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Displacement Forum

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DISPLACEMENT: Forum

October 25 & 26, 2019

DUDOC (1489 Frances St)

The Eastside Culture Crawl Society (ECCS) is hosting a special forum in conjunction with the art exhibition “Displacement” addressing issues and challenges facing artist spaces, along with solutions.

It is meant to engage the public, artists, planners, policy makers and politicians around issues and challenges facing the arts community primarily around “space”. It will also question the value of art in our society. The forum takes place in advance of the exhibit and has been designed and scheduled to begin with a tone of cynicism and end with a tone of hope. Includes a lively debate coordinated by Turncoats.

Facilitated by Tony Osborn and Marianne Amodio

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This event is made possible through the generous support of the Vancouver Foundation, DUDOC, Strangefellows, Vancity and Turncoats.

EVENT 1: Setting the stage… numbers, numbers, numbers

DATE: Fri, October 25 from 3:30pm – 5:30 pm

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  • John Steil, ECCS Board member & Chair of ECCS Spaces Committee
  • Esther Rausenberg, Artistic and Executive Director, ECCS

ECCS identified a need to develop an inventory of artist production spaces in the city’s industrial areas, specifically in the “Eastside Arts District”. This was both broad--to identify existing inventory --and historical, to help us identify trends that civic policies can address.  The survey utilized 10 years of historical and recent data from ECCS’s database, space surveys, interviews, on-line survey of artists, discussions with building owners, and on the ground field work to identify sq ft amount; spatial distribution; and trends in the availability of artist production space.  The first of its kind, the key findings from the survey will be presented along with solutions for moving forward.The survey was made possible through the support of Vancity Credit Union, Stantec, the Arts Factory, City of Vancouver through the Infrastructure Program, Strathcona BIA, and the Vancouver Economic Commission.

EVENT 2: So What? 

DATE: Fri, October 25

6pm doors / 6:30pm start

ADMISSION: $10 (includes beverages)

  • Debaters: Neil Campbell (artist) Sandy Garossino (Journalist), Brian McBay (Director, 221), Amy Nugent
  • Moderator: Tony Osborn

Turncoats Vancouver coordinates playful and provocative debates. This event will borrow the format of a Turncoats debate. Two teams of two panelists each will debate the topic in a playful setting designed to elicit genuine discussion, with plenty of audience participation, and a splash of booze.

The debate topic:

So What? Vancouver’s sky-high cost of living has made it nearly impossible to make art here. You know what’s also hard? Starting a business, starting a family, buying a home, finding an apartment, commuting safely and comfortably, making a living wage, and affording freakin’ groceries. Everyone who didn’t win the property lottery is about two paycheques away from financial disaster in this wasteland of decadence. Why should artists be spared the struggle? Get creative like the rest of us! Make art that can be used to launder money from overseas. Make art in your parents’ basement. If all else fails, move your studio to Abbotsford! The beauty of the Turncoats debate is that each team makes its closing arguments from the opposing side. This means that each panelist must, at some point in the debate, argue both for and against the side they might personally believe in. It makes for a great debate and, often, a lot of laughs. 

EVENT 3: What the...?

DATE: Sat, October 26 from 10am – 12 noon

ADMISSION: $10

  • Moderator: Marianne Amodio
  • Oliver Hardwood (Old Foundry), Eri Ishi (Portside Studios & 901 Main Collective), Kim Cooper (Vancouver Co-Lab)

This event is about taking stock of what is actually happening to artists, so that everyone understands the scope and specifics of the problem. This is an opportunity for artists to share their own stories, humanizing the crisis and making it relatable to people who might not otherwise empathize with the struggle of local artists. 

EVENT 4: Now What?

DATE: Sat, October 26 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm

ADMISSION: $10

  • Moderator: Tony Osborn
  • Elvy Del Bianco (Vancity Credit Union), Mark Sheih (Take Root),Kristen Lambertson (City of Vancouver, Cultural Services), Holly Cruise (Terminal City Glass), Marianne Amodio (MA+HG Architects), Nick Waissbluth

The last event in the series will offer solutions to the problem. Teams will be assembled of one artist and one expert (for example, a city planner, developer, architect, etc.) who will offer solutions to the artist displacement problem. Solutions may include: Zoning: How might zoning bylaws be modified to protect artist studios? Case studies: How have other cities approached the problem? Funding: What options do artists have if they want to purchase the building where their studio is housed? For the event, each of the teams will present their work, followed by a panel discussion, and audience questions. This information will be assembled prior to the opening date and displayed as part of the exhibition.

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