THE HISTORY OF THE COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL OF GREATER VICTORIA Since 1965 the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria (CACGV) has served the public as a non-profit, non-political, community arts organization. Its wide variety of members, including the executive,businesses, directors, committees, individuals, and groups, continue to work hard and successfully to encourage and co-ordinate the tasks of cultural groups in the Victoria area. The Arts Council has grown from sixty members to over 600 members in the past thirty years and has seen many changes in the arts community. Many of the initial tasks taken on by the CACGV such as the bi-monthly newsletter, calendar of events, public relations / liaison services, curating, grants & awards distribution, and resource centre services, are still carried out by the CACGV. During the initial growth stages the CACGV worked closely with a number of different art organizations such as the Victoria Symphony, Victoria Art Gallery, Victoria Theatre Guild, Bastion Theatre, Fine Arts Department at UVIC and many others. The prime purpose being to develop and expand a close working relationship with a variety of art groups and artists in the city. In 1966 the CACGV opened it's first office and exhibition space in the Dunlop House at the University of Victoria. This location served the council until 1972 when it was decided to move the office to a downtown location in Bastion Square. Since that time the CACGV has made it a priority to keep its headquarters central so that it remains accessible to all. Many of the Committees and responsibilities initially taken on by the CACGV remain fundamental to the organization today. For instance, since the Arts in Education committee was started in 1972, it's members have worked hard to focus public, government, school administrators and teachers, attention on the need for more and better art instruction in schools. The magazine committee, since the beginning of the CACGV, has made it a priority to publish information about the Arts Council and art activities in Greater Victoria. Similarly, the television committee, struck in 1971, provides a weekly showcase of the activities of the CACGV groups member. All members, and in particular Erika Kurth who has so ably fulfilled production and interview responsibilities, deserve our deepest appreciation. The Grants and Awards committee stems from a long and productive association with the Cultural Services Branch of the BC Government. Acting as the distributor of grants among organized cultural groups, the CACGV is an important liaison figure between the arts and Provincial Government. There are many other facets of the CACGV which has enabled it to serve the Victoria community for the last 30 years such as its affiliations with the Assembly of BC Arts Councils, the South Island Regional Arts Council, and the Canada Council. At present the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria remains strong and active with an updated mandate to provide advocacy through leadership, partnership, and community involvement, to increase and broaden public awareness and opportunities in the arts and cultural activities.