About cultural events

Community cultural events help bridge cultures and build strong communities through the arts, featuring visual and performing arts, and encouraging public engagement.

North Van City Mosaic & CityAlive

As working group members of The Mayor’s Healthiest Small City Social Resiliency Collective, North Van Arts is proud to present the North Van City Mosaic and CityAlive. The projects are two of five quick-starts to advance the City of North Vancouver’s social resiliency and connectivity social during and beyond the ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery.

North Van City Mosaic: Bringing Our Community Together In Response To COVID-19

A community public art project developed by representatives from North Shore Family ServicesNorth Shore Neighbourhood HouseNorth Van ArtsNorth Vancouver School District and United Way, under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Healthiest Small City Social Resiliency Collective.
The North Van City Mosaic invites anyone who lives, works, or plays in the City of North Vancouver to contribute an image of a drawing, painting, or photograph, along with an optional description, that represents their experience living in the time of COVID-19.

Phase I Online Mosaic

Local visual artist Sandrine Pelissier and expressive art therapist Sophie Babeanu employ their original online mosaic concept, developed with the technical help of Relevant Software, to create an online digital mosaic with the community’s images. The North Van City Mosaic creates a platform to share a ‘common’ thought, invite memory sharing, and experience multi-generational interactions; allowing for a wide audience to participate safely during social distancing.  Create an image of your COVID-19 story

Phase II – Community Public Art

Images collected for the digital mosaic will be used to create other community public art pieces to reflect on this extraordinary period. Participants of Phase I of the North Van City Mosaic will be notified via email of upcoming announcements for Phase II community public art projects.


Small-scale activations that re-imagine music, art, and dance performances as random acts of community art in the city, within the new normal of physical distancing and safety for performers. Reaching out to vulnerable populations hardest hit by COVID 19, providing joy and hope. Normally, the City hosts lively, free, community gatherings with music, dance, and art,  keeping our city healthy and vibrant. These gatherings have been cancelled, due to the pandemic, leading to a sense of loss and hunger for positive diversion.
Coordinated by North Van Arts, with support from the Collective’s community partners, CityAlive will inject cultural vibrancy into the community, connecting with our most vulnerable, promoting community connections, vibrancy, health and well-being. This initiative will include a wide diversity of performers and artists throughout summer and fall 2020.