Vancouver's Power of Portrait project gathers over 100 submissions

May 1 2020, 11:14 pm

With over 125 submissions to the project, our city is transforming into a beacon of art and hope.

Launched last month, the Power of Portrait project aims to celebrate community, and bring us together in a time of crisis, all the while reclaiming our beautiful city by using up the blank spaces left on storefronts thanks to being boarded up.

Initiated by local clinical counsellor Andrea McLean, the project was erected at the Sephora flagship store downtown this week.

“The responses we have received from people speak of the transformative impact of art and story – and in this case the invitation to step into the sense of what it is to be all in this together during this pandemic, as diverse people sharing in a vision,” says McLaren. “Special thanks to the Robson Street Business Association for the funding and support.”

Of the more 100 plus portraits submitted, 48 of them were chosen to be put up along Robson street, curated by a team of local artists and business owners.


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Where there was once wood board, now displays the many faces of those impacted by the coronavirus in and around Vancouver.

Alongside the submissions chosen for the art installation, Vancouverites were encouraged to share their story with the project, which is now hosting the profiles on its website.

“Being part of this project makes me feel even more at home in Vancouver. It gives me a sense of belonging to a much broader community than I thought I was a part of,” reads one submission. “Thank you so much.”

To read more stories about the impact of this project on the community, head over to the Power of Portrait’s impact page.


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