New West arts strategy returns for community comment

Artists, arts groups and community members are all invited to turn out at the Anvil Centre to learn more about the city’s revised draft arts strategy.

The city released its arts strategy, Our Arts Impact 2018-2023, in April, but city council voted to send it back to the drawing board after negative reaction from the arts community.

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At the time, Coun. Mary Trentadue, who chairs the city’s arts commission, described the document as “not fully baked.” The city sent it back to a new incarnation of the arts strategy task force – a group made up of city staff and representatives of the arts community, along with a consultant – for reworking.

Now a new draft is coming to the public for comment. A meeting is set for Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Anvil Centre Theatre, 777 Columbia St. (third floor).

The city’s website notes that an open house will be held from 1 to 2 p.m., with staff, task force members and the consultant available for discussion. From 2 to 3 p.m., there will be a workshop including an overview of the arts strategy process, followed by a “prioritization exercise” of the action items in the strategy. From 3 to 3:30 p.m., there will be time for open discussions and questions.

A draft of the revised arts strategy is available online at www.newwestcity.ca/artstrat, along with more information about the meeting.

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