Release: New Arts and Culture Policy Council Established

Vancouver’s creative community will be represented by a new voice following City Council’s move to establish an Arts and Culture Policy Council which will report to City Council and advise Council and staff on civic arts and cultural issues, programs and services.

“The new Arts and Culture Policy Council will provide us with the input, expertise and leadership we need to support and strengthen Vancouver’s arts community,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We look forward to working with a team that reflects a broad range of the community to enhance our vibrant arts and culture scene, which is an important economic generator and a benefit to citizens and visitors alike.”

The Arts and Culture Policy Council will consist of up to 15 voting members along with non-voting liaisons from City Council, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, the Vancouver Board of Education, and City staff.

The Arts and Culture Policy Council will help identify community issues; provide advice on arts and cultural services and programs; act as a conduit for public feedback; and engage in outreach and public awareness for civic-related services and programs.

City staff and members of Vancouver’s arts and cultural community set the membership criteria and priority directions for the Arts and Culture Policy Council through workshops and a survey earlier this year.

If you are interested in applying to be a member of Vancouver’s Arts and Culture Policy Council, City Clerk’s Office has an online open application process. Deadline is Thursday, March 29, 2012.