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It looks like even more affordable cultural spaces will be created in Vancouver, following the approval yesterday ( June 11) by City Council of funding to Toronto Artscape to develop an affiliate organization in BC.

In support of providing affordable and suitable artist spaces, City Council approved funding of $100,000 per year for three years to the not-for-profit urban development organization that “makes space for creativity and transforms communities.” Artscape is widely recognized as an international leader in creative placemaking.

Artscape president and CEO Tim Jones told City Council that BC Artscape will be a Vancouver-made organization with a local board of governors and staff responding to a local context. Like Toronto Artscape, its projects will be built with the support of local communities and will function as self-sustaining social enterprises.

Download the presentation by City Council here.