The Alliance’s skills development opportunities include sessions on topics of importance to artists and cultural workers.

Our workshops and webinars address topics of interest to arts, culture, and heritage organizations and to artists, presented by some of the top experts in their fields.

Past workshops include proposal and grant writing, taxation and the self-employed, arts organizations and employment law, publicity and media relations, social media, and corporate sponsorship development. 

Alliance members receive discounted rates on workshops and other professional development opportunities.  

2017 Workshops and Information Sessions

Professional Development for the Arts, Culture, and Heritage Community

The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture is excited to announce our 2017 workshops and info sessions! This programming covers a broad array of diverse subjects, including community gaming grants, Indigenous realities and arts advocacy.

All sessions take place in the Alliance boardroom (100-938 Howe St., Vancouver) unless otherwise noted. The Alliance does not have dedicated parking. Parking is available at 980 Howe St. at an all-day rate of $10. Please contact Joyce Wan (604 681 3535 ext. 201; for more information.

Space for all workshops and info sessions is limited, so register now!


Make Your Voice Heard: Becoming A Strong Arts Advocate

WHEN: Thursday, March 2, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
WHERE: BC Alliance for Arts + Culture (100-938 Howe St., Vancouver)
PRESENTED BY: Brenda Leadlay
COST: Free (Info Session)

Join BC Alliance for Arts + Culture executive director Brenda Leadlay for this free info session, which will provide you with the resources you need to become an arts advocate in your own community. Drawing upon the Alliance’s advocacy work around the upcoming provincial election, participants will be informed of the latest statistics on the economic and social impact of arts and culture in BC, learn a variety of engagement strategies and gain valuable tips for crafting their own advocacy messaging.

Brenda Leadlay is the Executive Director of the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture. Her professional theatre career spans over 35 years as an actor, creator, director, dramaturge, educator and producer. Before moving back to Vancouver in 2016, she spent five years in Ottawa as the Artistic Executive Director of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival at the National Arts Centre. Previous to that, she was the Artistic and Managing Director of Presentation House Theatre and The Norman Rothstein Theatre as well as the founder of The Chutzpah Festival.  Brenda also served as the Artistic Director of Tamahnous Theatre from 1993 to 1996 and has been nominated three times for Jessie Richardson awards for her work as a director and collaborator. Brenda has an MFA in directing from UBC and has worked primarily as a theatre presenter, director and arts administrator.

Navigating Gaming: A ‘How-To’ for Winning a Community Gaming Grant
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WHEN: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
WHERE: BC Alliance for Arts + Culture (100-938 Howe St., Vancouver)
PRESENTED BY: Mary Ann S. Anderson
COST: Alliance Members $39 / Non-members $79

The Gaming application can often be difficult to understand and navigate – both for long-time applicants, as well as newcomers to the process. Gaming’s guidelines and priorities are unlike other funders, and can often be challenging to decipher (especially as they apply to arts organizations!). 

For all those who need the “101” on successfully applying for a BC Gaming Community Grant, this is the workshop for you – Mary Ann will translate what Gaming really means in their guidelines language, identify ‘red flag’ language to avoid, and go through the best ways to make your application speak directly to what Gaming is looking for. The workshop will provide a clear road-map to creating a successful application – for both first-timers and long-time grant recipients.

Mary Ann S. Anderson is a Vancouver-based arts administrator, who has worked in the local cultural community since 1989. A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Arts Administration Program, Mary Ann has been the executive director of a number of organizations, including arts service groups, galleries, artist cooperatives and municipal government agencies. Mary Ann has considerable experience in public fundraising, and in the development of fundraising plans; in addition, she was responsible for the delivery of the North Vancouver municipal granting program working with 50+ arts organizations over the course of 12 years. She has forged successful relationships with funding agencies across the country in the course of her career.

Mary Ann is the founder of Little Dog Creative Consulting (2005), which provides consulting services for over 120 clients in the areas of arts management, organizational planning, capacity building and public fundraising. Mary Ann has completed over 120 Gaming applications over the past 12 years… and still counting…

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Previous Workshops and Information Sessions

Our previous programming in 2017 includes:


Understanding the Community Gaming Grants Program 

WHEN: Monday, February 6, 2017
TYPE: Free Info Session


WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2017
PRESENTED BY: Suzanne Keeptwo
TYPE: Workshop


Workshop Proposals

Have a suggestion or a proposal for a workshop? Send an email to Brenda Leadlay, Executive Director.