The City of Vancouver today announced the launch of its new Arts Council, with members chosen from 199 applicants. The council will report directly to City Council on issues, policies and priorities concerning Vancouver’s arts and cultural communities.
“An Arts Council is long overdue for Vancouver, and I’m excited it will be getting underway,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Our city has top-notch artistic talent, and our artists face major challenges, whether it is affordability, access to space, or stable funding.
“Giving artists a direct voice to City Hall is a step that I hope will help us build a stronger foundation for the arts in Vancouver, and fully capitalize on the expertise and creativity that exists in the city.”
The Council is comprised of 15 members, representing a diverse array of Vancouver’s artistic communities, from visual and performing arts, community arts and festivals, to experience in arts organizations and business.
The Council will meet six times a year and is mandated to:
- Advise Council and staff on arts and cultural services and programs;
- Act as a conduit for feedback from the public to the City on civic arts and culture services;
- Deal with related matters referred by City Council or staff; and,
- Engage in outreach and public awareness in respect to civic arts and culture services and programs.
For more information on the Council, including its membership, visit http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/civicagencies/artsculture/index.htm