Development of an Arts & Culture Strategy for West Vancouver
One of the Council’s eight priorities is to update the District’s Arts & Culture Strategy. Arts and culture in West Vancouver incorporate a broad array of programs and services, community groups delivering arts programs, individual artists from all arts disciplines, participants, audiences and volunteers.
WHY A NEW ARTS & CULTURE STRATEGY?
- Arts and culture contribute to the social fabric of the community by increasing community pride, social interaction, sharing of ideas, community identity and community wellness.
- The most recent comprehensive Strategy that guided the District in the delivery of services was the 2005–2014 Celebration & Collaboration: Arts & Culture Strategy.
- Over the last ten years, a number of planning processes have been conducted in West Vancouver around cultural services and facilities. These plans incorporated considerable community and stakeholder input and will provide a foundation for the new Arts & Culture Strategy.
WHAT WILL THE NEW ARTS & CULTURE STRATEGY INCLUDE?
- a five-year plan (2017–2022) that identifies key initiatives, timelines and metrics to guide the District’s delivery of arts and culture services and programs. Arts and culture also link to a number of other sectors such as economic sustainability, tourism, and education
- Arts Facility Needs Assessment—a review of current facilities used by the District and community
- Cultural Scan of community groups providing arts and culture services in West Vancouver
- a comprehensive community engagement process that articulates the community’s vision and priorities for arts and culture services, programs and facilities
- a process to develop key principles and criteria for decision-making to enable the District to prioritize its allocation of resources for the delivery of arts and culture services
- an implementation plan that aims to develop a collaborative, coordinated and community-based approach to enhance the quality, access and delivery of arts and culture services in West Vancouver
- an annual review process to ensure progress towards the vision and accomplishment of key priorities.
TIMELINE FOR THE ARTS & CULTURE STRATEGY
The consulting firm MDB Insight has been contracted to work with District staff to develop the scope of the strategy and lead the community consultation process. A timeline for the community consultation meetings will be posted soon.
A steering committee of representatives from various sectors has been formed to work with the consultant and staff.
Steering Committee Members: Chief Janice George, Jacquie Gijssen (Co-Chair), Graham Nicholls (Co-Chair), Rob Gloor, Stephanie Jones, Paddy Macleod, Terry Pask, Tracey Tarling, Don Vaughan, Jackie Wong, Meichen Waxer
Staff: Doti Niedermayer, Stephen Mikicich, Corinne Ambor
Program Coordinator: Maeve Bermingham