Neighbourhood Planning through Dialogue: Arts & Culture in Grandview-Woodland

From its cool studio spaces to its great venues, Grandview-Woodland plays an important role in the City’s cultural landscape. The neighbourhood is home to artists of all types, including renowned carvers, writers, sculptors, musicians, actors and more. In fact, more artists and people connected with the arts economy live in this community than any other place in Vancouver. 

The new Grandview-Woodland Community Plan is a policy document that will set out long-term directions for the neighbourhood. It covers a range of topics – and arts and culture will be a key part of this. As part of the planning process, the City of Vancouver is looking for your help in crafting these directions. Your input will assist the City to support the neighbourhood’s arts scene as effectively as possible.

There will be two workshops to discuss these issues, as well as an on-line component that will be launched in January. The workshops are duplicate sessions, so if you’d like to participate you only need to sign up for oneThe events are free, but you need to register to attend

Among the topics to be covered are:

  • Creation/production (studios & workshops)
  • Presentation (performance spaces and galleries)
  • Art in public spaces (public art and street art)
  • Cultural traditions and sites of memory or celebration
  • Creative commercial businesses including suppliers and services

If you'd like to attend a workshop, please follow the links below to sign up for one of the workshop dates:

Monday, December 3, 2012
5:00 p.m.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013
5:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

Once you register, a confirmation email will be sent to you with location details. Approximately one week prior to the workshop, you’ll receive a package of background information that will help you to prepare for the event. Please read this material before coming to the workshop.
(NOTE: You can register for up to two spaces in the workshop – but you will need to add the name and contact details for both people when you do.)

A Few More Workshop Details: 

Each workshop will start with a brief presentation on arts and culture in Grandview-Woodland, as well an overview of neighbourhood planning work to date. The workshops will be structured ‘world café’ style so that participants can share their ideas on a number of topic areas.

The City has already heard a number of ideas about ‘what’s needed’ in the neighbourhood – so part of this workshop will be about building on this input, refining general ideas around neighbourhood arts and culture, and exploring possibilities for neighbourhood-based policy directions.

On-line Component

In addition to the two workshops, the City will also be creating an on-line forum to allow people to engage with the workshop questions. This forum will go live in mid-January – and registrants will receive a separate email to let you know when this happens. If you can’t make either of the workshop dates, or prefer to share your ideas from the comfort of your own home – then please consider logging-on to this aspect of the process.

If you have any questions about the workshops or community planning process, contact the Planning Team at








About the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan

In April 2012, the City initiated a new Community Planning process for Grandview-Woodland. When completed, the plan will provide long-range guidance on a variety of issues - including housing, transportation, parks and public space, social issues, arts, culture, heritage and more. The new plan will replace an older Local Area Plan developed between 1979-82.

For information on the planning work to date, upcoming events and opportunities for public involvement, please stay in touch via the following means:

Web & List-serv sign-up:
Twitter: @gwplan
Facebook: Grandview-Woodland Community Plan
Telephone: 604.673.8171








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