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Arts & Culture

The City has long considered arts and culture a priority in considering the lifestyle and well-being of the community. By providing opportunities to participate in creative or cultural activities, the City promotes a positive environment for the community to interact, contributing significantly to our sense of community and quality of life.

In 1988, the City and District of North Vancouver developed a Cultural Plan to provide a framework for arts and culture decision making.

The City is committed to creating art in public places to "celebrate and stimulate the cultural spirit and identity of the community".


North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission (NVRC)

North Vancouver is one of Canada's most active, healthy, and creative communities and its residents value a healthy lifestyle achieved through recreation and culture. This is evidenced by the more than three million visits to community recreation facilities each year; a strong public art program; and, an abundance of thriving arts and cultural organizations, programs and events. The North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission (NVRC) is a bi-municipal organization that delivers arts, culture and recreation programs and services on behalf of the City and District of North Vancouver. These include: the provision of quality recreation and arts experiences; the operation of community recreation facilities and Centennial Theatre; coordination of Public Art programs; management of grants programs; and, promotional and cultural planning services.

The ON! calendar includes a comprehensive listing of arts and cultural events on Vancouver's North Shore. Local artists, arts, culture and heritage organizations are invited to upload their event information and promotional images to the ON! calendar.


North Vancouver Museum & Archives (NVMA)

The North Vancouver Museum & Archives (NVMA) was founded in 1972 as the North Shore Museum & Archives. Since 1996 it has been governed by the North Vancouver Museum & Archives Commission, a joint civic properties commission operated under the auspices of the City and the District of North Vancouver.

The Commission employs fulfills a governance role and provides strategic direction to NVMA. According to its founding by-laws, the Museum & Archives acts as the "sole custodian of the City and District cultural, archival and museum collections." The Museum collects and preserves aspects of the material culture of North Vancouver and cares for approximately 20,000 historic artifacts of local and regional importance. The Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to the documentary heritage of North Vancouver, including public records created by both municipalities, as well as thousands of private records, archival documents, and photographs that document the lives and experiences of residents, business, and community organizations. The NVMA is the keeper of this community's past and provides invaluable tools for researching and exploring its unique stories.

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