The Community Arts Council of Vancouver
Since its beginning in 1946, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver has been a pivotal player in shaping the cultural life of Vancouver. The Council has been a powerful force in creating and advocating for many of the institutions, traditions and policies in Vancouver that we benefit from today.

The Community Arts Council was instrumental in the creation of the Vancouver Playhouse, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Vancouver Museum and Planetarium, the UBC School of Music, and the first Vancouver Film Festival, among many other cultural institutions and events we take for granted.

The Community Arts Council of Vancouver played a vital role in the preservation of Gastown and in the initiation of the heritage preservation movement. CACV also advocated for street banners, outdoor furniture, and the cherry trees that line Vancouver's streets.

A major focus of the Arts Council is to support community cultural development in the Downtown Eastside through the work of the Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network. CAN´s focus is to encourage cooperation between groups and provide opportunities for the development of economic self-reliance in the arts across a range of sectors including performing, visual, media, and design arts. CAN´s initiatives include the publication of Fearless Magazine, Fearless TV productions and the organizing of Fearless Festival, a street-level community arts festival to be held on July 1, 2007 in the Downtown Eastside.

The Community Arts Council of Vancouver is a co-sponsor of the Langara College Summer School on Building Community and an interim sponsor of the Pantages Theatre Arts Society and City Opera who will each contribute to the already vibrant arts scene in the Downtown Eastside.

The Art of Community