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

REVOLUTION Programming Update: "Citizen Engagement" with Franco Boni

Franco Boni will deliver his workshop, "Citizen Engagement" at REVOLUTION: Engaging Human Creativity, the Alliance's annual conference on June 8. Early bird registration is open now! 

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2017 Vancouver Heritage Award Winners Announced

The winners were revealed April 24 at a ceremony in Vancouver.

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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Names Violinist Nicholas Wright as New Concertmaster

After a lengthy and intensive search, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has named Nicholas Wright as its new concertmaster. 

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Curtain Falls on Vancouver's Blackbird Theatre

The company, which staged productions of classic theatre pieces, pointed to lack of support from funders as the key cause of its closure.

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Share Your Views on the Creation of a New Arts Space in Richmond

The City of Richmond is exploring the possibility of converting the Phoenix Net Loft into an arts facility. The public is invited to participate in a short survey to help determine if there is a demand for such a facility, and if so, what kinds of spaces would meet the needs of the local arts community.

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Canada Council for the Arts Delays Launch of Online Applications Portal

The portal will now launch to accept grant applications on June 5, with subsequent deadlines being affected.

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REVOLUTION Programming Update: "From Art to Action: Building Anti-Racist Solidarity and Allyship Skills for Artists & Arts Organizations"

Anoushka Ratnarajah, lee williams boudakian and mia susan amir will deliver their workshop, "From Art to Action: Building Anti-Racist Solidarity and Allyship Skills for Artists & Arts Organizations" at REVOLUTION: Engaging Human Creativity, the Alliance's annual conference on June 8. Early bird registration is open now! 

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Government of BC Makes Additional $5 Million Investment in Community Gaming Grants Program

The Government of BC has released information regarding a new $5 million investment in the Community Gaming Grants program for capital projects. The funding is available to "not-for-profit organizations providing programs or services of direct benefit to the broader community", and will support capital projects with a total cost of over $20,000.

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Spencer Chandra Herbert: BC NDP Will Double BC Arts Council Budget

"The arts will be a key part of our sustainable economy plan," said Chandra Herbert during a Vancouver Co-Op Radio interview, where he also promised a capital infrastructure fund for arts and culture.

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Nominations Are Open for the 2017 City of Vancouver Mayor's Arts Awards!

Celebrate those who have made exceptional contributions to the arts in Vancouver by submitting a nomination for the 2017 Mayor's Arts Awards! The deadline for nominations is noon on May 18, 2017.

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REVOLUTION Programming Update: Dr. Ray Hsu on "Virtual Reality and the Dark Side of Empathy"

Dr. Ray Hsu will deliver his workshop, "Virtual Reality and the Dark Side of Empathy," at REVOLUTION: Engaging Human Creativity, the Alliance's annual conference on June 8. We'll be opening early bird registration next week, so stay tuned!

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BC Culture Days Launches Stone Soup Networking Events

Stone Soup will give local community members the chance to connect with other potential Culture Days event registrants to expand their network, find new collaborators, share resources, and brainstorm ideas for creative projects together.

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Hnatyshyn Foundation Presents $1.5 Million in Indigenous Art Awards

The awards of $10,000 will be presented to 150 emerging and established Indigenous artists.

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Call for Applications: Metro Vancouver Regional Project Grants

Cultural groups can apply to Metro Vancouver for Regional Project Grants until May 24.

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Call for Nominations: Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts

Nominations for the GGArts Awards are open until June 1.

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Vancouver Art Gallery Announces Winners of Visual Arts Prizes

Audain Prize winner Carole Itter, VIVA Award winner Lyse Lemieux, and Balkind Prize winner Grant Arnold will be honoured at a ceremony in Vancouver on April 19.

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REVOLUTION Programming Update: Teara Fraser on "Exploring Reconciliation Through Arts and Culture"

Teara Fraser of the Raven Institute will deliver her workshop, "Exploring Reconciliation Through Arts and Culture," at REVOLUTION: Engaging Human Creativity, the Alliance's annual conference on June 8. Don't miss it!

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New Creative Partnership in UK Encourages Arts Participation

The partnership, called Culture UK, aims to excite the nation about the arts, develop UK-wide cultural festivals, create new opportunities for emerging and diverse talent, and utilize new technologies.

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12 BC Companies Receive Interactive Fund Boosts

The funds, awarded by the BC Arts Council and Creative BC, will be used for the development of original, creative, interactive digital media and software applications.

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Lindy Sisson Steps Down As Executive and Artistic Director of The ACT Arts Centre

Sisson leaves in July to pursue an opportunity as the interim general manager at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo. The process of looking for her replacement will begin immediately.

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