Patti Fraser, PhD, was the 2013 recipient of the Vancouver Mayor’s Art Award for Community Engagement. Currently she holds a post-doctoral research position with Simon Fraser’s University’s Art for Social Change Research Project. She was a founding member of The Leaky Heaven Circus and of the nationally recognized Summer Visions Film Institute for Youth. Her work focuses on the use variety of artistic mediums. Her work has been recognized as best practices in a diversity of fields including the Chee Mah Muk Aboriginal Education Centre with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, the Canadian Council for Refugees, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Her most recent work is a collaboration titled the 19th Birthday Party was created in partnership with the Vancouver Foundation’s Youth and Homelessness Initiative. She has been nominated for three Vancouver Jesse Theatre Awards as having produced dramas the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Both the Social Science and Humanities Research Council and the Canada Council for the Arts have funded her research. Currently she is co-Artistic Director of The Housing Matters Media Project.
Dr. Lynn Fels. Drawing on 18 years of expertise in arts-based research, online publishing, and curriculum development, an Associate Professor in Arts Education, and Co-Director of ICASC, Lynn has written about the importance of learning through the arts, performative inquiry, has advised on pedagogical tools, worked with incarcerated women and co-edited a book written by them. Lynn is responsible for documentation and dissemination of research processes and facilitates knowledge integration between partners, co-investigators, field study leaders and collaborators throughout the life of the project. She will collaborate on the production and evaluation of all project outputs and deliverables.
Videomaker Flick Harrison is a writer, media artist, filmmaker, hacker, educator and drone pilot in Vancouver. Starting out on the CBC youth series Road Movies as one of Canada’s first professional videographers, he’s since made video in Pakistan, the US, Mexico and China. As part of Something Collective, he helped pilot the City of Vancouver’s Field House community-artist residencies. His work includes teaching media production and literacy, designing projections for theatre and dance, making music video and consulting on media technology. Flick is working with ASC to create video that documents, explains and opens up the project’s work.
Nicole Armos is a poet and an MA candidate in Art Education at SFU. She has an interest in exploring questions of identity, health, relationships to place, and social justice through art, the humanities, and arts-based research methods. She holds a BA in World Literature from SFU, where she continues to work as a Teaching Assistant. She is also a Research Assistant with the ASC! Project, helping to research cross-sector partnerships in the field of community-engaged art.