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!

Indigenous Realities: A Cultural Sensitivity & Awareness-Building Presentation
from 49.00

WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2017 (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
WHERE: BC Alliance for Arts + Culture (100-938 Howe St., Vancouver)
PRESENTED BY: Suzanne Keeptwo
COST: Alliance Members and Talking Stick Festival Kwèykw’ástway: Industry Series Delegates $49 / Non-members $99

Presented in partnership with Talking Stick Festival and Full Circle: First Nations Performance, this presentation will address:

  • Indigenous Identities (exploring the complexities of self vs. government identification);
  • Stereotypes (exploring misinterpretations, pan-Indianism, and more);
  • Cultural Differences (comparing indigenous and western belief systems);
  • Internal Struggles (unfolding impacts of colonization and self-determination).

Learn how this country’s historic relationship with Inuit, First Nation, and Métis peoples impacts current realities.

Lunch is included in the cost of registration; please contact Joyce Wan (604 681 3535 ext. 201; with any dietary restrictions. Participants are expected to attend the complete session. No latecomers please.

$49 for Alliance members and Talking Stick Festival Kwèykw’ástway: Industry Series Delegates / $99 for non-members. Participants who must incur significant travel costs to attend may contact Joyce Wan (604 681 3535 ext. 201; to discuss reduced rates.

Suzanne Keeptwo, Métis (Algonkin/French & Irish) mother of two, resides in the unceded Algonquin territory of her maternal ancestors. She is a certified teacher, professional writer, editor and a contributing journalist for Anishinabek News. Suzanne is dedicated to bridging gaps of understanding between indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians. She is contracted across the nation as an Indigenous Content Consultant, Spokesperson, and Facilitator of Cultural Sensitivity & Awareness Training. Her professional high-lights include working for the Canada Council for the Arts, Writing & Publishing; her first play, All My Relations, introduced at Native Earth’s Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival (Toronto, 2015); co-authoring Reading Red, a manuscript promoting the importance of reading-for-pleasure; facilitation for The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg), Talking Stick Festival (Vancouver), Concordia University (Montreal); and key note speaking for The National Reading Campaign (Halifax). Suzanne is honoured to present her work for the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture.

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Indigenous Realities: A Cultural Sensitivity and Awareness-Building Presentation is presented in partnership with:

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
from 39.00

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 (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
TYPE: Free Info Session

Workshop Proposals

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