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.

Tell us how you think we can best move the arts forward in our communities. You are invited to take part in a range of engagement activities, including an online survey (now closed), community dialogue sessions, pop-up kiosks, and more. Watch this space for updates.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Community Dialogue Session on November 19!

At the Community Dialogue Session, we received tons of great feedback from the community on the the proposed Strategic Directions (below) and the kinds of actions we can take to make them happen.

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Richmond Arts Strategy Update - Fall 2018

After a very busy spring and summer and as we enter the harvest season, we are delighted to update you on our progress so far.

RAS Project Timeline

We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who participated in the online survey, community dialogue events, sounding boards and pop-up kiosks. With more than 470 completed surveys and the hundreds of additional pieces of feedback collected at our community engagement activities held over the spring, we are working with a large and robust pool of data and ideas from people like you.

Guiding Principles

Working with the 25-member Richmond Arts Strategy Task Group, this 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 the arts.

Help Spread the Word

Let’s keep the conversation going about the arts in Richmond. Bring your friends and colleagues to upcoming events and be sure to follow us on Instagram @HowArtWorks for updates.
For information about how you can get involved in the development of the Richmond Arts Strategy, contact

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