The BC Alliance’s skills development opportunities include sessions on topics of importance to artists and cultural workers.

Our workshops and webinars address topics of interest to arts, culture, and heritage organizations and to artists, presented by some of the top experts in their fields.

Past workshops include proposal and grant writing, reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, arts organizations and employment law, publicity and media relations, social media, human resources, arts education, and corporate sponsorship development. 

BC Alliance members receive discounted rates on workshops and other professional development opportunities.  

2018 Workshops and Information Sessions

Professional Development for the Arts, Culture, and Heritage Community

All sessions take place in the BC Alliance boardroom (100-938 Howe St., Vancouver) unless otherwise noted.  Parking is available at 980 Howe Street at an all-day rate of $10. 


If you're outside the Lower Mainland, or are otherwise unable to attend these workshops in person, watch and submit your questions from where you are with live online access. To join us digitally, select the Livestream option from the registration form. You will be emailed a link to the video. If you have any questions about livestreaming, contact Joyce Wan, administrative assistant, at 604 681 3535 (201) or


We are proud to offer ASL interpretation at all of our workshops and information sessions. Please indicate on the registration form whether you will require ASL interpretation.

Cancellation Policy 

48 hours cancellation notice is required to obtain a full refund.  


Contact Joyce Wan, administrative assistant, at 604 681 3535 (201) or

Digital Records Management in Three Steps: A Guide for Small Organizations 

WHEN: Wednesday, March 28, 2018; 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: 100-938 Howe St., Vancouver
COST: $45.00 BC Alliance members | $85.00 non-members | $25.00 livestream



How many times has your organization had to deal with the loss of time, money and energy dealing with inconsistent and ad-hoc filing systems on a shared server? Are new staff often unsure of which files to retain, or where to find information in the system? Are you unsure of your existing records policies or wondering if you should write one? You’re not alone.

In this 2.5 hour workshop, we will introduce the basic concepts of records management that can be most easily implemented at your organization, regardless of size. Delivered through a condensed curriculum developed with the support of the University of British Columbia’s Records Department, participants will learn the three key practices for managing a content system that, when implemented, stays organized and consistent, even through staff turnover. Other key concepts regarding policy and best documentation practices will also be covered.



Rhiannon Herbert is a cultural and creative resource manager who specializes in connecting people to ideas, knowledge and sector-based tools. Throughout her professional career she has engaged with various collections and archives at the University of Saskatchewan, McGill University, the Art and Heritage Centre of McGill's Centre de Sante, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, VIVO Media Arts Centre, the Vancouver Police Museum, and others. She currently works as the outreach and database coordinator for the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture and spends her time between Victoria and Vancouver.

Digital Records Management in Three Steps: A Guide for Small Organizations 
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CSA Presentation on the Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators

WHEN: Thursday, April 5, 2018; 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: 100-938 Howe St., Vancouver OR online via webinar
COST: Free



Last month Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with Statistics Canada, released new data from the Culture Satellite Account, an accounting framework developed to measure the economic importance of culture, the arts, heritage, and sport on the Canadian economy. The report provides cultural GDP and job numbers and compares those with other industries such as tourism. 

The BC Alliance is hosting a free webinar by the Policy Research Group of the Strategic Planning, Evaluation, and Research Branch at Canadian Heritage, on Thursday, April 5, at 10 a.m. at the BC Alliance. This is a great opportunity to learn how the cultural sector in British Columbia compares with the rest of Canada and to gain the statistical information needed to make the case for arts, culture and heritage in your community. 

Attendance is free, but you must register below. There are two options for registration: you can sign up for the webinar to watch online, or join us at the Alliance's office at 100-938 Howe Street in Vancouver where we will screen the webinar live  in a group setting to encourage exchange of information and ideas. 

Preventing Bullying and Harassment

WHEN: Wednesday, April 11, 2018; 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: 100-938 Howe St., Vancouver
COST: $45.00 BC Alliance members | $85.00 non-members | $25.00 livestream

 Image: Army of Trolls.

Image: Army of Trolls.

Is your organization prepared to handle situations relating to bullying and harassment in the workplace? Do you know what you are required to do to meet legislation? This session is designed to help directors, managers and human resource supervisors to: understand their roles and responsibilities around harassment and bullying; clarify their organization’s HR accountabilities and legal obligations; and gain a level of comfort and confidence that will allow them to effectively manage these issues.

You'll also learn how you can use insurance to protect the individuals who work for your organization including your directors, officers, employees and other volunteers. Discuss how your risks extend beyond your employees, where the risks are and why not all insurance policies are the same. Identify the key features to consider in your insurance, the claims process and how be sure you are equipped to manage the complexities and financial implications and liabilities of workplace harassment and bullying. 

The session will be a combination of instruction and facilitated discussion so you can bring any questions or issues that may be concerning you relating to harassment and bullying.


About the Facilitators

Greg Miller is the president of Crowflight Consulting. He holds a Master’s of Applied Behavioural Science in Organizational Development and an Executive Coaching Certificate. Greg was the principal consultant for employee development for the HR branch of Agriculture Canada for over 20 years. Crowflight Consulting has been providing HR services and training to small business and non-profits in BC since 2014.

Steve Beatty is an executive vice president with Front Row Insurance Brokers. Steve specializes in providing insurance and risk management services to arts & cultural organizations and societies. In his practice Steve helps his clients manage the day-to-day risks associated with workplace and employment matters. Steve has 30 years of experience of insurance industry experience and has been on the boards of a number performing arts organizations.

Preventing Bullying and Harassment
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Previous Sessions

Other 2018 workshops and info sessions have included:

Grants 101: an information session

Date: February 1, 2018
Facilitator(s): Walter Quan & Douglas Durand
Type: Free Info Session

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Arts Leading The Way

Date: February 21, 2018
Facilitator(s): Naomi Cromwell
Type: Workshop

Community Gaming Grants Program – What’s New for 2018

Date: March 5, 2018
Facilitator(s): Mike Sherman
Type: Info Session

Principles of Digital Marketing for Arts

Date: March 14, 2018
Facilitator(s): Brian Paterson
Type: Workshop

Workshop Proposals

Have a suggestion or a proposal for a workshop? Send an email to Brenda Leadlay, executive director.