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Launch of the Artist Housing Project

Five years ago, 221A shifted our focus from exhibitions to long term infrastructure projects to:

  • Increase long-term paid opportunities for artists and cultural workers
  • Participate in collective solutions for systemic problems faced by artists and communities
  • Provide low-income housing and below-market workspace

Next year 221A is opening 825 Pacific Street:

  • A new seven-storey cultural space with an occupancy of 180.
  • A 2,251 ft2 shared public event space, a research library.
  • 3 new free workspaces and living wage stipends for equity-deserving artists enrolled in 221A’s Fellowship program.
  • 23 new affordable long-term workspaces for artists and cultural NPOs.

Why is this needed?

Monthly donations make it possible for 221A to take on this challenge:

  • We operate 9 buildings / 140,800 ft2 of artist housing and studios, non-profit and programming facilities
  • A total of 217 units at at non-market rates artists, non-profit organizations, and small cultural businesses accessed by 1,267 users
  • Our housing units, occupied exclusively by Black, Indigenous and racialized artists, are rented at 30% of their income. BIPOC artists earn an average income of $18,200; artists in this income range pay $455 monthly.
  • Our 250 ft2 artist studio units are rented at $298–$650 monthly, 62% below commercial office market rates.
  • $40,000/year goes towards emergency rental assistance for studio tenants and community empowerment, including consultations, resource sharing, and accessibility costs.

Donors who give or pledge over $1000 in a year will be invited to an exclusive tour of 825 Pacific Street in 2023. All donors over $20 will receive a tax receipt.

Cheques can be made out to 221A Artist Run Centre Society and mailed to 16-1265 Howe Street, Vancouver BC, V6Z 1R3, Canada.