Pre-Consultation with Arts Sector Launched

Jun 17, 2016

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Arts Service is poised to begin a broad-based community engagement and consultation process to identify key implementation strategies designed to achieve the next steps in the goals of the CRD Arts Service 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. Implementation of these goals are envisioned to commence in 2017.

Informing the activities of the CRD Arts Service 2015-2018 Strategic Plan and beyond, the identified strategies will assist the CRD Arts Service to:

  • Increase community awareness and stakeholder knowledge of the role of the arts and to determine additional ways to support the arts in the region.
  • Increase the contribution of arts and culture tourism to economic development in the region.
  • Increase access to the arts in the region by identifying and reducing barriers to participation.
  • Enable sustainable growth of the arts and arts organizations in the region.
  • Ensure that the CRD Arts Service grant programs are responsive to community needs and use effective and accountable processes.
  • Encourage municipalities to fully participate in supporting the CRD Arts Service with the goal of increasing funding.
  • Understand the role of key arts facilities, including publicly-owned regional arts facilities, with a view to identifying future needs.

The Arts Service has hired consultants Strategic Moves to assist with this process.

Artists, arts organizations, arts administrators, board members, volunteers, donors, corporate sponsors, the business and tourism communities and interested not-for-profit organizations are encouraged to participate in this initial stage of this project.

These pre-consultation sessions are a unique opportunity to ensure this project’s focal points are relevant and meaningful to the full arts ecosystem in the capital region. At each session participants will:

  • Learn about the purpose, scope and timelines of this community-engaged work
  • Review and offer input to the consultation process itself
  • Meet and work with others from the arts and cultural community

“We’re pleased to be moving forward with this initiative,” said Arts Committee Chair, Colin Plant. “As one of the CRD’s strategic priorities, the Arts Plan will be a key tool through which we can positively impact our communities through supporting, facilitating and enabling the activities of the arts sector.

“Art is the fuel of vibrant communities. To realize the potential of arts in the capital region, we have proposed a community engagement and consultation process that will offer several opportunities to everyone interested in the arts to make their voices heard and their ideas count about their priorities for key implementation activities the CRD should consider adopting. We’ll reach out and invite the full diversity of artists and arts organizations and communities throughout this process.” Inga Petri, Lead Consultant, Strategic Moves.

Four 2-hour pre-consultation sessions will be held at the CRD offices at 625 Fisgard Street in Victoria on June 23 and June 24, 2016. To participate in these sessions, contact Inga Petri at by Tuesday, June 21 at 5pm, with your preferred time.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

            A) 11:30am to 1:30pm

            B) 2:30 to 4:30pm

Friday, June 24, 2016

            C) 9 to 11am

            D) 2 to 4pm

A light lunch and refreshments will be served for lunch time meeting (A) and snacks and refreshments for other meeting times (B, C and D).

For more information on the CRD Arts Service and its 2015-2018 Strategic Plan, visit


Celebrating 50 years! 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, enhance community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region.


For further information or to set up interviews, please contact:

James Lam, Manager
CRD Arts Development Service
250.360.3205 (office)

Inga Petri
Strategic Moves
613.558.8433 (mobile)