In 2014, the WePress Collective was formed to create a dedicated space for arts-based community development and first opened its doors in 2016. By offering a safe and welcoming space in which to make art, WePress works with those who are marginalized by systems of class, sexuality, gender, race, culture, disability, mental health, addictions, and colonization to empower themselves and build community capacity and resilience through art-making. WePress is known for its antique letterpress and collection of English and Chinese type, 3D printer, computer lab, and industrial sewing machine.

Through the support of WePress, PSFS continues to link the history of Japanese Canadian expulsion from the DTES during WWII with challenges of displacement faced by current residents, and to be a committed partner with residents and groups working in the neighbourhood. PSFS and WePress’ shared goals and values help both organizations thrive. 

Explore some of our past partnership events: