CRD Launches Building our #ArtsFuture Together Community Consultations

Jul 21, 2016

Victoria, BC- The Capital Regional District (CRD) Arts Development Service has launched its public consultation and engagement process, Building our #ArtsFuture Together, to encourage and facilitate regional community participation in identifying priorities and actions for the CRD Arts Strategy.

An online survey is now available at www.placespeak.com/CRDArtsFuture. “We want to hear from arts groups that are receiving CRD grant funding and those that are not, as well as regional community members irrespective of whether their municipality currently contributes to the Arts Development Service”, said Colin Plant, Chair of the CRD Arts Committee. “Building our #ArtsFuture Together will provide many opportunities to participate in shaping the CRD Arts Strategy.”

The pre-consultation sessions held in June with over 100 arts groups and individuals helped to inform the design of the public consultation and engagement process and outreach to diverse stakeholders. In addition to the survey, participation opportunities include Arts Community Workshops to be held in various locations across the Region from September 19-24 and an Arts Champions Summit, taking place from November 3-5. Registration will open soon.

To participate, community members in the thirteen municipalities and electoral areas are encouraged to visit the www.placespeak.com/CRDArtsFuture online platform for discussions, resource materials and updates on the consultation and engagement process.

Quick Facts:

  • The Capital Regional District Arts Service is developing an action plan that will guide the implementation of the CRD Arts Strategic Plan for the next few years.
  • The CRD Arts Development Service is supported by eight municipalities: Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, Metchosin, Highlands, View Royal and Sidney.
  • In 2016, the CRD Arts Committee awarded $2,121,240 in Operating grants to 31 organizations, and a total of $175,985 in Project and IDEA grants to 49 organizations in the Capital Region.

For more about the CRD Arts Development Service, please visit https://www.crd.bc.ca/service/arts-funding

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.

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For media inquiries, please contact:
James Lam, Manager 
CRD Arts Development Service
Tel: 250.360.3205
jlam@crd.bc.ca