Resisting Renoviction and Displacement through Cultural Land Trusts: Art and Performance Spaces, Pop-ups, DIYs, and Protest Raves in Vancouver
Urban Resistance, Cultural Land Trusts, Affordability, Urban Art and Culture, Arts Economy
This Article draws on ethnographic fieldwork to explore the use of cultural land trusts as local urban resistance to the displacement of arts and culture spaces in Vancouver. Cultural land trusts shift power back to relationally marginalized and displaced communities whose voices frequently fail to figure equitably within decision-making processes affecting their urban landscape. Cultural land trusts draw on the community land trust and community ownership structure with the goal of preserving affordable access to land and space for arts and culture in the city. As previously marginalized portions of the city space are "retaken" by a city, areas that have provided affordable performance, rehearsal, and live work spaces for the arts sector are becoming less available. Their absence threatens the economic and cultural potential of art and the physical dimensions necessary for the sustainability of urban art and culture.
Sara Ross, "Resisting Renoviction and Displacement through Cultural Land Trusts: Art and Performance Spaces, Pop-ups, DIYs, and Protest Raves in Vancouver" (2022) 33:1 Yale JL & Human 92.