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We're a collaboration lab: exploring opportunities for equity-advancing, arts-enhancing partnerships.

We are a collaboration of Vancouver Island artists and arts organizations actively forging connections and synergies with sectors such as economic development and tourism. Why? Because art touches everything: it is a fundamental component of community and individual wellness, tourism and business sector vitality, and so much more. Check out our Steering Committee, our values, and some of our current projects.

Our Mission

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We are grateful for the momentum generated by the Digital Innovation Group (DIG) - a group of six Vancouver Island and Gulf Island arts councils between March 2020 and March 2022. DIG received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund (DSF) to explore ways to use technology to transform how arts councils operate, collaborate and communicate. Check out DIG’s exciting initiatives and accomplishments here:

Territory Acknowledgement

Creative Coast acknowledges that we work on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish, Kwakwaka'wakw and Nuu-chah-nulth Peoples. This map shows the 50+ First Nations who have lived in the Vancouver Island/Gulf Island region for tens of thousands of years. 


Many of our team members and the artists and arts organizations we seek to serve are visitors to these territories.  We acknowledge Indigenous lands to pay respect to the traditional inhabitants of these lands, and to deepen our understanding of Indigenous peoples, the inter-generational impacts of colonization and cultural genocide, and our responsibilities to meaningful reconciliation.


Our organization works towards amplifying the perspectives of Indigenous professionals and artists. We do this by ensuring Indigenous representation on our Steering Committee, hosting Indigenous artists on our Meet Me in the Middle podcast, prioritizing registration of Indigenous participants in our workshops and working collaboratively with Indigenous-led organizations.

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The following projects are funded by the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund and the BC Arts Council. Email us to learn more.

  • Digital Creation Hubs pilot - free/low-cost access to a wide variety of digital/tech tools AND a tech coach! 

  • Resource hub pilot - high quality, inclusive, meaningful information to support arts orgs and artists 

  • Art Coach pilot - access to digital tech and coaching for rural/remote and under-served artist communities 

Steering Committee

Steering Committee

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