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Creative City Strategy

The strategy aims to develop a comprehensive plan and vision for culture and creativity in Vancouver.

The Creative City Strategy acknowledges the City of Vancouver is on unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Building a culture of reconciliation within the strategy will require collaborating closely with the Host Nations. At the heart of the strategy is a firm commitment to address equity, access, and inclusion. 

We are working with the arts, culture, and creative communities to identify priorities to guide Vancouver’s future efforts and investments.

What's happening

Online survey: Draft Creative City Strategy

Over the past 18+ months, we’ve engaged a broad spectrum of voices from the arts and culture community to help develop the Creative City Strategy. Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh visibility and voice on the land are central to this process.

Informed by this feedback, we've developed the draft Creative City Strategy to share. What do you think of the draft plan and what matters most to you?

In this survey, you’ll be able to review the proposed goals and recommendations. Your feedback will help inform the Creative City Strategy that goes to Vancouver City Council in September 2019.

The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and closes on Monday, June 24 at noon.

Take the survey


Creative City Strategy open house

Our open house on May 16 offered the public an opportunity to review the draft of proposed Creative City Strategy recommendations to improve our support for arts, culture, and creativity. 

Participants explored the proposed priorities and actions intended to guide our efforts and investments in support of Vancouver’s dynamic cultural ecology.

Open house materials


Creative City Strategy Symposium

The symposium on March 4 was a remarkable day that offered many learnings.

Watch the videos

Early findings and key themes

Project timeline

  • Fall 2017-
    spring 2018

    Phase 1: Discovery

    What we did:

    Best practices research on equity and access, formed the External Advisory Committee, strategy launch event

    Who we consulted with:

    Established and underrepresented artists and arts and cultural organizations and creative industries

    Began a consultation process with Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations

  • Summer-
    fall 2018

    Phase 2: Priorities

    What we did:

    Public consultations and Host Your Own events

    Who we consulted with:

    The public, artists, arts and cultural organizations, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations

  • Winter 2018-
    spring 2019

    Phase 3: Directions

    What we are doing:

    Synthesize feedback on draft recommendations, research comparative investment in arts and culture and equity and access, and analyze Culture Track survey

    Free public symposium

    Open house

    Online survey for the draft strategy

  • We are here
  • Summer 2019

    Phase 4: Recommendations

    Proposed recommendations and draft implementation plan to Council

Get involved

Join us at our engagement events and let us know what you think about arts and culture in Vancouver.

What we do

Learn more about our highlights since the last culture plan and what we do at Cultural Services.

Collaborations and partnerships

Find out who we are collaborating with to make the strategy process possible.

Share your photos

Showcase your arts and cultural activities on our platforms.

Vancouver arts and culture landscape

The arts and cultural community is an ecology made up of different stakeholders, sectors, and infrastructure.

Arts and culture

We have a vibrant arts and culture scene from public to performance art, and more.

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