Today (Tuesday, December 1) is apparently “#givingtuesday” — if you’re anything like me, you have already seen a few messages from organizations you have donated to in the past, telling you today is the day to give them money. We’re going to do the same thing, because we operate on a shoestring and donations not only allow us to upgrade equipment, mount new exhibitions, publish new books, and pay bills, they also show public funders that we have public support. Even twenty dollars helps us support the work of emerging and neglected artists.
But we’re not the only ones you should donate to. The Pitt has been located in and around the Downtown Eastside for most of our 40 years. During that time development, government austerity, and regulation have increasingly squeezed this neighbourhood and the people who live in it. So while you’re donating money to the Pitt — which is something we really want you to do — please consider also giving something to one of the worthy organizations that help the neighbourhood, like maybe the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House or the Womens Centre.
We’ll continue, with your help, doing the things we do best: giving a platform to new art and new artists, hosting cross-disciplinary experiments, publishing critical takes on Vancouver’s visual culture, and generally showing you things that you won’t be able to see anywhere else. Give us $100, give us $20, give us what you can spare — it all helps, and we put everything to good use.