Earth Charter® Day Art Show


Earth Charter Day for Endorsers of Earth Charter

The Art Party occasionally produces art shows, such as Earth Charter® Art Show on Earth Charter Day at World of Walas / DUDOC in Vancouver, an Earth Charter Partner.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 5 PM – 9 PM

Join the Walas family in exploring the Earth Charter® and Earth Charter Day Art Show; this year’s theme of sowing a culture of peace. This will be a fun evening for you to connect with people working for environmental, social and economic justice as envisioned in the Earth Charter.

Arrive at 5pm to mingle with local change-makers and enjoy live music and art. A program at 6:30pm will include:

– Sheryl Rivers, Squamish Nation, Rivers Consulting Solutions
– Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (video welcome from Ottawa)
– Gerben van Straaten, CEO of World of Walas & Author of Earth Charter Cities Manifesto
– Carol Anne Hilton, CEO of Transformation & Senior Advisor to the Federal Finance Minister

Location: Dudoc Vancouver, 100-1445 West Georgia St, Vancouver BC, Unceded Coast Salish Territories.


Artists include Christopher Rodrigues with his surreal earth art and Ari Lazer with his laser cut wood of sacred geometry earth symbols for The Art Party.


Earth Charter is an international declaration of fundamental values and principles considered useful by its supporters for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. Created by a global consultation process, and endorsed by organizations representing millions of people, the Charter “seeks to inspire in all peoples a sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the human family, the greater community of life, and future generations.

Earth Charter originated in 1987, by Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev as members of The Club of Rome, when the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development called for a new charter to guide the transition to sustainable development. In 1992, the need for a charter was urged by then-Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, but the time for such a declaration was not believed to be right. The Rio Declaration became the statement of the achievable consensus at that time. In 1994, Maurice Strong (Chairman of the Earth Summit) and Mikhail Gorbachev, working through organizations they each founded (the Earth Council and Green Cross International respectively), restarted the Earth Charter as a civil society initiative, with the help of the government of the Netherlands.


Driven by the Earth Charter, Earth Charter Cities is a collaborative movement that brings together passionate amateurs, experts, organizations and frameworks from across the world to inspire exponential improvements in principle areas of the Earth Charter and Earth Charter Cities Manifesto. 

The Earth Charter Cities Manifesto is a call to action for all of us. It was developed by Gerben van Straaten of World of Walas to help communities realize the Earth Charter. After an almost 2 year drafting process with key stakeholders of the Earth Charter, the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto was launched in The Hague in 2010. 

Get more information on Gerben van Straaten and the story of the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto. 

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Coinfest 2014: Art & Trade Show


Fun All-day Bitcoin Community Event

Bitcoin is off to an amazing start in 2014, and Vancouver remains front and center! We now have about a couple dozen venues accepting Bitcoin in town, with more signing up every week. Bitcoiniacs have launched a new trading platform called CoinTrader, and QuadrigaCX has launched a free platform of their own. With more Bitcoin ATMs (courtesy of QuadrigaCX) on their way to different locations, we have the perfect opportunity to hold a truly decentralized currency convention!

For those who are not yet aware, CoinFest is a fun event where the Bitcoin community gathers to demonstrate how cryptocurrency works. Here you can practice and learn about the revolutionary technology and concept behind new digital money. It’s also the perfect place for Bitcoin afficionados. Each venue will have its own activities and themes; they will all be within close walking distance, or access to Bitcoin-themed transportation will be provided.

Vancouver English Centre is a large building downtown that can be booked using Barter Dollars, another alternative currency that’s been around for a while. We have 8,000 square feet of space, large monitors for digital presentations, a sound system and high speed Internet with livestream capability to the International Hangout and Utherverse. We have dozens of booths showcasing art and creative projects related to and/or available for Bitcoin, facilitating attractions including (to be updated):

• Vancouver’s CoinFest proudly presents a live auction hosted by Paul Becker, Director of Sales for Stewart Stephenson Modern Art Gallery. This exciting event has art for all levels of collectors including works starting at only $75. Featured artists include: Marcus Glenn the official artist for the 2014 Grammy Awards, Shepard Fairey the man behind “Obey Giant” and the iconic Obama “Hope” poster, Romero Britto, the official artist for the 2014 World Cup, Raymond Chow local pillar of the Vancouver art community and Vancouver’s hottest art sensation Stewart Stephenson. Bids are made in $CAD amounts, and winners pay with Visa, Mastercard, cheque or Bitcoin.

