Public art update and signature opportunities
June 1, 2016 – Vancouver's Public Art Program is celebrating it's 25th Anniversary in 2016. The program has enabled over 400 pieces of public art and community art installations in the city.
As reported to City Council, this year the program will launch over 25 temporary and permanent artworks to be built and installed over the next several years.
In addition, the program plans to launch three signature public artworks with substantive budgets in key Vancouver locations. These will include:
- Major artworks by local First Nations
- A contemporary City of Reconciliation artwork
- A commission in which an artist of international calibre will be invited to create a major artwork for Vancouver
View the staff presentation to Council (3.5 MB) and meeting video
Read the 25th Anniversary Retrospective blog
Community Arts Grants 2016
June 1, 2016 – Vancouver City Council approved grant allocations totalling $464,650 to a record 82 organizations representing the full spectrum of amateur to professional art practices.
Through the Community Arts Grants program, the Council-adopted Culture Plan vision to invest in Vancouver's vibrant and creative neighbourhoods is clearly accomplished. Additionally, it delivers on the City's Health City Strategy goals of supporting creative expression, cultivating social connections, and lifelong learning through unique artist and community collaborations, leading to healthier communities.
Read the Council report (900 KB)
Add to our cultural spaces map
June 1, 2016 - Cultural spaces are where people come together to express themselves through art and culture. We're looking to those who know the landscape to be a part of the illustrating Vancouver's evolving cultural spaces story. Now until the end of June 2016, we're opening up a simple online survey for adding spaces and providing updates. The goal of this ongoing open data project is to improve the information we publish and make it available in fall 2016 for anyone to use.
Are the cultural spaces you value on the map? Help make sure that the data is correct and complete.
View and add to the map
Cultural spaces update
June 1, 2016 - We updated Vancouver City Council on the six ways we're working to support the local facility needs of artists:
- Partner to develop new spaces
- Major capital funding to acquire and renovate
- Renting out City of Vancouver spaces (both nominal and market rates)
- Infrastructure grants
- Regulatory assistance
View the staff presentation to Council (2.5 MB)
Vancouver Civic Theatres update
June 1, 2016 - Vancouver Civic Theatres oversees five City-owned performance venues: The Orpheum, The Annex, Vancouver Playhouse, Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Queen Elizabeth Plaza.
This report to Vancouver City Council presents an update on priorities, business planning, and a study underway to identify gaps in performing arts space in the city.
View the presentation (1.1 MB)
The Canada Council for the Arts Survey: Arts in a Digital World
May 26, 2016 - The Canada Council for the Arts is seeking input from artists, collectives, and arts organizations to help map the future of the arts in Canada, and is using an online survey, "Arts in a Digital World" to learn how the sector is making use of digital tools. This will allow us to make informed decisions on how to invest it it's digital strategy, starting in April 2017.
Your voice is an important part of the process. They survey takes approximately 25 minutes. Participants in the survey could win one of three prizes to attend an arts event in their community. The survey closes on Friday, June 24. The results of the survey will be shared in the autumn of 2016.
Take the survey
Giving public art a boost
May 31, 2016 - The City of Vancouver unanimously adopted a motion that recommends significantly expanding the City's Public Art Program through a "public art boost".
Read the Council motion (20 KB)