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.

Contact

Doti Niedermayer
Senior Manager of Cultural Services

604-921-2938

Email

Steering Committee

A steering committee of representatives from various sectors has been formed to work with the consultant and staff.

Steering Committee Members: Jacquie Gijssen (Co-Chair), Graham Nicholls (Co-Chair), Rob Gloor, Stephanie Jones, Paddy Macleod, Terry Pask, Tracey Tarling, Don Vaughan, Jackie Wong

DWV Staff: Doti Niedermayer, Stephen Mikicich, Corinne Ambor

Program Coordinator: Maeve Bermingham

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