Development of an Arts & Culture Strategy for West Vancouver

One of the Council’s eight priorities was to update the District’s Arts & Culture Strategy.

Arts and culture in West Vancouver incorporate a broad array of programs and services, community groups delivering arts programs, individual artists from all arts disciplines, participants, audiences and volunteers.

Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you to everyone that provided feedback on the Draft Arts & Culture Strategy online, through the paper comment form or at one of the Community Meetings (April 25, 30 and May 1, 2018).

The final strategy was presented to Council on June 25, 2018.

Additional documents related to the strategy include a Facility Needs Assessment Report and a SOAR Assessment and Report (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results Analysis). The full versions of those reports are available below.

Arts & Culture Strategy

Prioritization and Phasing Action Plan 2018–2023

SOAR Assessment and Report

Facility Needs Assessment Report


  • arts and culture contribute to the social fabric of the community by increasing community pride, social interaction, sharing of ideas, community identity and community wellness
  • the most recent comprehensive strategy that guided the District in the delivery of services was the 2005–2014 Celebration & Collaboration: Arts & Culture Strategy
  • over the last ten years, a number of planning processes have been conducted in West Vancouver around cultural services and facilities; these plans incorporated considerable community and stakeholder input and will provide a foundation for the new Arts & Culture Strategy
  • a five-year plan that identifies key initiatives, timelines and metrics to guide the District’s delivery of arts and culture services and programs; arts and culture also link to a number of other sectors such as economic sustainability, tourism, and education
  • Arts Facility Needs Assessment—a review of current facilities used by the District and community
  • cultural scan of community groups providing arts and culture services in West Vancouver
  • a comprehensive community engagement process that articulates the community’s vision and priorities for arts and culture services, programs and facilities
  • a process to develop key principles and criteria for decision-making to enable the District to prioritize its allocation of resources for the delivery of arts and culture services
  • an implementation plan that aims to develop a collaborative, coordinated and community-based approach to enhance the quality, access and delivery of arts and culture services in West Vancouver
  • an annual review process to ensure progress towards the vision and accomplishment of key priorities

The draft strategy is based on the summary of community and stakeholder input that occurred between May and August 2017 and reflects the ideas and values that the community shared with us.

We’ve put the ideas from past planning together with what we heard in 2017 into this draft strategy. 

A summary and assessment of the feedback from the community are contained in the document below:

Arts & Culture Strategy Research Summary and SOAR Assessment

Steering committee

A Steering Committee comprised of community members and the consulting firm MDB Insight worked with District staff to develop the strategy and lead the community consultation process.

Arts & Culture Strategy Steering Committee


Doti Niedermayer
Senior Manager of Cultural Services



View the Strategy