The BC Alliance represents members from across the artistic disciplines. It includes organizations, professional associations, not-for-profit groups, artists and cultural workers throughout British Columbia.
The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture is British Columbia's leading arts information aggregator and a resource to the arts, culture and heritage community. Since 1986 we have advocated for our sector by monitoring public policy, synthesizing issues for our members, providing support, services and professional development, and representing the interests of artists and cultural workers.
We advocate to various levels of government on arts policy and funding, and support our membership to effectively participate in the advocacy process. We aim to increase public awareness of the value of arts and culture. As a direct result of our initiative ArtsVote BC, the government has promised to double its investment to the BC Arts Council over four years until 2021. Our initiative, the BC Creative Convergence was developed with the objective to create a provincial cultural policy framework.
Providing opportunities for networking and connecting is important to us; we work to promote dialogue, build connections, and foster collaboration among groups within the arts and culture sector and across related sectors.
We provide a range of valuable services for our members and for the broader arts, cultural and heritage sector. Our members across the province have access to a comprehensive package of benefits including group health, RSP, and group insurance. Members also receive discounts on products and services through our Members' Advantage Program. We also offer a range of services that allow members to publicize and plan events, gather and network, and access training and skills development opportunities at a discounted rate..
Our work includes the support and development of research on matters affecting our sector, as well as sharing findings from other sources. We work with other provincial and national arts agencies to share resources, and provide information and toolkits to help you.
The Alliance's partner organization, the Society to Bridge Arts and Community, contributes to projects such as the Arts Summit, Culture Days' BC campaign and the Alliance's public resources, including research and the website. The Alliance manages SpaceFinder BC on behalf of the Bridge Society. Donations can be made to the Bridge Society towards these projects.
The Alliance is a not-for-profit organization and gratefully accepts donations from those who wish to support the arts, cultural and heritage community.
For an overview of who we are and what we do, download our brochure.
In 2014, the Alliance's leadership and board of directors developed a strategic plan to guide the organization's work. Click here to download the document in PDF format.