Arts Champions Summit is Final Consultation Step in Building Our #ArtsFuture Together

Oct 24, 2016

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Arts Development Service will be holding the Arts Champions Summit on November 3, 2016 where anyone interested in the arts is invited to review the draft Implementation Priorities and Action Plan. Resulting directly from an extensive public consultation process that has gained the input of over 1,100 residents, the draft Action Plan will identify major initiatives toward realizing the goals of the CRD Arts Service Arts Plan. This is the final public event in the consultation process known as Building Our #ArtsFuture Together.

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm to 3:45 pm and 5 pm to 7 pm
Location: The Baumann Centre, Pacific Opera Victoria, 925 Balmoral Rd, Victoria, BC

Refreshments and light snacks/food will be available. Those interested in attending can RSVP online at

A representative survey of the general population revealed that residents of the region are highly engaged with the arts:

  • About 9 in 10 CRD residents have participated in an arts event or performance in the last year.
  • About 2 in 3 residents agree that the arts bring energy and vitality to our community.
  • About 1 in 4 residents say they volunteered in the arts within the last two years.

(Source: Survey of the General Public in the CRD, October 2016, Strategic Moves/EKOS Research Associates;

“We know that our region has many people involved in the arts. This new data shows how wide-spread that participation is and the importance the arts holds for residents in their own lives and in the life of their community” says Colin Plant, Chair of the CRD Arts Committee. “We can see more clearly how the arts are part of the very fabric of our communities and how it distinguishes us from other regions.”

In addition to the survey, several reports with results from the ongoing research and public consultation process are available online:

The reports draw a picture of the rich tapestry of the arts in the CRD that is inter-connected across municipal boundaries, often collaborative and helps to build an inclusive community.

The number one priority, identified through the consultation process for the CRD Arts Development Service, is to help arts organizations grow and develop sustainably through a mix of direct funding, reporting on its own activities and the impact of its funding in the community, and promoting the arts through an ongoing, CRD-wide communications program.

Community members can visit for resource materials, research reports, online discussion and updates on the consultation 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 currently supported by eight municipalities: Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria, View Royal as well as Metchosin, Highlands, 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

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 media inquiries, please contact:

Colin Plant
Chair, CRD Arts Committee
Cell: 250.514.1439

Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492