The Community Arts Council of Vancouver was the first Community Arts Council created in North America. For more than 60 years the arts council has been contributing to the cultural and community development of Vancouver by creating art projects that engage the community and facilitate, support, and create initiatives, facilities, and programs that increase community participation in the arts.
The arts council was instrumental in the creation of the Vancouver Playhouse, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Vancouver Museum and Planetarium, the UBC School of Music, Heritage Vancouver, the Vancouver Film Festival and many significant creative and cultural developments in Vancouver including the preservation of Gastown as a heritage neighbourhood.
More recently, the council has been contributing to the cultural and social development of the Downtown Eastside in Old Vancouver and has been involved in the creation of the Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network, the City Opera company, and the Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts. The Downtown Eastside community is rich in history and cultures and is the neighbourhood with the largest population of artists per capita in British Columbia.
The Community Arts Council is a partner in the Stanley Park Environmental Art Project, a community arts project designed to increase awareness of environmental concerns and excite interest in creating with nature.
The Community Arts Council of Vancouver gives community leaders and contributors a place to connect to explore and create community arts projects that contribute to the cultural and community development of Vancouver.