Updated: Mar 25
As a child, your parents or guardians are supposed to set you up for artistic success by telling you "my child, you can be whoever you want to be." How does that phrase change when the artistic nomad you dream you are becoming receives a visitor at the door, announcing the upcoming reno-viction, or getting throw out on the street because you're fighting for your space to create.
The Eastside Culture Crawl celebrated the 23rd year of over 500+ artists in 80 different buildings showcasing an ethereal haze of inspiration. The ECCS hosts an annual 4-day visual arts festival called the " Eastside Culture Crawl" in November, which involves artists on Vancouver's Eastside opening their studios to the public to enlighten and inspire. A variety of mediums are involved such as: painters, jewellers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established.
The Eastside Culture Crawl officially began in 1997 with 45 visual artists in 3 Strathcona area studio buildings and was attended by a few hundred people. Today it has grown to an attendance upwards of 45,000 Culture Crawl Nomads. As the numbers have risen in culturally inspired nomads, so has gentrification across Vancouver changing the future landscape of what this enamouring event looks like. ECCS has put in a lot of hours into making sure this annual creative celebration can continue for the next 20 years. Creatives are free to share and educate, enlighten and inspire, gather and prosper. It gives the artistic nomad the space to create without hesitation.
In recent years, the el nino overcast of the Vancouver housing crisis has led to an increased number of reno-victions and/or rent increases which current tenants can't afford. These areas are culturally significant sites in terms of their historic contexts, but also equally important as contemporary sites of gathering, learning and exchange. Many of these tenants are the thriving creatives who comprise the ECCS fabric and beyond. Let us continue the legacy of the public's love for art, sharing and educating through creative programs/festivals to foster space for a growing collaborative network.
"Don't Hesitate to Create"