June marks the end of general program classes at Arts Umbrella, so our hallways, lobbies, and a neighboring gallery are filled with student artwork this month. It’s all part of Expressions Festival 2016, the largest showcase of young artists in Vancouver. The celebration began in May with theatre performances at Waterfront Theatre and Season Finale at the Vancouver Playhouse, and continues into June with creative visual arts exhibits, our dance recital, and more. Here’s some of what’s happening at Arts Umbrella and in the Vancouver arts community:

  • Early Learning Exhibit May 16-Jun 4, 2016 Our youngest artists present lively, bright, and whimsical works for all to enjoy. AU Granville Island, 1286 Cartwright St.
  • Vancouver International Children’s Festival May 30 – Jun 5, 2016 Enjoy spectacular performances from around the globe for kids and families of all ages. Acrobatics, puppetry, theater, music, and lots of arts activities. Granville Island – More info
  • Undesign, with AU instructor Amelia Butcher Jun 2-25, 2016 Featuring three young BC ceramic artists whose humorous, unpretentious, and curiously inviting pots invoke a graphic approach to both surface and form. Gallery of BC Ceramics, 1359 Cartwright St – More info
  • Arts Umbrella Dance Recital Jun 9-12, 2016 Arts Umbrella’s end-of-the year Dance performance celebrates the accomplishments and achievements of all of our young dancers. This year, Arts Umbrella Dance presents The Gilded Bat, based on the story written by Edward Gorey. Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St – Tickets
  • Surrey Visual Arts Exhibit Jun 1-9, 2016 Join us for a lobby showcase of visual, applied, and media arts. AU South Surrey, N116 – 15850 26 Ave, Surrey
  • Visual, Applied & Media Arts Expressions Exhibition Jun 9-12, 2016 A free exhibition and reception celebrating young artists and their boundless creativity.The Fishbowl, 1398 Cartwright St. – More info
  • Hair the Musical Jun 16-Jul 2, 2016 The Renegade Arts Company launches its first theatrical production, presenting the much-loved hippie-era rock musical. With AU instructor Cassady Ranford. The Shop Theatre, 125 E 2nd Ave – Tickets
  • Arts Umbrella Invitational Jun 27, 2016 Our premier charity golf tournament benefits the Children’s Arts Umbrella Foundation – creating sustainability for Arts Umbrella’s future. Point Grey Golf & Country Club – More info
  • Harmony Arts Festival – application deadline Jun 30, 2016 For the Love of Art – an exhibition and silent auction showcasing artists 18 and under. West Vancouver

Hey, arts fans!

Former students, instructors, assistants, accompanists – did we miss you? We’d love to share listings about any upcoming performances, exhibitions, talks, shows, or arts events. Tell us about it by email: communications@artsumbrella.com