Honoring the victims of the Ghost Ship fire by ensuring access to affordable, safe housing, work, and performance spaces for Bay Area artists
Vital Arts emerged from discussions between Edwin Bernbaum, Beth Jay and Thomas Dolan – long time friends who galvanized around Ed’s loss of his son in the Ghost Ship fire tragedy in Oakland. Vital Arts, Inc. is a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Intersection provides Bay Area based artists and arts organizations with resources, community and cultural space in order to develop sustainable practices. Visit www.theintersection.org.
Vital Arts believes in a world in which everyone understands that groundbreaking arts and culture are essential for the continued health and vitality of society at large. We are actively working to bring this about by successfully implementing community-based projects to meet the needs of low and moderate-income artists in the Bay Area, and by ensuring that these projects serve as high profile, innovative models that are scalable and can be replicated nationally and internationally. The Ghost Ship fire in Oakland highlights the tragic way rising rents and housing costs in the Bay Area have driven out innovative artists or forced them into increasingly dangerous live-work spaces and performance venues.
To maintain the diversity and vibrancy of the San Francisco Bay Area by ensuring that artists of all kinds can continue to live and work in the region, thereby preserving the Bay Area’s position as a major center for arts and culture.
To develop innovative programs to assist with the creation and maintenance of sustainable, long-term affordable live-work spaces and performance venues through funding, project creation and implementation, and advocacy for artists.
- Identify currently occupied properties in need of safety improvements and/or at risk of displacement.
- Advocate for code reform to encourage safety improvements that provide an affordable path to legality and for regulations that allow events to go longer hours or to otherwise meet the needs of the artist.
- Work with groups of artists and performers who are seeking safe, long-term affordable space.
Advocate for artists providing legal, entrepreneurial and real estate assistance
Improve and stabilize existing rentals & artist collectives:
- Provide safety and code improvements
- Negotiate with landlords
- Provide legal status assistance
- Provide purchase assistance
Vital Arts, Inc. is a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Intersection provides Bay Area based artists and arts organizations with resources, community and cultural space in order to develop sustainable practices. Visit www.theintersection.org.
CAST a nonprofit real estate development and holding company that purchases and leases space for the exclusive use of arts organizations. CAST is providing financial and administrative support as well as programmatic and real estate development expertise to allow Vital Arts leadership to focus on fundraising, research/advocacy, project selection and program development.