Arts & Culture Strategy

Arts and culture are vital to the social and economic health and well-being of West Vancouver. The District has a variety of facilities and offers programs that contribute to that vitality. Investment in the arts and culture sector is a priority for the municipality in order to stimulate further growth.

Arts & Culture Strategy

In June 2018, the District completed a five-year Arts & Culture Strategy. The strategy lays a foundation for the advancement of arts and culture and sets the stage for future initiatives, including detailed planning for enhanced facilities and programs.

A detailed Arts & Culture Strategy Prioritization and Phasing Action Plan 2018-2023 was also developed identifying priorities and timelines for implementation of the Arts & Culture Strategy.

One of the priorities identified in the strategy was for the District to complete a comprehensive Arts & Culture Facilities Plan. The facilities plan would consider District, public and privately-owned exhibition, performance, workshop/studio, programming and storage spaces, in order to identify the arts and culture sector’s current and future
facility needs. This plan was completed in July 2019.

Additional documents related to the strategy include a Facility Needs Assessment Report and a SOAR Assessment and Report (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results Analysis). The full versions of those reports are available below.

Arts & Culture Strategy (2018–2023)

Prioritization and Phasing Action Plan (2018–2023)

Arts & Culture Facilities Plan (July 2019)

SOAR Assessment and Report

Facility Needs Assessment Report


Community Update (October 1, 2019)

Please join the Arts Facilities Advisory Committee (AFAC) for an update on the status on the Arts Facilities Site Identification and Feasibility Analysis.

Cornerstone Planning Group has been working with the AFAC for the past two months to determine appropriate sites for new arts facilities in the Ambleside area. The draft finding from the analysis will be presented and shared at the upcoming presentation.

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: Municipal Hall Atrium, 750 17th Street

Please RSVP to Liezl de Jesus, Department Secretary, at:


If you would like additional information or have questions, please contact:

Christie Rosta
Events & Festival Manager




Doti Niedermayer
Senior Manager of Cultural Services



View the Strategy