Strategic Goals and Outcomes
Lau, along with 19 community members spoke in council chambers about “why” this proposal was so important for the future social fabric of the city. One topic that was addressed by multiple speakers was the loss of local spaces that support arts and culture. The plan does address this issue. One of the strategic goals outlines creating a heritage land trust to prevent the future loss of arts spaces.
Jackie Hoffart, local comedy producer and comic also spoke in support of the culture plan.
“I want to speak to the affordable, accessible, secure, spaces aspect of the plan, because there are so many people that work very very hard in stand up comedy and have no guarantee that the shows they run will continue to exist from week to week.” – Jackie Hoffart, Comedy Producer
Hoffart continued to mention that stand up comics contribute to the creative fabric of Vancouver, and that despite it being the most accessible art form, only one permanent comedy club exists in the city.
“There is only one artist run space” she added.
See more from the city council meeting and the other 18 speakers using the live feed below.
9 out of 10 councillors voted yes to implement the plan – with Colleen Hardwicke abstaining.
Lau says she hopes the next big win will be if Culture|Shift influences the upcoming budget vote.
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