Vancouver’s Cultural Spaces Map and Open Data Resource


Spaces map

Cultural Spaces are the places where people come together to express themselves through art and culture. We’re looking to those who know the landscape, to be a part of illustrating Vancouver’s evolving cultural spaces story.

Since we did the first survey in summer 2014, things have changed. We now have an inventory of over 350 locations that has been downloaded more than 1200 times. We’re aware that there are many more spaces and places that people are using for arts and culture activities in Vancouver. This is where we could use your help.

Now until the end of June 2015, we’re opening up a simple online survey for adding spaces and providing updates. The goal of this ongoing open data project is to improve the information we publish and make it available in fall 2015 for anyone to use.

All feedback will be received by a moderator for consideration of the next version being published in the fall. Keep in mind that in order to add a space to the map, the moderator must be able to find public information such as a website, and be able to contact someone associated with the space. Office spaces are excluded for privacy reasons.

Are the cultural spaces you value on the map? Help make sure that the data is correct and complete.
Take the online survey.
Please note the map does not work with Microsoft Internet Explorer. Use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari to follow the link. The map is optimized for tablets and handheld devices.


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Join other developers, designers and GIS gurus who are applying their talents to our open data resource. Included are 12 data attributes that are downloadable as XLS or CSV.

Please note the dataset is current to July 2014. As a result of this annual crowdsource campaign, an updated dataset will be published in the fall of 2015.

If the dataset gives you ideas, or if you want to give us some feedback, we’d like to hear what you have to say. The project is young and we could use the input to help make it more useful and user-friendly for everyone. Use the survey below the published map to let us know.


In 2013, Vancouver City Council requested a map be published with an aim to identify local arts and cultural spaces. Council also asked that the map be shared online in order to get feedback from stakeholders and the community.

This map has assisted the City of Vancouver to support cultural spaces as described in Vancouver’s Culture Plan: Strategic Directions 2013-2018. Identifying and protecting cultural spaces is also a priority action of the Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force.

The crowdsource campaign in the summer of 2014 resulted in more than 40 spaces being added to the map bringing the inventory to over 350 locations. We then made list publicly available as an open data resource in the fall. By the end of December 2014, it had been downloaded over 1200 times by talented developers, designers and GIS gurus, and seekers of space.


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