Arts sector and audiences asked for insights to support planning

Apr 24, 2023

Victoria, BC– CRD Arts & Culture Support Service is asking the region’s residents to provide their insights to support development of the 2024-27 CRD Arts & Culture Strategic Plan.

The engagement includes an online survey seeking input from both the arts sector and audiences, as well as focused events and consultations with arts workers and organizations.

“CRD Arts & Culture has been supporting the arts sector for over 20 years. In that time the program has evolved to match the changing realities of our communities and residents.” said Marianne Alto, the Chair of the Arts Commission. “The input we gather will help us evaluate how the service has been doing and ensure that our goals moving forward continue to reflect the needs and aspirations of the region.” 

Each year CRD Arts & Culture distributes over $2.5 million in grants to non-profit organizations in nine participating jurisdictions: Saanich, Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, Highlands, Metchosin, Sooke and Southern Gulf Islands electoral area. The service also supports collaboration and information sharing in the arts sector through community outreach, events, and social media.

This funding supports arts organizations and their programming, contributing to the creativity and vibrancy of the capital region.

Visit to learn more and take the 10-minute survey.

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, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at


For media inquiries, please contact:

Marianne Alto, Chair
CRD Arts Commission
Tel. 250-385-5711
Chris Gilpin, Manager
CRD Arts & Culture
Tel. 250.360.3205