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

World Theatre Day is March 27

World Theatre Day is coming up on March 27, so plan your celebrations!

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Call for Participants: Global Cultural Leadership Programme

The Cultural Diplomacy Platform has issued a call for participants for its upcoming second Global Cultural Leadership Programme. The Programme will take place June 19-23, 2017 in Athens, Greece. The deadline for applications is March 25.

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Provincial Government Gives Boost to DOXA and C2U

The Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation is contributing funds to the DOXA 2017 Audience Development Project, as well as C2U Expo, through its Community and Employer Partnerships program

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City of Vancouver Cultural Infrastructure and Critical Assistance Grants

Details and deadlines for COV Culture Infrastructure and Critical Assistant grants, both of which are now open for applications. 

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BC Arts Council Grant Programs Now Open to Applicants

The BC Arts Council is accepting applications for several project-assistance funding programs until April 3.

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Jude Kusnierz Calls for Coalition Between Vancouver Arts Orgs and Small Businesses in the Wake of Rising Property Taxes

The call comes as a series of dramatic property tax increases leaves the fate of Beaumont Studios unclear.

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Aubrey Reeves Named New Executive Director of Culture Days

Reeves was previously the executive director of Ontario Culture Days, a role she has held since the not-for-profit's launch in 2010.

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Province Announces $1.2 Million in Funding to Mark Creative Industries Week

The money, earmarked for the Music Company Development program, will be used to further develop the capacity of BC’s music companies through business development activities. Creative Industries Week runs February 27 through March 5.

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Hill Strategies Issues New Arts Research Monitor

Hill Strategies Research Inc. offers four new studies on creative industries.

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City of Vancouver Releases Information on 2017/18 Theatre Rental Grant Program

The Theatre Rental Grant program offers financial assistance to Vancouver-based, professional, non-profit arts and cultural organizations to rent the centrally-located Vancouver Civic Theatres. The deadline to confirm venue dates is March 3.

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First Peoples' Cultural Council Seeks Applicants for Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee members are volunteers who are members of BC First Nations and act as a bridge between First Nations communities and FPCC by bringing ideas, advice and issues to the attention of the Board of Directors. The deadline to apply is March 31.

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Pat Martin Bates Wins Inaugural Acorn Arts Award

The award recognizes a living artist, group or institution which has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Oak Bay.

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Report: "What We Heard Across Canada: Canadian Content in a Digital World"

The report summarizes the Ministry of Canadian Heritage's consultations on digital Canadian content, conducted in various communities and online in late 2016.

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City of Vancouver Opens Public Nominations for Vancouver Heritage Awards

The public can nominate online for the People's Choice Heritage Award until March 18.

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Government of Canada Invests $2.75 Million in Art Reprographic Technology

The money will fund the Arius3D platform, which uses a laser scanner and robotics system to simultaneously reproduce both the colour and the relief of paintings. This will allow museums, art historians, and artists to more accurately reproduce and create paintings.

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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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