About Us

CACV advocated for street banners

The Community Arts Council of Vancouver was the first arts council in North America. Since its beginning in 1946, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver has been a contributor to 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 Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Vancouver Museum and Planetarium, the UBC School of Music, the first Vancouver Film Festival, and many other cultural institutions and events we take for granted. For more than 60 years, CACV has been contributing to the cultural and community development of Vancouver by creating art projects that engage the community and facilitating, supporting, and advocating for initiatives, facilities, and programs that increase community participation in the arts. Our interests are to increase understanding of how the arts create community, grow our appreciation of our cultural differences, and engage the community in the art of developing community.

CACV advocated for the cherry trees that line Vancouver's streets

Heritage Vancouver began as a committee of the Community Arts Council and separated in 1991 to become the first independent heritage group in Vancouver. It operates today as an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Vancouver’s built, cultural, and natural heritage.

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.

More information: Arts and Our Town

Downtown Eastside of Vancouver

A major focus of the Arts Council is to support community cultural development in the Downtown Eastside through collaborating with local artists, arts groups and community organizations.