community art

Sima Elizabeth Shefrin

Here are the web addresses of a few artists who happen to be some of my favourite people:

Bob Bossin is a folk singer and song writer, and along with Marie Lynn Hammond, the co-founder of Stringband. The last few years he has been travelling with his book and one man musical, both called Davy the Punk. He is my life partner and sweetheart.
Bob Bossin
Claire Kujundzic & Bill Horne are visual artists. Bill designed this web site and virtually held my hand while I figured out the process. Claire has been an inspiration and a steadfast support for me as an artist.

Ellen Schwartz is a children's writer. Ellen wrote Abby's Birds, published by Tradewind Books as well as lots of other children's books. She has been very generous with me in my journey into the world of children's writing and illustration.
Helen Mintz is a story teller. Often Helen tells in words, the stories I tell in fabric.
Jane Yolen is a very prolific children’s writer and it was an honour to work with her. Jane Yolen
Len and Libby Traubman describe themselves as an American family interested in expanding our identification to include and respect all the cultures, races, nations, religions, and species. They have a wonderful email list on which they send out hopeful information on Israeli and Palestinian dialogue and co-existence. They have been very supportive of the Middle East Peace Quilt, and the Palestinian self-portrait project.
Melanie Ray is a talented story teller and has been a very dear friend since 1972.
Noah Drew is a talented voice teacher and theatre artist, a lovely person, and incidently, my first-born.
Vi Hughes wrote Once Upon a Bathtime which is published by Tradewind, as well as many other books. I am so appreciative of her trusting me with the illustration of her story.
Selina Shefrin aka Owen, my darling daughter, works in a drugstore by day, but at night she shines in her persona as a drag king dancer.

Here are some of the organizations that have a place in my life:

ArtStarts In Schools provides arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education. Check out the Artist's Directory for my listing.

CARFAC is a collective bargaining agent for visual & media artists. They're the people who brought us artists' fees.

CWILL BC is a lively group of published writers and illustrators for children. Check out my bio under "Our illustrators".

The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. I am grateful for the support they have provided for me on a number of occasions in my Middle East Peace work.

Reevaluation Counseling is a liberation-based peer counseling which I have practiced and taught for about 20 years. It has been significant in helping me to think well about myself and about working for a better world. United to End Racism, a project of Reevaluation Counselling, is committed to ending racism and supporting other groups to do so. Sustaining All Life is an international grassroots organization working to end climate change within the context of ending all divisions among people.

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture presents and produces works by professional artists with disabilities. I have worked with them on many of their festivals and events. Follow the Face Book Page

Tradewind Books is a small publishing house in Vancouver. They published Abby's Birds, and I am delighted to be working with them again.