Early in the morning of July 22, 2019, a catastrophic fire destroyed 274 Jarvis Avenue in Winnipeg, MB. 274 Jarvis Avenue was studio space to more than two dozen Winnipeg-based artists and creative businesses. As you may know, many of those artists are members of the Manitoba Craft Council, have sat on or sit on the MCC Board or Directors and have played a vital role in making the MCC the organization it is today.
There will be many ways that we as a community will support those affected by the fire that took the many studios, materials, equipment and worst of all, irreplaceable artworks. Thankfully no lives were lost. The warehouse housed over two dozen artist studios and the damage to their livelihood is beyond measure.
To begin, we are reaching out to all of our members and community to share a link that is raising funds. This fund is being administered by Border Crossings Magazine with the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art
All the funds raised will go directly to the affected artists to help them re-establish their studios and practices, and provide general financial support. This campaign will close on August 20, 2019.