VIVO Media Arts Centre is searching for a new home following the sale of the building it has occupied for two decades on Main Street in Vancouver.
General manager Emma Hendrix said the nonprofit group recently learned of the sale and has been told to move out by May 1, 2014.
“The landlord sold it (the building) and he sold it for a significant sum of money. We’re just paying rent and have been for 20 years,” Hendrix told the Straight by phone today (May 7).
“I haven’t actually spoken to the new owner, but from my understanding I don’t think the building is going to remain as is.”
VIVO’s current home is a 6,000-square-foot space at 1965 Main Street in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.
In a news release, the group said it wants to purchase a “suitable, affordable” new space in Mount Pleasant.
“We feel like we belong in this neighbourhood; we’ve been here for so long,” Hendrix told the Straight.
VIVO’s stated goal is to renovate a new location to provide room for a large studio, exhibit space, classrooms, equipment storage, an archive, and administration.
Hendrix explained VIVO is looking to secure financial support for the relocation from the City of Vancouver as well as other levels of government and organizations.
“We want to take this as an opportunity, so we’d like to purchase some real estate, find our own space,” Hendrix said.