The Future in Room Magazine

Thank you to Room Magazine editorial board member Kayi Wong for this great Q&A! We loved sharing why The Future matters to us.

Kristin Cheung: I attended a few Growing Room Festival events and one of the parallel points is that there is always a need for young women to connect and collaborate with each other. Even looking back at Room’s history in the '70s with women coming together to promote feminist literature, we still have those priorities today and perhaps they’re even more prevalent given the current political and world climate.

My personal, biggest takeaway is that I originally conceived of this project to be targeted to artists and art administrators in the general art disciplines of literary arts, dance, music, theatre, visual arts, etc—the disciplines that grantors tell you to compartmentalize your art practice. But through this journey, we are seeing a younger generation of creatives and artists that are expanding their definition of artists to include Youtubers, podcasters, people who want to build a platform and integrate more digital media as part of their work. So what we have to do as cultural facilitators is to be nimble and work with the evolution of artists and cultural practitioners.

Read the full interview at

That's a wrap! Our second cohort graduates

Over the last four weekends, we had the pleasure of spending time with a group of 10 powerful young women of colour. Our second cohort came together each week, and together, we shared our knowledge and experience. Learn more about these awesome individuals in the bios below.

We started a new micro-grants program, where Future participants could apply the knowledge they learned in the program and use it to fund their own projects.

Three projects were funded:  

  • An online database showcasing various writing opportunities for women and femmes of colour, launching September 2017 - led by Joy Gyamfi
  • A showcase of ceramic sculptures highlighting female architects and raising funds for a local women's organization - led by Shanene Lau
  • A workshop teaching women the fundamentals of tattoo art and technique - led by Jana Ghimire

These young women are now building new platforms for women in the arts, literary and creative sectors that support their communities. We are so excited to see these projects and collaborations come to life.

And finally, we have nothing but gratitude for our participants, partners, and speakers — you've strengthened our belief that the Future is You and Me! In sharing your stories, time, and wisdom, we've sown the seeds for more opportunities for creative women of colour, magic, and transformative conversations. 

See you next time!
Megan & Kristin


Esther Chen is a writer and student at the University of British Columbia, currently pursuing her BFA in Creative Writing. Her work can be found in Ricepaper, Poetry is Dead, and Poetry Breakfast, as well as online at

Jana Ghimire loves to give overly detailed advice about anything and everything, whether that be deliberating over selfies for your new profile picture to educating ignorant acquaintances about activism. Currently in her third year of studies, Jana majors in Visual Arts at SFU and aspires to a career in curation or arts administration. Often employing photography, collage, and tactile sculptural forms, her artwork to date has been exhibited at Audain Gallery, James Black Gallery, and Cityscape Gallery.

Josella Tan is a 22-year old Filipino-Canadian lover of the arts. When she's not staring at her computer, she's out petting dogs, taking photos, and hanging out at THRIVE Art Studio.

Joy Gyamfi is a black queer student at UBC, where she studies Psychology and English Literature. Joy is also an organizer and member of the Black Lives Matter Vancouver Collective, actively working to uplift black voices in the city. Joy has recently been published in The Garden Statuary–UBC's Undergraduate Literary Journal.

Ketty Zhang is a visual artist and gelato enthusiast born in Chaoyang, China. When she's not working away on her laptop at a cafe, she likes to pet-sit, eat fusion food, and figure out weird experiences to try out. She's currently working on a solo exhibition that explores Generation 1.5 identities.

With an unequivocal passion for people, ideas, and collaboration, Melissa Ong continues to seek moments for creative expression. Fuelled by her artistic upbringing as a former ballet dancer, she has embraced the shameless daydreamer and hopeful photographer in herself. She is beyond thrilled to join The Future You’s Spring 2017 cohort!

Hello! My name is Mwango Moragia. I was born and raised in Kenya but since coming to Vancouver for school in 2011, I have found a second place to call home. I'm passionate about culture, communication and media. In my spare time you can find me cooking, writing poetry and recycling wine bottles into cool art pieces!

