In 2003, the Park Board reviewed its Arts Policy. After researching the field of community arts and consulting with stakeholders, a renewed Arts Policy was adopted which affirmed that the Board will continue its role in community cultural development and in partnerships which celebrate the arts in everyday life.
Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation confirms its mandate in the arts and recognizes the arts as an essential element in a vital, creative and balanced city and seeks to actively facilitate participation in and access to the arts for all.
Park Board holds a vision of a city where the arts are an integral part of everyday life; where community cultural development processes strengthen civil society, where parks and community centres refl ect the cultural vitality of the
community and where people are able to learn and express creativity in ways that build healthy communities.
Values which guide the Arts Policy
Inherent human capacity of creativity promotes wellbeing and generates innovative thinking and action.
Equitable access and inclusion is a priority in a city where diversity is a key element in our demographic make up.
Connectivity provided by community of interest or of neighbourhood, strengthens the social safety net, develops leadership and supports democratic decision making.
Resources are used most eff ectively when individuals, groups and organizations define and work together on common interests.
1) Community Cultural Development
Board contributes to the health of communities through community cultural development processes linking artists and community members addressing issues of shared interest.
2) Public Realm
Board provides a vibrant public realm and supports the experience of public art and cultural events in parks.
With its community association partners, the Board provides learning opportunities for personal growth and community development both in and through the arts.
Board establishes avenues for young and emerging artists and artists of diverse cultures to gain experience.
5) Innovation and Tradition
Board values both innovation and tradition in the arts and takes measures to implement new and creative ventures as well as maintaining cultural and civic traditions.
6) Recognition of Artists
Recognizing the role that artists play in society and the expertise that they carry, the Board affirms that artists must be paid for their work.
Seeing arts qualifications as a significant asset to an organization, the Board seeks opportunities to recruit staff with background or experience in the arts.
Board works with artists, arts organizations and community partners to expand the opportunities for the experience of art in everyday life.
9) Facilities and Planning
Board provides specialised arts facilities and park elements and, recognizing the unique skills that artists bring to the creation of a dynamic city, includes artists in the planning of parks and facilities.
More detailed information about our Arts Policy can be found in the following documents: