Introducing The Arts Office and the on! Events Calendar
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April 28, 2010, NORTH VANCOUVER - The North Vancouver Office of Cultural Affairs (NVOCA) changes its name to The Arts Office; introduces on!, a snazzy new cultural events calendar; and launches a dynamic new website with enhanced functionality and social networking capabilities for both creators and consumers of culture on Vancouver’s North Shore.

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The Arts Office is a bi-municipal agency of the City and District of North Vancouver that supports and promotes arts and cultural activities and provides cultural development services to the North Shore community at large. Becoming The Arts Office creates a compelling and easily recognizable name and website that artists, organizations, audiences, tourists, and municipal staff can go to when seeking out news, information and resources. Ensuring that Arts Office programs and services are clearly understood and accessible to a wide range of community stakeholders is central to its mandate.

Building on the success of the Arts Alive North Shore promotion, the new on! events calendar makes its debut in the North Shore News in May 2010 and on The Arts Office website. On! will continue to feature stories about artists and focus on upcoming events presented at various North Shore venues. In addition, local artists and arts groups are invited to upload their event information free of charge to on! for inclusion in the monthly North Shore News insert as well as the online calendar on The Arts Office website.

Commenting on the changes, Arts Office Director Ian Forsyth says, “From the time we opened our doors in 2007, the Office of Cultural Affairs name was overly official and didn’t accurately reflect the diversity, and excellence of practice that we saw in the community and in the organizations we worked with. The Arts Office website is an interactive meeting place that will launch users on a journey of discovery to find out what’s happening, who’s performing, how to get tickets, apply for funding, explore public art and more!”



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