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Community Arts Builder 2023: Trudy Van Dop

The Community Arts Builder Award recognizes someone who has made a long-term contribution to the Arts in New Westminster.

For over 35 years, Trudy Van Dop has been a cultural entrepreneur in the Arts & Cultural Sector in British Columbia.

She is the publisher of BC’s Guide to Arts & Culture, owner of the Van Dop Gallery, Founder of the New West Cultural Crawl and producer of annual arts and cultural events. Trudy is a visionary creator of innovative projects to encourage cultural economic development in communities throughout BC.

In our city, she has contributed her public relations expertise to:
·         Tourism New Westminster
·        New West Arts Commission
·        New West Economic Development Advisory Committee
·        New West Arts Strategy
·        2010 Spirit of New Westminster
·        New West Official Community Plan

Currently for Arts New West. Trudy hosts the Advisory panel, and co-chairs the Planning committee for the Cultural Crawl.

The worst thing that could happen is if we take her for granted. So we’re not going to.

What better time to recognize her than the fantastic twentieth anniversary New West Cultural Crawl held last month. Please join me to congratulate Trudy to receive the Community Arts Builder of 2023.

– words courtesy of Past-President Bob Crockett

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