Connection between arts, health and wellbeing highlighted in Arts & Culture 2021 Progress Report

Jul 13, 2022

Victoria, BC– Presented at today’s CRD Board meeting, the Arts & Culture 2021 Progress Report highlights the role of arts in promoting health and wellbeing, in addition to providing updates on the granting and strategic plan progress of the CRD Arts & Culture Support Service (Arts & Culture).

“While the arts sector was particularly hard hit by the pandemic through 2021, arts organizations in the region continued to take on the challenges that came with the safe reopening, providing programming that supported the wellbeing and health of the region,” says Arts Commission Chair Jeremy Loveday.

This annual report highlights the value and impact of arts activities and organizations funded by Arts & Culture through statistics and stories about initiatives throughout the sector. This year’s report also commemorated 20 years since sub-regional arts funding and policies moved to the CRD from the Intermunicipal Committee in 2001.

Notable facts from the Arts & Culture 2021 Progress Report include:

  • The 83 grant recipients funded through CRD Arts & Culture developed 4,010 events attended by over 1.7 million participants.
  • 14 (17%) of grant recipients were from Metchosin, Sooke and Southern Gulf Islands.
  • Since its formation, CRD Arts & Culture has grown from six participating jurisdictions to nine, and expanded arts funding access through three new grant streams.

Read the CRD Arts and Culture 2021 Progress Report (PDF).

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

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