Culture, Arts and Heritage

Vancouver is home to a growing and ever-evolving cultural ecosystem, with a variety of artists, arts and cultural organizations, institutions of higher education, a historical museum, a national historic site, and other arts and cultural venues such as festivals, outdoor concerts and markets and a monthly First Friday Art Walk. 

A focus on culture, arts and heritage and support for cultural resources can benefit almost every part of our lives, from the vibrancy and economic prosperity of our city to our health and well-being, in addition to enhancing the unique character and identity of our city.

Culture, Arts and Heritage Grants  

Culture, Arts and Heritage grants support performances, exhibitions, activities and public art that showcase the best of Vancouver’s creative community. Community members and organizations are invited to apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Applications for the 2024-2025 round are due April 7, 2024.


Vancouver Culture, Arts and Heritage Plan 

In 2018, the Vancouver City Council approved a Culture, Arts and Heritage Plan. The plan’s overarching vision is to integrate culture, arts and heritage into the daily life of the community by bringing together the diverse interests and talents in Vancouver.

The new plan details Vancouver’s existing cultural assets, best practices from other cities in the Pacific Northwest, the Vancouver arts community’s needs, and the City’s role. It also lays out 13 specific objectives, each with several associated actions, necessary to achieve the plan’s vision.

Heritage Sites in Vancouver

Vancouver and its surrounding area are rich with historic and cultural resources that provide a strong sense of inherited identity. We work to preserve significant places, stories, objects and traditions for future generations. By learning about our shared past, we see our present in a new light. 

Clark County Historical Museum 

The Clark County Historical Museum is committed to responsible collections stewardship, innovative collaboration and inspiring exhibitions and programs that engage the community in an exploration of Clark County’s past, present and future. 

Clark County Historic Preservation program 

The Clark County Historic Preservation Commission coordinates preservation activities for the City, County and other regional cities. The Commission encourages rehabilitation projects, administers incentive programs, and maintains local Heritage Register. City Council makes recommendation to the Commissioners on appointment of members. 

The Historic Trust 

The Historic Trust inspires civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our community’s history. 

There are interpretive panels across the city to share Vancouver’s history from the Lewis and Clark expedition in the 1800s, to its first movie theatre in 1936, to the importance of the Kaiser Shipyards during World War II.