BC Alliance Celebrates Doubling of BC Arts Council Investment

NDP Leader John Horgan is B.C.'s new Premieir.

NDP Leader John Horgan is B.C.'s new Premieir.

By Brenda Leadlay

Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon announced June 29 that she had accepted Christy Clark's resignation as Premier of British Columbia, leaving the door open for the new Premier-designate, John Horgan (NDP MLA, Juan de Fuca), to form a new government.

During the election, the NDP promised to double the budget of the BC Arts Council from $24 to $48 million – a much-needed boost to bring BC’s investment in the arts in line with other territories and provinces in Canada.  The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture will hold them to that promise over the next four years – but we’ll need to work together to make sure that investment is put to good use. 

As outlined in our ArtsVote BC campaign, there is great need for increased support for artists and cultural organizations in BC's non-urban regions as well as funding to ensure equitable access to the arts for minority groups, Indigenous artists and artists with disabilities. There is also a need for increased investment in the robust cultural sector in the urban centres to ensure that our core-funded organizations are sustainable and accessible to everyone.

British Columbia has some of the best and brightest creative minds in the world. Let's make sure that the provincial government recognizes this and invests in the arts to build a creative and innovative future together.

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