Our Initiatives

The Eastside Arts Society (EAS) is committed to building capacity for, and advocating for, underrepresented and self-represented visual and performing artists, working towards ensuring artists receive CARFAC fees for their professional artistic contributions and have access to safe and affordable artmaking spaces. Further, EAS connects our artists with the community via programming and festivals to engage about art and artmaking to further deepen the public’s understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.

As part of our commitment, the EAS delivers programming & initiatives such as:

Eastside Culture Crawl Festival

Nov 16th, 17th, 18th & 19th, 2023

The Culture Crawl is an annual visual arts festival in November that involves 500+ artists on Vancouver’s Eastside opening their studio to the public.

CREATE! Arts Festival

July 22nd & 23rd, 2023

CREATE! is a new community initiative bringing together local artists and the community to explore, learn and CREATE! art together through art workshops, public-participation art installations and live demonstrations.

Eastside Arts District Multi-year project

The EAD is a project with a goal to preserve the unique character of Vancouver’s Eastside, and to retain, promote and develop artists and cultural production spaces.

Studio 101

Studio 101 is an Eastside Arts Society program dedicated to supporting diverse and engaging artistic experiences for over 220 of Vancouver’s public school youth annually.


You can access the award winning report  “A City Without Art? No net loss plus.” A look at the loss of artist production space in Vancouver’s Eastside which has the highest ratio per capita of artists.

Professional Development

EAS coordinates a series of professional development workshops for artists annualy in areas such as copyright, taxation, marketing, grant writing and more.

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