Arts Planning: Visioning

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Let's reset and explore

As we collectively emerge from a time of social isolation due to the impact of COVID-19, this is a time to reset and explore what participating in West Vancouver arts and culture looks like. This is an opportunity to re-think and explore key values—how have our uses and needs for arts and culture spaces and programs evolved?

Current state of District arts facilities

The District's three dedicated arts facilities (Art Museum, Music Box, and Silk Purse), originally built as single-family cottages, are in poor condition and are 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 years to come.

Confirming the vision for the future arts facility

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.




Visioning together—thank you for taking the survey

The goal of this engagement (Arts Planning: Visioning) is to develop a working vision and concept for a replacement arts facility. This work will inform the development of a proposed governance model and funding planning.

Survey

Thank you to everyone who took the survey. The survey closed on Friday, September 16 at 4 p.m.

Workshops

Thank you to everyone who attended a workshop on June 22, 23, and 27. Additional opportunities to provide input include:

  • a community-wide survey from July to mid-September
  • follow-up workshops to confirm the findings of the June workshops and the community survey


How did we get here?

Past work, Council direction, and research

  • 2018: the District conducted extensive community engagement to inform the creation of an Arts & Culture Strategy. The strategy lays a foundation for the advancement of arts and culture and sets the stage for detailed planning for enhanced facilities.

  • 2018: Council created the Arts Facilities Advisory Committee to consider the existing needs of arts and culture activities in West Vancouver and to develop an arts and culture facilities plan.

  • 2019: The Arts Facilities Advisory Committee worked with Cornerstone Planning Group to create the Arts & Culture Facilities Plan (June 2019). This document identified and quantified West Vancouver's need for exhibition, performance, workshop/studio, programming and storage spaces to support West Vancouver’s current and future arts and culture community for the next 20 years.

  • 2020: The Arts Facilities Advisory Committee worked with Cornerstone Planning Group to create the Arts Facilities Site Identification Analysis (February 2020). This document identified the most suitable locations for developing a new facility or facilities.

  • 2021: After rigorous data collection, analysis, and forecasting; consultation with local stakeholders, community groups and business leaders; and careful consideration of local aspirations as expressed in the Official Community Plan and Economic Development Plan, the findings revealed that West Vancouver requires a new building of approximately 25,000 square feet to replace its unsuitable facilities and to meet future demand.

  • 2021: Community engagement focused on the work done by the previous Arts Facility Advisory Committee; in particular, the outcomes of the Arts Facilities Site Identification Analysis completed by Cornerstone Planning Group. That study analyzed the Ambleside region for suitable sites for future arts facilities and ranked them based on site selection criteria. The outcomes of that study, and subsequent Council decisions, was the recommendation to present two site options for public consideration.

  • 2021: Consultation results indicated a split in community opinion in terms of acceptance of either of the sites. In addition, they raised several questions and concerns about aspects of the project. Council did not select either proposed site.

  • 2021: To address the concerns and questions remaining in the community, and to raise awareness of the current condition of municipal arts facilities in West Vancouver, Council directed that additional community-wide engagement program on the next steps for arts and culture facilities in West Vancouver and the development of a governance model and a Capital Funding Plan for the replacement of the facilities for arts and culture in West Vancouver be undertaken.

  • Today (June 2022): The goal of this engagement is to develop a working vision and concept for a replacement arts facility. This work will inform the development of a proposed governance model and Capital Funding Plan.








Let's reset and explore

As we collectively emerge from a time of social isolation due to the impact of COVID-19, this is a time to reset and explore what participating in West Vancouver arts and culture looks like. This is an opportunity to re-think and explore key values—how have our uses and needs for arts and culture spaces and programs evolved?

Current state of District arts facilities

The District's three dedicated arts facilities (Art Museum, Music Box, and Silk Purse), originally built as single-family cottages, are in poor condition and are 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 years to come.

Confirming the vision for the future arts facility

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.




Visioning together—thank you for taking the survey

The goal of this engagement (Arts Planning: Visioning) is to develop a working vision and concept for a replacement arts facility. This work will inform the development of a proposed governance model and funding planning.

Survey

Thank you to everyone who took the survey. The survey closed on Friday, September 16 at 4 p.m.

Workshops

Thank you to everyone who attended a workshop on June 22, 23, and 27. Additional opportunities to provide input include:

  • a community-wide survey from July to mid-September
  • follow-up workshops to confirm the findings of the June workshops and the community survey


How did we get here?

Past work, Council direction, and research

  • 2018: the District conducted extensive community engagement to inform the creation of an Arts & Culture Strategy. The strategy lays a foundation for the advancement of arts and culture and sets the stage for detailed planning for enhanced facilities.

  • 2018: Council created the Arts Facilities Advisory Committee to consider the existing needs of arts and culture activities in West Vancouver and to develop an arts and culture facilities plan.

