Through social art, Melanie Schambach invites the public to challenge the narratives of identity, belonging, and social change through participatory painting.


Permanent public art works can be seen at Vancouver’s Harbour Centre, Stanley Park, and St. George Street. Melanie has built multi-stake holder partnerships across sectors including Foundations, Environmental Non-profits, Universities, School Districts, Detention Centres, and grassroots groups. Large scale community development projects include commissions by Mission Services London, Cross Cultural Learner Centre, Lummi Nation, and City of Vancouver. Exhibitions include Seattle Art Museum (Washington), Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburg), and Turtle Loge (Edmonton).

"I believe societies and the environment are facing extraordinary challenges while the speed of change is faster than ever. New methods of engaging people, radical collaborating, and courageous processes that uplift the spirit through self-discovery, are some of the ways to contribute to positive change. With this body of work, I aim to challenge and re-discover the narratives of who we are, how we relate to one another, how we belong to the earth, and what is our shared responsibility."