CRD Seeking Applicants for Arts Advisory Council

Nov 20, 2015

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) is seeking individuals to serve on the Arts Advisory Council (AAC). The AAC adjudicates funding programs and provides advice to the CRD on issues relating to the arts in the capital region.

Application deadline is Friday, January 29, 2016 at 4:30pm. Please provide a letter or resume outlining your experience and why you are interested in this volunteer position.

Deliver or email your application to:

CRD Arts Development
625 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1R7

Or contact us for further information at 250.360.3215.



For media inquiries, please contact:
James Lam, Manager
CRD Arts Development Service
Tel. 250.360.3205


Information for Applicants to the Arts Advisory Council

The CRD Arts Development Service manages funding programs that support not-for-profit arts organizations in the capital region. The service has two committees: the Arts Committee, and the Arts Advisory Council.

The Arts Committee is comprised of elected representatives, one each from the contributing municipalities of Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, Metchosin, Highlands, View Royal and Sidney. The Arts Advisory Council is a volunteer commission that adjudicates grant programs and provides advice to the Arts Committee on issues related to the arts. 

The Arts Development Service has an adopted vision and mission. Goals are reaffirmed or updated at a joint planning meeting of the Arts Committee and Advisory Council at the beginning of each new political mandate.

Arts Committee (AC)

The Arts Committee is responsible for support and development of the arts in the region through:

  • ·overseeing operational and project support to arts organizations
  • considering policies aimed at creating an environment conducive to a wide range of arts activities
  • approval of overall Arts Development budget

Arts Advisory Council (AAC)

The AAC consists of twelve volunteer members who are appointed by the Arts Committee. The membership is selected to reflect a wide range of experience and interest in the arts and other professions. AAC positions are non-paid.

The AAC was established by CRD Bylaw 2973 to provide advice to the AC on policies to foster and promote the arts through:          

  • support of the arts in the community
  • public awareness of and involvement in the arts
  • the creation, exhibition and performance of the artistic works
  • the development of artistic and other requisite skills.

The AAC reviews, adjudicates and makes recommendations to the AC on operating grants applications (one intake per year), Project Grant applications (two intakes per year), and IDEA Grants (two intakes per year). The CRD does not fund individuals.    

AAC members should have expertise that includes but is not limited to training and work experience in one or more arts disciplines and/or other occupations including law, business, accounting, or administration. Familiarity with the not-for-profit sector, policy development, public sector funding, grant adjudication, municipal government and general issues related to the arts are assets.

Time Commitment

The full AAC has regular meetings on the first Tuesday of each month except during July and August. A December meeting is at the call of the Chair. Sub-committees may be struck during the year to address ad hoc issues.

Members are expected to participate on Project and IDEA Grant adjudication committees, requiring one or two additional evenings between February and May.

An Operating Grant adjudication meeting requires one Saturday in late November. Operating Grant adjudication requires a significant amount of reading and analysis.

The joint planning meeting, previously mentioned, requires half a Saturday early in the year.

Ineligible Applicants

A person is disqualified from being appointed to and from serving on the Council who:

(i) is a member of the board of directors of any organization applying for funding

(ii) is a paid or unpaid staff member of any organization applying for funding

(iii) has, directly or indirectly, by him/herself or through any other person, any interest in a contract with or for an organization applying for funding.