The changes include a increasing the number of artist residency programs from one to five, and a new grant program for community public art.
The previous program, that began in 2000, provided a house in one of the district's properties to a local artist or artistic team for a three-year period. The artist could live in that house and work on their art projects which would be donated to the community.
The new system includes three long-term residencies for artists of all persuasions — including visual, performance, writers and musicians. All three residencies are open to all Canadian artists.
The deadline for the first residency — to live and work in Haney House — was January 13. The deadline for the next two residencies at Fern House and at Osprey Village Storefront is February 28.
Two shorter-term residencies, to be associated with Maple Ridge's senior centre and youth centre, will be rolled out later this year.
For more on how the program changes will affect the community, join CBC Radio's Stephen Quinn and the On The Coast team -- who will be "In Your Neighbourhood" on Friday, broadcasting from the Billy Miner Alehouse on River Road in Maple Ridge.
Stephen Quinn will speak with Yvonne Chui, Arts and Community Connections Manager for Maple Ridge.
The show will also feature a lineup of guests that address Maple Ridge-focused issues. Singer-songwriter Hilary Grist, who grew up in Maple Ridge, will be the show's musical guest.