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

Our workshops and webinars are presented by some of the top experts in their fields.

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

We are proud to offer ASL interpretation and remote access via live streaming to all of our workshops and information sessions. Simply select these options on the registration form.  

Questions? Check out our FAQ below, or contact Joyce Wan, administrative coordinator, at 604 681 3535 (201) or joyce@allianceforarts.com.


Maintaining Respectful Workplaces

October 22, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Natasha Tony
Location: 100-938 Howe St. Vancouver
FREE for BC Alliance members | Registration is limited

Natasha Tony, of Elevation Inclusion Strategies..

Natasha Tony, of Elevation Inclusion Strategies..

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is supporting efforts to address all kinds of harassment in arts workplaces (including sexual harassment bullying, discrimination and violence), and to lay the groundwork for “respectful workplaces” as the norm in the cultural sector. 

Under the Respectful Workplaces in the Arts (RWA) banner, CHRC’s Maintaining Respectful Workplaces workshops have been created to explore how to best deal with harassment situations through:

  • discussions of what IS and IS NOT a respectful workplace;

  • a review of situations and scenarios to identify how to create and sustain a respectful workplace; and

  • an in depth consideration of the roles of both employers and artists and cultural workers in establishing and maintaining a respectful workplace.

Tools and tips, including province/territory-specific legislation will be highlighted for both employers and artists and cultural workers to create and maintain a respectful workplace. 

The workshops will be 3 hours in length and adapted to the audience, whether they be employers, cultural workers, artists or a mixed group of 12 – 24 participants.

CHRC has trained a select group of trainers to deliver workshops on Maintaining Respectful WorkplacesNatasha Tony is one of these trainers, certified to deliver CHRC’s Maintaining Respectful Workplaces workshop.  

Note: This is not a policy development or counselling session, nor is legal advice provided.


About the Facilitator

Natasha Tony is a trained mediator and experienced labour relations specialist who has advanced the discussion on how to build inclusive organizations. Bringing a keen sense of fairness and sensitivity to intersectionality, she goes beyond diversity programming and sets up organizations for true inclusion of and respect for all members.

Natasha is Principal and CEO of Elevate Inclusion Strategies, a consulting company which focuses on issues management and systemic conflict resolution. To this end, Elevate develops and implements diversity initiatives and respectful workplace programs for client organizations.

We are excited to offer this session free of charge, exclusively for BC Alliance members.

Please note that registration for this session is limited to 24 participants. As such, we request that only those who can commit to attending to the workshop register, and that registrants who become unable to attend alert us at info@allianceforarts.com so we can make additional spots available to those on the waitlist. Thank you for your cooperation!

Registration for this workshop is now at capacity. Please sign up below for the waitlist to be notified if a spot becomes available.


Building Sustainable Audiences: Why Your Target Visitors Are Just Not That Into You, and How to Win Them Back

October 23, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Sandy Liu
Cost: $45.00 BC Alliance members | $85.00 non-members | $25.00 livestream
Location: Workshops take place at the BC Alliance office, 100-938 Howe St, Vancouver. If you register for the livestream option, you’ll receive a link by email 2 days before the workshop.

Arts organizations are struggling to stay relevant to ever changing audience preferences and behaviours. As audiences age, pockets get tighter and competition for attention gets fiercer–continuing to do what worked in the past just won’t cut it. Come join our discussion as we share this interactive session on:

IMAGE: Ezra Jeffrey-Comeau VIA Unsplash

IMAGE: Ezra Jeffrey-Comeau VIA Unsplash

  • Breaking out of the scarcity mindset and burnout cycle

  • Misconceptions and mistakes of common audience building strategies

  • The changing mindset of younger audiences

  • Analyzing the Audience Journey based on RAND’s behavioural model

  • How to identify visitor churn and get ahead of it

  • The 3 elements of ongoing audience engagement

Walk away with frameworks to building sustainable audiences you can apply to your organization today.

ABOUT THE Facilitator

Sandy Liu is an experienced Arts Marketer and Business Consultant with close to a decade of experience developing audience centric marketing strategies for nonprofits, start-ups and large businesses across East Asia, New England, Silicon Valley and Vancouver.

