CRD Launches Building our #ArtsFuture Together Community Consultations

Sep 12, 2016

Victoria, BC- The Capital Regional District (CRD) Arts Development Service has announced a series of Community Workshops as part of the ongoing community consultations for the CRD Arts Strategy: Building our #ArtsFuture Together.

Ten community workshops in seven different locations throughout the CRD will be held from September 19 to 23. A mix of day-time and evening public workshops are being offered on the Westshore in Colwood, on the Peninsula in Sidney, on Salt Spring Island, as well as in Sooke, Saanich and Victoria.

The workshops are designed to engage the local and regional community in identifying priorities and actions for the CRD Arts Strategy. They will also feature a discussion of the most recent findings from local research that has been undertaken during the summer months.

Each 2.5 hour, interactive workshop will use the same design to provide the following opportunities for participants:  

  • Hear information about public consultation activities so far
  • Review research results to-date (online survey; interviews; discussion forums, emails)
  • Consider priorities for action and define major initiatives• Identify missing information for decision-making
  • Help to inform content of the Arts Champions Summit in November, a summit to evaluate and formulate a strategic arts action plan for the CRD

Those interested can simply select a location, date and time that is most convenient. Registration information can be viewed online at

Community members in the thirteen municipalities and electoral areas can visit the online platform for discussions, resource materials and updates on the consultation and engagement process.

Workshop dates, times and locations:

Monday, September 19
2 pm to 4:30 pm @ Burnside Campus gym, 3130 Jutland Road, Victoria

Monday, September 19
7pm to 9:30 pm @ Coastal Offices, 328 Wale Road, Colwood

Tuesday, September 20
1:30pm to 4:00 pm @ SEAPARC Leisure Complex, 2168 Phillips Road,Sooke

Wednesday, September 21
9:30 am to 12 noon and 7pm to 9:30 pm @ Burnside Campus gym, 3130 Jutland Road, Victoria

Thursday, September 22
9am to 11:30 am – Mahon Hall, 114 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island
3 pm to 5:30 pm and 7pm to 9:30pm @ Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney

Friday, September 23
9:30 am to 12 noon- Cedar Hill Recreation Centre,3220 Cedar Hill Rd, Saanich
2 pm to 4:30 pm – City Hall, Victoria, 1 Centennial Square

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


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