The District of Vancouver is creating a new arts and culture facility as a multi-phased project that will take several years of planning before it is realized. In an initial phase, the District is re-examining the vision for the project and exploring governance models. This will further inform the selection of the site, at a later stage.
The District is holding visioning workshops as the first in a series of opportunities to provide input into the planning of the new replacement arts facility.
The District says its three dedicated arts facilities (Art Museum, Music Box, and Silk Purse), originally built as single-family cottages, are in poor condition and at the end of life. West Vancouver’s arts and culture community is in need of adequate space to continue carrying out their activities.
Following Council direction, the District is in the process of planning an accessible, purpose-built arts facility as a replacement for these three facilities. The new facility will meet the current and future demand for arts and culture for the next 20 years.
The District’s Arts Facility Plan, developed in 2019, identified the need for 21,000 sq. ft. of space to continue providing art programs for all ages, exhibitions, small rehearsal and performances, administration space for arts groups, and multipurpose space for a variety of community uses.
Consultation in 2021 to select a site for the facility indicated a split in community opinion and raised several questions about aspects of the proposed sites. Council chose not to move forward with any of the proposed sites and wants to engage with the community to confirm the vision and concept for a future arts facility.
You can be part of the visioning process by attending workshops which will be organised on June 22 & 23.
For more details and registration, visit this page: https://bit.ly/3xnAawT