An interactive art experience 

Late & Unique Nighttime Alternatives (LUNA) is gearing up for a busy summer, and they’ve decided to start the season off with a night of live art, fire spinning, music and other entertainment.

Diversity: Artistic Collective will feature art displays from more than 20 local and Vancouver-based artists, hand-made mobiles, fire spinning, bands, DJs, and an interactive art station, to encourage attendees to get their hands a bit dirty.

“You’re going to be surrounded by inspired people, so you can’t help but want to create it yourself,” explained Kiran Pal-Pross, LUNA coordinator. “So we have this creation station where people will be able to dabble in clay making and mask making and painting and things on their own.”

The artists participating in the show are from Germany, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Iran, and Canada, and they have equally varied styles, ranging from abstract, to graffiti and expressionist.

Alexei Lopez Villaseca (Mexico), Andrea Mueller (Canada/Germany), Dili Hafezi (Iran), and Doerte (Germany) are just a few of the international artists who will be exhibiting alongside popular local artists at the June 27 show.

Each of the artists is also designing their own mobile, so people won’t just be looking at the walls, they’ll also have to look overhead to take in all of the artwork on display.

Diversity: Artistic Collective will be held on Friday, June 27 starting at 7 p.m. at Spruce Grove Field House. Tickets are $8.

LUNA’s other summertime events, like the LUNAFLIKS outdoor films at Lost Lake, kick off in early July.


Arts, culture and money


As part of the ongoing Sea to Sky Economic Impact Study, community focus groups will be held in Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton in the coming weeks.

To date, over 250 artists, community stakeholders and arts organizations have participated in a survey to help assess the size and impact of the local cultural sector. The next step is to present the preliminary findings to focus groups, generate feedback and discuss future steps.

“Results of this study will help us to understand the magnitude and diversity of the region’s cultural assets,” said Anne Popma, project coordinator. “Those of us who are actively engaged in the arts have a sense that there’s a lot going on, with great potential for the future. But until now, we haven’t had the data to convince others that the arts are a significant part of the regional economy.”

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