Join us in the Concourse Gallery for the official unveiling of the works created by the 10 winners of the Future of Education contest!

Over the past 15 years in BC, post-secondary tuition has more than doubled, while per-student funding has declined by 20% (statistics courtesy Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC.). This has resulted in a massive rise of student debt, larger class sizes as well as overworked and under-resourced faculty, staff and students. Because of this, a sense of urgency has motivated students at Emily Carr to share their personal struggles with tuition and debt in order to motivate the public to call for policy changes ahead of the upcoming BC Provincial Election on May 9, 2017.

The public is invited to attend the free exhibition opening and launch party (where they can see the diverse works of art, design and performance) on Monday, March 20 from 5 to 8pm in the Concourse Gallery at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

The 10 Individuals/Groups who will be exhibiting their work include:

  • Mimi Gonzalez and Nani Gonzalez “Framing Reality”
  • Yuriy Kyrzov, Bri Kim and Jingjing Wang “TRAPPED”
  • INTD 319 “Past, Present and Future of – Education”
  • Mo Qutob, Mona Fani and Samuel “Hello, My Student Debt Is…”
  • Theunis Snyman and Julie Van Oyen “Mental Block”
  • Emily Smith “Random Acts of Making”
  • Shabnam Nag “School, Work, Bills”
  • Adan Lemus “Who Will Pay?”
  • Genki Ferguson “Box Man”
  • Jen O’Connor “Guide”


  • 5:00pm – Exhibition officially opens.
  • 5:45pm – Coast Salish territorial acknowledgement by Nicole Priesl from Squamish and Sto:lo Nations;
  • 5:50pm – Opening remarks by ECU Faculty Association Rita Wong and Future of Education coordinators Michael Markowsky and Sarah Hay;
  • 6pm – Panel of students (Julie Van Oyen, Jennifer O’Connor, Mo Qutob, Catherine Legros) share their ‘Education Stories’ and motivations behind their projects;
  • 6:30pm – Adan Lemus performs his original song – Who Will Pay?;
  • 6:35pm – Introductions for Members of the Legislative Assembly of BC in attendance;
  • 6:40pm – Sam Sullivan (MLA Vancouver-False Creek) speaks, and has an opportunity to address student projects and comments;
  • 6:45pm – Spencer Chandra Herbert (MLA Vancouver West End also the Official Opposition Critic for Arts and Culture) has an opportunity to address student projects and comments;
  • 6:50pm – Melanie Marks (MLA Vancouver-Mount Pleasant) and/or Rob Fleming (MLA Victoria-Swan Lake: Official Opposition Critic for Education) speaks, and has an opportunity to address student projects and comments;
  • 6:55pm – Conclusion of speeches. Guests invited to stay for a drink, look at the art, talk to the students and other guests in attendance;
  • 8:00pm – Wrap up.

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Please share your thoughts, photos and videos using the hashtag #FutureOfEducation. Help us visualize the Future of Post- Secondary Education in BC. Do you see a dark future or a more positive vision?