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Dead artists paint a different picture

by murray bush - flux photo

Salvador Dali, Frida, Andy Warhol and Vincent Van-G
The message behind the Pantages condo site
Vincent - Madder than Hell!
Frida - the Downtown Eastside is full of arts groups and artists
The call for 100% public housing on the Pantages site
Reps from the Aboriginal Front Door
Endorsement for the Save the Pantagfes Coalition
Dali - Still crazy, still dead
"Marc-ie the Rat" saying cheese

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

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