A unique blend of artistic values and business practicality: Once a founding member of a top 10 global ad agency’s Taiwanese branch, a tech product marketer in Silicon Valley and a Harvard MBA, Sandy now brings her diverse expertise to help arts organizations build long-term sustainability through creative audience building strategies and designing unique visitor experiences using cutting edge technology.

More about Sandy’s work at: www.liusandy.com


Financial Independence for the Arts: Generate Sustainable Revenue, and Decrease Reliance on Grants and Donations

October 29, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Sandy Liu
Cost: $45.00 BC Alliance members | $85.00 non-members | $25.00 livestream
Location: Workshops take place at the BC Alliance office, 100-938 Howe St, Vancouver. If you register for the livestream option, you’ll receive a link by email 2 days before the workshop.

Looking for ways to take your organization’s destiny into your own hands and not be at the mercy of a handful of grants coming through each year? In this workshop we will discuss:

IMAGE: SANDY LIU

IMAGE: SANDY LIU

  • How the artist mindset is obstructing us from reaching financial independence

  • Why traditional nonprofit revenue models needs an upgrade

  • Creative business models and successful case studies

  • Generating sustainable revenue through:

    • Cost down

    • Better Marketing

    • Creating new revenue streams

Join us in this interactive session and walk away with frameworks and inspiration on how to build towards sustainability and financial independence for your organization.

About the Facilitator

Sandy Liu is an experienced Arts Marketer and Business Consultant with close to a decade of experience developing audience centric marketing strategies for nonprofits, start-ups and large businesses across East Asia, New England, Silicon Valley and Vancouver.

A unique blend of artistic values and business practicality: Once a founding member of a top 10 global ad agency’s Taiwanese branch, a tech product marketer in Silicon Valley and a Harvard MBA, Sandy now brings her diverse expertise to help arts organizations build long-term sustainability through creative audience building strategies and designing unique visitor experiences using cutting edge technology.

More about Sandy’s work at: www.liusandy.com


Basics of Finance for Arts and Culture Organizations

November 5, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Linda Gorrie
Cost: $45.00 BC Alliance members | $85.00 non-members | $25.00 livestream
Location: Workshops take place at the BC Alliance office, 100-938 Howe St, Vancouver. If you register for the livestream option, you’ll receive a link by email 2 days before the workshop.

IMAGE: VIA BURST

IMAGE: VIA BURST

Learn the basics of finance for your arts, culture or heritage organization! Learning outcomes include basic knowledge of: full cycle accounting, understanding financial statements, cash vs, accrual accounting, financial statement types and presentation, the role of the manager in working with a bookkeeper and accountants, communicating with your board of directors, operating and project budget management, reporting (external and internal), external reporting (CADAC, WCB, charities, not-for-profits, etc.), managing cash flow and more.

ABOUT THE FaciliTator

Linda Gorrie has been working as a professional arts administrator since 1984, most recently as administrative director of Playwrights Theatre Centre (1998-2013), director of finance and administration for the Vancouver International Film Festival Society (2013-2017) and business management consultant to the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and grunt gallery (2004-present). She participated in the Banff Centre School of Management Arts Management Program (1987), was a member of the Executive Director’s Learning Circle (Vantage Point) and was awarded the Mary Phillips Prize at the 2005 Jessie Theatre Awards. She served as treasurer of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) (2005-2015), and chairperson of the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation (2008-2015). She is currently a board member for Neworld Theatre.


Financial Strategy for Arts and Culture Organizations

November 19, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Linda Gorrie
Cost: $45.00 BC Alliance members | $85.00 non-members | $25.00 livestream
Location: Workshops take place at the BC Alliance office, 100-938 Howe St, Vancouver. If you register for the livestream option, you’ll receive a link by email 2 days before the workshop.

IMAGE: Carlos Muza via Unsplash

IMAGE: Carlos Muza via Unsplash

Do your financial projections reflect internal capacity? Is program delivery driving the organization at the expense of investing in organizational capacity? What are your capacity gaps and how can you address them? How can you plan and manage the growth of your organization? Let this workshop guide you as you develop your financial strategy.

Learning outcomes include increased comprehension of: revenue diversification, evaluating fundraising readiness, financial management and organizational capacity, understanding the relationship between overheads and program-related expenses, best practices around not-for-profit starvation, financial management and organizational capacity, budget revision, internal and external reporting, and long term financial strategy and sustainability.

