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

Banff Centre Opens Applications for Cultural Leadership Program

The program is designed for leaders interested in honing and developing a comprehensive set of competencies to prepare them for significant leadership roles within the artistic and/or cultural sectors, including both for and not-for-profit organizations, collectives, and non-traditional partnerships.

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Apply for 2017 City of Vancouver Permit Fee Assistance and Critical Assistance Grant

Apply for 2017 City of Vancouver Permit Fee Assistance and Critical Assistance Grant

Arts and culture non-profits can get up to $1,500 to help pay for building or development permit fees in cultural spaces.

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Gabriola Arts Council Pursues Regional District Funding

The Gabriola Arts Council is pursuing an annual Regional District tax contribution of $50,000. GAC hopes that by securing the funding, they will be able to bring their funding in line with other arts councils in BC and continue operating successfully. A petition will circulate in late August.

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Vancouver Foundation Grant Applications Open This Fall

Vancouver Foundation Grant Applications Open This Fall

Vancouver Foundation has announced that applications for their Arts & Culture and Education & Training fields of interest will open in the fall. 

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Nominations Open for Kamloops Mayor's Awards for the Arts

Nominations have opened for the categories of Emerging Artist, Artist of the Year: Visual Arts, and Business in Support of the Arts. The deadline for nominations is October 11.

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Upcoming Webinar: Cold Calling & Sweet Talking: Building Grassroots Community Partnerships

The BC Museums Association will be hosting a webinar on building grassroots community partnerships on August 29.

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City of Vancouver Partnership Opportunity for 1847 Main Artist Housing and Production Space

The City of Vancouver has issued a Request for Proposals for the operation of social housing and shared production space for low-income artists. Social housing operators will partner with arts and culture groups in both the tenant selection process and the management of the space. Organizations should indicate their interest by August 18.

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Michelle Stilwell and Doug Clovechok Appointed Official Opposition for Tourism, Arts and Culture

Stilwell (MLA, Parksville-Qualicum) and Clovechok (MLA, Columbia River-Revelstoke) were named to their positions on August 3 as part of the BC Liberal Party's official announcement of their shadow cabinet.

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Andrew Wilhelm-Boyles Dies at 74

Wilhelm-Boyles, who died August 1, was a national figure in music and dance, and a former executive director of the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture.

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Call for Applications: City of Vancouver's 2018-2021 Artist Studio Award

Applications are now open for the Artist Studio Award for the 2018-2021 term. The program offers seven subsidized artist studios for low-income emerging professional artists.

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Vancouver Writers Fest Names Leslie Hurtig as New Artistic Director

Vancouver Writers Fest Names Leslie Hurtig as New Artistic Director

Hurtig was appointed by a select hiring committee following a nation-wide search and will replace Hal Wake, current artistic director, in December.

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Vancouver Fringe Festival Calls for Diversity Focus Group Participants

The Vancouver Fringe Festival seeks to connect with performing artists who have never participated in the festival to conduct a focus group, in order to create a new model around diversity and equity. Register by August 21.

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The BC Alliance Reports Back from The Drum is Calling Festival

The BC Alliance Reports Back from The Drum is Calling Festival

The festival, an eight-day celebration of Indigenous and diverse culture that took place in Vancouver, was a smashing success that brought together Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in a shared celebration of humanity.

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Roundhouse Performance Centre Receives $125,000 Grant

The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre has received $125,000 support from the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to renovate the Roundhouse Performance Centre. Renovations start in August.

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ArtStarts in Schools Invites Indigenous Artists to Special Arts Integration Learning Lab

ArtStarts in Schools has invited Indigenous artists working in BC in all disciplines to take part in the Arts Integration Learning Lab: Indigenous Artists Edition, a learning series designed to identify the complex relationship between education and decolonization through the perspectives of Indigenous artists.

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Association of Book Publishers of BC Names Two Award Winners

Writer, editor and teacher Betty Keller has won the Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award, while Vancouver-based Greystone Books have been awarded the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award.

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Mandate Letter Outlines Responsibilities for BC's Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture

The Premier’s mandate letter to The Honourable Lisa Beare, issued July 24, sets eight priorities for tourism, arts and culture.

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BC Museums Association Launches Mentorship Program

The BCMA Mentorship Program pairs emerging museum professionals in the first ten years of their career with experienced museum professionals in mid- or senior-career positions for an eight-month mentorship.

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Tourism Richmond Launches New Investment Program

Tourism Richmond Launches New Investment Program

Tourism Richmond has announced a new funding opportunity for Richmond based tourism initiatives.

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A Message from Our Executive Director

Last week, NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert told Brenda Leadlay that the NDP plans to keep its election platform promises, including doubling the budget for BC Arts Council.

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