Carmen Rosen 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: inspiring vibrant and connected communities by creating art and nurturing a passion for nature. Through Still Moon and in collaboration with many community partners, she creates the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, and other projects and special events shedding light on Renfrew Ravine, Still Creek, salmon in the city, and the community’s creative capacity. She leads art workshops including Colour Me Local natural dye workshops, lantern making workshops, giant puppet and costume workshops, art workshops with schools and community groups such as Sarah Ross House Temporary Modular Housing, and a six year residency with Arts, Health and Seniors.
Previous to Still Moon Arts, Carmen was also 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 to create 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.
You can see her TEDx talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDwviAVQ6gc
Operations and Fund Development Manager
Lindy Johnston is a passionate advocate for innovative industries dealing with environmental and social progress. With a Bachelor in Biology from Queen’s University, Lindy has since focused on communicating scientific and technical ideas to stakeholders and gaining buy-in within a sales, fundraising or advocacy setting. Most recently this entailed engaging with diverse demographics to lobby and advocate against the destruction of Australia’s natural environment. In all roles, Lindy consistently met or exceeded targets progressing her to leadership roles including coaching teams, delegating and organizing days and strategic planning. Living in diverse settings and recently re-igniting her creative endeavor for hooping, hip hop and expressive movement, Lindy has seen first hand how the arts, vibrant community and civic engagement enriches lives, provides meaning and paves the way for more conscious and holistic ways of living.
Youth Programs Manager
Marie is a community engaged and interdisciplinary artist, clown and performer. She has been contributing to festivals and various art events as an organizer, performer, instructor and volunteer for a decade. Marie is thrilled to be part of the amazing community supporting Still Moon Arts Society. She deeply values activities that link arts, community and environment. In 2014 she relocated to Vancouver’s vibrant culture to work in instructing youth, mentoring and development and to continue her studies in expressive arts therapy and clown. Her studies include six years with master clown teacher David MacMurray Smith and nature-based expressive arts using the LifeArt Process of Tamalpa Institute among other modalities. She continues to be a theatre and tech assistant to a touring elementary school theatre company, “Candy Bones Theatre.” She is a member of “The Assembly,” all women’s clown troupe, performing for audiences on Granville Island. Prior to working with SMAS Marie had the pleasure to be an assistant producer for multi-cultural arts events including the Festival of Hallows and Mid Summer Solstice. She worked as a youth counsellor for both Teen Journey, a 10 day rites of passage camp; Wildlife Federation Youth Camp for land conservation; furthermore, she was a youth instructor for Little Mountain Neighbourhood House teaching physical literacy and nature exploration. She values art as a service of facilitating healing and nurturance through deep personal growth and transformation. She believes providing opportunities for rekindling creativity, imagination, and play are important parts of the path home.
Stewardship Programs Manager
Adrian Avendaño is an environmental technician, percussionist, sound artist, recordist, and interdisciplinary artist based in Surrey-Vancouver, Canada [stolen lands of the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), Semiahma (Semiahmoo), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples]. He holds a Diploma of Technology from BCIT’s Forest and Natural Areas Management program which has enabled him to work in many public institutions around the Lower Mainland. He has volunteered for the Government of Chile’s – Ministry of Agriculture: National Forest Corporation in Torres del Paine National Park, creating their invasive plant management plan. In addition he has studied music at Vancouver Community College and has been mentored in many sound initiatives in Vancouver, Peru and Chile (VIVO Media Arts Salmon Sounds, Memorias Sonoras del Cusco II, and Tsonami’s International Sound Art Festival). He is an emerging performer in Vancouver’s creative music scene and is constantly engaging in collaborations across the experimental sound communities locally and abroad. He is interested in the intersection of ecology, sound thinking, open-source technology, community engaged art, and ecological restoration.
Moon Festival Production Manager
Madelyn Read is an avid community-builder, musician, and social and environmental justice advocate. Growing up, Madelyn attended the Nootka Elementary School Fine Arts Program and so her affinity for the arts and the Renfrew Ravine developed early and simultaneously. Since then, she has continued to grow her artistic practice as a songwriter and recording artist. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Cultural Studies from Quest University Canada and an Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership from BCIT, which have led her into numerous other community programming roles. As a white cis-women settler born and raised on unceded Coast Salish territories, Madelyn’s work centres on thinking through how identity intersects with and shapes our relationships to each other and the earth. Madelyn believes art is a powerful tool to facilitate connection, and is thrilled to support Still Moon in facilitating that for the Renfrew-Collingwood community.
Eco-Arts Programs Manager
Varsha Gill is a feminist filmmaker, social-change oriented film educator, and textile artist based out of Vancouver, Canada [unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples]. She is a third generation Indo-Canadian born and raised on unceded Coast Salish territories, with family roots in northwestern India. Varsha is deeply passionate about community building, exploring the local mountains, and reimagining a world where people and land are good medicine for one another. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Gender Studies and Media Arts from Quest University Canada, which has led her to many youth leadership and art activism positions. Varsha volunteers for Reel Youth, a media empowerment project where she facilitates film production programs for youth facing systemic and structural barriers. Her personal work seeks to challenge menstrual stigma by calling for increased conversation about menstruation. She currently screens her short film Bleed With Me, in events locally and internationally to proliferate this message. Varsha believes art is a place that holds many possibilities for social and environmental justice through its ability to connect people to each other, and the land. She is honoured to support Still Moon Arts in facilitating this through eco-arts programs for the Renfrew-Collingwood community.
