New Arts Co-op a Response to COVID-19
Presentation House Theatre (PHT) in North Vancouver has created a co-operative as a way to pivot and move forward in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new PHT Creative Hub Co-operative is an “opportunity to create a mutually supportive community of artists who feel a sense of connection and ownership with PHT,” according to Kim Selody, PHT’s artistic director.
Co-op members will contribute financially and artistically, creating their own work and supporting each other, Selody added. In exchange for time in PHT spaces like a bookable studio, artist lounge, retrofitted micro-performance spaces, office and storage areas, artists will support each other’s activities as volunteers, all within the safety guidelines required during the pandemic. The hope is this new model of collaboration will continue beyond the current COVID-19 restrictions.
Cow-op Gets $100,000 for Safe Home Delivery Plan
The Cow-op, an online farmers’ market in BC’s Cowichan Valley, has received $100,000 from the provincial government, to create a contactless home delivery system to keep people safe from COVID-19 while supporting local farmers.
The funds will flow to The Cowichan Valley Co-operative Marketplace, a non-profit farmer and food processor co-operative, that developed the Cow-op in 2014. Two local residents will be hired to develop the food delivery system. This will help the region’s residents receive fresh and healthy fare and assist farmers’ in getting their goods from fields to the front door, according to Cow-op Executive Director Derrick Pawlowski.