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April 20, 2021
Arts Office eNews:: April 2012

The development of a new Cultural Plan for North Vancouver has people talking! Public consultation has been integral to the cultural planning process and we extend heartfelt thanks to all those who participated in our first-ever World Café at Presentation House Arts Centre earlier this month. Don't worry, it's not too late to contribute to the plan. Everyone is invited to complete the Cultural Plan Online Survey or, to come out to one of our Open House events in early May. 

We hope to hear from you!

The Arts Office - Ian, Barb, John and Lori

  • The development of a new Cultural Plan for North Vancouver is now well underway and the Arts Office has been thrilled with the response from the community to date. Input from key stakeholders in the cultural sector, and from the community at large, has helped to guide the development of priorities and strategies that will inform a new cultural plan for our community. It's still a work in progress, so please consider taking a few moments to complete the Cultural Planning Online Survey. Or, join us at an Open House in early May to share your ideas and learn more about the cultural planning process.

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  • Victor Penman has been with the District of North Vancouver's Fire and Rescue Services for over 24 years, and was appointed Fire Chief in October 2011. He happily acknowledges sharing his title as 'the Boss" with one of his favorite artists and musical inspirations, Bruce Springsteen.

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  • A thrilling performance by Brockton School's World Music Ensemble helped launch the first-ever World Café at Presentation House Arts Centre in early April. Hosted by the Arts Office, the World Café was a facilitated round-table workshop involving 67 participants from the North Shore's creative community including: artists, arts administrators, City and District planning staff, tourism representatives, educators, and members of the general public. The group engaged in collaborative discussions regarding aspirations, opportunities and challenges to refresh and re-envision plans for a new Cultural Plan for North Vancouver.

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  • "Knit graffiti" or "yarn bombing" is an international guerilla movement that started underground and is now embraced by crochet and knitting artists of all ages, nationalities and genders. Its practitioners create stunning works of art out of yarn that enliven public spaces. Here on the North Shore, the North Vancouver Community Arts Council invites community members to participate in a yarn bombing project that will include instruction, hands-on workshops and knit-ins! (the photo above shows a knitted tribute to the upcoming London Olympics attached to a pier in North Yorkshire, U.K.)

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  • Culture Days is the largest-ever collective public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural community in this country. This September, local arts, culture and heritage groups, libraries and community centres will band together to celebrate North Shore Culture Days and offer a wide range of free, participatory and interactive events that will give community members an idea of the creative opportunities that exist right here in our own backyard!

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