DTES Small Arts Grants 10th Anniversary Website

Dorothy Doherty

Acrylics and mixed media on cradled panel

Received a grant in 2019

Dorothy Doherty received her formal art education from Vancouver School of Art (Emily Carr University of Art & Design) and Capilano University. She also holds an MA in History in Art (University of Victoria, 1984-1993) and a PDP (Simon Fraser University, 1995). She supplements her formal education with courses and workshops in a variety of media. Dorothy paints at Portside Studios in Vancouver.

How has receiving a DTES Small Arts Grant supported your development as an artist?

The DTES Small Arts Grant allowed me to devote a block of time to exploring my early roots in an area near the downtown eastside that is now experiencing encroaching gentrification.

How has DTES Small Arts Grants helped DTES artists?

I believe the DTES Small Arts Grants help DTES artists by giving them time and materials with which to explore their creativity and give them the confidence they need to continue working in their chosen medium.

How has DTES Small Arts Grants impacted the community?

I feel the DTES Small Arts Grant impacts the community by providing opportunities to show their work to the world, share their work with friends and family, and meet other artists in the community.

My experience working with the DTES Small Arts Grants organizers led me to realize the value to the community that these grants provide. Artists are exposed to and work with mentors, teachers, administrators, and others who show exemplary qualities that positively impact all who come in contact with them. These grants provide a unique opportunity that may lead to growing confidence in their chosen field and life in general.

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