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

Vancouver Chamber Choir Opens Applications for Young Composers' Competition

The deadline for submissions from young choral composers ages 8-22 is March 15, 2017.

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Penticton Arts Council Opens Nominations for 4th Annual Art Awards

Nominations are open until 3:00 p.m. on January 31. The awards ceremony will be held March 2.

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City of Vancouver Prepares to Acknowledge Indigenous History for Canada 150+

The title Canada 150+ is a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls To Action, and acknowledges that the Indigenous history of the region predates colonization.

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2017-2018 Applications Open for Funding Through Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

Artists and arts, culture and heritage organizations are invited to apply for funding through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), which delivers the Arts, Culture and Heritage Program on behalf of Columbia Basin Trust.

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Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Collects Interviews for West Coast Fishing Industry Oral History

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society is actively collecting stories from people who played a role in BC’s fishing industry and, for the first time, making them publicly available online.

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Register for BC Book Day March 8

Association of Book Publishers of BC members are invited to register for their tables now.

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Vancouver Theatre Icon Joy Coghill Dies at 90

Coghill had an extensive career in theatre, film and television, and was a devoted supporter and vibrant member of BC's performing arts community.

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Nominations Open for 2017 Business for the Arts Awards

Nominations are due by February 15.

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Philanthropist Yoshiko Karasawa Donates $1 Million to Burnaby's Nikkei Place

The donation supports the redevelopment of the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, which opened in Burnaby in 2002. The expanded museum will reopen in 2018 to coincide with the 140th anniversary of Japanese presence in Canada.

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BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Announces Call for Nominations

The 2017 call for nominations to the BCEHOF runs through March 15, 2017. 

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Surrey City Council Announces Approvals Around Cultural Grants Program

The Surrey City Council announced a suite of approvals around its Cultural Grants Program, including a $100,000 increase to the program budget, allocation adjustments for not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations, and awarding 68 cultural grants totalling $321,925.

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Notes from the Alliance's Pre-Election Call to Action

On December 6, 2016, the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture hosted a pre-election advocacy event in Vancouver as part of our ask for the provincial government to double the budget of the BC Arts Council over the next three years. If you weren't able to make it in person, or you'd like a reminder of the ideas generated, we've compiled the discussion notes for you.

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Alliance Discount to Attend National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference

Arts Reach, the US-based Association Of Arts Management, Marketing & Development Professionals, is extending a special offer to Alliance constituents who register for its conference by January 31.

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BC Arts Organizations Receive 2016-17 Collaborative Spaces Investments

Thirteen arts organizations throughout the province will enhance their creative spaces with the support of $499,500 in grants from the British Columbia government.

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Schedule of Upcoming Community Gaming Grant Workshops

The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development is hosting a series of regional community gaming grant workshop events across British Columbia. Check this schedule to see if any are occurring near you!

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YVR Art Foundation Announces Call for Art Scholarship Applications from First Nations Artists

The YVR Art Foundation has announced announce a call for applications from BC and Yukon First Nations artists interested in applying for youth or mid-career artist scholarships. The deadline is January 27.

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Boca Del Lupo Announces Space Residency Program

Boca del Lupo has announced a call for submissions for their Space Residency Program, which provides successful applicants with up to two weeks of free performance and rehearsal space on Granville Island in Vancouver. The deadline for applications is March 1.

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Five BC Arts Orgs Receive International Presence Funding From Provincial Government

The grants, totaling $250,000, aim to increase international awareness of and exposure to BC artists, culture, creativity and innovation.

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Community Arts Council of Vancouver Welcomes New Executive Director

Eric Rhys Miller, an arts administrator and community-engaged artist with a background in theatre, takes over leadership of the CACV from Chris Gilpin, who departs for the BC Arts Council.

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Nominations Open for Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence

Nominations for the award, which honours writers with a substantial body of work who have contributed to BC's literary community/industry, close January 31.

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