GAC’s Five-Year Strategic Plan

Working for the Arts

Vision of the Gabriola Arts Council

A creative, engaged, and inclusive community sustaining Gabriola’s vibrant island culture.


Gabriola Arts Council’s mission is to engage, enhance, and inspire the community’s cultural vitality through collaboration, leadership, and service.


  • Promote community awareness of and participation in the arts.
  • Support learning at all levels and provide opportunities for artists and arts organizations to receive mentorship.
  • Encourage and promote arts and cultural experiences that deepen the relationship between Indigenous and settler peoples.
  • Support the resurgence of Indigenous culture and the work of Indigenous artists.
  • Work locally and off-island to increase public and private support for the arts.
  • Be a reliable resource for information on arts and culture.
  • Work in collaboration with community partners and arts organizations in delivering high-quality and diverse artistic programming.
  • Facilitate culture-led economic and community development.
  • Offer arts and cultural programming that supports and promotes health and wellbeing.
  • Celebrate the Isle of the Arts.


  • Artistic excellence in all art forms and practices.
  • A vibrant arts and cultural community contributing to the creation of a healthy society.
  • Inclusiveness and the fullest possible reflection of the community’s cultural and demographic diversity.
  • Encouragement of artistic and artisanal activity from established to emerging and from traditional to experimental.
  • Administrative processes which adhere to the principles of accountability, inclusiveness, and accessibility.
  • Clear, fair, and transparent processes in the service of our mandate, developed in consultation with the arts and cultural community.
  • Collaboration and partnering that enriches other island organizations and groups, and the community as a whole.

The 2013-2018 GAC Strategic Plan is titled “Working for the Arts” to highlight:

  1. The role GAC performs in the community: working to support Gabriola artists in all art forms and at all levels; and ensuring local residents and visitors can engage with the arts and are aware of the Island’s rich cultural resources.
  2. The organization’s traditional working board structure from which it seeks to transition towards a more strategic governance model over the next five years.
  3. The fact that Gabriola Island has one of the largest concentrations of artists in the local workforce, ranking sixth across Canada, underscoring the importance GAC plays in supporting local arts-led economic development.

Working for the Arts promotes, supports and develops four pillars:

  1. Professional development opportunities of established artists;
  2. Educational and training opportunities for emerging artists;
  3. Enhancing the economic well-being of artists;
  4. Enriching the Gabriola community through the arts.

These four pillars are the overall performance measures of the plan.

Working for the Arts: Goals & Strategies

The goals and strategies outlined in this strategic plan represent the steps involved to achieve GAC’s overall aim of strengthening its organizational capacity and directing its activities towards becoming a sustainable operation. In so doing, the organization will play a more central, leadership and coordinating role in the community for arts and culture-led economic development, with increased partnerships and collaboration in cultural events and programming.

Goal 1 | Build Organizational Capacity
Goal 2 | Diversify and Increase Resources
Goal 3 | Improve Communication and Engagement
Goal 4 | Lead Cultural Planning
Goal 5 | Broaden Audience and Artistic Practice