Richmond residents invited to community dialogue for local arts strategy

Richmond has a new arts strategy in the works and to launch its development, the city is hosting a community dialogue session Monday evening.

Known as ArtWorks, the city hopes the strategy will “enrich Richmond’s quality of life through broad accessibility and engagement with the arts.” Once developed, the strategy will work as a shared vision and guide for the city’s future goals, strategies and tactics.

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This winter, a Richmond arts strategy task group was formed and includes Richmond residents who are active in the arts community such as Linda Barnes, former city councillor, Rob Fillo, executive director of the Richmond Arts Coalition, Carolyn Robertson, dean of the Wilson School of Design at KPU and Quelemia Sparrow, a First Nations actor, director and writer from the Musqueam Nation.

Monday, March 19th's launch event, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at City Centre Community Centre (5900 Minoru Blvd.) will outline the art strategy’s development process and will allow residents to provide feedback. Attendees will be asked what art activities and cultural spaces they want to see in their community.

Along with the community dialogue session, the city will also host an online survey, cultural cafes, and panel discussions. The city plans to have a final strategy in place in the fall.

For more information, follow the ArtWorks website. Pre-registration for Monday’s event is required by contacting

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