Continuing COVID-19 Measures at 221A Facilities

May 20, 2020

221A’s offices and programming venues have been closed since March 11, and will remain closed until further notice as we mitigate and learn to live amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff continue to work predominantly from home and are maintaining their usual schedules. 221A’s artist studio facilities remain accessible to studio subtenants of 222 E Georgia, 236 E Pender, 1654 Franklin and 1265 Howe. Sublease holders are required to fulfill compliance with the government Provincial Health Authority to establish physical distancing measures and limit total occupancy to below 50 people at any given time. Furthermore, 221A is strongly recommending that users of these facilities wear masks and face coverings, and implement enhanced cleaning practices

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I is for Institute Conversation

May 14, 2020

The ICA Philadelphia recently published a long-form conversation with 221A’s Co-Founder and Executive Director, Brian McBay, and Head of Strategy, Jesse McKee, with ICA curators Alex Klein, Tausif Noor and Jessica Bao, as part of their multi-year project I is for Institute. Featuring over 40 interviews with institutional leaders and programmers, this project asks questions like: Has the definition of an institute been stable throughout history, or has it taken on different meanings and inflections over time? What does the notion of an “institute” conjure for a public? And, how might we question the parameters of an “institute of contemporary art” as a way to rethink how we approach our own institutional identity? During this time of reconsideration and reorientation, this archive is a vital resource for all of us to rethink the essentials and potentials of our work in the art and design realms.

221A Welcomes Tao Fei as Program Producer

April 16, 2020

221A is pleased to announce the hiring of Tao Fei who takes on the part-time role of Program Producer as of April 2020. As a member of 221A’s programming team, the Program Producer is responsible for planning, implementing and facilitating the smooth delivery of all logistics related to research, education and public art programs, as well as communications and advancement activities. Working alongside the Head of Strategy and Education & Learning Programmer, Fei will provide program management for Fellows, Keyholders, Research Initiatives, partners, and education activities.

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COVID-19 Mutual Aid & Collective Measures

March 27, 2020

As of March 11, 2020, 221A’s offices and programming venues have been closed, and will remain closed for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the physical distancing measures enacted by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Health. Staff are predominantly working from home until further notice, and are maintaining their usual hours. 221A has made commitments to keep its staff employed during these uncertain times, and to provide full payment of fees for Artists and contractors engaged with the Organization’s programming and research initiatives. In the coming weeks and months, 221A looks forward to sharing digital-realm programming outputs that are being generated by its Fellowship program and the Blockchains & Cultural Padlocks Research Initiative.

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