  • 2019: The Arts Facilities Advisory Committee worked with Cornerstone Planning Group to create the Arts & Culture Facilities Plan (June 2019). This document identified and quantified West Vancouver's need for exhibition, performance, workshop/studio, programming and storage spaces to support West Vancouver’s current and future arts and culture community for the next 20 years.

  • 2020: The Arts Facilities Advisory Committee worked with Cornerstone Planning Group to create the Arts Facilities Site Identification Analysis (February 2020). This document identified the most suitable locations for developing a new facility or facilities.

  • 2021: After rigorous data collection, analysis, and forecasting; consultation with local stakeholders, community groups and business leaders; and careful consideration of local aspirations as expressed in the Official Community Plan and Economic Development Plan, the findings revealed that West Vancouver requires a new building of approximately 25,000 square feet to replace its unsuitable facilities and to meet future demand.

  • 2021: Community engagement focused on the work done by the previous Arts Facility Advisory Committee; in particular, the outcomes of the Arts Facilities Site Identification Analysis completed by Cornerstone Planning Group. That study analyzed the Ambleside region for suitable sites for future arts facilities and ranked them based on site selection criteria. The outcomes of that study, and subsequent Council decisions, was the recommendation to present two site options for public consideration.

  • 2021: Consultation results indicated a split in community opinion in terms of acceptance of either of the sites. In addition, they raised several questions and concerns about aspects of the project. Council did not select either proposed site.

  • 2021: To address the concerns and questions remaining in the community, and to raise awareness of the current condition of municipal arts facilities in West Vancouver, Council directed that additional community-wide engagement program on the next steps for arts and culture facilities in West Vancouver and the development of a governance model and a Capital Funding Plan for the replacement of the facilities for arts and culture in West Vancouver be undertaken.

  • Today (June 2022): The goal of this engagement is to develop a working vision and concept for a replacement arts facility. This work will inform the development of a proposed governance model and Capital Funding Plan.







  • Council direction

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    Update: April 2022

    The Arts Facilities Advisory Committee will:

    (a) confirm an arts and culture facility vision and concept, by:

    • engaging with the arts and culture community, community user groups, and the public;

    (b) recommend a framework for capital fundraising, by:

    • researching best practices in capital fundraising for arts and culture facilities; and
    • confirming best practices and developing a framework to guide capital fundraising; and

    (c) recommend a governance model, by:

    • researching and collecting data on a variety of governance models;
    • soliciting public input and participation from community organizations and groups;
    • confirming values that will guide the development of a governance model; and
    • ensuring the long-term sustainable operation of an arts and culture facility.

    Visit the committee's webpage to learn more.

    Update: September 27, 2021

    Replacement of the Arts Facilities Advisory Committee Terms of Reference

    Council created the Arts Facilities Advisory Committee in 2019 to consider existing needs (exhibition, performance, storage, workshop/studio, and program spaces) and future needs for facilities to support arts and culture. As a result of this work, a single consolidated, purpose-built replacement facility was proposed.

    Community consultation took place in May and June 2021 to present two potential sites and ask the public to select a preferred option. The consultation results indicated a split in community opinion in terms of acceptance of either of the sites. In addition, they raised several questions and concerns about many aspects of the project.

    On July 26, 2021, Council directed staff to conduct additional community engagement to address concerns and questions remaining in the community.

    Part of that work is to develop a governance model and a fundraising plan to replace the facilities for arts and culture in West Vancouver.

    Under the new terms of reference, the 2022 Arts Facilities Advisory Committee will undertake that work. The District is accepting applications for volunteer committee members until October 22, 2021.

    Council approved the new terms of reference.

    Update: August 3, 2021

    On April 21, 2021, Council directed staff to proceed to public consultation to select one of two site options for a consolidated, purpose-built replacement arts and culture facility. The community engagement took place between May 18 and June 16, 2021, and this report presented the engagement and proposed the next steps.

    The community consultation presented two potential sites and asked the public to select a preferred option. Respondents were also asked to provide their reasoning for their choice. The consultation results indicated a split in community opinion in terms of acceptance of either of the sites. In addition, they raised several questions and concerns about many aspects of the project.

    Council did not select either proposed site. To address the concerns and questions remaining in the community, and to raise awareness of the current condition of municipal arts facilities in West Vancouver, Council resolved that:

    1. the Arts & Culture Center Site Selection - Engagement Summary Report be received for information;
    2. $150,000 of the $270,000 originally allocated from the COVID Safe Restart Grant be expended to develop an additional community-wide engagement program on the next steps for arts and culture facilities in West Vancouver and the development of a governance model and a fundraising plan for the replacement of the facilities for arts and culture in West Vancouver; and
    3. staff report back to Council on the results
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