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"TAE23 - The Story So Far"

TAE23 - "The Story So far", by Kelly Kitson his studio.
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Kelly Kitson, TAE23 Curator
Kelly Kitson, TAE23 Curator

Happy New Year, Artists!

2022 was certainly a busy year of planning and preparations for TAE23, and just as we turn up the pace on these preparations, let me catch you up on the story so far. To minimize unnecessary waffles and provide valuable information, I have split the subjects into a handy graphic. For those that know me well, the presence of this structure will come as no surprise to you, my love of configuration (specifically, in this instance, data and communication) management helps to keep things organized. I'll cover the Proposal, Charity, Location, and Artwork (Processing) in this update. Until next time, enjoy!

Yours sincerely and with a grateful heart,


The Proposal

On the 29th of June 2021, I sent a message to the TAE board asking about Curating the first-ever TAE here in Canada. As you know we were a little late for #TAE22 but after an introductory meeting followed by further discussions, we were accepted! There were many feelings that came to mind at that time. It was such exciting news! I share below two quotes I feel aptly describe the basis of intention that has initiated this wonderful journey.

"Be the change you want to see in the world"

"We rise by lifting others"

When I think of the second quote above, I think of us rising spiritually not in a hierarchical or egotistical way of course, but in a sense, we become better versions of ourselves when we act in service of others, unconditionally. It is an honor when we have the opportunity to do so, lifting others will forever form a part of what I view as living a successful and fulfilling life and I am so so honored and grateful to stand beside you all spreading seeds of kindness and love.

The Charity

Before our family moved to Canada more than 10 years ago, we didn't know the history of trauma experienced by the Indigenous People of Canada. We started to learn pretty quickly and the more we learned, the more I knew with urgency that we have to take action. TAE allows each of us to step forward together so that the ripples of our collective efforts can be felt right where it is needed, for love, healing, and reconciliation.

In selecting the beneficiary (non-profit charity) for this event, we chose a fantastic non-profit that make positive differences daily through a variety of amazing programs. Upon learning about the difference that the Urban Native Youth Association are making and continue to make for Urban Indigenous Youth, the decision to contact them was an easy one. As we progress with planning this year's event, the TAE team wants to issue a huge shout-out to the team at UNYA and to the amazing UNYA Youth in Vancouver, BC.

More about UNYA

Urban Native Youth Association is the centre of Indigenous youth excellence, supporting youth on their journeys by amplifying and celebrating their voices. Their Vision: Empowered Indigenous youth leading and inspiring all Nations.

UNYA sees 30,000+ youth visits annually. They have played a transformational role in the lives of many Indigenous youth in Vancouver, but there is so much more they wish to do. By increasing the capacity through the Native Youth Centre, they expect to double the number of Indigenous youth they are able to serve.

TAE23 will be raising funds for UNYA drop-in programs. The sale of one TAE Art card could provide one of the following; 4-5 meals for at risk youth, a days bus tickets for one youth program, art supplies for up to five youth or two hours of youth care counseling.

The Location

TAE is at the Pipe Shop Venue

Nestled in a wonderful waterfront urban playground, the Pipe Shop Venue provides the perfect stage for TAE's global 'art for a cause' exhibition's first time being held in Canada.

Originally built in the 1940s, and once known as the Pipefitters building, where systems were laid out for new ships, the Pipe Shop at the Shipyards is an exquisite restored heritage building, now used for weddings and special events. Located on North Vancouver’s waterfront, with a view of Vancouver skyline, an abundance of parking and beautiful surrounding elements (Shipyards Plaza, Burrard Dry Dock, Lonsdale Quay Market).

A popular year-round destination in Lower Lonsdale, The Shipyards offers opportunities for the community to gather, play and socialize alongside the beautiful waterfront views. Amid shops, restaurants and recreational activities, The Shipyards also offers seasonal programming and entertainment for residents and visitors to enjoy. The TAE23 team would like to acknowledge the 2023 event venue is located on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

We are honoured and grateful to be able to hold this event on this land.


The #tae23 team
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Short Bios of each #TAE23 team member can be found on the volunteer page at


The process for the art work arriving for #TAE23

When the art cards arrive in Canada, they are processed carefully as follows...

The process for the artwork arriving for #tae23
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#TAE23 Art card processing
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Thank you for your support! Until our next update, help spread the word about #TAE23! Follow along on social media and be sure to check out our new LinkedIn page here:


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Ignite the limitless potential of your imagination, as you resolutely uphold your unwavering principles and adhere to the universal laws that guide us. blob opera


Feb 07, 2023

Thank you for sharing the process! Looks fantastic 🌟 Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.


Thank you for the update Kelly, looks amazing! 😀

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