Arts and Culture Advisory Committee

The mandate of the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee is to advise Council and staff on all civic programs that relate to arts and culture, and ensure that arts and culture is appropriately represented in City plans and policy initiatives.

Meeting Updates

Meeting Format:

Civic Agency meetings may be in-person, electronic (as authorized by Section 14.14 of the Procedure By-law), or a hybrid of the two. Meeting agendas and minutes are posted online under the ‘Meetings’ tab below.

Virtual Meeting Platform:

Virtual meetings use Cisco WebEx Webinars (formerly Webex Events). No software download is required.

Attending Meetings:

  • To view a meeting online or listen by phone, follow instructions provided below.
  • Join link is made available at least 24 hours before the meeting.
  • For in-person attendance at City Hall, seek directions to the meeting room from Security staff. If arriving after 5:00 pm, enter via the 12th Avenue entrance by using the intercom (this entrance is equipped with a wheelchair ramp).

Note:

Unlike meetings of City Council, there is usually no public speaking option during Civic Agency meetings. Virtual attendees will be muted and unseen by meeting participants. If you wish to get in touch with a Civic Agency, please see the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Next Meeting Details:

  • Date: July 16, 2024
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Location: Webex Webinar (Online)
  • Meeting Password: ACAC (Dial 2222 from telephone keypad)

Joining via Webinar:

  • Click Join the Meeting
  • Enter the meeting password when prompted: ACAC

Joining by Phone (Audio Only):

  • Dial 1-604-646-8916 (Local) or 1-855-699-3239 (Canada/US Toll-Free)
  • Enter the access code followed by pound: TBA#
  • Enter numeric meeting password followed by pound: 2222#

Consent - Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy:

To view or participate in meetings virtually, you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information outside Canada as described below. The City of Vancouver collects your personal information in accordance with section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for purposes of organizing and administering civic agency meetings. For virtual Civic Agency meetings, your contact information will be shared with the City’s web conferencing provider, Cisco WebEx. Information submitted to WebEx will be stored on servers in the United States and may be accessed in the United States or internationally for technical support purposes. If you have questions about the collection of this information, please contact the Director of Access to Information and Privacy by emailing privacy@vancouver.ca or mailing a letter to 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4.

Mandate and scope 

  • Advises Council and staff on all civic programs that relate to arts and culture, and ensures that arts and culture are appropriately represented in City plans and policy initiatives
  • Advises Council and staff on Culture|Shift, the City's culture plan for 2020–2029, as it is implemented and updated
  • Works collaboratively with counterparts from other civic agencies to identify opportunities for joint action on issues of mutual interest
  • Works co-operatively with external agencies and groups whose activities affect constituent communities
  • Engages in outreach to disseminate information and encourage participation from constituent communities

Meeting and administrative procedures

  • The Arts and Culture Advisory Committee holds six regular meetings per year, in addition to working sessions generally scheduled during intervening months throughout the year.
  • Type A Advisory Committees may, at their discretion, establish sub-committees focused on relevant topics of interest, non-members may participate in sub-committees and attend regular meetings if invited.
  • A member who is absent from more than two consecutive regular meetings without a leave of absence is deemed to have resigned.

Remuneration

  • Type A Advisory Committee members and alternate members are eligible to receive reimbursement for certain meeting-related expenses.
  • Non-member subcommittee participants are not eligible to receive reimbursement.
  • A light meal will be provided to Type A Advisory Committee members attending in-person regular meetings held over lunch or dinner hours.

Eligibility 

Persons appointed to a Type A Advisory Committee shall meet the following essential criteria:

  • Not be employed by the City of Vancouver
  • Live or work in Vancouver, or have a significant body of experience with issues related to the mandate of the advisory body in Vancouver
  • Have connections to relevant communities, groups, and/or organizations in Vancouver
  • Be able to demonstrate relevant experience or knowledge, abilities, and skills related to the mandate of the advisory body
  • Be able to work in a team environment with intercultural sensitivity

Term limit

Beginning in 2019, no member of the public shall serve for more than eight consecutive years on the same Type A Advisory Committee. A former member is eligible for reappointment after one year of non-membership.

Terms of Reference

Membership

Appointment ends December 1, 2024

  • Henry Heng Lu (Public Art Committee Liaison)

Appointment ends December 1, 2025

  • Diane Brown (Vancouver Civic Theatres Board Liaison)

Appointments end December 31, 2024

  • Noor A. Ghazal (Co-Chair)
  • Joshua Beamish
  • Mark Busse
  • Hannah Cho
  • Brent Constantine
  • Ashley Daniel Foot (Co-Chair)
  • Melissa Lee
  • Brian McBay
  • Katie Roberts
  • Kaile Shilling

Liaisons

Council Liaisons:

  • Councillor Pete Fry
  • Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung

Staff Liaison:

  • Branislav Henselmann, Deputy General Manager, Arts, Culture and Tourism

Vancouver Public Library Liaison:

  • Jorge Amigo, Head of Cultural Programming

Vancouver School Board Liaison:

  • Trustee Lois Chan-Pedley

Terms and Membership Composition

Persons appointed to a Type A Advisory Committee shall meet the following essential criteria:

  • Not be employed by the City of Vancouver;
  • Live or work in Vancouver, or have a significant body of experience with issues in Vancouver; and
  • Be able to demonstrate relevant experience or knowledge, abilities and skills related to the mandate of the advisory body.

