Exploring & celebrating the vibrant connections within the Downtown Eastside through the Arts



Our Connections 

Cambium Arts Collective members, Amal Rana and Erv Newcombe, are thrilled to be working with the Carnegie Community Centre on the 2019 Artists in Communities Residency.


Join us  as we explore and celebrate the vibrant connections across community, time, and place in the Downtown Eastside.

Centering low barrier art creation and inviting in playfulness and cultural exchange, Cambium creates a welcoming environment to nurture the creative impulse in diverse communities.

Together we'll locate the DTES community within its history while collectively envisioning its future through public workshops, community mapping, storytelling, sculpture, poetry,  art making through everyday objects, and more.

Key questions we will explore: What are the daily celebrations and triumphs of the DTES? What's changing and why? What future do people envision for themselves/this place?

The Artists in Communities Program is based on principles of community cultural development and is funded by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation in partnership with Community Centre Associations.

Creating and collaborating on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw  (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories



Amal Rana is a poet, interdisciplinary storyteller, performer, arts educator and community centred artist. Her work focuses on collaboratively centering and reclaiming the stories of communities on the margins through various art forms and inviting in the celebration of undervalued mother tongues.


Erv Newcombe is a socially engaged artist working in multiple mediums including: stone, puppetry, ephemeral art, street art, kinetic art and more. They have worked for a number of years to support various communities through art expression. 


Your details were sent successfully!