Fonds F39 - ArtsConnect Tri-Cities Arts Council fonds

Festival of the Arts poster Festival of the Arts poster Festival of the Arts program Coquitlam Fine Arts Festival collage CAFAC staff member sitting at a booth Blue Mountain Arts Festival program artfusion05 poster Summer Sunday Artsfest brochure Your Community Arts Council: CAFAC brochure Highlights '89 brochure Coquitlam Area Fine Arts Council brochure ARC Arts Council brochure Arts Resource Centre: Membership Counts brochure ArtsConnect flyer

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ArtsConnect Tri-Cities Arts Council fonds

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  • Multiple media

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  • 1964 - 2018 (Creation)
    ArtsConnect Tri-Cities Arts Council

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2.06 m of textual records
44.9 MB of digital textual records (DOC)
682 photographs : b&w and col. ; multiple processes ; multiple dimensions
16 videocassettes : analog ; VHS, U-matic, and Betamax ; NTSC ; sd.
8 posters : b&w and col. ; multiple dimensions
3 plans : diazo print and lithograph ; multiple dimensions
1 scrapbook : col. ; 20 pages (includes photographs and ephemera)

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Administrative history

ArtsConnect Tri-Cities Arts Council is a non-profit society and regional arts council. It was originally formed in 1969 as the Coquitlam Fine Arts Council (CFAC), to promote arts and cultural activities in Coquitlam. During 1983–1991 it changed its name to the Coquitlam Area Fine Arts Council (CAFAC) when it expanded its services to Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore, and Belcarra. From 1992–2002 the organization was known as the ARC Arts Council, to reflect the Council’s role as an Arts Resource Centre. In 2003, the board changed the organization’s name to ArtsConnect.

ArtsConnect is dedicated to “connecting people through the arts.” They act as an arts resource, providing information about arts and cultural events and opportunities to the community at large. They achieve this by providing forums, workshops, professional development, and events that reflect the community’s diversity of culture, ages, and interests. Additionally, ArtsConnect fosters opportunities for artists to showcase their work at events, exhibitions and performances. ArtsConnect’s goal is to create and expand awareness of the beneficial aspects of arts and culture on the well-being of its community and advocate for arts and cultural development in the region. Throughout its history, it received funding from the Government of British Columbia, municipal grants, fundraising, membership, and donations.

Governance of ArtsConnect is overseen by a Board of Directors, responsible for the management of a Council for the purposes of achieving its objectives. The Council consists of a President, Vice-President, and a Secretary/Treasurer. The Council itself has three types of committees: an Executive Committee, Standing Committees, and Special Committees.

ArtsConnect has undertaken and sponsored many arts and cultural initiatives, including an arts resource centre and library, arts facility and program development, their Youth Matters! initiative, and provided scholarships and grants for students, individuals, and projects contributing to the literary, visual, and performing arts in the community. It held annual events, such as Works in 3D, Vernissage, Faces of the World Arts and Culture Festival and many other exhibitions and events, workshops, and educational programs. Additionally, it maintained a partnership with Tri-Cities Community TV and aired an eponymous television program that ran on the local Shaw TV channel 4.

Custodial history

The records were originally stored in an office in Fernwood Lodge on the Riverview Hospital grounds, which was rented by ArtsConnect for a number of years. The records were acquired by the City of Coquitlam Archives in 2018 from the custody of the treasurer and secretary of ArtsConnect.

Scope and content

The ArtsConnect Tri-Cities Arts Council fonds consists of the records created and received by the arts council and reflects its exhibitions and events, programs, workshops, awards and scholarships, fundraising, and advocacy for the arts in the Tri-Cities, predominantly from 1990 to 2008.

The fonds consists of a record types including minutes, reports, constitutions, correspondence, event planning files, production and exhibition files, newspaper clippings, newsletters, publications, plans, programmes, a scrapbook, promotional materials, and photographs depicting the many arts and cultural initiatives ArtsConnect organized and sponsored.

The fonds is arranged into seven series by the archivist. See the Physical condition and Arrangement note below for more information.

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Physical condition

The records were originally housed in a location with variable environmental conditions for many years and thus show signs of degradation from exposure to fluctuations in relative humidity, light and temperature, and physical forces. Plastic and metal fasteners degraded, flaked, and corroded some paper records. The fonds initially contained many records on thermofax paper which were faded from exposure to heat and moisture.


Due to the uncertainty of the status of the Society at the time of transfer, records were boxed by the donors in haste and a broader sense of the original order of the records were lost. However, some functional divisions of the fonds remained, specifically in the subject files and groupings of minutes and administrative records. The archivist arranged the rest of the fonds according to these broader functional categories.

The arrangement is as follows:
S1: Constitution, bylaws, and organizational history
S2: Minutes, correspondence, and reports
S3: Internal and external committees
S4: Exhibitions, events, and media coverage
S5: Newsletters and publications
S6: Programs and workshops
S7: Subject files

Please consult the lower level descriptions for more detailed arrangement notes.

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  • English
  • French

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Some files contain personal information. See the Reference Archivist for more information.

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Permission required for publication or commercial use of photographs. See the Reference Archivist for more information.

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