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MAU (Makers Artists United) is a long-term artist-initiated project by Elisa Yon. The project aims to bring together artists, designers and makers to reimagine the function of souvenirs for Vancouver’s Chinatown. The project serves as a platform to examine, interpret and highlight lesser-known histories, stories and issues affecting the future of Vancouver Chinatown . An interdisciplinary and collaborative approach is embedded in all MAU projects. Since 2018, multiple projects have been completed, including MAU Calendar Project, Pinafore Project and Solidarity Forever.   

Now in its fifth year, the limited-edition Risograph printed MAU Calendar continues to capture a contemporary portrait of the community while showcasing the work of local artists and community members. In 2021, VALU CO-OP and Love Intersections took over MAU from founder Elisa Yon to carry on the torch of the beloved project. 

The 2023 MAU Calendar features artwork by local artists Carmen Chan, Paige Jung, Stella Zheng, Claire Douglas, Ricardo Hardy, and Kyla Yin, with translations by Christine TN Wong and layout design by Emily Cheung.

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