CRD gathers arts sector for online Arts Champions Summit

Nov 03, 2021

Victoria, BC– On December 7, 2021, the Capital Regional District (CRD) Arts & Culture Support Service will convene the region’s arts sector online for the 3rd biennial Arts Champions Summit.

Titled ‘Reframing our Arts Future,’ this year’s summit will be delivered in three online sessions throughout the day, providing an opportunity for the sector to explore and celebrate the role of arts in developing an equitable future in the region. All summit events will be conducted via Zoom and are open to the public.

“The 2021 Arts Champions Summit will celebrate how arts organizations are developing space, building capacity and sharing resources to create and present works by and for diverse communities,” says CRD Arts Commission Chair Jeremy Loveday. “The conversations that happen over the summit will allow for complex reflection on our roles in developing a more diverse regional arts sector, as well as support the Arts Commission’s commitment to developing an equity lens on CRD Arts & Culture operations and granting.”

The 2021 Arts Champions Summit will include:

  • Welcome and PechaKucha presentations (10-11:30am)

    Traditional welcome from Cecelia Dick of Songhees Nation, an update from Jeremy Loveday on the CRD Arts & Culture Support Service, followed by PechaKucha presentations about ‘Reframing the Arts for Equity’ from Lindsay Delaronde, Tiffany Tjosvold, Mercedes Bátiz-Benét & Kenji Maeda

  • Interview with Jesse Wente, Chair of Canada Council for the Arts (1-2pm)

    Conversation between Jesse Wente and Cathi Charles Wherry on the future of the arts

  • Panel & Community Conversations (2:30-4pm)
    Regional arts leaders, Regan Shrumm, Charles Campbell & Sean Guist take on the question, ‘What are the big changes needed to make the arts equitable?,’ followed by community breakout groups.

Learn more about the 2021 CRD Arts Summit and register for events.

The Arts Champions Summit supports the CRD priority of informing and engaging the public, stakeholders and other governments to gain ideas, feedback and build support and mandate to support, promote and celebrate arts and culture. Feedback from the 2021 Summit will also support and inform the CRD’s Arts & Culture Arts Advisory Commission’s newly formed Equity Diversity and Inclusion subcommittee.

The CRD Arts & Culture Support Service is supported by Saanich, Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, Highlands, Metchosin, Sooke and Southern Gulf Islands. For more information, visit

Proud to be recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at


For media inquiries, please contact:

Jeremy Loveday, Chair
CRD Arts Commission
Tel. 250.634.2327


Chris Gilpin, Manager
CRD Arts & Culture
Tel. 250.360.3205