create a safe and engaging place for artists in vancouver's east end.Water Streets Arts Society


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  • To provide a venue for people to discover their potential
  • To see 1 event a month supporting local creatives
  • Once a month provide space for learning and opportunity


Project Summary:

Water Street Arts Society aims to provide a safe place for creatives in Vancouver and the DTES. We aim to provide a quality venue space with safe and easy access for DTES residents. The space will provide day time studio and work space for renters while at night being a venue for shows, gallery exhibits and workshops. 


  •  1 event a month supporting local creatives (musicians, visual artists, writers). We aim to expose 60-80 people to these creatives. Our goal would be 40-50% of creatives would be DTES (Down Town East Side) residents. All tickets/art sold goes directly to artist.
  •  1 workshop a month for learning, sharing ideas and teaching. We aim to see 20-40 in attendance each workshop. Our goal would be 40-50% of teachers would be DTES residents with 30-40% of our teachers being DTES residents. 
  • Local press mentions (Vancouver Sun, Province, Metro)
  • Providing a quality enough space that we provide 60% of our income from renters. 

How will the $5K be used?

Budget Notes: Monthly rental payments on space (we're aiming to have renters cover majority of this cost)
$ 1,000 Promotion of space
$ 2,500 Space upgrades and renovations
$ 500 Outreach material
$ 1,000 Honorariums for workshop instructors.

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