221A is developing a model for a Vancouver-based “Cultural Land Trust”.  The study is conceptualized as a collective response to escalating real estate prices that have placed severe pressure on security of tenure for artists and arts organizations.


The “land trust” model is well established in a number of countries, mainly for protecting community residential access and for nature conservation purposes. 221A’s Cultural Land Trust Study researches the application of these and other models to develop recommendations for the particular challenge facing arts and culture organizations in Vancouver.


  • November 2018 – Community-led Research trip to City of San Francisco and Oakland (with BC Artscape, VIVO Media Arts and City of Vancouver Cultural Spaces).
  • February 2019 – Literature Review
  • March 2019 – First Advisory Group Meeting
  • April 2019 – Presentation to City of Vancouver on Progress to date
  • May–June 2019 – Stakeholder Dialogue (Discovery)
  • June 2019 – Second Advisory Group Meeting, Case Studies, “Early Model”
  • June–July 2019 – Stakeholder Dialogue (Testing)
  • July 2019 – Report Authoring and Distribution


To develop a model that will:

  • Achieve Long Term Security of Tenure
  • Empower Cultural Equity in Neighbourhoods
  • Advance Sustained Cultural Employment


  • Literature Review
  • Case Studies
  • Advisory Group
  • Stakeholder Dialogue
  • Proposed Model: Goals, Strategies, Capitalization, Governance, Barriers & Implementation Timeframe.
  • Study Report and Distribution

Inspiration from Other Cities


For more information regarding the Cultural Land Trust Study please contact us at hello@221a.ca or 604 568 0812.