Vancouver Creative City Summit


Making a request to attend the Summit? Download the handy info sheet here!

Join CCNC as we delve into the forefront of municipal culture work, reshaping perspectives within local government. This Summit will explore the outer edges of culture’s place within municipal planning and how a cultural lens can transform Canada’s communities. If your work touches local cultural planning and programs such as community services, grants and funding, museums and galleries, heritage, arts hubs and venues, placemaking, public art procurement, events and festivals, film, tourism, and more, come to Vancouver with curiosity and return home with new and actionable ideas. 

Creative City Summit delegates come from municipalities all over Canada and work on local culture-related portfolios in the following areas: 

  • Cultural Planning 
  • Grants and Funding
  • Community Arts & Venues 
  • Public Art, Procurement & Placemaking 
  • Events & Festivals 
  • Economic Development 
  • Tourism 
  • Film 
  • And more
    • Keynote Address 
    • Panels 
    • Peer-to-peer presentations 
    • Regional study tours 
    • Facilitated group discussions 
    • Networking opportunities 
    • Awards of Excellence 
    • Public Art Year in Review 
    • Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks 
    • Welcome Reception at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre 
    • CCNC’s Annual General Meeting 
    • And more 

    Monday evening optional programming includes pre-conference peer-led learning hosted by the Canadian Municipal Events Association and the Public Art Network Council for those arriving on September 30.


Vancouver awaits, where you’ll not only explore repositioning culture in your municipality but also address crucial aspects like inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, (re)conciliation in culture, and emerging cultural planning trends. Drawing inspiration from the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Plan, the CULTURE SHIFT theme invites local government culture professionals to reimagine their work systems. Expect transformative discussions and leave with tangible, innovative ideas to infuse arts and culture into every corner of your community. Championing the idea that local government culture work and cultural planning goes far beyond service delivery, a CULTURE SHIFT mindset strives to create vibrant lives for all. 

The Summit program will be guided by five action words:

  • Creating
  • Centering
  • Connecting
  • Embedding
  • Transforming



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