50th Facts

Look back on our past 50 years of fostering & promoting Arts & Culture in West Vancouver with fascinating facts about the role the WVCAC has played in out community. This is a living document, so if you have any fascinating trivia please share it on our Facebook page.

1968 The West Vancouver Community Arts Council is established as a registered not-for profit society. Members of the West Vancouver Band Association, the West Vancouver Little Theatre Guild (now Theatre West Van), the West Vancouver Sketch Club (now the North Shore Artists Guild) & the West Vancouver Visual Arts Group joined forces to form a society that would advocate for these organizations & increase their profile in the community.

1968-77 The WVCAC meets tri-monthly in the former Red Cross Building on Marine Drive.

1977-91 The WVCAC leases Klee Wyck from the District of West Vancouver, producing visual art classes & providing affordable space for Member Groups to hold meetings, rehearsals & workshops.

1977 The Wood Sculpture of the Americas Symposium is held at Klee Wyck from Spring through Fall. Spearheaded by the WVCAC & its Members, in partnership with West Vancouver Municipal Council & Administration & sponsored by Park Royal, the Symposium presented 10 sculptors from Canada, the US & South America, either creating new works of art or exhibiting existing creations & drew thousands of visitors. Some of the sculptures created during the symposium are still on display as public art in West Vancouver.

1982-87 The WVCAC sponsors the popular West Vancouver Chamber Music Series at West Vancouver United Church showcasing professional musicians from across BC.

1983 In Search of a Home, an audio visual presentation produced by the WVCAC, documents the growth of West Van since the turn of the century & highlights the accomplishments of various local Arts & Culture groups while emphasizing the need for a performing & visual arts centre, is presented to various businesses, organizations, guilds & educators at their request.

1991 The Silk Purse becomes the WVCAC's base of operations, leased to us by the District of West Vancouver.

2004 The WVCAC publishes Mentors in Our Midst, Leading Ladies of the North Shore, a book profiling 21 female singers, painters, actors, writers, instructors, dancers & patrons who have made tremendous contributions to the Arts on the North Shore. Created over 2 years by staff, members of the Board & volunteers, this book was sold in multiple locations & distributed to school districts throughout BC.

2005 WVCAC launches its first website.

2006-15 the WVCAC hosted an annual silent auction at the Silk Purse Arts Centre, featuring paintings of local scenes by Capilano University IDEA (Illustration & Design) students. The paintings were created for the popular Reflections Calendar, whose proceeds, along with the sale of the original paintings, funded the students' grad show/exhibition & industry meet and greet.

2011 The Columba Light Festival ran Feb. 11-12, produced in partnership by the WVCAC & District of West Vancouver. Inspired by the constellation Columba (Latin for Dove), the festival celebrated peace, unity & youth artists with a drum cafe & performance by the Eagle Song Dancers at the Community Centre, skating at the Ferry Building Landing & a celebration in John Lawson Park featuring local dance companies, fire dancers & rock bands Said The Whale & Mother Mother.

2011 Muralist Richard Tetrault paints 3 murals as a public art project by the WVCAC in partnership with the District of West Vancouver. Murals Inlet #1 & Inlet #2 adorn the exterior of the Silk Purse Arts Centre while Chimney Mural is painted on the chimney of the Music Box.

2012-13 Lions Gate Sinfonia presented Music For Art, a series of monthly concerts featuring the outstanding members of the this North Shore orchestra. Each concert was held in the Silk Purse Arts Centre with a programme inspired by the current exhibition, beautifully marrying visual art & music.

2016 WVCAC membership reaches an all-time high of 1,075 .

2017 The dedicated volunteers of the WVCAC are awarded the West Vancouver Community Award for Arts and Culture in recognition of their contribution the community.

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