The Emerging Creators Incubator program is designed to support emerging artists between the ages of 18-30 who engage in performing, literary and visual arts and live on the Coast Salish territories colonially known as the Tri-Cities and Lower Mainland. For this year’s second iteration of the Incubator,  Evergreen Cultural Centre welcomed a group of six multidisciplinary emerging creators to participate in this mentorship and residency program that includes hands-on workshops, access to our facilities and studio visits with professional artist mentors Rydel Cerezo, Kimmortal, collaborators Luciana Freire D’Anunciação and Guadalupe Martinez, and ECC staff, who fostered the development of the participants’ work. The program concludes with this month-long showcase at the Art Gallery at Evergreen.

The works created for Open Invitations are the outcome of conversations and creative exploration as the artists came together to learn from each other and pursue new ideas and materials relevant to their artistic practices during the Emerging Creators Incubator.

James Albers

James Albers is an emerging artist, curator, writer, organizer, performer, and drag artist based on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories. They recently graduated from the department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver with a double major in Visual Arts and Art History. During their final year, they were the Assistant Director of the Hatch Art Gallery, UBC’s only student run art space. Conceptually, their practice often adopts collaborative and community oriented approaches as they see this as a productive way to subvert singular and limited perspectives within artistic spaces and worlds. James is interested in exploring the queer potentials of revisionist histories and chooses to believe in the magic of fiction. Recently, James has been thinking through the truth that a perfect lie may hold. 

Natalie Chan

Natalie Chan is a Vancouver-based Chinese contemporary artist and tattooist; she completed her BFA at Simon Fraser University. Her art practice untangles her relationship with her self, the people, and the land, negotiating with reality by re-weaving the same ties to find new perspectives that can offer tangible possibilities of healing, reconciliation, and growth – it seeks to understand how these ties continually shape our lives and inform our identity. Her work, grown from trauma and second-generation immigrant experience, exposes her own vulnerability, an offering to become a transformative space where perceived weakness can turn into a rallying strength. She invites visitors in to shift the focus from her individual perspective to an expression of a desire to relate with the surrounding community, to imagine a vision of brighter futures together.

Milan Franco

Milan Franco (he/they/siya) is a multidisciplinary artist living on the stolen and occupied lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh nations. Through a medium of ethnographic storytelling, Milan’s art practice explores memory, systems change, and diasporic intimacy. Drawing from complexities of the Filipinx immigrant experience, they have an active determination to bridge anti-colonial and anti-capitalist teachings to counter western hegemony amongst the Filipinx community. Through trauma-informed care, they believe that multidisciplinary art forms can invoke multi-generational community healing. Under the guidance of Benita & Zuleyma Prado, Milan is a studio assistant at THOTFUL Studios- a studio space for queer + trans Black, Indigenous, + POC Artists. 

Jake Kimble

Jake Kimble is a multimedia two-spirt artist from Hay River in the Northwest Territories and who belongs to the Deninu K’ue First Nation on Treaty 8 territory and currently works on the stolen territory of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw ( ̱ Squamish) and səlil̓ w̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. Kimble most recently attained a BFA in Photography from Emily Carr University of Art + Design where he pursued his interest in the act of healing by using a funny bone to excavate trauma. By playing dress-up with themes of existentialism, narcissism, and the strange, Kimble sends an invitation to the viewer to truly look at the absurdities that exist within the everyday. Using humour as an access point has become an integral part of Kimble’s practice as it gives both the artist and the viewer permission to exhale and even chuckle in spaces where laughter is often lost.

Erin Lum

Erin Lum is a Chinese Canadian dancer, writer, and filmmaker. Her instinctual love for movement has presented her with countless opportunities to explore the ways creative practices can intertwine. Erin curated Story Bloom, an ongoing collection of interviews with Canadian dance artists that highlight powerful topics in the multi-faceted dance world. In 2020, Erin was a F-O-R-M Commissioned Artist with her collaborator Corinne Langmuir. Her first short Zì Jǐ was presented at F-O-R-M’s 2020 festival and was later projected onto the National Arts Centre building in Ottawa as part of the Kipnes Lantern Outdoor Film Festival. Her second dance film, Something To Forget Me By, is currently in post-production. Erin is studying Communications at Simon Fraser University and works as the Associate Producer of F-O-R-M. She is excited to continue exploring her multidisciplinary artistry through the Emerging Artist Incubator! 

