As an organization, the Evergreen gets to hire seasonal staff through the Canada Summer Jobs program and Gloria is our lucky student this season . She gets to hang out with us over the next few months as our Curatorial Assistant and we couldn’t be happier!

What is the best show you’ve seen at the venue?… I saw John Furlong’s keynote speech in 2012. He talked about how putting trust in the volunteers at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics made them feel responsible for their shifts. I think I remember him saying that nobody missed their shift which is so incredible. I was part of the committee that brought him in as part of the Leadership Speaker Series. I was still in high school at the time so I didn’t really know what I was doing, but it was such a cool and empowering experiences to be involved in City projects like that.

Why did you choose to be involved in the Arts?…I remember attending kindergarten and not speaking a word of English. The only activity that I could fully participate in was the arts and crafts table because I could communicate without using words. Even though I have been fluent in English since shortly after kindergarten, I still find myself getting lost in the translations between Korean and English. Art is the only space that allows me to work through ideas that would otherwise be tangled in mis-translations.

I’m studying for my Masters of Fine arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago right now but I came back for the summer because wanted to work at a place where I am helping to improve the visual literacy skills of my community. I’ve personally experienced the benefits of participating in the arts and I don’t know where I would be without art. I want to be a part of making sure this continues. This work is so important and rewarding.

What is your favourite show/program/exhibition you’ve seen here?…My favourite exhibition that I’ve seen at the Evergreen is Ben Reeves Floating among phantoms. Spending so much time with the exhibition during my few weeks here makes me want to paint again. The application of paint and use of colour make my senses dance.

I wish that I had been here for Gailan Ngan’s show but I missed it. The fullness of her forms makes me melt. I remember her presence at Emily Carr when I attended the school and it was just so exciting to see other people who use wheel-throwing processes to create ceramic sculptures.

What are you most looking forward to this season?…I am looking forward to the do it exhibition coming up in just under a month. We have such exciting community collaborations lined up, too. I’ve never seen a show like this in Coquitlam before and it is such a perfect opportunity for community participation.

Do you have a party trick?…I can read and write backwards. Everyone told me that this was just a useless party trick but then I started to learn printmaking. First the image and text must be made backwards for it to be forwards on the paper.

It isn’t the most interesting trick. When I learned how to write my name I only ever wrote it backwards and the skill stuck with me. I did this until I had to write my name correctly when I started school.      

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