Hi, I'm Shanene Lau! I'm currently a full time design student at Capilano U and a part time potter alongside my classmate; w've been making ceramic homeware as Halsion Collective or the past nine months. When I'm not glued to my laptop or covered in clay, I dabble in illustration, oil painting, needle felting, knitting and various other handicrafts. If I'm involved in any sort of creative project, I'm happy.

Simranpreet Anand comes to the Future from the University of British Columbia where she is working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours in Visual Arts. In her interdisciplinary artistic practice she engages with the topics of psychology, feminism, and transculturation and how they interrelate and collide with one another in modern society.

Zahida Rahemtulla studied Literature at New York University in New York and Abu Dhabi, where she also took courses in film and theatre. She enjoys writing most and is currently developing a play and writing grant applications for a film about the post-arrival experience for refugees in Vancouver. She works for Pacific Immigrant Resources Society.

Announcing Micro Grants for The Future!

Sometimes you meet someone and you know they're going to be a good friend. That's what it felt like in our first meeting with the branch managers at Vancity's Vancouver Downtown Community Branch. Adanma and Lisa were supportive, understood our project and our commitment to building a community for young women. 

When we came back to Vancity this spring, they were happy to be sponsors for our second offering of workshops. They were also interested in deepening their involvement. So, for our recent Funding & Finances session, Vancity Each One, Teach One facilitators Heather and Meral shared some essential lessons about budgeting and credit history. 

 Each One, Teach One with Vancity.

Each One, Teach One with Vancity.

With their commitment to investing in communities, Vancity was also interested in supporting our participants with their creative projects.

This spring, in partnership with Vancity, we are providing two micro grants of $250 to participants who demonstrate capacity, creativity, and a plan for a creative initiative. The funds will give life to unique projects that are just a small contribution away from take off, and will enable the recipients to try out their ideas with less personal risk.

The grantees will be selected by their peers at the final session of the program. 

As the program organizers, we will mentor the participants through their project and oversee the budget. Winners will be asked to provide a brief final report to The Future and Vancity by November 2017.

Thank you, Vancity, for your support. We look forward to more collaborations with you!

Are You The Future?

Applications for the Spring 2017 session of The Future is You and Me are now open!

It's been four months(!) since our inaugural workshop series wrapped, and it was high time to come back to the HiVE for more learning, sharing, and community building.


We know that there are countless creative young women in Vancouver who are doing amazing things. So many of you applied for the fall session, and we've yet to hear from many more.

You are the diversity we need to make our organizations stronger, and to make art about the beauty, messiness, and plenty of our lives.

So, join us for our Spring 2017 session. Over four weekends (and five sessions), we'll help you to develop creative and professional skills, and meet some pretty amazing humans

Apply now — the deadline is April 1, 2017. 

If you'd like to support The Future is You and Me, help us spread the word! You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also download and post our posters where you work and play!

We're open

We've officially launched on Friday September 9th, the first week of school and the first week of The Future. Within the 48-hours, we've already received so many wonderful applications --- from writers, community organizers, illustrators and so many more. Their backgrounds are so diverse from different parts of the world and different educational and life backgrounds. We're so excited to meet them all, hang out, learn together and just become best friends. (I'm already planning a snack plan that includes my new favourite -- cookie chips).

This program is looking for a group of 5-10 women, aged 19-25 years old. Our deadline for applicants is September 30, 2016. Please pass it along to your besties because we want to meet them!

Also, add us on the internet and hang out with us online. We might even post some cookie chip recipes: 

For you and me.

Oh hello, 

We're launching this awesome project soon and we want you to be part of it. As a mentor, speaker, or participant or just internet-lurker. Feel free to add us on the social media accounts so you can stay connected. 

Or hang out with us in real life so we can share some bad ass knowledge and become best friends. 

Thanks for hanging out on this web site. More things will happen here, I promise.