Greetings.  Given current SFU financial realities, SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs (SFUW) will not be continuing with its programming, commissioning and presenting of new performances going forward. 

SFU will continue its strong relationships with the arts and culture sector though Goldcorp Centre for the Arts venue rentals, the School of Contemporary Arts, SFU Galleries, VanCity Office of Community Engagement and many other SFU Faculties and departments.

We thank and say a fond farewell to Michael Boucher, Director of Cultural Programs and Partnerships, who has led Woodward’s Cultural Programs and Partnerships for 15 years since its inception.  Michael leaves a legacy of amazing productions as well as strong relationships with many arts and cultural organizations. We wish him the best in his next chapter.  We also thank Lori Strong (Coordinator) and Kaelynn Shinkaruk (Marketing/Communications)  of Woodward’s Cultural Programs for their committed contributions.

I am so proud of the 15 years of cultural engagement at the Woodward’s Cultural Programs  We thank all of our longstanding collaborators who contributed enormously and also hats off to my great team.  On a personal experience this has been an incredibly fufilling journey. Thank you so much.
- Michael Boucher, Director of Cultural Programs and Partnerships,

If you have questions, please feel free to contact any of the following individuals:
For questions about venue use and rentals: Janice Beley,
For other questions: Joanne Curry, Vice-President External Relations,


SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs (SFUW) engages with leading edge artists in dance, theatre, cinema, music and digital arts; provoking new practices and approaches reflecting the everchanging landscape of contemporary arts. 

Create- SFUW commissions and co-presents select projects on an annual basis.

Engage- SFUW works with over 25 professional cultural partners representing diverse communities across the Lower Mainland.

Inspire- Working with leading artists, locally and internationally. SFUW aspires to find new artistic expresssions capturing contemporary voices in our society. 


Since our inception, in 2010 SFUW continues to commission, produce, and present over 200 events per year.

Commissions- SFUW engages leading artists with new their new creations a minimum of two years in advance.

Produces- Residencies, developmental workshops, and artistics incubations are critical aspects of the process. Through access to our venues, artists are permitted an artistic the necessary tools to further their creations. 

Presents- SFUW presents in partnership with over 25 professional cultural community partners, reflecting diversity and inclusivity of the Lower Mainland. 

Support us

Originality requires great talent, experimenting, research and time. SFUW works within a very modest budget. Our patrons often comment that we hit far above our weight. Our practice is to stretch a dollar tenfold. This approach is crucial to the success of our process. With this discipline there is still a gap. Please help support these visionaries to provoke and inspire new worlds to bring greater clarity and beauty to our lives.


By supporting professional activities through partnerships, SFUW engages multiple cultural communities including our immediate inner-city community where we work. The SFUW partnership portfolio is our largest undertaking built on recurring relationships since our beginnings in 2010. Most of our presentations are Vancouver based given the outstanding qualities of our GCA venues. SFUW will begin cross locating many of these partnerships to our Burnaby and Surrey Campuses as the university embraces a greater role for arts and culture to further enhance the student experience.

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