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BC Artscape launches with funding from the City and other partners

December 4 2014

"The City of Vancouver’s role as a founding partner in the launch of BC Artscape once again shows City Hall’s deep commitment to supporting artists and our world-class arts and culture community,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Artist work studio at West 6th Avenue and Fir Street
Photograph by Ed White Photographics

BC Artscape, a new Vancouver-based not-for-profit organization that will make space for creativity and transform communities, has just launched with the help from $700,000 in confirmed funding from:

  • The City of Vancouver
  • The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
  • Vancity Community Foundation

They also received $200,000 in additional pledges from unnamed sources. 

"The City of Vancouver’s role as a founding partner in the launch of BC Artscape once again shows City Hall’s deep commitment to supporting artists and our world-class arts and culture community,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “BC Artscape is an exciting new addition to our vibrant and fast-growing creative sector. Vancouver is home to the most artists per capita of any major city in Canada, and this new initiative will help meet our city’s high demand for affordable new spaces for local artists and entrepreneurs.”

About BC Artscape

BC Artscape will operate as an independent, local affiliate of Artscape, the 27-year old, award-winning, Toronto-based non-profit known for pioneering a unique approach to urban development called “creative placemaking.” BC Artscape will accelerate cultural facility development in Vancouver and be governed by a local board of directors.

BC Artscape is already exploring six capital project opportunities in Vancouver and will focus its development activities on projects of scale (30,000 square feet or more) while also supporting smaller, independently-led initiatives through a mentoring and coaching program. Priority will be given to projects that provide affordable space for creativity and play a strong role in community transformation.

Learn more about BC Artscape

How the City supports artists in Vancouver

Moss Graffiti, a project of the Moberly Park field house artists, The Something Collective

Artist spaces and residencies

Find out how the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board support artists through grants, subsidies, and residencies for artist studios, as well as working to create more artist spaces in field houses and at community centres.