Can Art Be A Catalyst For Change?

Artwork Unveiling + Panel Discussion

This neon artwork marks a division between the Downtown East Side and the commercial and financial districts that border it. The location highlights the glaring economic disparity between neighborhoods and addresses the socio-economic, political and cultural points of disconnect. The piece calls for action, collective healing, connectivity, and inclusion. Do you think that art is a commodity that promotes gentrification? Or does it have the capacity to transform, change, and heal what divides us?

Vancouver is located on the traditional and unceded Coast Salish Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.


Date: March 11th, 2015

Location: Vancouver Community College (VCC) – 250 West Pender Street, Room 420


Artwork Unveiling
6:00pm – 6:20pm

Panel Discussion
6:30pm – 9:00pm

Please note that the event will be filmed.


  • Gordon Price – Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University


  • Michael Geller – Urban Planner Developer
  • Sandra Seekins – faculty member, Art History and Women’s and Gender Studies departments at Capilano University
  • Toni LatourLet’s Heal The Divide Artist
  • Romi Chandra Herbert – Co-Executive Director of PeerNetBC