Our Story

Vital Arts was formed to offer a constructive, creative response to the destructive tragedy of the Ghost Ship Warehouse fire: A response that addresses the needs of the affected communities, while serving as a model for creative places worldwide.

We are long-term residents, artists and art-lovers, families, and professionals. Galvanized by death of his son Jonathan in the Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire, Edwin Bernbaum launched Vital Arts with long-time friends Beth Jay and Thomas Dolan. We are now proud to be supported by many families who share our commitment to securing safe, affordable arts space and see these efforts as a positive way to honor those who were lost.