BCFAR Welcome to Steveston Events
Earlier in March, The Blue Cabin, it’s team and community were welcomed to Steveston. xʷməθkʷəy̓əm welcomed the Cabin on the 5th, and the City of Richmond on the 12th. To celebrate the arrival and being in it’s new location the cabin also hosted open house events on the 12th and 26th of March. Folks from Steveston as well as visitors and passersby were invited to come aboard and learn about the Cabin’s history and upcoming programming for 2022 and 2023. The programming team is excited to work with local arts and community organizations to develop public engagement opportunities exploring the complex histories of the area.
xʷməθkʷəy̓əm artist and weaver Debra Sparrow was present at both events and spoke to the importance of the land, waters and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm history of the area where the cabin is currently moored. She shared memories of special places she loved as a child growing up in Steveston and along the nearby shores and river. Sparrow will be the the cabin’s first artist in residence at the Cabin starting in early April.
Photo 1: The Cabin in Steveston at Imperial Landing
Photo 2: Photo of Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency Founders Barbara Cole and Glenn Alteen (missing Esther Rausenberg), City of Richmond Councillors, Michael Wolf, Bill McNulty, Mayor Malcom Brodie, Weaver and Artist Debra Sparrow, Councillor Linda McPhail, Councillor Alexa Loo, and Councillor Andy Hobbs. (left to right)
Photos 3 & 4: Debra Sparrow gifting Mayor Brodie a woven blanket from xʷməθkʷəy̓əm. Photo 5: Blue Cabin Open House Placard.
Photo 1 by Marko Simcic, all others by Sunshine Frère