The world is in a period of rapid and often frightening change. Conservatism consumes democracy, minority groups fight increasing oppression, and the planet itself is under threat of climate disaster.

But there is hope. More people are practising some form of self-expression than ever before – creating video games, taking hip hop classes, enjoying live performance and posting content to YouTube. Creativity and innovation are on the rise, and artists are increasingly harnessing that power for social good.

REVOLUTION asks the question: how do we engage our imaginations and creative potential to create a better world? How can we take action, together, for a new society – where diversity is encouraged, art and culture are celebrated, and we are responsible to our most vulnerable citizens?

A REVOLUTION is happening that is both frightening and exciting. Will you join?

The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture is proud to present our 2017 annual conference, REVOLUTION: Engaging Human CreativityREVOLUTION will take place June 8 in Vancouver, at VSO School of Music and The Annex. Attendees arrive at 8:30 a.m. at the VSO School of Music (843 Seymour St.) for check-in, and the event runs until 4:30, with an off-site social networking event to follow (not included in the cost of registration; details TBA).



Early bird registration is now open! Save $30 on your conference attendance by registering before noon on May 12. Alliance members receive a discounted rate, and students and youth (25 and under) attend for $39.00 (+ GST). For any inquiries around registration, please contact Joyce Wan via email ( or phone (604 681 3535).

Register for REVOLUTION: Engaging Human Creativity at the links below!

REVOLUTION: Alliance Member
REVOLUTION: Student & Youth


A limited amount of hotel rooms are available for out-of-town delegates courtesy of our partner, Best Western Plus Chateau Granville. Please contact Joyce Wan via email ( or phone (604 681 3535) for more information.


REVOLUTION is pleased to welcome keynote speaker Ben Cameron! Cameron is a passionate and articulate arts advocate who has been working in the cultural sector for over 35 years. Cameron is currently President of the Jerome and Camargo Foundations, based in St. Paul, MN and previously served as the Program Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in New York. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama with an MFA in Dramaturgy.  Check out his TEDx Talk – Why the Live Arts Matter – which has been viewed by over 488,000 people.


We are excited to present the following sessions at REVOLUTION:




Our time together will begin with an acknowledgment of the traditional territory, learning what it is and why it is important. We will journey together through a brief overview of our shared history and explore how this continues to influence the wellness of our families and communities.

With the energy and wisdom in the room, we’ll co-create a safe space to have meaningful conversations on the relationship between arts and culture and reconciliation. This engaging workshop is rooted in Indigenous ways of knowing and being – leaving you with teachings, reflections, inspiration to know more and do more, and the opportunity to contribute to a leading edge conversation in the spirit of reconciliation.


In 2002, Teara launched her aviation career as a commercial pilot. In 2010, she started her first business, KÎSIK Aerial Survey Inc., which provides aerial photography acquisition services. She built this business from the ground up and sold it in 2016.

A deep commitment to leadership and safety inspired her to establish the Aviation Leadership Foundation in 2008. Teara also served as director, executive director and strategic advisor for the British Columbia Aviation Council.

Teara holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University and she is a certified executive coach. She is a certified negotiator and certified in the delivery of many leadership development tools and assessments. Teara is studying Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma certificate at JIBC.

As owner of the Raven Institute, she hosts a gathering space to connect hearts, minds and hands – rooted in indigenous ways of knowing and being, contributing to the development of humans, organizational systems, and community.

Teara is a member of the Métis Nation of Northwest Territories.

dr. ray hsu

dr. ray hsu


Virtual Reality has been touted as creating "the ultimate empathy machine" (Chris Milk, TED). But what exactly is so special about VR? And what is empathy, anyway? Join Dr. Ray as he leads you through a live demo in which you get to try the most advanced VR currently available.

"My body is not for trading. My struggle is not a metaphor. When you reach out to me for our stories you do it on your terms. We have been working across our differences long before you noticed us. I am not a costume. You are not an ally." – Dr. Ray


Dr. Ray Hsu is faculty in residence at the Emerging Media Lab, chair of the Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Group at UBC. He is author of two award-winning books and taught for over two years in a US prison. Find him at





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

An Anti-Racism workshop for artists and arts organizations. Highlighting the ways People of Colour (POC) move through the world impacted by systemic and interpersonal racism, this workshop will provide context and skills for arts practitioners and administrators to practice empathetic and proactive allyship Together, we will work to understand how dominant social power dynamics play out in artistic communities, and how we can work individually and together towards undoing these dynamics and fostering an arts culture where people of colour are reflected, represented and centred.


Anoushka Ratnarajah is a mixed race (Tamil Sri Lankan and white) queer femme, and an artist and organizer. She was born and raised on unceded Coast Salish Territories (Tsawwassen Nation). As a mixed race person from settler/immigrant histories, Anoushka works from a place of unlearning and re-learning the complex histories that dictate the ways in which we move through the world. She believes in the power of storytelling as a way to heal and create new futures where we can breathe deep.

lee williams boudakian (uses they, them, theirs pronouns) is a queer, non-binary trans, Armenian-Liverpudlian mixie with familial ties to Lebanon, Syria, what is current-day southeastern Turkey, and Liverpool, England. Born in Scarborough General Hospital and having moved many times, lee currently works as an interdisciplinary artist, writer, producer and facilitator based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories. Current love projects include Kalik, ShapeShift Arts, and The HyePhen Mag. lee arrives at the work they do as acts of resistance, world&future visioning, and celebration towards liberation and healing.

For nearly two decades, mia susan amir has worked at the intersection of creative and community practice as an educator, dramaturg, cultural organizer, publishing writer, and performance artist creating immersive interdisciplinary works. Born in Israel/Occupied Palestine, mia is a queer Jew of mixed Ashkenazi and Sephardic descent, who is disabled by chronic illness. She has lived most of her life on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh. mia is the Creative Director of The Story We Be, and the Associate Dramaturg at PTC. In her work, mia explores the way sociopolitical events inform and are manifest intergenerationally in the spaces of the home and the body; the narrative hauntings that emerge when our stories go untold. 



Leading the Way on Arts Advocacy

There is a need for those of us working in the cultural sector to speak up and make our voices heard so that politicians and citizens alike understand the real value of arts, culture and heritage. This workshop will focus on how to become a better arts advocate by providing you with the skills, the stats and the confidence to take a leadership role in your community. The workshop will be hands-on, so be prepared to participate!


Brenda Leadlay is the executive director of the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture with a professional theatre career that spans over 35 years as an actor, creator, director, dramaturge, educator and producer. Before moving back to Vancouver in 2016, she spent 5 years in Ottawa as the artistic executive director of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival at the National Arts Centre. Previous to that, she was the artistic and managing director of Presentation House Theatre and the Norman Rothstein Theatre as well as the founder of the Chutzpah Festival. Brenda also served as the artistic director of Tamahnous Theatre from 1993 to 1996 and has been nominated 3 times for Jessie Richardson awards for her work as a director and collaborator. Brenda has an MFA in directing from UBC and has worked primarily as a theatre presenter, director, arts administrator and now arts advocate.


Stay tuned for more information about our program, including speakers and panelists, in the weeks to come!