How the City Supports Arts and Culture

Victoria is home to a vibrant and eclectic arts and culture community, from world class performing arts, museums and festivals to local authors and artisans. The juxtaposition of heritage charm and modern urban living is part of what makes Victoria one of the most uniquely special places in Canada. 

The City has been working with local arts and cultural groups for over 45 years to support initiatives such as multicultural festivals, special events and films, Canada Day celebrations, public art, Victoria's Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate program, and the annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.

In 2015, the City invested $8.5 million in total investment for arts, culture, heritage and library service delivery to the community. 

For more information on how the City supports culture, view the council webcast of the December 18, 2015 workshop with City Council and guest speaker Dr. Greg Baeker, Cultural Planning Consultant. 

FACT SHEET: How the City Supports Arts and Culture [PDF - 5.2 MB]

Developing an Arts and Culture Master Plan

The City is developing an Arts and Culture Master Plan as a framework for the City's future vision, policy and action plan for arts and culture. Titled Create Victoria, the Arts and Culture Master Plan will be the guiding document that continues to elevate the City as a destination for creativity, innovation and excellence in the arts.

The plan will build on Victoria's current cultural resources, vibrant community, and collaborative community partnerships. Learn how you can be involved in Create Victoria.

Victoria Arts Scan Report

Victoria Arts Scan was an arts and cultural mapping project designed to inventory information on Victoria's arts and cultural assets - the scope of arts and cultural organizations and resources that currently exist in Victoria.

The LifeCycles Project Society, a local non-profit group, was contracted to collect data and create an inventory, as well as prepare a draft report that identified opportunities and gaps in Victoria's current arts and cultural community and made recommendations for future priorities.

The Victoria Arts Scan mapping project was funded by a $10,000, 2010 Legacies Now grant, made possible by the BC Provincial Government, in addition to $10,000 from the City of Victoria.

ArtsVictoria.ca Online Directory

The inventory data collected was used to develop an online directory -- a go-to source for arts and culture in the Capital City. Whether you're searching for art galleries and performance venues, or looking to take dance or music lessons, this online directory is where you'll find them. The directory features over 650 arts and cultural organizations, over 300 artist profiles in Victoria and an interactive map.To learn more about Victoria's arts and culture scene, visit: www.ArtsVictoria.ca.