City of Vancouver recognizes Pride in Art as “a cutting-edge producer/presenter/curator”

A recent report from the City’s General Manager of Arts, Culture and Community Services, highlighted Pride in Art Society:

“ The following highly-regarded organizations reflect the existing criteria at high level and signal future granting directions that could align with the Creative City Strategy:

Pride in Art (PiA) Society has grown from its small, grassroots origins in 1998 to be a cutting-edge producer/presenter/curator of the annual Queer Arts Festival and the newly-opened SUM Gallery. The gallery is a flexible exhibition and performance space for queer art. The staff and board represent and serve LGBTQ2+ communities and audiences who encompass many intersections of identity across race, ability, and socio-economic status. PiA is engaged in a nation-wide search for trans, gender diverse, Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer candidates to succeed the founding Artistic Director in a planned transition process. ”

Additionally, the City of Vancouver releases a statement on April 4, 2019:

Diversity and creativity take centre stage with City’s approval of $5.85 million in grants for Vancouver’s arts and culture scene

Vancouver City Council approved a total of $5.85 million in cultural grants to 195 organizations to support Vancouver-based organizations, projects and artists. The approved grants meet the City’s current goals to support artistic, cultural and creative work, and the many facets of the artistic community. The grants include funding to 14 new groups and help advance the City’s priorities to support breadth of diversity and cultural expression as well as sustainable growth in the sector.

“Investing in local groups is a key element to strengthening Vancouver’s already thriving arts and culture scene,” said Mayor Kennedy Stewart. “The grants approved by Council recognize the impact these diverse groups have—and will continue to have—on our city.”

As part of Vancouver’s ongoing investment in arts and culture, the grants support a range of cultural organizations and artistic disciplines:

  • The Savage Society’s Indigenous storytelling productions through theatre and animation
  • The Cultch’s world-class dynamic and inclusive presentations of theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts
  • Vancouver Co-operative Radio’s diverse programming in over 12 languages, artist residencies and training for media artists, and monthly cultural events
  • The Powell Street Festival Society’s annual free celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture
  • Pride In Art Society’s annual Queer Arts Festival and newly-opened SUM Gallery for queer art exhibitions and performances
  • Kokoro Dance Theatre Society’s productions and operations at KW Studios in the Downtown Eastside
  • Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture’s live music performances, literary events, visual art exhibitions, artist development workshops, public gatherings, and artist talks

Council also approved ongoing funding to five long-standing major cultural institutions in Vancouver:

  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Museum of Vancouver
  • H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • Science World
View the list of grant recipients

The grant recommendations approved by Council were informed by an assessment process, which included City staff and community members who reflected a range of expertise and experiences within the local arts and culture sector, and with a large majority of members identifying as First Nations, Indigenous and People of Colour.

As part of ongoing efforts to broaden community outreach, City staff held information sessions at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the Aboriginal Friendship Centre and provided American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation at each session.

Through the Creative City Strategy, an updated comprehensive new framework and vision for art, culture and creativity is under development.

The Creative City Strategy will reflect the City’s commitment to Reconciliation and Equity, include previously under-represented voices and communities, build partnerships across communities, and develop strategies to strengthen arts and culture.

Each year through Cultural Services, the City of Vancouver invests more than $12 million through grant streams including operating, annual assistance, project, community arts, theatre rental grants, arts capacity and the independent artists’ fund.

2019 festival passes

A screamin’ deal! 4 fabulous QAF shows for only $79 ($69 early-bird). The passholder can see up to 4 individual shows, take 3 friends to one show, or any combination in between. Price includes membership in the Pride in Art Society.

How do I buy a pass?
  • Online through our ticketing platform
  • At the festival when box office is open (usually an hour before show starts)

Early-bird passes for QAF 2019 rEvolution are now available on Eventbrite at $69 until May 1st. Tickets and regular passes will go on sale on May 2.

Entry to all QAF events requires membership to the Pride in Art Society. Memberships are available for $3 online or $5 / $2 concession at the door (or included in passes). Please allow a few extra minutes at your first event to obtain your new card.

2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

April 11, 2019 – 7-8pm

Come to a party at our Annual General Meeting. We’ll be providing updates on new developments at Pride in Art Society, and giving a sneak peek into this year’s festival.

Not only does the AGM provide us the opportunity to hang out with you in advance of this year’s festival, but AGM attendance is a key factor for some of our funders (so please show up!).

ASL Interpretation will be provided.

Pride in Art Society’s 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held:

Thursday April 11, 2019

SUM Gallery
425 – 268 Keefer St, Vancouver

All members invited to attend. Membership renewal and signup for new members will take place before formal business.

RSVP at with AGM in the subject line.

Can’t come, but still want to support? If you are unable to attend the AGM, please consider appointing a proxy by filling out this Proxy Form and sending it to Lalia Fraser.



This location has not yet had an accessibility audit.
The BC Artscape-Sun Wah building is wheelchair-accessible.
– Building entrance is street level with no steps, the front doors of the building are automatic.
– Lobby has a ramp with a handrail, and stairs with a handrail, to reach the elevator.
– The fourth floor has two non-gendered multiple stalls washrooms, including one universal washroom with grab bars and wheelchair clearance. The washroom entrance is 32 inches wide.
– Support animals are welcome. BC Artscape is dog-friendly.
– The front door of our suite is 32 inches wide, swinging inward. The automatic door operator is at 35 inches high.
– Our events are scent-reduced. Please refrain from wearing cologne, perfume, scented personal care products or essential oils. Visitors who wear scented products will be asked to leave.
– The gallery space has no windows.
– The gallery floor is flat, with no internal stairs.
– Chairs are without arms.

Transportation & Parking:
The address is 268 Keefer St., between Main St. and Gore Ave. The SUM gallery is located on the 4th floor, suite 425.

Transit access:
Skytrain: Main Street-Science World or Stadium-Chinatown; Bus: 22 on Gore; 03, 08, 19 on Main; 14, 16, 20 on Hastings.

There is a paid parkade as part of the building, that unfortunately closes at 7pm. After 7pm, we recommend people to park at EasyPark – Lot 7 and the address is 180 Keefer Street; or street parking.

Land acknowledgment:
We respectfully acknowledge that this event will take place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the wməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. We recognize their sovereignty, as there are no treaties on these lands, and we are dedicated to building a new relationship between our nations based on respect and consent.
We would also like to acknowledge that this event is taking place in Chinatown, which is home to low income and Chinese immigrant communities. We are thankful and consider it a privilege to be able to do our sharing here.

Please let us know if you have any requests or need more information.

69 Positions: the Queer Canadian and Québec Archive in Film and Beyond

May 14 – Aug 17 | with VIVO Media Arts and Vancouver Queer Film Festival 

The west coast stop of Queer Media Database Canada-Québec Project’s touring exhibition series, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Omnibus which legalized same-sex sexual activities. In partnership with VIVO and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, and located at SUM Gallery.

Submissions are open for the 2019 Pride in Art Community Show


This open visual art exhibition honours our founder, Two-Spirit artist Robbie Hong and 20 years of Pride in Art.

Where: Great Hall of the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
When: June 18 – June 26, 2019.
Submission deadline: April 25 or until space is filled. Please allow minimum 2 weeks for a response.

Artwork for this show doesn’t need to fit the festival theme.

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