B.C. Artscape to transform empty Chinatown property into 48,000-sq. ft. hub for artists and community groups
Gillian Shaw Published on: December 1, 2016 | Last Updated: January 3, 2017 8:09 PM PST
B.C. Artscape is hosting an open house Friday to launch its newest project, a 48,000-square-foot space at the Sun Wah Centre in Vancouver’s Chinatown that will be transformed into a hub for artists and cultural and community groups.
It’s the first Vancouver project for the not-for-profit group, which launched in 2014 as an independent affiliate of Artscape, a Toronto-based organization launched in 1986 that has developed community hubs ranging from live/work accommodation for artists to galleries and other cultural and creative spaces.
“At the heart of our work is how do we serve the needs of artists and cultural organizations and how do we serve the needs of the community,” said Genevieve Bucher, president of B.C. Artscape.
Bucher said the project is in its very early stages, in which she said the community, local businesses and cultural organizations will help shape its vision. B.C. Artscape, which currently employs two paid staff, will be hiring a community outreach worker and recruiting a steering committee made up of residents, businesses and cultural organizations.