Communications and Administration Manager
Keegan McEvoy brings a lifelong dedication to the arts, community, and advocacy work to Still Moon. They joined their first board of directors in high-school and since then, has volunteered with dozens of arts and advocacy organizations. In 2011 they entered the Arts & Cultural Management program at Edmonton’s Grant MacEwan University and as part of their practicum, they moved to Vancouver. Since moving to the coast Keegan worked for arts organizations in Vancouver & Salt Spring Island, specializing in administrative and communications work. They also worked as an executive assistant and bookkeeper for an environmental advocacy consulting firm. Keegan’s lifelong relationship with the arts also involves a variety of creative pursuits; their longest passions have been dance, poetry, music, fabric arts, and painting.
Katherine Yacht 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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
This is Virginia Bowden’s second year on the SMAS board. As a graduate of University of Alberta (BEd) and Emily Carr University (BFA), volunteering for Still Moon Arts Society has provided Virginia with an opportunity to combine her interests in education, visual arts, and environmental issues. Virginia divides her time between exploring the outdoors around Vancouver and teaching ecology programs in China.
Albert Chiu is a lawyer with a downtown Vancouver law firm. He has lived in the Renfrew-Collingwood area for over 20 years and has always had an interest in local art and culture. He joined the board of Still Moon Arts Society as a way of contributing to the community that he has grown up with. On the weekends, he can often be found exploring the rapidly-changing neighborhood while walking his frisky Shih Tzu-Poodle.
Alecska Divisadero is a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary artist from France. Her photography and video works have been exhibited, published & screened at several galleries, theatres, and artist-centers in Europe and Canada. Alecska is also an experienced administrator, passionate about connecting people with resources and each other. Since immigrating to this land, she has been active with arts organizations in various capacities: administration, development, programs, events, communications. She is thrilled to join the Board and provide her skills to an organization that engages the community about the environment through the arts.
In her spare time, Alecska rescues houseplants and walks her housemates’ dogs.
Originally from Edmonton, she’s been living in Grandview-Woodland for 15 years. Her family loves attending the annual Moon Festival and Crow Bike Rides. She’s an active member of the Still Creek Streamkeepers, and is excited to contribute to the group with her background and knowledge in environmental sciences.
Member At Large
Teresa Opatovsky grew up in the small town of Owen Sound Ontario admiring the streams, waterfalls and lakes around her. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology from University of Guelph.
Then switched fields and attended British Columbia Institute of Technology for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Now she is a Clinical Nurse Leader on a busy surgical unit at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.
Teresa was contracted by Metro Vancouver for numerous years promoting tap water and providing guided tours of the watersheds that provide drinking water to Metro Vancouver. This experience piqued her interest in the promotion of healthy creeks, streams, and watersheds.
Living in Renfrew-Collingwood for most of the past 12 years, she appreciated the presence of Still Creek and joined the Still Creek Streamkeepers in 2018. She joined the board of Still Moons Arts Society in 2020 to further her involvement in her local community, to be more involved in the stewardship of this valuable natural asset and welcome others to take interest.
Member At Large
Sidi Chen is a traveling queer artist whose practice addresses the intersectionality of the body and community space. Through his interdisciplinary research, Chen’s inspired by his intercultural research and how the physical and cultural environments reflect and (de)construct the humanities. Through his practice, Chen is passionate about utilizing arts for community research, relationship building, and action development. Chen has participated in a wide range of residencies, exhibitions, performances, and projects across Canada, and is currently residing in Vancouver, BC, as a practicing artist, an independent arts administrator, and a community worker.
Member At Large
Ian Yip is a lifelong resident of the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood. He has been engaged with Still Moon Arts Society since he was a small child, first attending the Still Moon Festival as a baby with his parents. As he grew older, he enjoyed lantern making workshops and subsequently became a volunteer in 2014. More volunteer responsibilities led to him joining the board in 2017.
Ian has an Economics BA from Simon Fraser University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science at North Eastern University. Whenever he can move himself away from the computer screen, Ian takes long walks and tries to capture the spirit of the neighbourhood with his camera.
STILL CREEK STREAMKEEPERS
The Streamkeepers work towards making Still Creek a healthier stream for its ecosystems. We meet every 4th Monday of the month from 6:30-8:30 PM at Slocan Hall to plan activities for the community to take part in, learn about, and improve Still Creek!
- Dave Scott
- Emma Warner-Chee
- Virginia Bowden
- Jennifer Norquist
- Colin Bailey
- Gabriel de Andrade Fazioni
- Teresa Opatovsky
The Still Moon Arts Youth Committee consists of youth aged 15-19 who are passionate about supporting Still Moon Art’s pillars of art, stewardship, and community, and in particular want to engage with other youth around these values. The Youth Ambassadors organize the Harvest Fair portion of the Moon Festival, as well as other workshops, events, and activities throughout the year. The committee holds monthly meetings and receives support and mentorship from the General Manager and Artistic Director. This year, our team is lucky to have eight incredible Youth Ambassadors who have demonstrated leadership in the community!