Carmen Wong

Carmen Wong is a multidisciplinary artist born in 1998 on the ancestral, unceded territory of the Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations also known as Maple Ridge. She is currently working on the ancestral, unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm(Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations also known as Vancouver. She studied Visual Arts and received a BFA from Simon Fraser University in 2020. Her works mainly consist of installations while experimenting with various mediums such as sculpture and painting as well as exploring a multitude of materials. Carmen is largely influenced by the many stories she comes across from folklore and fairy tales as well as taking inspiration from the environment around her to create her own narratives. She explores these stories by telling them in her own way through her artwork.

Incubator Artist Benefits

Artists will Receive:   

  • Group exhibition fee of $450.00 per artist
  • Performing arts workshop + artist talk, and one-on-one studio visit with Kimmortal  
  • Artist talk + one-on-one studio visit with Rydel Cerezo 
  • A collaborative visual art workshop led by guest artists 
  • Access to art-making, rehearsal, and recording studio space from June 15 – July 16  
  • Studio visits and support from ECC and AGE staff  
  • Recording session with ECC staff if needed 
  • Access to basic art-making materials and equipment available at ECC and a $90 supply honorarium for each artist 
  • Access to art storage for the duration of the project  
  • Access to an on-site parking space

Important Program Dates

These workshops will be a hands-on collaborative experience taking place in-person if Public Health Orders allow, or online. It is important that those wishing to apply are available on the dates listed below.

Mentorship Phase: May 05 – June 02 

  • Welcome session: Thursday May 05, 6 – 8pm 
  • Artist talk with Kimmortal: Thursday May 12, evening (time TBC) 
  • Workshop weekend: May 28 – 29, 10:30am – 4:30pm each day.
    Includes a Performing Arts workshop with Kimmortal on Saturday May 28, and a workshop with guest artists focused on collaboration and visual arts on Sunday May 29.
  • Artist talk with Rydel Cerezo: Thursday June 02, 7 – 8:30pm 

Studio Phase: June 15 – July 16

  • Studio access at ECC: June 15 – July 16 
  • Idea presentation: Thursday June 09, 7 – 8:30pm 
  • Individual studio visits with mentors: Thursday June 23, afternoon (time TBC) 
  • Critique session w/ mentors, staff, cohort: Thursday June 30, afternoon (time TBC) 
  • End of residency picnic: Friday July 15 

Showcase Phase: July 28 – August 28  

Who is an Emerging Creator?

An emerging creator is defined as an artist who works in any discipline within the visual and performing arts. They are between the ages of 18 – 30, in the early stages of their professional career, and are committed to the development of their craft and practice.   

The Emerging Creators Incubator centers a multidisciplinary approach to the arts and will prioritize local emerging artists from the Tri-Cities area who engage in the performing, written and visual arts. Applications are also open to emerging creators from across the Vancouver Lower Mainland who are interested in engaging with this program.  

We welcome and will prioritize applications from Black and Indigenous artists, racialized people, disabled, neurodivergent, persons of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions(LGBTQ2S+), migrants, and any of these intersections. Please head to the application where you will find our commitment to Justice, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism to learn more about the concrete actions we are taking. 

We invite applications in a variety of formats, and all the details on how to apply are available below on our Application Form. Applications are now open until March 13, 2022!

Visit the Art Gallery at Evergreen

For over twenty years, the Art Gallery at Evergreen (AGE) has engaged visitors through curated exhibitions, and focuses on contemporary art and ideas explored by professional artists working in all mediums.



Situated on the shores of Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park, Evergreen Cultural Centre (ECC) exists on the unceded, traditional and ancestral core territory of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation, which lies within the shared territories of the səli̓lwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), qiqéyt (Qayqayt) and sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) nations in the region known today as the Tri-Cities.