About the Presenter

Linda Gorrie has been working as a professional arts administrator since 1984, most recently as administrative director of Playwrights Theatre Centre (1998-2013), director of finance and administration for the Vancouver International Film Festival Society (2013-2017) and business management consultant to the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and grunt gallery (2004-present). She participated in the Banff Centre School of Management Arts Management Program (1987), was a member of the Executive Director’s Learning Circle (Vantage Point) and was awarded the Mary Phillips Prize at the 2005 Jessie Theatre Awards. She served as treasurer of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) (2005-2015), and chairperson of the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation (2008-2015). She is currently a board member for Neworld Theatre.


Grant Writing Success: A “Hands-on” Grant Writing Clinic

November 21, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Mary Ann Anderson
Cost: $45.00 BC Alliance members | $85.00 non-members | $25.00 livestream
Location: Workshops take place at the BC Alliance office, 100-938 Howe St, Vancouver. If you register for the livestream option, you’ll receive a link by email 2 days before the workshop.

IMAGE: VIA BURST

IMAGE: VIA BURST

In an increasingly competitive granting environment, writing a strong application is more important than ever, and can often be a challenge – both for long-time applicants, as well as newcomers to the process. For all those who need some guidance on successful grant writing, this is the workshop for you. Facilitator Mary Ann Anderson (Little Dog Creative Consulting) will translate what the funder really means in their guidelines language, identify ‘red flag’ language to avoid, and go through the best ways to make your application speak directly to what the funder is looking for. The workshop will provide a clear road-map to creating a successful application – for both first-timers and long-time grant recipients.

This unique session will be devoted to a collective writing “clinic” – bring your toughest grant question/answer, and we’ll tackle it together. This session will allow participants to gain “hands-on” learning experience – a great opportunity to gain important practical experience in constructing clear and effective narrative. A great chance to tap the “hive mind” of both your colleagues, and Little Dog.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Mary Ann S. Anderson is a Vancouver-based arts administrator, who has worked in the local cultural community since 1989. A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Arts Administration Program, Mary Ann has been the Executive Director of a number of organizations, including arts service groups, galleries, artist cooperatives and municipal government agencies. Mary Ann has considerable experience in public fundraising, and in the development of fundraising plans; in addition, she was responsible for the delivery of the North Vancouver municipal granting program working with 50+ arts organizations over the course of 12 years. She has forged successful relationships with funding agencies across the country in the course of her career. Mary Ann is the founder of Little Dog Creative Consulting, which provides consulting services for a variety of clients in the areas of arts management, organizational planning, capacity building and public fundraising.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the BC Alliance's workshops take place?

All sessions take place in the BC Alliance boardroom (100-938 Howe St., Vancouver) unless otherwise noted.

Where should I park while attending a workshop?

Parking is available at 980 Howe Street at an all-day rate of $15. 

Can I access the sessions remotely?

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 (a separate option in the Type menu, beneath Member and Non Member) for the workshop you wish to attend. You will receive a link to the video by email.    

If you have any questions about livestreaming, contact Joyce Wan, administrative coordinator, at 604 681 3535 (201) or joyce@allianceforarts.com.

Do you offer ASL INTERPRETATION?

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.

What is your Cancellation Policy?

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

Do you record your workshop sessions? wHAT IF i DON'T WANT TO BE CAPTURED ON CAMERA?

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 joyce@allianceforarts.com.

I have a question you haven't answered here! Who should i contact?

Contact Joyce Wan, administrative coordinator, at 604 681 3535 (201) or joyce@allianceforarts.com.


Past Workshops in 2019

Navigating Gaming: How to Win a Community Gaming Grant

Facilitator: Mary Ann Anderson
Date: February 19, 2019

Indigenous Storytelling in Theatre, Visual Art and Music: A Presentation and Dialogue

Facilitator: Renae Morriseau
Date: March 6, 2019

Tax Relief: Making Tax Preparation Painless

Facilitator: Marianna Scott
Date: March 13, 2019

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & BOARD SUCCESSION PLANNING

Facilitator: John Kay and Kevin Noronha of Realize Strategies
Date:
May 21, 2019

Staff Retention and Succession Planning

Facilitator: John Kay and Kevin Noronha of Realize Strategies
Date:
May 22, 2019


Workshop Proposals

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