DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE - Famous dead artists came out of the artwork today to denounce statements by condo developer Marc Williams. Defending his planned "artist and housing" development at the site of the historic Pantages Theatre, Williams has described the DTES as "a dead zone" for the arts. Williams' condo plan includes high-end rental space set aside for unnamed arts groups.
The dead artists, including Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh, took exception. Artist after artist pointed to the richness of arts and arts organizations long active in the area. They also renewed calls for the 100 block of East Hastings to be 100% public housing.
More than 30 organizations have signed on as members of the Save the Pantages Site Coalition. For more details visit http://dtesnotfordevelopers.wordpress.com