Many thanks to our Funders & Sponsors
WePress is grateful to be funded by the Vancouver Foundation through an Arts and Culture Field of Interest Test grant, through our partnership with the Powell Street Festival Society. This significant level of support is key to WePress being able to help build community and economic opportunities in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) by providing free arts workshops, skills development opportunities, and access to space and equipment, to low-income and marginalized people in the neighbourhood.
As Canada’s largest community foundation, Vancouver Foundation is dedicated to creating healthy, vibrant and livable communities across BC. Since 1943, our donors have created 1,800 endowment funds and together we have distributed more than $1 billion to charities. From arts and culture to the environment, health and social development, education, medical research and more, we exist to make meaningful and lasting improvements to communities in BC. To find out more, visit their Vancouver Foundation, Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.
WePress is grateful to have received funding through the City of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Capital Grants program and the Community Arts Grants program for our projects. Every year, the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Park Board award over $11 million to non-profit arts, cultural organizations and artists through a variety of grant programs.
WePress’ The Art & Stories of Chinese Seniors in Vancouver’s Chinatown project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.
WePress is grateful to have received funding through the BC Arts Council’s Arts-Based Community Development and Community Arts Development programs for our projects. Since 2001, the Government of British Columbia has allocated $658 million in support of the province’s arts and culture community.
WePress is grateful to be a resident in our space on the ground floor of the Beacon Hotel at 9 W. Hastings with Gallery Gachet in a space subsidized and supported by Community Impact Real Estate (CIRE). CIRE contributes to the efforts of building an inclusive local economy by using the space in our portfolio to provide affordable goods, services, social service support and employment opportunities for the residents in the communities within which it works.
WePress is grateful for the support of Opus Art Supplies.
Many thanks to our Partners & Supporters
The Powell Street Festival Society is currently our main partner supporting the work we do and the funding we’ve received. Our histories and communities are tied together through shared goals, our strong connections to the DTES, especially to the Powell Street area where over 8,000 Japanese Canadians lived before being uprooted during WWII, and our strong beliefs in the power of community and its link to art and social justice.
The Powell Street Festival Society’s (PSFS) mission is to cultivate Japanese Canadian arts and culture to connect communities. Our main activity is producing the Powell Street Festival (PSF) in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. PSF is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture. In addition to PSF, we engage in co-presentations with arts organizations and produce an annual season of cultural and artistic programming.
Gallery Gachet is also one of or major partners, in programming, funding, and in our new home on the ground floor of The Beacon Hotel. We share many goals and our communities overlap on many levels – we are extremely excited about what the future holds for our collaborations in our new space!
Gachet is a unique artist-run centre located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Gachet is a collectively-run exhibition and studio space built to empower participants as artists, administrators and curators. The organization’s cultural services have grown from the operation of a small, basement studio in downtown Granville South, offering one exhibition a year in 1993, to coordinating approximately 3,000 square feet of public-access arts space with up to 12 exhibitions each year, in addition to residencies, workshops, artist talks, symposia, special projects and other events.
Thanks also to our past Funders & Supporters
Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV) has been a part of WePress and supporter since its early days. They were our main partner in during our first year. Now, through the emergence of WePress as an independent non-profit society, our relationship has progressed such that CACV has moved from partner to funder. Through our partnership with Gallery Gachet, WePress is grateful to have received funding from the CACV through its Community Arts Fund program, for our Create and Share Community Sketchbook Project + Exhibit project.
Founded in 1946, the CACV was the first arts council in North America. CACV was instrumental in the creation of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Vancouver Museum and Planetarium, the UBC School of Music, the first Vancouver Film Festival, and many other cultural institutions. For more than 60 years, CACV has been contributing to the cultural and community development of Vancouver by creating art projects that engage the community and facilitating, supporting, and advocating for initiatives, facilities, and programs that increase community participation in the arts. You can find them on Facebook or Twitter to learn more about their organization.
SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement was an early supporter of WePress and provided funding and an amazing opportunity to partner with their program, Super Cool Tuesdays. They continue to support our work and we look forward to more collaborations in the coming months.
SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagementsupports creative engagement and public programming in the theme areas of arts and culture, social and environmental justice, and urban issues through public talks, dialogues, workshops, events, performances and community partnerships. SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement provides community educational opportunities for local residents, access to artist talks and cultural events and builds partnerships with community organizations. The Office opened in December 2010 and is involved in over 200 public events per year with over 8,000 attendees and has over 15 long term partnerships. Working with students, faculty and community, the Office is committed to long term relationship building and creative collaborations between the university and the community, in all its diverse formations and recognizes the arts as a catalyst in social change and transformative community engagement.
SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement is an educational, cultural and community building resource that engages the public sphere, the local First Nations community and the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. The Office is committed to challenging the status quo in the tradition of the public mission of SFU to be the most community engaged university in the world.
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