Victoria, and especially Fernwood, is home to an incredible mix of artists, designers, performers, entrepreneurs and innovators who contribute to a vibrant arts and culture scene. The City of Victoria is developing Create Victoria, a five-year Arts and Culture Master Plan, designed to nurture conditions for this creativity to flourish. The plan will align ideas, people, and resources around a shared vision and a set of goals, strategies and tactics to realize Victoria’s full potential

What’s your vision for arts, culture and heritage in Victoria? The City will soon be asking as engagement with the broader community and the creative industry launches mid-month. In March, a series of cultural cafes will be held at a variety of venues, inviting the community to share their vision for a vibrant arts and culture future for Victoria. What does a creative city look like? What do you need to be a successful arts and culture entrepreneur or organization? And how can the City support this vision and needs?

Since 2010, more than 250 City-owned and community-run arts and culture resources have been mapped. To ensure Victoria’s arts and culture scene is accurately represented moving forward, and to help the City identify opportunities and gaps, the community will be invited to add venues, organizations, businesses and public art to the Arts Victoria online cultural map.

Public input combined with recent data collected during the CRD Art Strategy engagement will inform the City’s cultural planning. “Nurture Our Arts, Culture and Learning Capital” is a strategic objective in the City of Victoria 2015 – 2018 Strategic Plan, and developing an Arts and Culture Master Plan is an action and an outcome in the Plan.

The City will come back to the community in early June for feedback on its draft Master Plan. Watch for more information on how you can Make Your Mark in helping shape the future of Victoria’s arts and culture scene.

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