Brian McBay is a cultural worker based in Vancouver, Canada. In 2005, he co-founded 221A, a non-profit organization that focuses on the research and development of social, cultural and ecological infrastructure, where he is currently the Executive Director. Brian works with a team of eight to operate a distributed model of programs and services, including a living-wage Fellowship program; Semi-Public, an outdoor public art space; Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, a library collection and research office; and over 38,000 square feet of artist studios across three properties. Under his direction, 221A is conducting major research studies on the development of an artist-governed Cultural Land Trust, as well as on the application of Blockchain technologies in cultural organizations.
He was recently named a 2018 Fellow at the Salzburg Global Forum and has been invited to speak on art, policy and urban development at the Western Front, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, SFU Centre for Dialogue, UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Emily Carr University, the Creative City Network of Canada, the City of Kelowna, BC Alliance for Arts and Culture and the Vienna Design Fair. He has contributed to C magazine and Canadian Art magazine and is currently the President of the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres, the Vice-Chair of the City of Vancouver Arts and Culture Policy Council, Chair of the ACPC Spaces Subcommittee and a member of the Creative City Strategy External Advisory Committee.
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