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About VMF

 
 
 
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Changing the way art is seen in our city. 

 

Vancouver Mural Festival is organized by Create Vancouver Society, a Registered Non-Profit dedicated to artistic and cultural development in the Lower Mainland. Through the creation of permanent large-scale public murals, we provide a platform for Vancouver's diverse art scene to contribute to the city’s cultural legacy for years to come. Our annual festival takes place for a week in August in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, and we work throughout the year with neighbourhoods around the Lower Mainland to highlight the local culture and vibrance of their area.

Our events and public art installations serve as catalysts for addressing many of the socio-cultural issues facing our city and artistic communities. These include, but are not limited to: public art policy, community building, environmental policy, reconciliation with First Nations, artistic censorship, diversity, cost of living, and the need for culturally sustainable development practices.

 

We recognize that our event and murals are produced on the traditional unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. We strive to incorporate the visual culture of these nations in our festival.  We see our murals as an effective way to celebrate our diverse local cultures and their histories, with special focus on providing a platform for the local Nations' contemporary and traditional cultural expressions and histories. 
 
We are an inclusive event intended for all classes, cultures, genders, ages, abilities, and beyond. We believe that it is crucial to the cultural health of the City of Vancouver to create tangible and lasting visual evidence of the rich diversity of voices living and working here. Our artist roster is an effort to reflect the varied histories present in our city, country, and our world.

 
 
 
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Our Team

 
 

This work we do together is made possible by the hard work and creativity of our team, volunteers, and partners.

 


David Vertesi

Founder
Executive Director
 

 
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Michael Bock

Site Manager
Founding Team Member

 


Thomas Nichini

Project Manager


Andrea Curtis

Director of Operations
Founding Team Member
 

 
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Gabriel Hall

Founder
Marketing Director

 


Kayla Drobot

Artist Coordinator


Adrian Sinclair

Director of Engagement
Founding Team Member
 

 


Jeska Slater

Indigenous Youth
Engagement Coordinator

 
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Drew Young

Curator
Founding Team Member
 

 


Amanda Rachmat

Volunteer
Coordinator

 

Jasmine LeBlanc

Social Coordinator

Natalia Jarieth Merced

Research Intern

 
 
 
 
 
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