2020 Ambassadors

Meet the 2020 BC Culture Days Ambassadors!

Coral Santana is an Afro-Latina writer, producer, and activist born in the Dominican Republic, currently located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. She is a 4th-year student at UBC, majoring in Film Studies with a minor in Creative Writing. In her work, Coral explores her mixed heritage and how colonialism has shaped her perception of self. Her writing is infused with memories from her childhood and how unlearning and relearning her history continues to shape her. As well, she is an avid advocate for gender, sex and sexuality empowerment, using her platforms to amplify the voices of resistance in her community. She is currently the director of Dive Into UBC, a student-run organization that focuses on highlighting UBC student artists and fostering the arts and culture community at the university.

(Pronouns: she, her, hers)
INSTAGRAM: @arrecifede.coral // @dive.into.ubc
TWITTER: @caribbeanreef_

Damian John is an acrylic/graphic painter and poet with a focus on how to create beauty in the world. He has spent the last five years exploring art as a delivery system for beauty and cultural reflection, and it is a place of deep inspiration and solace for him. He is self-taught and inspired by nature, movement, and all his various cultural inputs. He is a member of the Tl’azt’en First Nation and his art reflects the deep influence of his First Nations culture in his life. He proudly represents his people in his art, always trying to bring to the table the quality of hard work and high level craftsmanship. His art reflects his mind in all its wildness and emotion, and tries to create a mirror in which the viewer can explore that same range of emotion. Jiu jitsu, growing food, creating good relationships, and exploring wild spaces fill his free time.

(Pronouns: he, him, his)
INSTAGRAM: @chasingthecaribouwoman
FACEBOOK: @caribouwoman

Molly Beatrice is a queer emerging theatre artist with a focus in directing, devising, and producing. Her first year of University was at Dalhousie’s Fountain School of Performing Arts, before transferring to the University of Victoria to complete the next four years in a BFA in directing and applied theatre. Her work is focused on bridging the space between the heart of applied theatre and aesthetic standards of traditional theatre. Recent directing credits include: The Children (Belfry Theatre, Assistant Director 2019), The Lonelies (Belfry Theatre SPARK Mini Plays 2019), Prey (Belfry Theatre’s Incubator Program 2020), and Ernie and Bethy (Victoria Fringe 2018). Molly is also co-creator of Apricity Theatre Project, an initiative designed to provide a platform to queer and trans youth for artistic expression, including theatre, dance, music, and poetry.

(Pronouns: she, her, hers)

Edward Fu-Chen Juan is an emerging artist based in Vancouver. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts (Calarts). His current practice is printmaking on paper with water-based ink extracted from natural ingredients. He forages endemic flora of the chosen region and extracts colour to create ink paste for silkscreen printmaking. The process was developed through his cultivation of an ongoing cultural exchange with artisans he has previously worked with in Oaxaca, Mexico. The knowledge of colour extraction was shared with him to further develop his art practice in new ways. It aligns with his passion as a nature lover and appreciation of traditional craftsmanship.

(Pronouns: he, him, his)
INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/edjuandraws

Bambi is a French-Canadian artist and graphic designer based in the mountains of Revelstoke, British Columbia. With maple syrup flowing through her veins, she graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design and an Art Certificate from University Laval, Quebec. Thriving on thrills, Bambi’s creation process starts the second she hops on her beloved snow, surf or skateboard, and infuses the feeling of happiness she gets from playing outside into her art. It’s with flamboyant colours and playful aesthetics that Bambi intends to make the viewers laugh, smile, and let their mind wander…

(Pronouns: she, her, hers)
INSTAGRAM: @turbobambi_design
FACEBOOK: @turbobambi