The BC 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. 

BC 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

All sessions take place in the Alliance boardroom (100-938 Howe St., Vancouver) unless otherwise noted.  Parking is available at 980 Howe Street at an all-day rate of $10. 

Cancellation Policy 

48 hours cancellation notice is required to obtain a full refund.  

Questions? 

Contact Joyce Wan,  Administrative Assistant at 604 681 3535 (201) or joyce@allianceforarts.com.


Lowering Barriers for Blind and Partially Sighted Audience Members

October 4, 2017 ∙ 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Carmen Papalia. Blind Field Shuttle. 2012. Perceptual tour; dimensions variable. | image: Jordan Reznick.

Carmen Papalia. Blind Field Shuttle. 2012. Perceptual tour; dimensions variable. | image: Jordan Reznick.

This workshop will define many of the barriers that people who are blind and partially sighted encounter when attending live performances and other public arts and cultural events. VocalEye will share a variety of methods and approaches for lowering these barriers to participation and inclusion. 

The workshop will be led by VocalEye's founder and executive director, Steph Kirkland. Steph has been a member of Vancouver's professional theatre scene for more than 30 years. She is the recipient of several Jessie awards and most recently was honoured with the Achievement Award in Audio Description International from The American Council of the Blind “for outstanding contributions to the establishment and/or continued development of significant audio description programs.”

The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture is proud to announce that this workshop has been subsidized by the Somerville Fund held at the Vancity Community Foundation, so you can attend for free. To get free access to this session, please enter the coupon code ACCESS when prompted by the form.

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Embracing the Social Power of the Arts: How to Create Values-Based Arts Education Programs

October 18, 2017 ∙ 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ∙ $45.00 BC Alliance members / $85.00 non-members

IMAGE: OAKLAND SCHOOL of THE ARTS

IMAGE: OAKLAND SCHOOL of THE ARTS

Changes to the BC curriculum present arts organizations with many opportunities to create meaningful, values-based education programs. This workshop will examine what is possible when the mission of an arts organization becomes the foundation for both school and community programming. Current ideologies in arts education will be addressed and examples of values-based programs will be presented as case studies for what is possible.

Colleen Maybin is the director of education and community engagement at Vancouver Opera. A passionate advocate for arts education, Colleen has more than 20 years experience as an arts educator. Prior positions include teaching with the Vancouver and Delta School Boards, faculty advisor in teacher education at the University of British Columbia, arts manager at Regent’s College in London, England, and district manager, Surrey, with Arts Umbrella. She is currently a PhD candidate in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University.

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Deaf Culture Without Borders

November 1, 2017 ∙ 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Are you an arts manager who wants to know best practices for including d/Deaf artists and audiences? This workshop highlights the challenges Canadian d/Deaf artists face, reviews common mistakes made by organizations seeking to engage with this population, and offers tools to partner with d/Deaf artists and participants.

Deaf Culture Without Borders is facilitated by Landon Krentz, general manager of Theatre Terrific and the only Deaf arts administrator on the West Coast of Canada. Landon is fluent in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English. He is an advocate for the inclusion of d/Deaf artists within the larger theatre community so that Deafness is looked upon as a reflection of diversity rather than as a disability.

The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture is proud to announce that this workshop has been subsidized by the Somerville Fund held at the Vancity Community Foundation, so you can attend for free. To get free access to this session, please enter the coupon code WELCOME when prompted by the form.

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Managing Human Resources

November 8 & 15, 2017 ∙ 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Single session: 
$45.00 BC Alliance members / $85.00 non-members
Package rate: $75.00 BC Alliance members / $150.00 non-members

This pair of workshops focussing on human resources issues in the arts, culture and heritage sectors can be taken separately or together.

In Managing Workplace Issues (November 8), participants will deal with the following issues: fostering positive workplace relationships; employer’s rights and responsibilities; how to use progressive discipline; effectively manage issues such as absenteeism, harassment and duty to accommodate; and performance problem analysis.

The second workshop, Managing Workplace Conflict (November 15) covers such issues as: situations that lead to conflict; the Pinch model of conflict resolution; the neuroscience of conflict; tools to manage conflict; and techniques for personal anger management.

Greg Miller is the president of Crowflight Consulting. He holds a Master’s of Applied Behavioural Science in Organizational Development, his Executive Coaching Certificate, and is a master trainer. He was the principal consultant for employee development at Agriculture Canada for more than 20 years. He has designed and delivered numerous courses on supervisor development, time management, stress management, networking, resume writing, and managing change.

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Previous Workshops and Information Sessions

Our previous programming in 2017 includes:

Understanding the Community Gaming Grants Program 

WHEN: February 6, 2017
PRESENTED BY: Trevor Paul
TYPE: Free Info Session

INDIGENOUS REALITIES: A CULTURAL SENSITIVITY & AWARENESS BUILDING PRESENTATION 

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

Make Your Voice Heard: Becoming A Strong Arts Advocate

WHEN: March 2, 2017
PRESENTED BY: Brenda Leadlay
TYPE: Free Info Session

Navigating Gaming: A 'How-To' For Winning a Community Gaming Grant

WHEN: March 22, 2017
PRESENTED BY: Mary Ann S. Anderson
TYPE: Workshop

SEMINARS IN MANAGING HUMAN RESOURCES (BEST PRACTICES IN HR; LABOUR RELATIONS; HARASSMENT & BULLYING)

WHEN: March 28, April 4, & April 11, 2017
PRESENTED BY: Greg Miller
TYPE: Workshop Series

Alliance Extended Health Benefits + RRSP Program Info Session

WHEN: April 10, 2017
PRESENTED BY: Rob Hack and Saskia Vermeulen
TYPE: Free Info Session


Workshop Proposals

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