Art builds beautiful communities

There are many things that make a community great, including accessible healthcare, inclusive transit systems and shared green spaces, just to name a few.

Here’s one that may not spring to mind: art.

Arts and arts organizations are integral to building strong connections in our community. Storytelling, art exhibits, musical performances and community gatherings are creative, dynamic tools that bring people together. They are even used by city planners to engage the public in community planning processes.

“Trans Am Totem” by Marcus Bowcott. Quebec Street & Milross Avenue, Vancouver

As the City of Abbotsford states on its website, when a city invests in art, it’s investing in the success of its entire community:

“Public art creates safety, by putting eyes and people onto the streets where it is located. It also attracts tourists, skilled workers, and businesses that desire to visit and work in an environment that places a high value on place making.”

If you really think about it – art is everywhere. From your favourite public park, to the outdoor installations at English Bay, to a local busker at your skytrain stop, art is connecting with us regularly, and helping build our sense of home.

There are also a number of fantastic galleries and art centres across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Grab a friend or a family member and spend a day of cultural exploration together at one of the places listed below.

Tsawwassen Arts Centre

This multi-level facility is dedicated to the arts and is used by local arts groups as a facility for performances and recitals. Arts, theatre, music and dance classes and programs are facilitated by Delta Parks, Recreation & Culture. Be sure to also check out an arts exhibit or a production by the Sidekicks Players Club.

Evergreen Cultural Centre

The Evergreen Cultural Centre presents a variety of arts programs, including professional theatre, dance and music presentations and art exhibitions. It also provides arts education courses for both children and adults. It’s summer camps offer youth of all ages a change to ham it up on stage or get comfortable in an artist’s studio!

The Evergreen Cultural Centre is the visual and performing arts hub of the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Moody, and Port Coquitlam).

The ACT Arts Centre

The ACT is the home for culture and live entertainment in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows and serves the public in arts programs, gallery exhibitions and performing arts presentations. Join them for a Friday night dance part, drop-in drawing lessons, or for their artBar – where participants enjoy a glass of wine and learn to drum, draw and print!

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

The Shadbolt Centre is the award-winning community arts facility in beautiful Deer Lake Park in Burnaby. It hosts events and opportunities for individuals of all ages, including exhibitions and festivals that range from visual arts to dance to music and theatre. Check out it’s ever-evolving line-up of events – there’s something for everyone.

The Township of Langley Civic Facility

This building exhibits the work of members from the Langley Arts Council year-round. Programs include youth exhibitions, receptions for local work, and the annual “Upcycling Design Challenge”, where artists turn trash into beautiful and sustainable treasure.

The Langley Civic Facility exhibits the work of members from the Langley Arts Council year-round.

Squamish Arts Council

The Squamish Arts Council generates awareness of, and improve access to arts, culture and heritage in Squamish. It provides diverse programming for individuals of all ages, including rock band camps, dj lessons, meditation classes, film courses and collage work. Discover your creative side today!

Chilliwack Cultural Centre

Chilliwack Cultural Centre houses two unique performance theatres, an art gallery, music instruction studios, arts and crafts studios and meeting rooms. Classes on clay work, glass blowling and drawing are available to individuals of all ages (except the glass blowing!).

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