Carmen Rosen

Carmen Rosen

Artistic Director

Carmen (she/her) is a visual artist, singer, and interdisciplinary performer. She has a long history of initiating art projects and creative community integrated projects. In 2010 Carmen received the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award, and in 2012 the Queen’s Jubilee Award for her art with the community. She has an Art History degree from UBC and a diploma from Emily Carr Institute. Carmen is the founder and artistic director of Still Moon Arts Society. Through Still Moon and in collaboration with many community partners, she has created the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival and other projects and events that shed light on Renfrew Ravine, Still Creek, salmon in the city, and the community’s creative capacity. She leads art workshops about natural dyes, lantern-making, giant puppets, and costume-making for schools, the general public, and community groups including  Sarah Ross House Temporary Modular Housing, and a six-year residency with Arts, Health and Seniors.

Previous to founding Still Moon Arts, Carmen was the founder and co-artistic director of Mortal Coil Performance Society for 10 years – creating shows, designing costumes and giant puppets, performing, and booking stilt-dance shows all over North America.

As a singer, Carmen performed, recorded and toured with Elektra Women’s Choir, the Slavic Soul ensemble Zeellia for 20+ years, and currently performs with Zlatna Mountain.

In 2016 Carmen created a major public art installation Still Here at Skyway Towers Plaza on Kingsway. In 2017 she was an artist in residence at CACIS Centre for Art and Sustainability in Spain. In 2018 she collaborated with artists Paula Jardine, Cathy Stubington (Runaway Moon), and Robi Smith as Birds in Residence and Birds on Parade, spending over a year creating a giant bird parade with hundreds of community members in costume performing as birds on stilts for the opening of the International Ornithological Congress and the Vancouver Bird Festival.

Carmen’s visual art can be seen in the stone mosaic pathways around Renfrew Ravine, giant puppets and stilt walking characters at festivals and community parades, giant lantern installations at several lantern festivals, and living mushroom sculptures, Fruiting Bodies, in Renfrew Community Park.

Learn more about her work by viewing her TEDx talk.

Clea Moray

Clea Moray

Operations and Fundraising Director

Clea (she/her) has over ten years of experience in nonprofit management, environmental stewardship, and community engagement. Her past work has included surveying remote old-growth forests in northern Ontario and managing collaborations between scientists, government and First Nations representatives, and others to improve the management of salmon and their habitat. As a community advocate, Clea has led initiatives to enhance local infrastructure, services and social capacity, and has built strong relationships with municipal and provincial politicians and civil servants, local businesses, and the community at large. She holds a B.Sc in Biology from the University of Guelph and a M.Sc. in Ecology & Evolution from Simon Fraser University.

Willoughby Arévalo

Willoughby Arévalo

Stewardship Programs Manager

I (he/him) was raised in the Coast Redwoods in southwestern Cascadia (traditional Wiyot and Yurok territories). I fell in love with fungi as a young child, and I’ve been learning from them, along with plants, animals and microbes, ever since. I’ve been offering educational experiences relating to fungi, art and ecology in community contexts and schools for over a decade. I’ve worked with Still Moon as a community-engaged public artist since 2016, (co-)leading projects such as Beaver Pondering Lodging, We All Belong and Fruiting Bodies. As Stewardship Programs Manager, I offer hands-on land and water care opportunities woven together with ecological teachings and artistic experience to help people build relationships with the more-than-human world around them, an embodied awareness of the interconnectedness of all beings, and a place-based sense of belonging, responsibility and gratitude for the gifts of the earth. May this work help us to be better guests on these Coast Salish Territories. Some of my other passions include music (I play percussion in the Carnival Band), and growing, foraging, cooking, preserving and sharing food. I co-facilitate the Art & Fungi Project with Isabelle Kirouac, and I am the author of DIY Mushroom Cultivation. For more info, see ArtAndFungi.org.

“With hands of an artist, eyes of an ecologist, and the heart of a deeply connected human, Arévalo brings the practical and joyful together.” – Radical Ecologist Nance Klehm

Ada Dragomir

Ada Dragomir

Eco-Arts Programs Manager

Ada (she/her/they/them) is a visual artist, writer, photographer and professional jack-of-all trades. Born shortly before the tumult of the Romanian revolution in Bucharest, and currently living in the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood, she works across media, feeling most at home somewhere between spoofed youtube videos and serious sculptural objects. Ada holds a BFA from Emily Carr University (2020). Her practice primarily addresses questions of productivity, value, and labour, but underneath, is about living a life of joy, creativity, and connection.

Outside of work at Still Moon, she’s sewing a quilt, weaving wool on a loom designed in the neolithic age, constructing several ceramic plant pots, learning to ride a motorcycle and trying her best to point to life. Ada loves people and wants all of us to live lives filled with dignity, play, and love. Her favourite sounds are wind-chimes and friends laughing. You can check out her work at AdaDragomir.com.

Amanda Blake

Amanda Blake

Moon Festival Production Manager

Amanda (she/her) is an award-winning, emerging filmmaker, writer, and cultural producer with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film Production and Creative Writing from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. She humbly works on the unceded, stolen  territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. Her creative work explores nuanced, socially relevant topics, often in the form of hybrid documentary, experimental, and narrative dramas, and is most interested in stories that are deeply character and/or people driven. In her professional career, she loves lifting others up by engaging with various cultural organizations, historically of which being the Chutzpah! Festival, PuSh Festival, Inlet Theatre, and The Cinematheque. She takes great joy in her current role as Production Manager for the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival with Still Moon Arts Society. When not creating words, images, or spreadsheets, she can most often be found playing various role-playing board or video games, climbing up a mountain, or petting her well-deserving dogs, Juno and Marty.

Masa Kateb

Masa Kateb

Marketing & Communications Manager

Masa (she/her) is a Traditional Syrian Storyteller, Leadership & Growth Coach, and an Equitable Justice Activist from Damascus, Syria. Masa is commitment to social justice & shifting the narrative of the Syrian context from war & distraction, to also include her culture’s rich art & heritage. She has been involved in supporting and advancing diverse causes for the past 15+ years, regardless of where she’s residing in the world, including refugee rights, education for youth, women rights, economic empowerment & mental health of refugees, and the rights of equity-deserving humans.

Kateb’s background is in Economics, Business Administration, Journalism, Marketing & Promotion, Communication, Leadership, Basketball Coaching & Professional Playing, Career Mentorship, Neuroscience of Coaching, Activism, and holds a Purpose Mastery of Business Actions [Purpose MBA]. She’s a Community Developer, Events Planner & Host, Writer, Public Speaker, Traditional Syrian Storyteller, Syrian Culinary Artist, and a Refugee Advisor.

When she’s not working for Still Moon, she’s either observing a sunset, or investing her time and energy in growing Quantum Care Coaching, an Educational Coaching & Consultancy business she co-founded during the COVID-19 pandemic to support the overall wellbeing of individuals and communities. You can learn more about it at QuantumCare.ca.

Katherine Yacht

Katherine Yacht

Bookkeeper

Katherine is a trained professional opera singer who has worked in the Vancouver arts community for the last 20 years as a soloist, ensemble singer, and teacher. During that time, she has worked as a bookkeeper for various groups and individuals, and understands the multifaceted needs of non-profit organizations. Katherine is passionate about facilitating efficiency, ease, and transparency in her clients’ financial operations, so that organizations are freed up inspire people and change lives. Katherine is excited to contribute to the good work that the Still Moon team is doing in our community.