The Victoria Foundation's recently released Vital Signs report assigned a B+ rating to Arts and Culture in the region. More than 65% of respondents indicated that they attended music concerts an average of 3.6 time per year and visited museums and galleries 3.4 times per year. Statistics for those employed in the arts rose from 6800 in 2012 to 8200 in 2013. The economic activity generated by the arts has risen from $177.3 million annually to more than $181 million. Overall the Arts and Culture segment retained a B+ rating. Through challenging economic times I was pleased to see that Victoria Council's support for the arts was not decreased. As economic forecasts continue to display optimism it is an appropriate time for funding allocation to the arts to be reviewed by individual Councils as well as by the CRD Arts Service. As Vice-Chair of the CRD Arts Committee I have been pleased by the encouraging and supportive approach that the Committee has taken in encouraging non-member municipalities to join the service and for existing members to increase the amount of their contribution. Details of the current status of regional funding for the arts may be found in the excellent, attached Op-Ed piece written by Patrick Fleck, a Past Chairman of the CRD Arts Advisory Council.

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http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/op-ed/comment-regional-arts-funding-is-a-muddled-mess-1.1431481

 

The relocation of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia to a harbour front site in the CPR Steamship building, overlooking the Inner Harbour, will give the Museum the waterfront presence that they have long hoped for. It will also provide an opportunity for floating exhibits. This should be the first step in creating a Maritime Museum of the Pacific that will recognize the importance of Victoria as both the gateway to the Pacific and the gateway to Canada. This will not be possible without the support of both the provincial and federal governments. Hopefully, the collaborative relationship that developed between the Province and the Museum, when the Museum was required to vacate its current facility, will continue and also be enhanced. Concern now must focus on the future of the 1879 Provincial Courthouse building which will be vacant whn the MMBC moves to its new location. Hopefully, a collaborative relationship will be developed between the City and the Province to ensure a vibrant future for this architecturally and historically significant building which plays a key role in the vibrancy of Bastion Square and the surrounding area.

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http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/maritime-museum-s-move-leaves-hole-in-bastion-square-1.1432273

http://www.timescolonist.com/victoria-s-maritime-museum-is-on-the-move-1.1431599