Artona in the Community: Scholarships, Bursaries and Mentorships

March 27, 2018 Kristal 0 Comments

Did you know that Artona offers scholarships and bursaries to students across the lower mainland? Each year, Artona provides thousands of dollars in awards to deserving students, helping them achieve their academic goals. Over the past year, Artona has given over $150,000 in support to 85 local elementary schools and high schools, as well as a number of universities. 

In addition to these awards, Artona also offers a co-op mentorship program. Both high school and university students interested in photography, digital imaging, graphics and accounting/finance work closely with our staff and are given first-hand experience, training, and even future employment opportunities. We usually have a new face in the studio every other week with about 35 students every school year.

We get a lot of great feedback from our award recipients and co-op students. In fact, we need a 10-foot bulletin board to display all the wonderful messages! Here's a look at some of the messages we have received over the years:

Have you applied for an Artona scholarship or bursary this year? You can find the application deadlines for these awards on your school's website. Good luck to those who applied — we are looking forward to seeing you at the awards ceremony!


Parking at Artona

March 13, 2018 Kristal 5 Comments

Let’s face it, parking in Vancouver is tough. Unfortunately, we don’t have a parking lot at our studio (if we could find a place to put it, we would) which can make our guests feel stressed or frustrated. Here are some parking tips and tricks to make your Artona studio experience a little more parking-pleasant:

1. Check out Parkopedia

This is a great resource for finding free parking throughout the city, as well as rates for the meters and parkades nearby. Even though we don’t have a lot of free street parking, we are close to a number of parkades. The closest is the Rise (under Save On and Home Depot) located at 485 W 8th Avenue. It’s a 2 minute walk to our studio and only $6 for two hours.

2. Drop off the kids and go shopping

The Broadway/Cambie area is full of great shops and restaurants. If you’re a parent with errands to run or are in need of some retail therapy, why not park at Winners or Whole Foods? You can go shopping while your student has their photo session*, all with validated parking. It’s a win-win!

*Keep in mind that taking a family photo is included with each graduation portrait session, so you might not want to miss out.

3. Don’t park at Solly’s

Solly’s Bagelry is known for their bagels, sandwiches and delicious cinnamon buns — and it’s right across the street from us! We highly recommend stopping in for a quick nosh and coffee (my favourite is the veggie sandwich with edam on sesame), but please, don’t park in their lot. Let’s keep those spaces for the patrons who are actually there for lunch.

4. Park the car at home and take the train

Don’t forget, we're only a 6 minute walk from the Canada Line.It might be easier to leave the car at home, jump on the train and walk over. It’s not the most ideal option when it’s raining (don’t ruin the hair!) but at least it’s affordable. You can walk downhill from Broadway - City Hall or uphill from Olympic Village.

What are your thoughts on parking in Vancouver? Do you know any other good parking apps?