The Arts Hour is an imagination. The idea of creating an Arts Experience Hour was introduced by the Arts and Culture Committee of the Downtown Vancouver Association in June 2003. The question was raised, “Why don’t we create a weekday event that happens downtown right after work, – a creative and cultural experience worth sticking around for, – rather than heading straight home?”

Over the summer. the idea was explored and the opportunity to contribute to creating an Arts Hour was presented to the Marketing Committee of the Alliance for Arts and Culture, and to the Marketing and the Retail and Entertainment Committees of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.

Twenty years later, the question remains. Why create an Arts Hour? What communities of interest could benefit from the idea? What are our creative interests as a community? How could the idea of creating an Arts Hour contribute and what do we imagine could happen?

Creating the Arts Experience Hour