Queer Happenings

Mon, Oct 26, 2020
Sat, Nov 28, 2020


SHOW + TELL: Queer Happenings Youth Mentorship Artist Talk

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

FREE, please register here for the zoom link: https://queerhappenings.eventbrite.ca 



This FREE mentorship is designed to inspire Two Spirit, queer, trans & non-binary youth and their allies, 15 to 18 years old. 

Learn about local art and activism from the past 50 years and make a creative project in response to what inspires you, with the help of mentoring artist Alysha Seriani.


20 online sessions, 2 hours each. Dates below. 



Explore VIVO's newly released Every Queer Thing collection, created by archivist Sophie Roberge. More info about the collection here: http://www.vivomediaarts.com/archive/every-queer-thing


With Alysha Seriani's help, you'll work individually or with a partner to create a new work using media from the collection including video, audio, photo, and text.


All sessions scheduled to take place online, via video conferencing. You will need access to a computer or device that allows you to connect to each session.


This mentorship series is supported by VIVO Media Arts Centre, and the final media artworks will be shared with the public through VIVO's website.


Mentorship runs from October 26 to November 28, on every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, from 7pm to 9pm; and also on Saturdays, from 2pm to 4pm.


Application form: https://forms.gle/fp8ecpPeNYrxTSwe7


VIVO encourages applications from self-identified members of often under-served communities, including but not limited to BIPOC, people with disabilities, and low-income people. We thank all who express interest in this project.

Free! Tuition is covered by the generous support of our sponsors. 

Space is limited. No experience necessary.

Want help filling out the application? We're happy to help! Email education@vivomediaarts.com


Know a friend who might be interested in this project? Tell them to apply too!


Application deadline extended to October 9, 2020.



Mentor Bio

Alysha Seriani is a media artist and educator and has been a proud VIVO instructor since 2017. Her practice revolves around horizontal styles of collaboration and learning and is informed by embodying intersectional feminism, intergenerational learning and queer joy. In 2019, she was a recipient of Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program, and her first short film SOAK (2014) is distributed by the CFMDC. She developed a youth mentorship program and associate produced THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN (2019) and has been a collaborator for many media artworks and films that have exhibited at film festivals and galleries around the world. You can check her out at alyshaseriani.com.



I’m in grade 12 — can I use this mentorship towards my Capstone Project? Maybe! Please mention this in your application and we can speak to you and the Capstone Teacher at your school to try to help you get the most out of this mentorship.


I don’t know if I’m available for the whole time, can I still apply? Yes, please apply but let us know in your application what might interrupt your ability to fully participate. We will be prioritizing participants who are available for all the sessions so that our group can rely on each other throughout the mentorship.


Is this program only for people who identify as ‘queer’? Nope! We welcome all interested to apply, and encourage people to self-identify however they choose. As a group, we will be guided by and accountable to VIVO’s stated mission & values and also the principles of disability justice.


I want to apply with [my friend(s), partner(s), sibling(s), etc.] — how will we know if we can do this together? Please mention in your application if you’re applying with or know someone else who’s applying! We have a limited number of participants and hope that people will work collaboratively. 


I don’t know what kind of creative project I want to make yet, but I want to learn about queer history in Vancouver. Should I still apply? Yes! Everyone who participates will be invited to create something in response to what we learn together. Our mentor(s) will be here to guide you through this process and encourage you to make something that excites you!


I am a parent/guardian/youth worker/caretaker of a 15-18 year old who wants to apply, and I have questions about the mentorship and/or VIVO’s Every Queer Thing collection. Who can I speak to? Please feel free to reach out to Pietro Sammarco, Education Coordinator at education@vivomediaarts.com or the Artist Mentor Alysha Seriani at alyshaseriani@gmail.com. We welcome all questions and concerns!


I want to apply but I don’t have a computer or I share a computer with other people at my house. Can I still apply? Yes. Please send an email to education@vivomediaarts.com and we can assist you in getting the tools you need to participate.


Archivist Sophie Roberge discussing the Every Queer Thing collection

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