Partners + Sponsors

Many thanks to our Funders & Sponsors

Vancouver Foundation logo

WePress is grateful to be funded by the Vancouver Foundation through our partnership with the Powell Street Festival Society.

City of Vancouver logo

WePress is grateful for funding in the past and currently from the City of Vancouver through Cultural Services and the Downtown Eastside Planning Group.

BC Arts Council Logo

WePress is grateful to the BC Arts Council for past and current funding.

Community Impact Real Estate logo

Community Impact Real Estate is supporting the work of WePress and Gallery Gachet by providing space for our work on the ground floor of The Beacon Hotel at 9 W. Hastings Street in Vancouver. This BC Government-subsidized space substantially reduces our overhead costs, and will go a long way to supporting our ongoing work.

Opus Art Supplies logo

Many thanks to Opus Art Supplies for supporting us with discounts on art supplies.

Tinkerine logo

Tinkerine provided help to WePress with partial sponsorship of a Ditto Pro 3D Printer! Bill the Production Manager and Eugene, the CEO and Founder are making this happen for the community. Please like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and show some love on their Instagram page!

Tinkerine is Canada’s leading 3D printing company.

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.

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Gallery Gachet is also one of or major partners, especially in our 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!

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. 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 was grateful to have received funding from the CACV through its Community Arts Fund program, for our Create and Share Community Sketchbook Project + Exhibit project. You can find CACV 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 future.

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.


Metro Vancouver is a partnership of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing. The regional district is governed by a Board of Directors of elected officials from each local authority.