Fonds - Community Arts Council of Richmond fonds

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Community Arts Council of Richmond fonds

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    • 1968-1997 (Creation)
      Community Arts Council of Richmond

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    1. 30 m of textual records
      28 photographs : b&w and col. ; 3 x 5 in. to 8 x 10 in
      1 audio cassette
      1 architectural drawing : blueprint ; 80 x 117 cm

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    (1970 -)

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    The Community Arts Council of Richmond was formed in 1970 to promote cultural issues and awareness in Richmond. It acts as an umbrella organization for member groups in the visual and performing arts. The Community Arts Council of Richmond organizes art classes for adults and children, provides grants and scholarships to students and member groups to further their talent and creativity, and participates in the annual regional art show. It also operates the Presents in the Park gift shop, formerly known as the Gallery Shop, as an outlet for local artists to sell their art and crafts. Until the early to mid 1980's, the Community Arts Council of Richmond was responsible for the administration of the Richmond Art Gallery, although the Art Gallery staff were in fact City of Richmond employees. Since its creation, the Community Arts Council of Richmond has promoted a number of events and projects aimed at enriching Richmond's cultural life. Among their projects, the Community Arts Council of Richmond played an important role in the development of the Richmond Gateway Theatre in the 1970's and early 1980's, and the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre in the late 1980's. The Community Arts Council of Richmond runs its programs and works out of the Richmond Arts Centre, which is currently located on the top floor of the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre. Prior to the building of the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre, the building known as the Richmond Arts Centre served as the home for the council and its programs.

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    The fonds contains administrative records such as minutes, reports, and financial records; Community Arts Council of Richmond newsletters and brochures; Richmond Arts Centre exhibition programs; exhibition paperwork; Richmond Arts Centre newsletters and brochures; records documenting the planning of the council's twenty-fifth anniversary celebration; and records documenting the planning and development of the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre. The records reveal the council's relationships with artists and with the community.

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    Arranged into chronological order by archivist where appropriate. Fonds arranged into eight series: 1. Minutes (1971-1997); 2. Reports (1986-1996); 3. Financial records (1974-1995); 4. General administrative records (1974-1996); 5. Newsletters and brochures (1971-1994); 6. Richmond Arts Centre records (1968-1986); 7. Twenty-fifth anniversary celebration records (1995); 8. Richmond Library and Cultural Centre records (1976-1991); 9 General Correspondence (1972-1981); 10 Cultural Fitness Festival (1980); 11. BC Touring Council (1980); 12. Richmond Theatre (1973-1983).

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        Related material can be found in the Richmond Gateway Theatre fonds, the Thursday Art Group fonds, the Community Arts Council of Richmond Reference File, and in Municipal Records under Community Clubs and Organizations and Arts Centre Building Committee.

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        BCAUL control number: CRICH-50

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