Call to Action From City of Vancouver's Arts and Culture Policy Council

Members of Vancouver's arts and cultural community are urged to register to speak at a special City Council meeting on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 to advocate for increased arts funding in the 2017 Budget.

The City's Arts and Culture Policy Council (ACPC) has passed a motion advising City Council to increase funding to the Operating Grants program of the Cultural Services Department. ACPC feels strongly that an increase in funding in this area is crucial for organizational stability, as the budget for grants for operating clients has not increased significantly since 2007. 

Arts organizations, artists, and board members are encouraged to sign up to speak at the public meeting in the Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall. The meeting commences at 9:30 a.m. See the notice of the meeting and the agenda here

Register to Speak

To register to speak at the meeting, please contact Bonnie Kennett at 604 873 7269 or email The deadline to sign up is the start of the meeting.

In your request, please state:

  • Your full name
  • The date of the meeting
  • The agenda item number and title you want to speak about

If a representative from your organization is unable to speak, please send a letter to Mayor and Council advocating for an increase to this very valuable program.

Please identify in your speech or letter why this increase in funding is necessary in order for the City of Vancouver's arts organizations to contribute to the vital and economic well-being of the municipality.


If you have questions, please contact Donna Spencer, Chair of the Arts and Culture Policy Council, at 604 689 0691 or


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