Four Vancouver-based arts organizations have been selected as tenants of city-leased community cultural amenity space in the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre, following approval by city council on February 5, 2014.
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Society, Touchstone Theatre, the Documentary Media Society (organizer of DOXA Documentary Film Festival), and Music on Main Society were recommended as tenants following a Request for Expressions of Interest process launched last August. A committee of representatives from the City, CBC, and the cultural community selected PuSh as the lead subtenant.
The 8,477 square foot space in the downtown Vancouver Hamilton Street building was secured by the City in 2006 as a community cultural amenity, and will consist of a rehearsal space, administrative offices, and meeting rooms.
“Investing in the arts supports our economy and makes Vancouver a more creative, dynamic city, and I look forward to the four organizations bringing their energy and ideas to our downtown core,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.
PuSh Festival, as the lead subtenant, will develop, occupy, govern, and manage the space as a performing and media arts cultural hub. PuSh and Touchstone Theatre have been working on securing a shared venue for over two years.
“This is a game changer,” said Norman Armour, PuSh Festival artistic and executive director. “Establishing a permanent foothold in the city’s downtown core for our four organizations will set the course of the next 10 years and beyond.”
“The recent addition of DOXA and Music on Main to our collective efforts represents an unprecedented alliance of independent non-profit arts presenters and producers. This exciting opportunity to set up shop in the CBC facility addresses our shared and long-standing need for rehearsal space, administrative offices and public programs. This is the type of good news story we are extremely excited to be part of,” said Armour.
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