Community Workshops

Welcome to the ultimate DIY experience – a free digital storytelling workshop!

Many thanks to Vancouver’s grunt gallery, our partner in the project.
Transform your idea into a short sharable video working with Lorna Boschman and Sebnem Ozpeta.

1. The first workshop of this series led to two geolocation audio projects. Danielle Peacock created The Unique Mount Pleasant Triangle Building. Toronto-based artist Angela Walcott created The People’s Garden Project

2. If you live in Vancouver’s DTES, you may be eligible for DTES Small Arts Grant. Our workshop organized through the Carnegie Centre begins in Spring 2023.

3. Our IN-PERSON workshop at the grunt gallery on Sunday, 12 February 2023 is full. The workshop begins at 12:30 and goes until 5pm. Let us know if you’d like to be on a waiting list for the next one in March 2023.

4. Our ONLINE Zoom workshop, beginning Thursday 12 January 2023 at 10am Pacific time is full. This is the first hour in a series of 4 workshops spread over the coming weeks. You can go onto a waiting list for the last workshop, which may be a hybrid between in-person and Zoom.

5. The final workshop of the 2022/23 season will be held in March 2023. People on the waiting list will be contacted first.

Email [email protected] to register or to join the waiting list for future workshops.

Noel at the Farm (detail) by artist Angela Walcott
Noel at the Farm (detail) by artist Angela Walcott


How does the in-person workshop work?

Each workshop is customized for the storytellers attending, as some people have more technical skills or access to technology than others. We strategize with you to develop an idea, you bring your own photos, video, audio etc. that you’d like to use to create your story. We can do the editing for you on a short (under 2 minutes) video or we can give you pointers on learning to edit. Depending on what you want to get out of the workshop.

During the live workshop, we try to complete a very rough edit of your digital story by the end. We depend on you to bring your own photos or video or audio images to the workshop.

How does the online workshop work?

We share experiences and knowledge online with other creative people. Each workshop is divided into roughly four parts: Intro, Production, Editing and Screening. We meet with each small group four times for a total of four to five hours.

During the first meeting, we introduce ourselves, share ideas on the projects, and strategize about what comes next. We try to create a safe space for artists/creative folks from many disciplines to share and develop new ideas for this project. You might be making your first project, working through a creative block or laying the foundation for your own future projects.

The success of your digital story depends on your input. What can you do to get ready? Share your idea with friends. Look through your old images. Your old videos. Your old podcasts. Take photos during your daily walks. Gather visual and audio materials to include in your story.

During the second workshop gathering (scheduled a few weeks after the first), you share your digital images, short video clips, and possibly audio recordings. We can edit your story using a shared screen or view and discuss a rough edit you’ve created yourself. The process of production, editing, discussion and revision continues during the series of four online meetings during the workshop.

Sharing with an audience, even a small one, is a chance to get feedback. But the choices in editing are always yours. You control your own digital story and retain copyright to all of the materials. 

This is not a production class, as we only have four or five hours total to work together.

This means you’ll be gathering materials and filming outside the workshop time.

What about making changes after the workshop?

There are two things to consider as you start to wrap up your digital story. How will you refine your project? Who is your audience? If we edit for you, your roughly edited digital story will be posted to Vimeo with a password. You might also use this as an opportunity to practice using video editing software – but access to software is not included in the workshop. 

To refine your project, you might look or listen a few times. Share it with friends or family. Ask them for suggestions or what wasn’t totally clear. You might want to replace one photo with another or change a voice-over (if you choose to have one).

We will go through one round of changes with you as part of the workshop process. We can supply you with a digital copy if you want to send it to festivals.

Your story could appear on the Digital Stories Canada site (with your permission). It is easy to share on social media or with email links. We’ll share your story with curators from the grunt’s Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen. While the screen is visual and without sound, simple captions can be added to replace audio as needed. 

An LED screen showing a video with Indigenous images is embedded into a brick building
Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen at The Independent. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

What's the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen?

On 5 December 2019, grunt gallery launched the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen (MPCAS). The MPCAS is a 4×7 metre outdoor urban screen showing art-only content by and for the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver.

The MPCAS reflects its neighbourhood through artwork by local and commissioned artists, with a special focus on works exploring the area’s history, its current vitality and its future. This art-specific urban screen brings new digital technology to Mount Pleasant and the City of Vancouver with non-commercial programming around the theme of PLACE, presenting a diverse range of visual and media art by dozens of artists, community members, and community festivals reflecting on what it is to live in a changing Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. The MPCAS features commissioned work by Paul Wong, Amanda Strong, Kevin Lee Burton and Charlene Vickers, as well as curated content including programs by Justin Ducharme, Sebnem Ozpeta and Lianne Zannier. The screen also features original Digital Stories created by local residents specifically for MPCAS through a series of workshops led by artist Lorna Boschman. With over 6 hours of digital art, photography, video, time-based media, animation, performance, interactive art, GIFs, super 8 film, storytelling and more, learn all about the MPCAS programming at

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Soy Chicken Qingming by Jane Shi (2019)

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