New arts and culture hub 825 Pacific opens downtown

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      More than 40 artists and non-profit organizations have a new place to call home thanks to 825 Pacific.

      The brand-new, purpose-built arts and culture hub, which will be operated by 221A Artist Society, has officially opened its doors downtown.

      The standalone building houses 26 non-market studios and co-working spaces, a research library, an event space, and the headquarters for 221A. It is a certified Passive House, meaning it gives off zero emissions and is powered completely by electricity.

      “825 Pacific provides much-needed rent stability to artists and arts organizations at a time of extreme affordability pressure,” Brian McBay, executive director of 221A Artist Society, shares in a statement. “We couldn’t be more thankful for the municipal, provincial, and federal support for this project, and to the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, whose land we are on. We look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts to keeping BC communities vibrant.”