The Cardboard Project is back for another year, hosting a unique dark room, a newly created art installation, and a diverse speaking panel around the theme of Attentive Listening, plus an impressive artistic showcase – all to shine a light on the talented entrepreneurs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Similar to the growing global trend for “blind dining” or “dark tables,” attendees at the Cardboard Project will for the first time take part in a unique dark room experience to meet local low-income entrepreneurs.
With their sense of sight reduced, both attendees and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to really listen, as they engage in friendly discussion, share stories, and get to know each other.
On emerging from the dark room, this year’s collaborative art installation will be unveiled, showcasing the cardboard responses of more than 100 residents of the Downtown Eastside answering the question:
“What’s the most meaningful thing you’ve ever heard?”
Finally, a diverse range of speakers and thought leaders will share their insights on the theme of Attentive Listening:
- Deirdre Pinnock – rug hooker, yarn bomber, stand-up comedian, and mental health advocate
- Sage Bullick – “That Chick with The Ears” entrepreneur and creator of wearable ears inspired by fantasy worlds
- Chris Donavan – passionate about sharing the struggle and pain of First Nations people through art
- Sobhana Jaya-Madhavan – Associate Vice-President of External Relations at SFU and lifelong advocate for education
Attendees will also have a chance to purchase original artwork from those local artists who collaborated to create this year’s art installation.
This annual fundraiser is organized by Employ To Empower, a non-profit which runs a Collaboration, Incubator, Mentorship, and Microfinancing program for low-income entrepreneurs in the Downtown Eastside. All proceeds will support this program.
This year, the Cardboard Project is being sponsored by SFU External Relations, Daily Hive, Body Energy Club, Brain Station, Cartem Donuts, Lululemon, and Starbucks, with more supporters still to be announced.
Meanwhile, Helijet will be giving away a round trip flight for two lucky people from Vancouver to Nanaimo through Employ To Empower’s Instagram account at @employtoempower ahead of the event.
The Cardboard Project 2.0: From Dark To Light
Location: 312 Main - 312 Main Street, Vancouver
Admission: $10 suggested donation
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Date: Saturday July 27th, 2019