Christina Battle:
Stolon Mesh Network


2020 - 2023

Stolon Mesh is a community mesh network seeded by 221A that offers free wifi to users in Vancouver’s DTES & Chinatown, and beyond. Developed by artist and 221A Fellow Christina Battle in collaboration with a team of researchers, community liaisons and technologists, Stolon Mesh is a growing network infrastructure with the aim of creating a local-first digital commons that will remain just, caring and responsible to others. The network’s first node is located within the x̱aw̓s shew̓áy̓ New Growth《新生林》garden at 271 Union Street.

Zasha Colah:
The Scorched-Earthly


November 2020 - May 2023

Zasha Colah researches contemporary collective forms of cultural production and artistic imagination under prolonged militarized situations; and how acts of imagination become collective. She segues between at least two terrains: the region of Northeast India bordering Bangladesh, Myanmar/Burma and China, and the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America. These artificially segmented terrains coalesce in this research to perceive the intersections of law, artistic imagination, constitutions, and the infrastructure of disobedient, ungoverned terrains.

Living Description


2021 - 2022

Living Description is an education initiative convened by artist Aislinn Thomas that conceptualizes access not as an accommodation, but as a relational process of shared sense-making. Beginning with a series of alt-text and visual description workshops led by Aislinn Thomas and Ramya Amuthan in 2021, the project culminates in the launch of 1-833-SEMI-PUB: a toll-free listening space featuring six commissioned audio descriptions that offer multiple non-visual ways to experience the x̱aw̓s shew̓áy̓ New Growth《新生林》garden as a living system.

Protected: x̱aw̓s shew̓áy̓ New Growth《新生林》 Community Pollinators Program


The Community Pollinators Program is a long-term education initiative supporting and celebrating the ongoing stewardship of the x̱aw̓s shew̓áy̓ New Growth《新生林》garden by an Indigenous and racialized young cohort. The program is currently based out of the Indigenous permaculture garden at 221A’s Semi-Public 半公開 site located at 271 Union St. in Chinatown/DTES/historic Hogan’s Alley on xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations lands.



1654 Franklin St.

1654 is a 21,515ft² industrial property with 25 artist studios ranging from 170 to 1,850 square feet.  The tenant community includes non-profit cultural organizations, small businesses, and an intergenerational mix of artists. The building is used for a variety of material practices including ceramicists, painters, filmmakers, designers and fabricators. Prior to 221A’s occupancy in 2015, the building was used by Bombast Furniture, where it produced furniture for two decades.

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