Mayor releases Arts & Culture To Do List for Spring ’08

creative-city-logo.pngTo mark the conclusion of the second annual Vancouver Creative City Conference at the Playhouse Theatre, Mayor Sam Sullivan will release a “to do list” of arts & culture initiatives over the next 30-45 days. It includes:

  • approve funding for community celebrations – including annual Pride Parade, Celtic Fest, Chinese New Years Parade, Vaisakhi and Canada Day Fireworks
  • promote Vancouver arts & culture on Board of Trade mission to Hong Kong
  • support the campaign to keep the CBC Radio orchestra in Vancouver
  • encourage Vancouver’s participation in Quebec’s 400th anniversary celebration
  • introduce measures the City of Vancouver can support to make 2009 Juno Awards the best ever
  • unveil details of first annual Mayor’s Arts Awards
  • get final cultural tourism plan to Council for review and vote by end of July
  • institute street closures to restore public order to downtown entertainment district
  • work to further increase number of taxi licenses by end of 2008
  • resume construction on Queen Elizabeth Theatre improvements

The Creative City Conversation is taking place throughout the day today and focused on four items that will help shape a Cultural Tourism Plan that Council can review and approve this summer:

  • Facilities Review – including recommendations on how to convert boarded-up buildings to art studio space for students
  • Public Art Reviews – including how to leverage over $1 million from Olympic Celebration Fund
  • Multi-Year Grants – focused on how to provide increased certainty for community organizations
  • Cultural Tourism Strategy – review best ways to allocate and leverage $1.5 million Cultural Tourism Fund and 2010 initiatives

During his address to the Creative Cities Conference, Mayor Sullivan highlighted a number of accomplishments over the past two years, including:

  • $60 million for theatre/facility upgrades at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Playhouse Theatre and Pacific Coliseum)
  • dramatic increase to arts & culture grant programs
  • helped secured provincial funding for art gallery & new East End Cultural Centre
  • $10 million for revitalization our historic neighborhoods in Vancouver
  • $20 million Olympic Celebration Legacy
  • Approved plan to secure the future of BC Place Stadium
  • Initiated planning to celebrate Vancouver’s 125th birthday celebration
  • Commitment to ongoing consultation with arts & culture community