it was incredibly inspiring and rewarding to be part of a project that has the amazing potential to break through every day routines and make connections between artists and community. Volunteering with Papergirl really changed how I think about social change and community engagement and I can't speak highly enough of the experience!
Over the next few months, I'm looking forward to working with some of the fantastic team members I got to know last year as well as all the new volunteers! The team has doubled in size this year, opening up lots of exciting possibilities to keep Papergirl's momentum moving forward. For my part, I will be producing another series of artist interviews so keep an eye out on Papergirl's Twitter and website for the call-out for applications, as well as announcements about workshops and instructions for how to donate your work!