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STRAT­EGY’S FIRST FIXES

Early find­ings by the staff helm­ing Van­cou­ver’s Cre­ative City Strat­egy have led to some im­me­di­ate recommendations to city coun­cil— es­pe­cially on the pub­lic-art front. So far, the city team has con­nected with more than 500 peo­ple across the cul­tural sec­tor. It’s iden­ti­fied issues around af­ford­abil­ity and the dis­tri­bu­tion of city fund­ing to the arts. The full strat­egy is ex­pected to be de­liv­ered in early 2019. But for now, staff’s im­me­di­ate recommendations in­clude launch­ing new pub­lic-art ini­tia­tives, like an emerg­ing-artists boot camp, and re­view­ing the pub­lic-art pro­gram for pri­vate de­vel­op­ers (which has given rise to works like Gwen Boyle’s

and An­cient Streams for West­bank, shown here) to look at how the city can bet­ter sup­port work by In­dige­nous and lo­cal artists. See more at

van­cou­ver.ca/cre­ativecitys­trat­egy/. New Cur­rents

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