Patti Fraser | Community Engaged Media Art Projects and Institutes
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Housing Matters Media Project

In 2010, Patti Fraser and Corin Browne responded to the housing crises by creating The Housing Matters Media Project. The project worked with young artists to produce a collection of digital narratives that investigated issues of affordable housing with the intent is to create an informed and active community.


The films produced in this phase of the project have been screened in a variety of venues, locally and internationally to inform and affect housing policy. This project partnered with the University of British Columbia Housing Justice Research Project at


Housing Matters Media:


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The 19th Birthday Party Working with a group of youth who experienced government care this media art installation represents the investigation the community undertook within their creative practice. When youth in government care turn 19 in British Columbia, they lose all their financial support.  This media art installation co-created with Corin Browne.

We are Everywhere – A book Featuring series of portraits and wisdom teaching from adults who aged out of foster care. Produced by Fostering Change, with the Vancouver Foundation, Vancouver, B.C.


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In the media: 

2006 – 2013 Resident Artist/Curator - Arts, Health, and Seniors Project

Digital Storytelling Project: a Community Engaged Art and Research project supported by Vancouver Parks and Recreation; Arts & Culture & Vancouver Coastal Health & University of British Columbia


This multi year research project was created to investigate the effects creative practice has on the health and well being of seniors.


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The Seniors Digital Storytelling Project

Digital video storytelling co-created with seniors from the Silver Harbour Seniors Centre, co-produced with Corin Browne.  


Summer Visions Film Institute


Founding Faculty (Pre-production)   This institute was a youth run, youth produced, and youth mentored film production in Vancouver East’s Side. Conceived to provide employment opportunities for youth in Vancouver’s Eastside and as a way to create networks of support and engaged citizenship within the community.


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Artistic Director - The Documenting Engagement Institute

This Institute was one of the first in Canada to recognize the importance of community engaged art practice. Created in partnership with Canada Council for the Arts, Pacific Cinematheque and Vancouver Parks Board Office of Arts and Culture.


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The Digital Shrine

Co-created with Corin Browne including media produced from the community Arts, Health, and Seniors Digital Storytelling Project. This outdoor media installation was created for ‘ A Night for All Souls.’ A community art performance project with Artistic Director Paula Jardine.


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Judy Graves, Advocate for the Homeless in Vancouver An interview with former City of Vancouver’s advocate for the homeless, Judy Graves. Excerpt from the documentary Walking the Walk courtesy of Francesca Fionda and Neil Khare.


Finding Home Youth media production and media installation project co-created with Corin Browne and with young women from Vancouver’s downtown eastside in Dreamseeds / Purple Thistle program. Produced for Simon Fraser University’s Institute of the Humanities, Cosmopolis/Cosmopolitics Conference May, 2010


An Inquiry into Creativity and Health with Older Adults, co-created with older adults in the Arts Health and Seniors Project and Corin Browne. Produced by Canadian Public Heath Agency.  


Dear Baby,digital letters created with young mothers, co-produced with Corin Browne, sponsored by Boundary Health Unit and Renfrew Community Centre, Vancouver, B.C.   *Screened at Youth Week and MuchMusic


What is TB? (not TV) documentary video was filmed in the communities of Gitanmaax, Kispiox, and K’san Village, a participatory media arts education project. Co-produced B.C. Centre for Disease Control and Pacific Cinematheque. *Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation citation for Leading Practices in Tuberculosis Control. What is TB not TV  


Antonio’s Story Documentary was created in collaboration with Britannia Secondary School, Vancouver, B.C. Features Antonio Joao, a refugee from Angola. Study guide available through BCTF *Recommended by Canadian Council for Refugees & B.C. Ministry of Education.  


Means of ProductionDocumentary created in collaboration with Environmental Youth Alliance and environmental artist Oliver Kelhammer on community gardens in Vancouver, B.C.  Co-produced Vancouver Parks Board Arts and Culture and Pacific CinemathequeMeans of production


Chako, Video documentary explores through traditional and contemporary ‘Coming of Age’ teachings and traditions the connection between culture and health for First Nations youth. Vancouver, B.C. co-produced Chee Mamuk Aboriginal Education BCCD and Pacific Cinematheque  


Strengthening the Circle – mentor and producer for youth produced video for First Nations youth on Harm Reduction. co-produced Chee Mamuk Aboriginal Education BCCD and Pacific Cinematheque  


Dear Dad,youth media project with Youthco Aids Society. co-produced World Aids Group, Youthco Aids Society, and Pacific Cinematheque.