October 13, 2020
221A is proud to contribute as a Collaborative Fund Partner to the recently-announced Sector Equity Alliance for Anti-Racism in the Arts (SEARA), an interdisciplinary anti-racism initiative in BC. 221A Executive Director Brian McBay sits on SEARA’s Steering Committee.
Responding to the impacts of COVID-19 and the urgent movements for racial justice and Indigenous rights, SEARA has launched #POWERSHARE, a relief fund for Black, Indigenous and Racialized Artists. The fundraiser aims to raise up to $1M to offset the loss of income experienced by BC-based BIPOC artists due to COVID-19, and simultaneously address historical inequities in the sector.
August 24, 2020
221A is pleased to partner with the 2020 UBC Sustainability Scholars Program to host a UBC graduate student this Fall/Winter in support of DOMA’s Fellowship.
Beginning October 19, 2020 and running through March 12, 2021, the program provides a 250-hour, living-wage contract to a Sustainability Scholar who will work with 221A and DOMA to develop an idea validation study for an equitable housing digital platform within the context of the Unceded Territories also known as Vancouver. Please consult the full details of our project here.
Applications are due Sunday, September 20, 2020.
July 23, 2020
On July 15, 2020, the Society’s membership gathered via video conference for the 13th Annual General Meeting. Members received reports on the activities of the 2019-20 fiscal year from cheyanne turions, Vice-President and Brian McBay, Executive Director, alongside a presentation of the Audited Financial Statements by Ross Gentleman, Treasurer. Furthermore, members moved to re-appoint Buckley Dodds LLP as the Society’s Auditor for the 2020-21 fiscal year, agreed to the election of Jeff Derksen, Julia Aoki and Katy Young for a term of three years, and to the re-election of Laura Kozak for a term of one year, Russell Baker for a term of two years, and Ross Gentleman for a term of thee years. The Society thanks all members for their ongoing support and their participation in the AGM and welcomes the new and returning Board Members of 221A.
July 16, 2020
The B.C. government has invested $10 million to establish the Chinese Canadian Museum – the first in Canada. This investment includes $2 million to complete the planning and development phase and $8 million for an endowment to provide ongoing support. The museum includes a provincial hub in Vancouver Chinatown, multiple regional hubs and spokes throughout B.C., and an online portal and digital experiences for historical locations throughout the province. The newly formed, independent, non-profit Chinese Canadian Museum Society of British Columbia will lead development and operate the museum. 221A’s Co-Founder and Executive Director, Brian McBay, serves on the inaugural board with 19 other members.
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