Richmond artist-in-residence needs public’s help to create ‘Minoru Manifesto’

Richmond’s artist-in-residence is hoping to tap into the public’s collective memory to create a community performance.

This spring, Julie Hammond, Richmond’s artist-in-residence will host public events and workshops to explore ideas of a “manifest” and a “manifesto.” During these events, participants will share the ideas, places and people that make Richmond special to them, all contributing to the artist’s final piece, the “Minoru Manifesto.”

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After collecting these memories and historical research, Hammond will create a community performance for late September that will include “pop-up activities, sensory walks, storytelling and more,” says the City of Richmond.

The series of events kicks off with a meet and great and “memory collection” at the Minoru Manifesto launch on Friday, April 26. During the launch, which runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Minoru Chapel, participants will be asked to provide stories, sounds and words that represent the local people and places important to them through a series of prompts.

Then, on May 3, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at City Centre Community Centre, Hammond will host the Manifesto Megaphones, an art café takeover. Through block prints and collage, participants will make megaphones to amplify public declarations.

Hammond works between Vancouver and Portland, Oregon and her art has been on display internationally.

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