literASIAN is a writing festival that promotes awareness of Asian Canadian literature, history, and culture. It is put on by the Vancouver Asian Writers’ Workshop (ACWW) which provides a supportive and culturally sensitive environment for members from a common Pacific Rim Asian Canadian heritage.
Check out some of their awesome workshops from November 21-24, 2013.
But before you do that, take our online questionnaire on words and social justice!
Chalk inside? Chalk outside?
Did you see us trick or treating at Granville Island last weekend? If not, check this out!
Through Chalk With Me, we have discovered how much we love chalking outside. More importantly, how much we love to chalk a specific message.
Our chalk work at Granville Island addressed the issue of choosing respectful costumes for Halloween. Since it was the weekend before Halloween, people around us were gearing up and getting their costumes sorted out. It was our most interactive chalking experience outside the Victoria Chalk Art Festival in September. Kids and adults stopped to consider the image, the words, the costumes and the candy. What was even better was the fact that they asked us about it. They wanted to know what we were up to, because it looked fun and festive. More people seemed to relate to this particular drawing, because it was relevant to what they were doing that week.
So much to celebrate!
Before this, our chalk art was mostly about the act of sharing ideas and vocabulary related to equality and social justice. Because this specific drawing was well received, we now want to celebrate more such days and occasions that are important to people, while inviting them to consider and question certain aspects of those celebrations. Through these messages, we hope to spread positive ideas that could help improve day-to-day interactions and experiences for everyone.
Next weekend, we will be chalking for Remembrance Day!
What other words are scary?
Chalk and Halloween make a great pair. Check out the chalking we did on Granville Island last saturday!
Let’s end this spooky, fun week with this chalk challenge:
Chalk this with a word of your choice: Respect______
We have a list of suggestions here, but feel free to add your own, or let us know what else you would like to see here!
Sex, Ability, Culture, Age, Identity, Race, Class, Gender… to start with!
Share your chalking on our Facebook page , or Twitter. You can also email us at email@example.com
Got idea treats for us? 🙂
Look at what we did for Halloween at Granville Island!
Costumes can be funny, creative, scary, wonderful… and very expressive.
This Halloween, respect diversity when you pick out a costume 🙂
What does your costume say?
Respect each other!
Spread the message!
And while we were at it, we had two little chalkers join us to draw a princess, letters and hearts!
A visit from fellow chalkers!
Costumes that respect these are a treat!
What kind of creative, respectful costume will you be wearing this year?
“BOO!”, said the scary word 😮
We are SO excited to spend this Halloween chalking with you!
Let’s get started. This week, chalk something Halloween related.
Pumpkin Chalking… Boo!
This could be a a character you would like to dress up as, something scary, or even a pumpkin, like this one!
Share your spooky chalking on our Facebook page , or Twitter. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vote for capes!!
Why is this chalky one wearing a cape? Find out this weekend!
Write, Speak, Share
Enjoy the festival, everyone 🙂 Write, speak and share your words, thoughts, ideas and stories!
Can you strike up a conversation?
Coming up this week: the Vancouver International Writers Festival!
Another great event that gets people sharing ideas and starting conversations.
On from 22-27 Oct, authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists will be sharing their stories on Granville Island. And you know what we do when there’s an exciting event in town: we chalk. We will be on the lookout for some chalking space at the event, so we can join and encourage the celebration of stories!
Stop by, say hi 🙂
Quill you chalk with us?
What words are you thankful for?
Today, I am thankful for chalk.
Chalk lets me write, draw, map out ideas…
Mapping out Ideas
Work it out, change it, update it…
Reshaping words, updating languge
Express it, share it!
Sharing Chalk Space
Chalk happily accommodates the fluidity of language, with its constantly changing word definitions and meanings. I am happy to be a part of all this chalk-use!
I am also thankful that you’re reading this, and chalking with us.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 🙂
Do you like chalk?
We discovered another project, Chalk the Walks, that wants to get everyone chalking and sharing ideas through chalk.
Here is how they describe their project:
“Chalk the Walks (a project of The Joy Team) is all about spreading joy, optimism and inspiration through the magical power of sidewalk chalk.
Remember when you were a kid and you’d draw pictures and write happy thoughts with chalk in your driveway and down the sidewalks of your street? And the adults always smiled when they read the big, pastel-colored messages? This is just like that. Only we’re bigger now. And we don’t have to go in the house when the street lights go out.
The idea is as simple as it was in childhood: write happy messages, have fun doing it, spread some joy while you’re at it.”
What words would you chalk on one of these pages? Let us know here: CWM Questionnaire
Here it is!
Some vertical chalking…