Open House


Welcome to our first open house. We invite you to come to the Interurban Gallery to enjoy the company of other community members, meet the creative team, learn about our upcoming programs, and contribute your ideas and interests.

The Portland Hotel Society has generously sponsored the first home for the Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts at the Interurban Gallery. Come and join us in creating opportunities for the artist in everyone at the Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts community programs launch.

Thursday, April 23, 2009
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Interurban Gallery
1 East Hastings Street

5:30 pm to 6:15 pm – Greet, meet, and eat
6:15 pm to 7:00 pm – Meet the creative team
7:00 pm to 7:30 pm – Introduction of programs
7:30 pm to 8:00 pm – Ideas from the community

The Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts provides opportunities for creative exploration, engagement, and expression in the heart of the city. Through participation in theatre, music, dance, painting, carving, and other forms of creative expression people create connections with themselves and with their community.

Residents of the community can gather together for arts activities inspired by artists and elders who are rich with encouragement, ideas, and curiosity. The Centre gives children, youth, adults, and older folks access to a welcoming environment with art supplies and tools to help them find the artist in themselves.

The Centre gives artists, social enterprises, and community groups interested in contributing to the cultural, social, and community development of the neighbourhood the opportunity to participate in creating the Centre for the Arts.


Fabric Arts
The Fabric Arts program will begin in May and culminate in an exhibition and sale in October at the Interurban Gallery. This program gives the diverse community of the Downtown Eastside opportunities to create together in quilt-making and other fabric arts.

Seniors “Move It”
Move It for Seniors is a movement program designed by Joe Ink and the Move It Dance Company specifically for seniors in the neighbourhood who face problems around mobility and isolation.

Street Arts
Street Arts is a drop-in arts program held in the early evening during the most difficult time of the day in our community. Street Arts give people who are living in crisis an opportunity to experience and create art in a safe and supportive setting.

Sing Sing Sing
Sing Sing Sing is a music and song program which gives anyone who wants to sing the opportunity to do so. The Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts will work with people in the community to create a well-rounded vocal and singing program. Possibilities include vocal coaching, singing in a choir setting, and stage presentation from a vocalist perspective.

Music of the Returning Journey
Music Of The Returning Journey is a creative opportunity to blend the authenticity of southern blues with traditional “big drums” or Pow Wow drums of the First Nations culture. This is a uniquely Canadian concept. The concept for “Music Of The Returning Journey” is to explore, through songwriting and performance, the connection between traditional indigenous music and the blues.