Facilitation of a Discussion on the Region Arts Facilities Needs

Feb 7, 2020, 04:27 PM
Project manager:
James Lam
Contact person:
James Lam
Project manager phone:
(250) 360-3205
Contact person phone:
(250) 360-3205
Project ID:
Feb 7, 2020, 04:30 PM
Feb 27, 2020, 04:00 PM
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Arts Development
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Request for Proposal

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February 6, 2020

Facilitation of a Discussion on the Region’s Arts Facilities Needs


The purpose of this Request for Proposal is to select a qualified proponent to fulfill the 2019-2022 CRD Board Initiative 12a-1 to “facilitate a discussion on the region’s arts facilities needs.”


The Capital Regional District (CRD) is the regional government on Southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia providing fully regional and sub-regional services. The CRD is comprised of 16 jurisdictions (13 municipalities and three electoral areas) serving a population of 413,000. The majority of the population is based in the municipalities of Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt, Oak Bay and View Royal, and continues to experience significant growth particularly in the West Shore communities of Langford and Colwood.

Board Initiative 12a-1 in the CRD 2019-2022 Corporate Plan calls for the Board to “facilitate a discussion of the region’s arts facilities needs.” This initiative is being overseen by the Regional Arts Facilities Select Committee created for this purpose by the CRD Board. The membership of the Select Committee is comprised of 11 Board Directors/Alternates.

There have been several past reports related to regional arts facilities. The most recent of these was “Report to Capital Regional District Regarding a Performing Arts Facility Needs Analysis” delivered in December 2000.

“Conclusions” (p.20) of the report summarizes comments on long-term needs (some no longer applicable), considerations related to locations of potential major new facilities (downtown Victoria), and “Key ingredients to move forward” (not acted on). The introduction (p. 1) of the report notes that “… if history is not to be learned from, it is bound to be repeated.”

Arts facilities that serve the interests and needs of the region intersect with the interests and needs of local jurisdictions. Location, audiences, ownership, funding, user groups, market, changing tastes, technology and operational sustainability are significant issues of concern in relation to the development of buildings that are typically once in a generation undertakings.

Neither the CRD nor local jurisdictions currently have capital support for the development of arts facilities nor is there a coordinated structure for arts facilities planning in the region. Recent local initiatives exploring the development of performing arts facilities include the Westshore Centre for the Performing Arts (2013) and the Community Arts Theatre at Stelly’s (2016) neither of which have been built

Closing Date for Submissions of Quotation

Submit your quotation to the undersigned by 4 pm, local time on February, 27 2020. The quotation can be mailed, couriered or emailed to:

Regional Arts Facilities RFP
Att: James Lam, Manager
CRD Arts & Culture Support Service
625 Fisgard Street, P.O. Box 1000
Victoria, BC    V8W 2S6

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