The latest news on BC's arts, culture and heritage sector.

2016 Mayor's Arts Awards Recipients Announced

Some of the brightest talents and leaders in Vancouver’s arts community will be honoured with the 2016 Mayor’s Arts Awards at a special ceremony on Monday, October 3 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

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Three New First Nations Artworks Unveiled at Vancouver City Hall

The new art installations, revealed September 20 at City Hall, represent the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Artists in the Classroom Grants Deadline

Artists in the Classroom (AIC) grants of up to $3,500 for small to medium scale projects and grants of up to $10,000 for large scale projects are available through ArtStarts in Schools. Apply by October 17. 

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Outstanding BC Applied Artists and Designers Honoured with Awards

The recipients of the 2016 Carter Wosk BC Creative Achievement Awards for Applied Art and Design will be honoured later this fall at a formal ceremony in Vancouver

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The Hnatyshyn Foundation Announces Winners of 2016 Emerging Artist Grants

Six young performing artists will receive grants of $10,000 each this year from The Hnatyshyn Foundation to pursue their studies for the 2016-17 academic year. Three additional artists will receive $5,000 grants.

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Penticton Arts Council Announces New Executive Director

The Penticton & District Community Arts Council has appointed a new executive director – Vaelei Walkden-Brown.

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New Study On Arts In Rural Communities Examines Three Regions In Canada

The findings will be shared at the SPARC Symposium in Haliburton, Ontario, October 27-30.

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2016 UBCP/ACTRA Awards Nominees Are Announced

The ceremony, hosted by the Union of BC Performers, is the only peer-adjudicated performer awards show in British Columbia. The presentation will take place November 12 at the Vancouver Playhouse.

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musica intima Welcomes Bob D'Eith as General Manager

Non-profit leader, lawyer, musician and publisher Bob D'Eith has been named general manager of musica intima, the internationally renowned contemporary choral ensemble. 

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Five BC Theatres Among Honourees of International Award Recognizing Gender Parity In Productions

Vancouver’s Firehall Arts Centre, Mitch and Murray Productions, Pacific Theatre, and shameless hussy productions as well as Victoria's Castlereigh Theatre Project have been named recipients of the 2016 International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award.

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Your Invitation to the 2016 Mayor's Arts Awards and Vancouver Book Award Presentations

RSVP now to get your free ticket for the presentation of the City of Vancouver's 2016 Mayor’s Arts Awards and the Vancouver Book Award. This year's awards take place 6 p.m. on Monday, October 3 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. 

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Alliance Recommendations on 2017 Provincial Budget

At a public hearing in Richmond this week, Alliance executive director Brenda Leadlay made a presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services with respect to the arts and culture sector and the 2017 provincial budget. 

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Touchstone Theatre Announces New Artistic Director

Roy Surette will take the helm again as artistic director at Touchstone Theatre in Vancouver next summer, following the departure of former AD Katrina Dunn. 

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First Peoples' Cultural Council Accepting Applications for 2016/17 Arts Funding Programs

The FPCC grants support First Nations and Aboriginal arts through five programs: Individual Emerging Artists, Organizations and Collectives, Sharing Traditional Arts Across Generations, Arts Administrator Internships and Mentorships, and Aboriginal Youth Engaged in the Arts. 

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Royal BC Museum to Establish Department for Repatriation of First Nation Cultural Heritage

The Province of British Columbia has committed $2 million to establish a First Nations department and repatriation program at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria.

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Fraser Valley Regional Library Launches Ukulele Public Lending Collection

Beginning this fall, FVRL will offer ukuleles for loan through its new Uke 'n Play collection.

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Department of Canadian Heritage to Commission Monument to Victims of Communism

The Department of Canadian Heritage is launching a national design competition for a national monument entitled Memorial to the Victims of Communism – Canada, A Land of Refuge.

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Vancouver Art Gallery Appoints New Associate Director

The Vancouver Art Gallery has appointed Ann Webb as associate director, director of engagement and strategic initiatives. The position oversees innovative projects, digital strategy and a new performance art program for the Gallery.

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CRD Launches Building Our #ArtsFuture Together Community Consultations

The Capital Regional District (CRD) Arts Development Service has announced a series of workshops as part of the ongoing community consultations for the CRD Arts Strategy: Building our #ArtsFuture Together.

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UBC Announces Construction of the Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre

UBC formally announced the construction of the Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre, a first of its kind in western Canada, on September 9. 

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