Artist, performer, singer, and community developer, Carmen has been active in the Vancouver arts community for three decades. She is the artistic director and founder of Still Moon Arts Society and the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival – a multicultural celebration of the environment, art, and community. She has a B.A. from UBC, a diploma from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and is a graduate of the Collingwood Leadership Institute. She leads art workshops including a summer fine arts Performance Intensive camps, a three year residency with Arts, Health and Seniors, workshops in schools, and stilt-costume creation with “at risk” youth in downtown Vancouver. She has been coordinating community celebrations in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood since 2000 and has worked on the “Spirit Fish” project using art to link neighbourhoods to their local waterways. In 2016 Carmen completed a public art piece called “Still Here” at the Skyway Towers Plaza, 2699 Kingsway.
Carmen was also the founder and co-artistic director of Mortal Coil Performance Society for 10 years – creating shows, designing costumes and giant puppets, performing, and booking stilt-dance shows all over North America.
As a singer, Carmen performs, records and tours with Elektra Women’s Choir, and with the Slavic Soul ensemble Zeellia.
Carmen’s visual art can be seen in the stone mosaic pathways around Renfrew Ravine, giant puppets and stilt walking characters at festivals and community parades and giant lantern installations at evening lantern festivals.
Youth Engagement Coordinator
Bea is stoked to be part of the amazing community behind Still Moon Arts Society. Bea values diversity, connection, communication, and inclusion, and brings a wide variety of community and arts-related experience to Still Moon Arts.
Bea has been a Youth Worker in Richmond and a Community Connector for folks with disabilities in Burnaby and Vancouver. She is also a facilitator focusing on Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and using art for connection and self-expression. She has taken the lead on a number of grant-funded art projects, including teaching youth to weave fish from local plants in Richmond and installing the resulting community-engaged sculpture at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site; co-facilitating theatre workshops for preteens with Maggie Winston of Lost & Found Puppet Co.; and conducting strategic planning sessions with the Board of Directors of Magpie’s Nest Community Art Society.
When not supporting community, Bea makes textile art, including sewing, dyeing, and weaving: both on a loom and with plants to make baskets. Bea is motivated by connection and friendship, hope for the future, fostering personal growth and self-expression, and the process of re-wilding; all of which she is excited to bring to Still Moon Arts. As a member of the neighbourhood, Bea loves spending time in the Renfrew Ravine and keeps an eye out for edible and medicinal plants, both native and non-native.
As the Youth Engagement Coordinator, Bea’s goal is to continue to grow the number of younger performance-oriented youth involved with Still Moon Arts, to support the youth of the neighbourhood to express themselves and grow through art, and to bring her wide variety of skills in service of the mandate of the organization.