Strategic Plan

What’s the purpose of an Arts Council?

Historically, arts councils were set up as colonially-based organizations in communities around the province to serve members interested in the arts. Today, Arts Councils help to lead cultural development in their communities by fostering artistic vibrancy, nurturing pride of place and being community-relevant (identifying if there are challenges and opportunities that arts and culture can help with).

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What is the Squamish Arts Council doing to plan for the future?

Squamish Arts engaged Patricia Huntsman Culture + Communication to lead the Strategic Planning and Engagement Project.

The purpose of the project is to undertake strategic planning for Squamish Arts, the outcome of which
will be a three-year strategic plan. The project will reflect the landscape of arts and culture in the Sea to Sky area, as well as the broader arts and culture context. As part of the project scope, the consultant team will work with the Squamish Arts Board and staff to examine leadership, capacity and areas of opportunity within the organization.

The project will include an engagement process that involves the Squamish Arts Board of Directors and staff, key stakeholders and the public, and builds on various past engagement data in the community.

To the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw

Chet kw’enmantúmi (We thank you) and are grateful to live on this land.

Squamish Arts honours that the lands on which we live, work and play are the unceded ancestral territory of the Squamish Nation. As an arts council, we work in keeping with the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and commit to being active in our work towards Truth and Reconciliation.

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Plan Overview

The objective of the Plan is to assist Squamish Arts in fulfilling its mission, while providing a strategic ‘roadmap’ for future decisions and actions over a three-year term.

Foundations for the Plan reflect the Arts Council’s arts-based community development focus, while also recognizing that its organizational capacity is in varying stages of maturity. The landscape of arts and culture in Squamish and the Sea to Sky area, and the broader arts and culture context, are also reflected in the Plan.


The Plan is organized into four sections:


Sets the stage, identifying the arts and culture context, the role of arts councils and an overview of Squamish Arts. A description of the project background is provided, followed by details about the Plan including its objective, foundations and process. Lastly, this section also describes the community context.


Provides an overview of the engagement process and identifies key themes that provide a framework for this Plan.


Describes the strategic directions to guide Squamish Arts during the planning period, as well as supporting actions.


Includes an implementation plan to identify how the Plan will be implemented by staff, Board members and volunteers, including short-term actions (‘quick wins’) and longer-term focused actions.

Squamish Arts

Strategic Plan 2022-2025

The objective of the Plan is to assist the Arts Council in fulfilling its mission, while providing a strategic ‘roadmap’ for future decisions and actions over a three-year term.

Our Partners

Squamish Arts acknowledges that the land on which we live, work and recreate is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, particularly the territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation. It is our responsibility to honour their ancestry by being an ally to the present.

Community Event Calendar

Terms & Conditions

Event Eligibility: Only events related to public art and cultural activities located in Squamish, BC will be considered for inclusion in the calendar. The event should align with the purpose and focus of Squamish Art’s mission and vision.

Submission Accuracy: The submitter is responsible for providing accurate and up-to-date information about the event, including the event title, date, time, location, description, and any additional relevant details.

Ownership and Permissions: By submitting an event to the calendar, the submitter confirms that they have the necessary rights and permissions to promote the event and its associated content, including any images or multimedia files.

Event Approval: Submission does not guarantee automatic inclusion in the public art calendar. The calendar administrators reserve the right to review and approve each event before it is published. Approved events will be added to the calendar in a timely manner.

Editing and Removal: The calendar administrators reserve the right to edit event details, including the event title, description, date, time, and location, to ensure accuracy and consistency. The administrators also reserve the right to remove an event from the calendar at any time without prior notice.

Pricing Guidelines: Submitters must either be a member or pay a non-refundable fee of $10 for each event submitted. Membership details and fee payment instructions will be provided separately.

Public Accessibility: The public art calendar is available to the general public. By submitting an event, the submitter acknowledges that the event details will be visible to anyone accessing the calendar.

Content Guidelines: Event submissions must adhere to the guidelines of respectful and inclusive language. The calendar administrators reserve the right to reject or modify event submissions that contain offensive, discriminatory, or inappropriate content.

Liability: The calendar administrators are not responsible for any inaccuracies, errors, or omissions in the event details provided by the submitter. The submitter agrees to hold the administrators harmless from any claims or liabilities arising from the inclusion or exclusion of an event in the calendar.

Data Privacy: Personal information collected during the event submission process will be handled in accordance with applicable data protection laws and the privacy policy of the public art calendar.

Modifications to Terms and Conditions: The calendar administrators may update or modify these terms and conditions at any time. It is the responsibility of the submitter to review the terms periodically and ensure compliance.

By submitting an event to the public art calendar, the submitter agrees to comply with these terms and conditions.