About the Project

The “Power of Portrait – We are all in this together, Vancouver” is a citizen-led initiative to reclaim boarded-up storefronts as canvases to share stories of resilience and reinforce community connection, through portraits of Vancouverites. The project was initiated by Andrea McLaren, a local clinical counsellor who was concerned about the psychological impact of social distancing and of the boarded-up businesses in our community during this time. She brought on Jai Djwa, a digital media artist, to help with the idea and build the website. We added Hanif, Kris, John and Kimiko to help!

Our Team

Andrea McLaren – project manager
Andrea is a community volunteer, and artist that has been working to better our city. She works in private practice as a counsellor and consultant. 

Jai Djwa – artist/ web developer
Jai is an artist, digital technologist and worked as composer for theatre and dance for many years. He is a board member of the BC Arts Council and the Vancouver Fringe. 

Hanif Janmohamed – designer
Hanif is a thoughtful and engaging designer that has worked with clients as varied as Gehry Partners, Walt Disney, and SFU.

John Goldsmith – Photographer / Creative Consultant
John is a visual artist, fine art printer, and image consultant. His artwork has been exhibited in international art festivals and as public art.

Kimiko Karpoff – Photographer
Kimiko is a community involved writer, photographer and energy healing practitioner called into the world through her heart as a diaconal minister.

Special thanks to Serena PR, Kris Krüg, Teri Smith, John McLaren, Mark Smith and Ian Livingstone



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