Let's Rebuild VAL:

Suspected arson at Vancouver Art and Leisure 

On the morning of Thursday, January 4th, 2018, at approximately 10:10 am, VAL’s property (494 Railway St) was trespassed on and we believe that the port-a-potties located directly outside of the venue were set on fire causing significant exterior and interior damage to building.  

After speaking with investigators on the scene, it was found that VAL is not at fault and is the victim of a suspected arson.     

We do not know what the motive for this senseless act may have been but it is not our first adversity and we hope to recover.

We must postpone some upcoming events while we determine the best course forward. We plan to engage our 20+ staff, and the dozens artists who rely on this space.

During this difficult time we thank you for your understanding. We estimate with your support we can be operational again in 2 months and come back stronger than ever.   

You can donate to our gofundme campaign and help us provide the following remedies in our interim,

Your donations will be going towards the following:  

24-hr security until electrical can be repaired
Provisions for 20 plus staff that are out of work for 6+ weeks
The cost of lost business
Insurance Costs

About VAL.
The Vancouver Art and Leisure Society is a radical artist run organization devoted to presentation, programming, and advocacy of art and leisure in unconventional spaces and ways in Vancouver. We believe art and leisure should not be limited by space but by idea.

We present professional projects and happenings to the public with no discrimination in terms of artistic intent or discipline. We promote all realms of artistic, sexual and political expression both personal and external. We believe in growing artists of all disciplines through the highest caliber of programming possible. 

We envision a world class city with an innovative approach to art and leisure, breaking down barriers of access, providing meaningful connection, and knowledge sharing among the public and artists. 

More information:  

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    • $50 
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Vancouver ArtandLeisure 
Vancouver, BC
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