Youth culture comes alive in this new exhibit! It explores how crime trends, changing legislation, and policing practices have come together to create a very Vancouver story. Bridging the Gap is a new permanent exhibit that is vibrant, engaging, and informative.
The colourful display includes an original graffiti mural by local artist Larissa Healey, aka Gurl Twenty Three. Healey’s work has been featured on the walls of community centres, businesses and public spaces all over Vancouver. Working with youth inspires Larissa, she is a facilitator with RestART, a Vancouver municipal graffiti management program working with inner city youth, and is a mentor in native youth programming through the Museum of Anthropology.
Visitors to this new exhibit have the opportunity to step into four eras – the 1950s, 1970s, 1990s or 2010s. Join a friend to cause some era-appropriate mischief on the streets of Vancouver. In the interactive adventure, you’re bound to get busted, but depending on the laws, the judge, and your criminal history, you might get a free pass… or you might be packing for prison.
This new exhibit takes a look at over a century worth of youth culture and youth crime trends in Vancouver.
It also looks at the relationship between the law, the VPD, and the city’s youth.
- Today, the VPD takes a multi-faceted approach to connecting with youth, with the goal of gaining mutual respect and building meaningful relationships.
- The evolution of the juvenile justice system in Canada has changed from a punitive, welfare-based system, to one based on criminal law and proportionality of consequences.
- Over the past century, the attitudes of law enforcement and the messaging towards youth have moved away from a disciplinary tone to an informative and educational appeal.
- Partnerships between the police, community programs, and local agencies are essential in connecting with at-risk youth and in facilitating their transition back into a positive environment.
This project was made possible through the generous support of the Vancouver Police Foundation