COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update
April 3, 2020: Now is a time where arts and culture are needed more than ever. Key directions from Culture|Shift, including reconciliation, decolonization, equity, and accessibility, continue to guide our work. We recognize that deep and historic inequities can be magnified in times of crisis, and we are working to provide resources that support both immediate responses, and community resilience and recovery in the longer term.
Culture|Shift (previously known as the Creative City Strategy), Vancouver’s new Culture Plan for 2020-2029, provides a framework with strategic directions and actions to align and increase:
- Support for art and culture
- Champion creators
- Build on our commitments to Reconciliation and Equity
- Introduce bold moves to advance community-led cultural infrastructure
- Position Vancouver as a thriving hub for music
Culture|Shift includes recommendations and actions from the following reports:
The traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples make this place unlike any in the world. Diverse people from across the world have imbued Vancouver’s cultural landscape with the qualities, landmarks, and stories that make our city recognizable and distinct. Culture|Shift acknowledges that this landscape is critical to our shared economic prosperity, social cohesion, and sense of environmental responsibility.
Culture|Shift represents the voices of a diverse cross-section of people, and places a particular focus on the voices of historically underrepresented communities (including Indigenous, racialized, disabled, deaf, low income, and LGBTQ2+ groups who organized City-funded Host Your Own Engagement meetups) to achieve a more accurate and inclusive representation of Vancouver.
From 2017-2019, Staff engaged with 3,000 Vancouverites in-person and had approximately 4,000 virtual touchpoints. Partnerships with the local Nations helped to develop leading-edge work to prioritize and advance their cultural presence across the city.
Early findings and key themes
Blanketing the City in Arts and Culture
The subtitle Blanketing the City in Art and Culture is a concept generously bestowed by Musqueam weaver and graphic designer Debra Sparrow to reflect these Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh lands and waters. In her own work, Debra is dedicated to blanketing the city with the beauty and strength of Salish culture, of which blankets are the foundation.
The subtitle underscores the critical importance of telling the truth about Vancouver’s colonial history and working with the local Nations to address colonial erasure and ensure that their voice and presence are woven throughout Vancouver’s cultural ecology.
It is an inclusive vision illuminating the role culture plays in shaping place and a shared sense of belonging for all people on these Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh lands.
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
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
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
Online survey for the draft strategy
Phase 4: Recommendations
Proposed recommendations and draft implementation plan approved and passed by Council
Staff are implementing proposed actions in the Culture|Shift report
We are here
Join us at our engagement events and let us know what you think about arts and culture in Vancouver.
Learn more about our highlights since the last culture plan and what we do at Cultural Services.
Find out who we are collaborating with to make the strategy process possible.
Showcase your arts and cultural activities on our platforms.
The arts and cultural community is an ecology made up of different stakeholders, sectors, and infrastructure.
We have a vibrant arts and culture scene from public to performance art, and more.