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

The State of Arts and Culture in BC Budget 2017

The budget made no mention of increases to the BC Arts Council, underscoring the need for a unified arts advocacy strategy for the upcoming provincial election.

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Public Workshop on Richmond Artists' Space

An upcoming public workshop is being held to determine the potential uses of the historic Phoenix Net Loft at Britannia Shipyards as a shared arts space. The forum takes place March 8.

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BC Culture Days Issues Call for 2017 Ambassadors

BC Culture Days invites all BC artists to apply to be a 2017 Culture Days Ambassador in their community. Winners will receive $1,000 towards community activation and production of a Culture Days activity. The deadline for applications is March 31.

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New Westminster Names Alan Hill As New Poet Laureate

Hill will act as a literary ambassador for the City of New Westminster and the community, advocating for literacy and the literary arts and helping to raise the status of poetry, language and the arts in the everyday consciousness of New Westminster residents.

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Bill Millerd to Exit As Arts Club's Artistic Managing Director

Millerd will retire after 45 years with the Arts Club following the company's 2017-2018 season. The search for his successor begins immediately.

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City of Vancouver Issues Survey on Arts and Cultural Spaces

The City of Vancouver has commissioned a study on arts and cultural spaces in Vancouver. As part of the research, the City needs input from arts and cultural organizations and individual artists to understand current and future programming activity, space use and facility needs. The deadline to complete the survey is February 24.

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Vancouver Civic Theatres Offers Photography Workshops At Iconic Performing Arts Venues

Vancouver Civic Theatres is conducting photography classes at iconic theatre venues in Vancouver, in an attempt to engage public interest in the performing arts. The classes take place between February 21 and March 21.

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Province of BC Extends Book Publishing Tax Credit

The refundable income tax credit was set to expire at the end of March, but will be extended for two more years to March 31, 2019, subject to the approval of the legislature.

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Downtown Victoria Business Association Releases Survey on Shared Arts Space

The DVBA has issued the survey, open until February 17, to determine whether to pursue the creation of a space devoted to performances, rehearsals, and other arts needs.

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Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts

The list comprises eight artists who represent a range of disciplines including filmmaking, animation, visuals arts, writing, curation and jewellery.

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New First Nations Languages Degree Under Development in BC

The Province is providing $103,300 toward the development of a new degree to support the revitalization of First Nations languages in British Columbia.

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University Receives $22 Million in Infrastructure Funding

The funds, provided jointly by the federal and provincial government, will be used to renovate the Spruce Building at KPU's Surrey campus.

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BC Artscape Hosts Report Back Events on Chinatown Arts and Cultural Centre

BC Artscape is hosting a series of 'Report Back to the Community' events to share the results of their expression of interest submission process and the next steps for their planned Chinatown community arts and cultural centre development.

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BC Government Provides Additional $5 Million for Community Gaming Grants

The new funding will be dedicated to capital projects with a total cost of over $20,000, undertaken by eligible not-for-profit agencies, including arts and culture organizations.

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Vancouver Public Library Receives $2 Million to Expand Its Central Branch

The expansion will allow VPL to provide increased services to the public, create arts and heritage spaces for cultural programming and artist-in-residence activities, and produce a community gathering space and publicly accessible rooftop garden.

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Register Now for artsVest BC

artsVest works directly with small to mid-sized arts organizations, equipping them with in-depth training, tools and mentorship relationships. Registration has opened in five new regions: Northwest BC, the Sunshine Coast, the South-Central Okanagan, Columbia-Shuswap, and Alberni-Clayoquot.

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Call for Proposals: City of Vancouver's Public Art Boost

The City of Vancouver invites proposals from professional arts organizations that are currently working on new public art projects or need to boost capacity to commission new artworks for existing projects that can be completed by end of 2018. The deadline for applications is February 22.

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Final Weeks to Register for Actsafe Safety Conference

The work safety conference takes place February 20-22 and offers registrants a free performing arts safety orientation workshop, as well as an Occupational First Aid Level One course.

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Upcoming Event: Demystifying Real Estate for Non Profits and Social Enterprise

Participants will learn how to find suitable/affordable space for non-profits, social enterprises and other mission driven organizations. Registration is open for the event, which takes place in Vancouver on February 23.

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Surrey Cultural Buildings Benefit from Infrastructure Funding

The federal government has earmarked $627,269 in infrastructure funding for Surrey's cultural buildings, courtesy of the Department of Canadian Heritage, as well as $195,000 in celebration of Canada 150.

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