About the Festival

The inaugural Arts in the Park Festival held in Richmond's beautiful neighbourhood of Steveston on September 8th, 2013. Arts in the Park 2013 was a free, outdoor celebration of performing art that celebrates youth talent and provides a safe and supportive environment encouraging youth, aged 13-24, of all levels to showcase their talent.  

The festival was originally intended to be exclusive to 2013. However, after popular demand, Arts in the Park was brought back with more excitement for a second year in 2014. In its 'encore' year, this grassroots festival grew to support and showcase the visual arts as well. Arts in the Park also provided free henna to its attendees to expand on the idea of art.

Arts in the Park 2013 and 2014 took place at Steveston Park in Richmond, BC, beside the Steveston Community Centre.

Whether it’s new and emerging local musicians and artists, the natural beauty of the setting, or the supportive community we create that gets your heart beating a little faster, there is something for everyone at Arts in the Park!

Each year, strong sponsorship support, artist participation and volunteers have been integral components that helped to build Arts in the Park.

Emily May 

Arts in the Park co-founder, director, organizer, creative components

The idea of Arts in the Park came from Emily's partner and co-founder, Angelica Poversky. The festival heavily relied on the countless volunteer hours the two. Emily organized most of the logistics, festival layout, budget and sponsorships, volunteers, publicity, promotion, public relations, etc. Moreover, Emily also designed the posters and staff shirts for Arts in the Park. (For artistic components please click here or the button below.)

In the second year, the team of two expanded to a team of five. Emily was thankful to work with an amazing team whom had the privilege of mentoring and working with in the various roles for Arts in the Park. Under her supervision and guidance, she taught the new youth organizational members various aspects of their roles for Arts in the Park. Moreover, she was able to curate the art display Arts in the Park incorporated into their second year.

As an artist, Emily had both the honour and privilege in conceptualizing and creating the Arts in the Park posters for 2013 and 2014. Inspired by the outdoors and expression, Emily created a unique poster for this initiative. This basic poster was then used as the base for Emily to create staff shirts for each Arts in the Park. Furthermore, as a curator, Emily enjoyed aligning the Arts in the Park vision with the various pieces submitted for display incorporated into the 2014 festival.  

Furthermore, she had the opportunity to showcase herself as an artist and performer at Arts in the Park each year.


Further Artistic Contributions

  • Posters for Arts in the Park 2013 and 2014

  • Staff t-shirt design and printing for Arts in the Park 2013 and 2014

  • Performing at Arts in the Park 2013 and 2014

  • Abstract painting: Graduation (2012) 48” x 75” Acrylic on canvas featured prominently on stage at Arts in the Park 2014 throughout the duration of the festival.

  • In the visual art display at Arts in the Park 2014: Mixed media collage, Shoe Sale (2011) and abstract painting, Lee Krasner Gaea Study (2012) 

  • Arts in the Park 2014 Staff Shirts designed by Emily May 

Arts in the Park Gallery

Arts in the Park 2013 & 2014.

Photos by Kayla Isomura, Skye Son, Josie Buter, and Rammy Fong.

For more information, please visit:  www.facebook.com/ArtsintheParkRichmond