• Artistrun Collective is producing a group art show, with art made from DE-circulated Canadian pennies that can be purchased with Bitcoin virtual currency. Artists include Raymond Chow, Lawrence McDonald, Carolyn Kramer, Liza J. Lee, Bill Higginson and Olga Rybalko. The social change theme of the CoinFest Art Show is:“Out with the old fiat currency. In with the new virtual currency”.

• CoinFest is hosting a special art fundraiser launch for The Canadian Sound Therapy Arts Society to use the power of art and nature to create dialogue and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health in Canada. As part of the mandate and as access producer, the Society has several weekly time slots on community television channel broadcast on Shaw Cable 4. The launch fundraiser accepts Bitcoin to support ongoing and local art fundraisers for 2014.

• Other participating artists, including Bitcoin-inspired paintings from Chris Brett, Bitcoin figurines (such as Anarkitty) and crafted pieces, assorted products available for Bitcoin and buskers like Clara the Sidewalk Cellist.

• Cryptocurrency-themed computer games by Katrina Caudle, will be present at the Media Center. There will also be speakers from various sponsors including the Bitcoin Cooperative. A wallet set-up workshop will be held.

• A 3D virtual CoinFest event made possible by Utherverse, including an art show to be displayed at the physical venue via monitor. We will have a media station where interviews will be broadcast to the International Hangout, and other activities will be conducted to facilitate communication between the different regions hosting CoinFest.

CoinFest has no rules beyond common courtesy (and decency) and those required by law; however, there are some guidelines that you should be aware of. The vendors at this event are covering the rental cost (keeping the event free), so please purchase at least one item from the venue. This also encourages more venues to accept alternative currency in the future. CoinFest is an ardent supporter of alternative currency and does not work with fiat-only venues.

The organizer of this event does not charge any money to the venue or the event participants. It takes work, though, so if you want to, you may donate BTC to him at 13SH6sEaETA5Ca7Gb5kb1Yv5SjqxauvKdm. If you possess more than a few hundred bitcoins, or you are a business that will profit from this event, it is recommended that you donate and write him a nice message at

Individuals and businesses that support the CoinFest will be be recognized by the host and the community in many ways, and may be given preferred accommodations. At least 50% of the bitcoins raised will go directly to the Bitcoin Cooperative’s Non-profit Bitcoin Outreach Fund, to be used for spreading Bitcoin awareness and acceptance in a manner chosen democratically by the community.

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See photos: Coinfest 2014 Art & Trade Show


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First 3D VR Art Gallery Virtual Vancouver


Launched Sep 2013, we were involved in virtual currencies and Bitcoin at Coinfest before we really knew its potential! LJL DECOR – luxury. joy. love. is a Vancouver online art gallery of carefully-curated, fine art, fine craft and commercial art for luxury tiny homes. The brand is a social commentary to the stratospheric prices of famous art auctioned off to the super rich: “When art is an object of luxury, it is merely decor.” Fine art or craft is a relatively stable and long-term investment that appreciates:

Deloitte Art & Finance Report 2013 (PDF) 

LJL DECOR is one of Virtual Vancouver’s first 3D Virtual Galleries on the Curio, 3D browser with Utherverse’s Virtual World Web software for immersive and 3D environments. Supported on both PC and MAC, the graphics are photo-realistic for original art. Read more about this pilot project:

3D Virtual Reality Art Gallery Launch

In 2020, The Art Party is collaborating with IMPACT Festival and small businesses for virtual charity festivals July 16 to 20 and September 5 weekend. These will involve 3D Virtual World, Twitch TV and Zoom! 

Workshops will include breakout rooms on Zoom with workshops, such as yoga, Kirtan, healing, live art demos, vegan cooking shows and more! For our healthy recipes cooking shows on Zoom, we’re looking for and showcasing easy vegan recipes or vegetarian recipes. Our community of changemakers at IMPACT Festival embrace a more plant-based diet, whether vegan meals or vegetarian meals. 🌿


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