The BC Alliance is a leading non-partisan voice in advocacy on behalf of the creative sector.
We work towards the development of sustainable and comprehensive funding and other policies to support a civil society.
In addition to providing the resources on this page to assist you to become an arts advocate, we monitor public policy, synthesize issues for our members, and represent the interests of artists and cultural workers.
2017 Provincial Election Advocacy
An initiative of the Alliance, ArtsVoteBC is a non-partisan grassroots campaign designed to keep the arts on the agendas of political parties, candidates and voters in British Columbia.
Artsvotebc.ca offered a range of resources to help people make an informed decision when they went to the polls on May 9. In addition to a Voters' Toolkit and voter resources including statistics that helped voters make the case for support and increased investment in arts and culture, a Candidates' Toolkit helped those running in the provincial election become familiar with the state of arts and cultural funding in our province and to become advocates for the sector.
As we do each election, we'll be asked the political parties for their arts and culture platforms and surveyed candidates all across the province on their views pertaining to our sector - and we shared that information as we received it.
Keep the conversation going on social media by using the hashtag #artsvoteBC to share why the arts are important to you and to talk about anything that speaks to your own experience of cultural value.
Archived Election Advocacy
In 2015 the Alliance produced its Federal Election Toolkit, a non-partisan resource for getting the vote out, engaging your candidates, and being informed about the arts and culture in Canada in preparation for the October 2015 Federal election.
The toolkit contains information about voter preparedness, how to stay informed, ways to get the vote out in your community, engaging your candidates, and quick facts about the arts and culture in Canada. Our hope is that by giving you these tools, you will be able to help us advocate for a better future by discussing with your candidates and by increasing voter participation in your community.
Take a look at our 2015 Federal Election Toolkit here.
BC Creative Convergence
At the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture's Arts Summit 2013 the cultural community of British Columbia began a conversation about the need for a BC Cultural Policy Framework.
This discussion, led by the Alliance, launched a province-wide engagement process, BC Creative Convergence, with the goal of developing such a framework. The conversation continued in early 2015 through a series of Community Cultural Roundtables conducted across British Columbia in collaboration with Arts BC, and with the support of the Province of British Columbia, culminating in June at the Arts Summit 2015. A report on the outcomes of BC Creative Convergence was presented at the Summit for further discussion, including a draft Cultural Policy Framework document.
A cultural policy framework for British Columbia helps to steer the government’s overall priorities and direction, linking plans relating to culture across all ministries, providing a consistent approach to the support of arts and culture, and providing mutual points of reference for all stakeholders. It serves as a catalyst and a guide for a conversation between the cultural community and government as the latter develops, adopts, and implements policy.