About Us

Who We Are

Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavors.


At the Arts Council, we’re passionate about the arts. Our mandate is:

  • to create a vibrant presence of the arts in New Westminster
  • to reach out and support our members
  • to be responsive to our community’s wishes for arts activities and events


  • Arts advocacy at all levels of government.
  • Foster and support artistic and cultural endeavors in the community.
  • Information and resource network for cultural projects and activities.

What We Do

To implement our Aims, the Arts Council has identified a number of ongoing programs and special projects.

The Arts Council structure is shown schematically below:

Arts Council Organizational Diagram

Strategic Plan

In the spring of 2018, the Board of Directors created a Strategic Plan to guide the ACNW over the next three years. To see the ACNW – Strategic Plan 2018-2021, click here.

To view the previous ACNW – Strategic Plan 2015-2018, click here.
If you want to make an input to the activities of the Arts Council of New Westminster, become a member today!