Arts & Culture Committee
The Arts & Culture Committee creates the arts and culture-related programming within the BIA. Much of the work and programming associated with this committee builds upon the strong history of culture within the Downtown Eastside. First Nations arts and culture is prevalent throughout this community, and incorporating its rich legacy into the BIA is essential. The presence of large educational institutions, including SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts as well as the Vancouver Film School, provide a major resource of creative opportunity for the BIA.
The Connections Committee is tasked with strengthening the connections between the traditional business community and the wealth of social enterprise and social innovation in the Downtown Eastside. This comes in the form of programs including CommunityWise, special events like Experience Hastings Crossing, business/social enterprise mixers, and other forms of outreach and research.
The Safety Committee’s scope includes developing projects related to the safety and security of local businesses and properties, as well as local customers, employees, and residents. The committee seeks to foster positive relationships with Downtown Eastside community residents and organizations through partnerships and good neighbour strategies. The committee regularly receives updates from the Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Coastal Health, the City, and our MP Neighbours Patrol.
The Governance Committee develops and strengthens HxBIA’s internal governance procedures and policies. Some projects include ensuring a strong board of directors that adequately represents the BIA community, creating a board recruitment and succession procedure, and evaluating staff and board members on an annual basis.
The Finance Committee develops and oversees the BIA’s budget and spending, while ensuring the organization is in good financial standing in compliance with our mission and society and City by-laws.
To learn more about how you can participate on one or more of these committees, get in touch! Email [email protected].