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 receive a link to the video by email. Please note that for paid workshops, this link must not be shared with anyone. Multiple members of the same organization who wish to watch the workshop should each register separately, the same way as you would register to attend in person. Videos can only be watched during the event, and are removed afterwards.   

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.  

Video Recording

Registrants who attend workshops or info sessions in person consent to potentially being recorded on video. If you do not give permission to be recorded, please contact Joyce Wan before the session, at 604 681 3535 (201) or


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

Foundation Funding for Arts Organizations

WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, 2018; 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: 100-938 Howe St., Vancouver OR online via live stream
COST: Free

Private foundations award billions of dollars per year to charities and non-profits in Canada — money that you could easily miss out on if you aren't in the know. The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture partners with Grant Advance Solutions to host this free information session on foundation funding for arts organizations. The two-hour workshop will focus on the foundations that support arts organizations in BC, industry-standard document preparation (LOIs and Applications), establishing key funding partnerships, and the development of strategic annual grant funding campaigns.


About the Facilitators

Grant Advance is a Canadian software designed to make every aspect of the funding application process easier. It shows you where to apply, how much you should ask for, and then provides automated assistance to prepare and merge all your documents for a seamless and simple solution to any of your grant funding needs. The team has consulted with executive directors, IT specialists, and fund development professionals to develop a solution that addresses the actual challenges that non-profits face. The result is a simple, affordable, and time-effective resource that can benefit organizations of any size. 

All are invited to join this free information session, but you must register below. 


The BC Alliance has also partnered with Grant Advance to give organizations with small budgets the opportunity to access these services, free of charge. In order to qualify, you must be a BC Alliance member whose annual budget is under $150,000. To be entered in the draw for a free Grant Advance license, email Joyce Wan ( with the subject line 'Grant Advance' before 12:00 p.m. on April 20. Please include your name, organization, and contact information.

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

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

Date: March 28, 2018
Facilitator(s): Rhiannon Herbert
Type: Workshop

CSA Presentation on the Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators

Date: April 5, 2018
Facilitator(s): Department of Canadian Heritage
Type: Free Webinar


Workshop Proposals

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