Community Engagement Report #1 社會參與進展報告

BC Artscape has been undertaking extensive consultations with local artists, cultural groups, business owners, residents, and other stakeholders in Chinatown and surrounding neighborhoods to gain an understanding of the community’s needs and current cultural landscape of the neighbourhood. Engagement is being done in several ways including our online visioning survey; one-on-one discussions and interviews as well as our community steering committee that has been guiding the tenant selection process.

Through community engagement, we hope to develop a community-based vision that responds to the needs of the neighhourhood, define the operating plan, and inform the types of partnerships we should build and programs/activities that fit the needs of the community. So far, the themes and values emerged through this process are that the BC Artscape space should:

  • Work sensitively in the neighbourhood by practicing allyship  
  • Be a place to serve community
  • Be a place where active transmission of heritage happens
  • Be a place to connect across cultures and generations
  • Be a public place to gather

We understand that our neighbourhood is undergoing a lot of change. The community engagement work also helps us determine what role the hub should play by understanding different perspectives on the key issues, challenges and opportunities facing the community.

Here are some of the things our stakeholders are saying about the cultural landscape in Chinatown:

The cultural landscape is very vibrant, there are a lot of great artists and musicians. Although many traditional activities may not be publicized and are not as visible on the streets as they used to be, they are still happening.” – Community group

“I am concerned about new businesses moving in blindly and not serving the existing community. I hope to see more businesses drawing people here, but hope that these businesses are ones that honor the cultural stories and welcome the locals that actually live here.” – Resident

“I used to come here with my grandmother and I feel that it would be a shame if some of these traditional places are lost and sad to think that my grandmother will not recognize Chinatown anymore.” – Youth and arts facilitator

About the role of a community arts and cultural hub in the neighbourhood:

“The space should provide an opportunity to bring people together, provide space for sharing stories, bridging cultural differences and deepening cultural understanding through food, education, and the arts.” – Community group

“It should have resources for the low-income and Chinese speaking seniors, as a place for them to gather, have tea, chat or play mah jong.” – Community group

“I’m just glad the space will be filled.” – Business owner

“I hope there would be more focus on creating spaces for gathering that pays homage to heritage and unique character of the neighbourhood.” – Youth

“It is important that it encourages participation from the neighbourhood by being approachable, welcoming and not exclusive. Arts should attract not only people from the arts community but also the surrounding community.” – Gallery

“There is an opportunity for broadening the idea of what Chinatown is. The programs should engage and connect neighbourhood residents, and be inclusive in a way that does not position one group above another.” – New resident

“A new place for seniors to experience, a reason for young people to get involved in the arts.” – Community group

We are committed to community engagement as an essential part of our project development process and will be continuing on with this work as the project develops and moves forward into operation.

If you would like to share your ideas, please fill out our survey or contact us .In addition to the work above, we are also planning roundtable discussions with community groups in the neighbourhood to further inform the emerging vision, design, and operating plan for the centre. If you are a resident of the neighbourhood in Chinatown or Strathcona and are interested in attending, please contact us at info@bcartscape.ca.

BC Artscape 正在與唐人街及附近社區裡的本地藝術家、文化團體、商戶、居民和其他相關人士進行諮詢,為理解社會的需要以及社區目前的藝術和文化環境。

社會參與的活動包括了我們網站上的社會願景問卷調查、一對一的訪問和討論、還有目前在引導租戶選擇過程的社會指導委員會。

通過社會的參與,我們希望建立一個以回應社會的需求和以社會為基本的願景。過程亦會幫助我們決定操作計劃和選擇適合社會需要的夥伴和活動種類。至今,社會參與的過程中呈現了以下一些主題和價值觀:

BC Artscape 的空間應該:

  • 作為盟友,敏感地在社區內工作
  • 是一個為社區服務的地方
  • 活動性傳遞文化遺產
  • 個聯繫各文化各年齡的地方
  • 個公共聚會的地點

我們明白我們的社區正在面臨很大的變化。我們的社會參與工作亦幫助我們更理解社會在面對的主要問題、困難和機會的各觀點,和幫助決定這個空間在唐人街應該扮演什麼角色。

以下是相關人士對唐人街的文化環境的看法:

這裡的文化很豐富,有很多藝術家和音樂家。雖然有很多傳統的藝術在街上已經看不到,不像以前,但是還有在發生的。”-社區團體

我擔心新搬進來的商戶盲目的來到,不為現有的社會服務。我希望更多的商業可以帶更多人來,可是希望這些商店會尊重本地的文化和歡迎在這裡居住的居民。”-居民

我以前會和我的婆婆來這裡,如果更多的傳統地方遺失了,我會覺得很遺憾。想到我婆婆不會認得唐人街了,讓我感到失望。”-年輕藝術人士

關於一個文化藝術中心在這裡的角色:

這個空間應該提供機會團結人們,提供空間給人分享故事,橋接不同的文化背景,通過食物、藝術和教育加深文化的共識。”-社區團體

應該提供資源給低收入的華籍老年人,讓他們聚會、喝個茶、打麻將。”-社區團體

我覺得有人利用這個屌空了很久的空間已經很好了。”-商戶

我希望會有更多關注於創造注重這裡獨特的個性和文化的聚會地方。”-青年

鼓勵社會的參與很重要,空間應該有容易接近,沒有排斥他人的感覺。藝術應該不只吸引藝術社群,亦應該吸引身邊社區的人。”-畫廊

有機會擴大唐人街的定義,節目應該聯繫附近居住的人,應該包容不同的人和平等 。”-新居民

“一個讓老人家經驗的新地方,一個讓年輕人接觸藝術的原因。”-社區團體

項目的發展繼續發展,我們亦會繼續社會參與的活動。我們的下一步是舉辦一系列的社會會議,與社群討論項目的願景。若有興趣參與,你可以與我們聯繫亦可以參加我們的社會願景問卷調查