Blockchain Event Series in Partnership with SUGAR, Goethe-Institut, and Emily Carr University of Art & Design

January 8, 2020

For us to reclaim our full humanity, we have to understand that this will come from creating new systems of being with each other. So that in the new system, the value of a human being is the full human value, their value as a poet, a thinker, a lover, a carrier of the culture. That’s what the value of a human being is, that’s what we deserve and need.”  – Ed Whitfield, Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC)

“Expansionist thinking is rooted in abstract economic models and monetary analyses that are devoid of biophysical data and ignore fundamental physical laws.” – William E. Rees, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia


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221A Welcomes Nicole Kelly Westman as Education & Learning Programmer

January 8, 2020

221A is pleased to announce the hiring of Nicole Kelly Westman who will take on the full-time role of Education & Learning Programmer (ELP) as of February 2020. As a member of 221A’s programming team, the ELP operates 221A’s programming venues and shapes all public and educational programs. Working closely with the Staff and Fellows of the Organization, Westman will foster a learning culture with the intention that 221A learns from and adapts to its programming, while the educational programs, community initiatives, and partnerships distribute and diversify the knowledge creation underway through the Organization’s Fellowships and Research Initiatives.

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Howe Street Studios Open

December 6, 2019

221A and the City of Vancouver officially opened Howe Street Studios today with a welcome by Debra Sparrow, Musqueam Weaver, Artist, and Knowledge Keeper; a press briefing with Mayor Kennedy Stewart; and, the launch of an artwork by Germaine Koh, Set Pieces, 2019, commissioned through the City’s Private Sector Public Art requirement.

The vision of the facility is to support the re-emergence of material culture in Vancouver’s downtown core, focusing on artists and designers who have traditionally been disadvantaged through lack of access to public resources. The facility provides 10,800 square feet of studio space (roughly the size of a baseball diamond), which 221A operates through a cost-recovery model.

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Publication – The Ballad: Caroline Mesquita

November 18, 2019

221A announces the publishing of Caroline Mesquita’s catalogue The Ballad, in partnership with the Fondation Ricard, Paris and CURA., Rome. Nearly two-years since the renovation of 221A’s former gallery at 221 East Georgia into Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, this catalogue (104 Pages, English/French) documents the space’s final exhibition, The Ballad, and its two chapters between Paris and Vancouver. The Ballad was curated and edited by Martha Kirszenbaum, and includes an interview with Mesquita by Kirszenbaum, and a text by Elise Lammer.

The Ballad can be ordered from CURA.

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