Composition:

  • Up to 12 members (quorum is a majority of appointed members), with ten appointed from the community and two appointed, one from each of:
    • Public Art Committee
    • Civic Theatres Board
  • Up to 2 non-voting Council liaisons
  • Up to 2 non-voting staff liaisons
  • The appointment of civic members to each advisory committee shall meet the composition objectives set out in the Diversity on Advisory Bodies policy.

Length of term:

  • Term ends immediately before the first Monday after November 1 in the year of a general local election. However, no regular meeting shall be held between the last day of the nomination period and general voting day.
  • Members are appointed until December 31, 2024, at which point appointments are automatically renewable to the end of the term, and recruitment shall be conducted to fill any vacancies arising.
  • Beginning in 2019, no member of the public shall serve in more than eight consecutive years on the same Type A Advisory Committee. A former member is eligible for reappointment after one year of non-membership.

In addition to the regular meetings listed here, the Committee also meets several times per year for informal working sessions. Please contact the Meeting Coordinator for more information.

2024 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 16, 2024 Agenda Minutes
March 19, 2024 Agenda Minutes
May 14, 2024  Cancelled  
July 16, 2024    
September 10, 2024    
November 5, 2024    

2023 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
July 4, 2023 Agenda Minutes
September 5, 2023 Agenda Minutes
November 7, 2023 Agenda Minutes

2022 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 11, 2022  Agenda Minutes
March 8, 2022 Agenda Minutes
May 3, 2022 Agenda Minutes
July 12, 2022 Agenda Minutes
September 6, 2022 Agenda Minutes

 

2021 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 12, 2021  Agenda Minutes
March 2, 2021 Agenda Minutes
July 13, 2021 Agenda Minutes
September 7, 2021 Agenda Minutes
November 9, 2021 Agenda Minutes

 

2020 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 7, 2020  Agenda Minutes
March 3, 2020 Agenda Minutes
May 5, 2020 - Cancelled N/A N/A
June 2, 2020 Agenda Minutes
September 8, 2020 - Cancelled Agenda N/A
October 13, 2020 - Special Agenda Minutes
November 10, 2020 Agenda Minutes

 

2019 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
June 18, 2019 Agenda Minutes
August 13, 2019           (Special Meeting) Agenda Minutes
September 17, 2019 Agenda Minutes
November 19, 2019 Agenda Minutes

 

2018 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 9, 2018 Agenda Minutes
March 6, 2018 Agenda Minutes
May 8, 2018 Agenda Minutes
July 17, 2018 - Cancelled    
October 9, 2018 - Cancelled    

 

2017 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 10, 2017 - no quorum    
March 21, 2017 Agenda Minutes
May 23, 2017 Agenda Minutes
July 18, 2017 Agenda Minutes
September 12, 2017 Agenda Minutes
November 7, 2017 Agenda Minutes

 

2016 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 26, 2016 Agenda Minutes
March 22, 2016 Agenda Minutes
May 24, 2016 - Cancelled    
July 19, 2016 Agenda Minutes
September 27, 2016 Agenda Minutes
November 8, 2016 Agenda Minutes
November 22, 2016 (Special Meeting) Agenda Minutes

 

2015 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 21, 2015 Agenda Minutes
June 16, 2015 Agenda  Minutes
July 14, 2015 Agenda Minutes
October 6, 2015 Agenda Minutes

 

2014 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 7, 2014 Agenda Minutes
April 8, 2014 Agenda Minutes
July 22, 2014 Agenda Minutes
November 4, 2014 Agenda Minutes

 

2013 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 15, 2013 Agenda Minutes
March 5, 2013 cancelled    
June 4, 2013 Agenda Minutes
September 10, 2013 Agenda Minutes
November 12, 2013 cancelled Agenda  

 

2012 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
September 11, 2012 Agenda Minutes

2023 - 2026 Work Plan

2021-2022 in Review

An overview of the committee's accomplishments in 2021-2022, along with future goals. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no Council of Councils event was held.

2021 - 2022 Work Plan

The 2021-2022 Work Plan summarizes the high priority objectives for the committee term and establishes an action plan to achieve those objectives.

2019-2020 in Review

An overview of the committee's accomplishments in 2019-2020, along with future goals. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no Council of Councils event was held.

2017 - 2018 Work Plan

The 2017-2018 Work Plan summarizes the high priority objectives for the committee term and establishes an action plan to achieve those objectives.

2017 in Review

An overview of the committee's 2017 accomplishments and future goals as presented at the Council of Council's on October 12, 2017.

2016 in Review

An overview of the committee's 2016 accomplishments and future goals as presented at the Council of Council's on November 9, 2016.

2012-2014 in Review

An overview of the committee's closing term accomplishments and recommendations for continuation of the work was presented at the Council of Council's December 2014.

Documents

Resources for Civic Agency members

Staff Contacts

Staff Liaison

Branislav Henselmann, Deputy General Manager, Arts, Culture and Tourism

604-871-6455

branislav.henselmann@vancouver.ca

*Contact the Staff Liaison for subject matter expertise and information on City programs, services, and initiatives.

Clerk

Ana Denissenko, Committee Clerk

604-673-8385

Ana.denissenko@vancouver.ca

*Contact the Clerk for information on meetings, schedules, agendas, minutes, correspondence, and procedure.

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