DTES Small Arts Grants 10th Anniversary Website

Rev. Dr. Victoria Marie


2023 recipient of a DTES Small Arts Grant

The Reverend Dr. Victoria Marie is originally from Brooklyn, New York. She has called Canada home since 1965 and Vancouver since 1979. She is a recovering alcoholic and has been sober since 1990. Victoria, ordained a priest in 2012, serves as pastor of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community.

These works pay homage to her ancestors through the female deities they held sacred. Her aim is to portray the strength and compassion of the people who came before her before they were colonized by Christianity and Islam. These works include a nod to the endangered, yet equally sacred, flora and fauna of their various regions.

She defines herself as a late blooming, self-taught watercolour artist. Her visual art journey began in November 2020 at age 75.

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

Receiving the grant gave me the confidence to pursue my artistic aspirations and provided funds for art supplies, frames, skill building workshops and an opportunity to show my work.

How has DTES Small Arts Grants helped DTES artists?

In addition to funds for supplies, grant recipients receive workshops that help them with promoting their art.

How has DTES Small Arts Grants impacted the community?

The community is impacted by art that is shared bringing more beauty into the community. By the recipients having the ability to work towards their dreams, they become more fruitful members of the community.

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