St. John’s artist, journalist and activist Andrew Harvey has passed away. He was 38 years old.
Harvey – who served as chairman of the board of the Eastern Edge Gallery, reported on St. John’s town hall for the deceased The viewfinder magazine and ran for Ward 2 city council ten years ago – died suddenly on Monday.
Most recently, Harvey was Director of Social Support and Interventions at First Light, a non-profit organization serving the urban Aboriginal community of St. John’s.
Meghan Hollett, a community activist and close friend of Harvey’s, told CBC radio Ready to go she met Harvey through the social circles of the art scene and also by working with marginalized populations.
âAndrew was so amazing for it, and he’s always been very supportive of a lot of different art ventures in town,â Hollett said.
Regarding his run for municipal politics, Hollett said Harvey was ahead of his time, highlighting his writings on numbered companies, campaign finances and who supported which candidates.
She said it was Harvey who first opened his eyes to this world.
âI’m so glad he ran and put himself forward. He had the most creative lawn panels ever,â she said. âHe also had some amazing advertisementsâ¦ right before the election, in several newspapers, really artistic and creative and reminding people that they had the power to change democracy. They had the power to vote in this election, and it was. so is who Andrew is and was in terms of reminding us of the power that each of us held. “
Listen to the whole Ready to go interview with Meghan Hollett:
Ready to go5:52Remembering Andrew Harvey
Beyond that, Hollett said, Harvey has always been supportive of the people around him.
âSo many people have talked about the brilliant light that Andrew was, and I don’t think there is a single person who would argue otherwise,â she said.
“He was an ally in so many things, before I even knew what that term meant. He was generous, always making connections with the people he met along the way.”
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