The Housing Matters Media Project is focused on using community engaged art practices to contribute to the social and cultural development of youth.
Founded in 2011 to respond, question, and investigate issues relating to housing justice. Our artistic and social lens has shifted focus to include the experiences of young people as they age out of the foster care system and to explore the role of the public parent through innovative creative practice.
We have collaboratively produced internationally recognized short films, extensively toured multi-media installations, and widely screened digital narratives. These projects have contributed to public policy change and public awareness.
Meet the Team
Patti Fraser, Ph.d., is the co-Artistic Director of the Housing Matters Media Project with Corin Browne and a Research Associate with the Art for Social Change Research Project at Simon Fraser University. She is…
a founding member of Leaky Heaven Circus and member of the nationally recognized Summer Visions Film Institute for Youth. Her work has been recognized as best practices in a diversity of fields including the Chee Mahmuk Aboriginal Education Centre with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, the Canadian Council for Refugees, and the Canada Council for the Arts. She was an artist-in-resident for four years in the Arts Health and Seniors Research Project. In 2008 she conceived and created in collaboration with Corin Browne, the Digital Shrine, for Mountainview Cemetery’s Night for All Souls. Patti was the 2013 recipient of the Vancouver Mayor’s Art Award for Community Engagement. Her collaborative work in professional theatre has been nominated for three Vancouver Jesse Awards.
Corin Browne is a videomaker, media educator, and organizer who has been working as a community engaged artist for over 15 years. In addition to independent film work, primarily in documentary and news magazine formats, Corin is the co-artistic director of Housing Matters Media Project…
founding member of the nationally recognized Summer Visions Film Institute for Youth, and Resident Filmmaker at Templeton Secondary School where she has been joyfully mentoring young media makers for an entire generation. With an academic background in critical media education (MA Communication, SFU) and digital media production, Corin is interested in creating media-based projects that explore notions of community, place, radical democracy, social justice and memory Corin’s projects have ranged from a low-watt pirate television project to Bollywood-style Public Service Announcements educating farmworkers about pesticide contamination and large-scale, multi-phased media-art projects exploring the impact of the housing crisis on young artists and youth living in government care (www.housingmattersmedia.com). Her recent projects include Common Notions, a documentary exploring youth liberation through the lens of an arts and activism center in Vancouver, and EMMA Talks, a women’s speaker series.
Violet-Rose Pharoah currently is working towards her diploma in Public Relations at Kwantlen University. Her career path has included both collaborative and self-directed projects, using creative and arts based platforms to create dialogue and advocate for change within…
the child welfare system. Having personally spent 15 years in the foster care system and adopted as adult at the age of 28, she is dedicated to creating a more informed system to shift the paradigm from surviving to thriving. She currently is a board member for the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks and serves as an adult ally on the Vancouver Foundation Fostering Change youth advisory circle.
The history of partnership between co-artistic directors of Housing Matters Media Project and the practice of community embedded art practice are entwined. This creative partnership was formed in 2000 and emerged out of networked entanglements of deep community engagement with young people in east Vancouver.
Community engaged art practice is dedicated to creating opportunities. It seeks to open inquiry into issues of vital importance to communities. Whether it be mentorship opportunities, educational opportunities, or furthering possibility for community support this work is intended to create networks of support and resiliency that reach past the projects and beyond.
These directors of the Housing Matters Media Project are committed to working in community-engaged practices with the full understanding of what that word implies.
The Housing Matters Media Project gratefully acknowledges the support of the following community organizations and individuals:
Arts in Action Society
Claudine Pommier and Carla Bergman
Vancouver Foundation Youth and Homelessness Initiative/ Fostering Change
Kris Archie and Mark Gifford
The Purple Thistle Art and Activist Centre
Dream Big Production at Templeton Secondary School
Jim Crescenzo and Tanya Zambrano
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
The Vancouver Parks Board Office of Arts and Culture
Marie Lopes and jil p. weaving
Simon Fraser University School for Communications and Stuart Poyntz,
The Housing Justice Research Project at UBC
Margot Young and Penny Gurstein.
Metro Vancouver Multimedia Department
Generous Funded by:
The Vancouver Foundation
The Canada Council for the Arts
The British Columbia Arts Council
The Housing Justice Canada Project through Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
MetroVancouver Arts and Culture
Screenings and Exhibitions
Young Artists Explore the Housing Crisis
The 19th Birthday Party
Portraits of Connection