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.
Environmental Stewardship Coordinator
Emma Warner-Chee has a background in urban agriculture and permaculture, and is currently finishing her Bachelor of Arts & Social Sciences degree at Simon Fraser University, majoring in Sociology. For the past five years, she has worked and volunteered on food and environmental justice initiatives at SFU, in the Renfrew-Collingwood area, and in Vancouver. She believes in the power of making change through community, and by creating spaces for this to happen. She is passionate about citizen science, and excited to continue building on community knowledge around insect, plant, wildlife, and water stewardship at Still Moon Arts Society.
Moon Festival Production Manager
Youth Programs Manager
Angus is a student at the University of British Columbia pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science. Growing up in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood, Angus has always been fond of engaging in the community, especially alongside other youth. Since high school, he has enjoyed event planning and marketing while being involved in projects related to media studies, sustainability, and climate action. Angus is appreciative of opportunities to return to his community to mentor and work with other youth. He has led the Still Moon Arts Youth Committee for two years, and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Moon Festival in 2018. He currently serves as Still Moon Arts’ Communications Coordinator.
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Albert 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.
Member At Large
Chao has been living in Vancouver since 1977; especially, in the Renfrew neighborhood since 1988. He recently retired as a professional staff and technology manager for Faculty of Applied Science (Engineering Science, Computing Science, Sustainable Energy Engineering), SFU 1982-2002. Chao served two terms as a director of the SFU Administrative and Professional Staff Association. In addition, he served as director of Renfrew Collingwood Annex Art Council in 2019. He is currently serving his third term as a director and now treasurer for Renfrew Park Community Centre Association, and serving his second term as Member at Large of the Board for Still Moon Arts Society. He has served as a volunteer for Variety Club BC since 2007. Chao is a photography hobbyist for nature, travel and community events photos. He is a “passive environmentalist” for engineering solutions for sustainable urban neighborhoods. He wishes to continue his volunteering service to the neighborhood for years to come.
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Alecska 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.
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Selena Shew is currently a student at the University of British Columbia, and is working on obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. She has been passionate about STEM and especially ecology since she was a child, with yearly camping trips with her family sparking her initial interest. Selena has lived in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood her entire life, and is a huge believer in giving back to her community as well as the growth and changes that can be made through volunteering. She has been heavily involved in various mentorship and leadership roles in several other organizations over the past decade, and was the recipient of the ANHBC Youth Award in 2018. In her free time, Selena enjoys getting lost in a good book or exploring the city with her friends.
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Sidi Chen is a traveling queer artist whose multidisciplinary practice addresses the intersectionality of body politics and community. Originally from China, Chen’s inspired by his intercultural research and how the physical and cultural environments construct and reflect the humanities. Through his practice, Chen is interested in utilizing arts as a force for social development to harmonize social relations and to better the social structures. 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
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!