Public Art Projects Inspires Downtown Eastside

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The City of Vancouver created INTERSECTION, a series of lit projections gracing the windows of buildings and interurban galleries on the corner of Hastings and Carrall, as well as Pigeon Park, with $15,000 from Innovations. The inaugural project involved workshops, artistic residencies, exhibitions and projections at the surrounding buildings. Each element engaged themes related to occupancy and the public realm, through intersections of light, economies, ages, communities, and dreams. The projections, installed in late 2007, livened up a corner often seen as dark and problematic.

Five artists took part, with eight youth participants, eight employees and 26 volunteers. More than 20,000 people viewed the site, with about 2,500 visiting the galleries or participating in the event. INTERSECTION demonstrated the power art has to make a difference in the Downtown Eastside.

Innovations invests in arts, cultural and heritage organizations wishing to create new opportunities for community members to participate in arts and cultural activities. The program is supported by the Province of British Columbia.