Richmond Arts Strategy


What is your vision for a vibrant arts scene in Richmond?
What role should the City of Richmond play to achieve this vision?

The City of Richmond is developing a new Arts Strategy to enrich Richmond's quality of life through broad accessibility and engagement with the arts. The Strategy will serve as a guide for decision-making to empower ideas, people and resources around a shared vision and set of goals, strategies and tactics. The new Strategy will help us work together to move the arts forward in our communities.

UPDATE (Spring 2019)

ArtWorks, the extensive community engagement campaign for the Richmond Arts Strategy, took place in Spring and Summer of 2018.

Throughout the engagement period, the project team gathered feedback and ideas from the community via an online survey, a series of community dialogue events and more than 30 pop-up kiosks and sounding boards across the city. In addition to receiving more than 470 completed surveys, in both English and Chinese, approximately 500 additional pieces of feedback were collected through various activities.

Arts Services staff will present the Draft Richmond Arts Strategy 2019-2024 to Council in the coming weeks. The City’s annual Arts Services Year in Review will also be presented at these two meetings, so they will be important meetings for the community to show their support for the arts in Richmond.

You are invited to attend:

  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Committee (PRCS) meeting on April 24* at 4:00 pm in the Anderson Room, Richmond City Hall. The agenda will be posted here on April 18.

  • Pending Committee approval at the PRCS Committee meeting, the Draft Strategy will be brought to Council for official endorsement on May 13 at 7:00 pm  in Council Chambers, Richmond City Hall.

Upon Council endorsement, the Draft Richmond Arts Strategy 2019-2024 will be posted online here for community feedback in advance of presenting the final version going Council for approval in June.

Thank you!

We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has helped to inform the Strategy thus far.

Guiding Principles

Working with the 25-member Richmond Arts Strategy Task Group, community feedback played a vital role in the development of the Strategy’s Guiding Principles which were officially endorsed by City Council on July 23, 2018.

These Principles will guide strategic priorities, actions, and decisions of the City of Richmond in arts development over the next five years:

  • Striving for EXCELLENCE among all who participate in and contribute to the artistic life of Richmond from City services to community organizations to individuals of all ages and skill levels.

  • SUSTAINABILITY to 'future-proof' the arts through funding, education, infrastructure, mentorship and the integration of the arts into the everyday fabric of our city.

  • Expressing CREATIVITY through experimentation and fostering collaboration among diverse voices.

  • Providing broad ACCESSIBILITY to arts experiences and advancing INCLUSIVITY to connect people through the arts.

  • COMMUNITY-BUILDING through creative engagement and dialogue, and honouring the spirit of Reconciliation.

  • CELEBRATION to showcase and inspire Richmond's artistic vibrancy

Strategic Priorities

Since the adoption of the Guiding Principles, the following key focus areas, or Strategic Priorities, have been identified through further analysis of the community feedback:

  1. Ensure affordable and accessible arts for all.

  2. Promote inclusivity and diversity in the arts.

  3. Invest in the arts.

  4. Increase awareness and participation in the arts.

  5.  Activate public spaces through (and for) the arts.

Connect with us

Be sure to follow @HowArtWorks on Instagram for updates and posts about what is happening in arts and culture in the City of Richmond. Questions? Feel free to email

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