Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on June 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm

This Friday (June 15) is the official launch of our Reading the Riot Boards exhibition – a display of 15 of the plywood boards that were put up to hoard windows after the riots, and which were then covered with messages of hope, love, and more.

The boards demonstrate that what began as a utilitarian reaction to broken windows grew into an open source work of art, with messages from thousands of Vancouverites and visitors to the city. At a time when world media fixed on Vancouver’s wrongs, residents-as-authors and as-artists used the riot boards to examine our collective conscience, encourage reconciliation, address the city’s social ills, and remind us that hope persists.

Riot boards tote bagLast year the MOV received assistance from the Enterprising Non-Profit program to develop a business plan to help diversify and expand our current revenue streams. Among other projects to help meet this goal, Richard Muller of Sum Things Ventured, has been working tirelessly with the MOV’s Kate Follington, Director of Development and Marketing, to come up with  merchandise that embodies the MOV's mission and vision while fostering our unique personality.

The first of these pieces are a tote bag and a t-shirt which display an interpretation of the messages of the board – showing and celebrating Vancouver’s resiliency and community.

The bags and t-shirts will be available for sale at The Latest Scoop and Book’mark, the Vancouver Public Library store.

Riot boards tshirt


The Latest Scoop
2928 Granville St. (between 13th and 14th).
Store hours for our South Granville location are: Mon-Wed: 10-7 Thurs & Fri: 10-8 Saturday: 10-6 Sunday & Holidays: 11-5

Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
350 West Georgia Street

With every item purchased you'll receive $2 off your next visit to the MOV.