The Victoria Arts Council is dedicated to raising awareness of and developing a positive, supportive environment for the arts through education, civic advocacy, projects and programs that reach artists and the community at large. We strive to elevate the profile of local artists and performers, while igniting a passion for arts and culture throughout Greater Victoria.
VAC activities are open to the entire community. We welcome artists and performers of all disciplines and at all levels, from emerging to professional.
We value and facilitate relationships with local organizations and arts groups in order to build community through arts and culture.
What We Do
- Provide exhibition opportunities to artists of all disciplines and skill levels in a variety of venues;
- Coordinate large-scale community-based and juried art exhibitions throughout the year;
- Celebrate the performing arts by supporting concerts, dance and theatre events;
- Host professional development events, including workshops, speakers series and lectures tailored to artists and creative individuals;
- Coordinate artist residencies, specifically though the Artishow program;
- Participate in or support community events and festivals in numerous ways;
- Provide advocacy to arts groups and individual artists in order to help them grow;
- Promote VAC and member programs/events through print and online materials.
- Increase access to arts and culture in our community;
- Encourage participation and appreciation of local arts and culture.
Since 1968, the Victoria Arts Council (formerly the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria) has served the public as a charitable, non-profit, community arts organization. The VAC has grown from 60 members to approximately 600 members since its inception. We continue to serve the Victoria community through the generous support of the BC Arts Council, the CRD, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Victoria, and through our affiliations with numerous community partners and sponsors. The Victoria Arts Council remains strong and active with a mandate to provide advocacy through leadership, partnership, and community involvement; and to increase and broaden public awareness and opportunities in the arts and cultural activities.