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 the next 20 years.

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—take 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

The survey is open until Friday, September 16 at 4 p.m. Take the survey online now.

Paper copies of the survey are also available for pick up at the following locations:

  • Municipal Hall (750 17th Street)
  • West Vancouver Memorial Library (1950 Marine Drive)
  • Seniors' Activity Centre (695 21st Street)

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 in September 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 the next 20 years.

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—take 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

The survey is open until Friday, September 16 at 4 p.m. Take the survey online now.

Paper copies of the survey are also available for pick up at the following locations:

  • Municipal Hall (750 17th Street)
  • West Vancouver Memorial Library (1950 Marine Drive)
  • Seniors' Activity Centre (695 21st Street)

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 in September 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.







  • 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.

    The survey will be open until 4 p.m. on Friday, September 16.

    Take Survey
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