The South of Fraser Inter-Arts Collective came together in the fall of 2013. Here is a record of the four main programming pieces during our Edge City Cultural Events Series, which ran 2013/14.
SOFIA/c is grateful for financial support from the City of Surrey’s Cultural Grant Program for the Edge City Cultural Events program.
Poets in Conversation: The Inaugural Event
Sept. 27, 2013 at the Newton Cultural Centre (a Culture Days event)
SOFIA/c kicked off its first event with a poetry reading at the Newton Cultural Centre. On a dark and rainy night, we had a full house of friends, family, and community members. It was exciting and humbling to see so much warmth and support for our first event.
Mar. 7, 2014 at Kwantlen Fine Arts in Cloverdale
An evening of short film curated by Surrey-based artist A.S. Dhillon, featuring an artist talk by filmmaker Elaine Brière.
June 2014 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in North Surrey
Sign built by A.S. Dhillon that read “If you think Canada is a just society, I’ve left something for you at reception.”
Inside/Out Surrey Artist Symposium
Aug. 23, 2014 at Surrey Libraries Central City
To build on the ongoing ideas and discussions sparked throughout the SOFIA Collective’s Edge City Cultural Event Series, Inside/Out: Convergences of practice and community opens the floor for a discussion with artists on how they engage community in their personal practices as well as how community organizers work to create new and unexpected spaces for events, happenings, and art making.
The afternoon featured two discussions—“Intersections: Art Practice in Convergent Communities” and “Lessons Learned: A Survival Guide to Establishing an Artist Run Centre”—with panelists and moderators from throughout the Lower Mainland.