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. 

Livestreaming

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 joyce@allianceforarts.com.

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.

Cancellation Policy 

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

Questions? 

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


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Arts Leading The Way

WHEN: Wednesday, February 21, 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

"Untitled" (Portrait of Ross in L.A.),  (1991). created by cuban-born artist felix gonzales-torres. | image via mark6mauno on flickr. 

"Untitled" (Portrait of Ross in L.A.),  (1991). created by cuban-born artist felix gonzales-torres. | image via mark6mauno on flickr. 

The cultural landscape of BC is beautifully diverse, but are arts organizations truly aware of their potential to engage and serve diverse communities? How do the arts in BC include or exclude persons of varying identities? What can we do to ensure that diverse voices and perspectives are authentically included and expressed in the arts? How can we work within our sector to become leaders on the road to justice and equality?

In this 2.5-hour workshop, we will introduce concepts of equity, inclusion, identity and intersectionality. Through activities and conversation, participants will be invited to explore their own cultural identities, begin to deconstruct their cultural biases and critically examine systemic barriers to gain a more empathetic understanding of issues faced by people of underrepresented identities. With the understanding that the arts have a profound ability to impact the health and evolution of our collective communities, we will discuss strategies to implement culturally-competent and authentically inclusive practices within the arts sector.   

 

About the facilitator

Naomi Cromwell is a woman of Afro-Caribbean and European descent born on unceded Coast Salish territory (Vancouver).  A musician and activist, Naomi is an advocate of community-building and youth empowerment through the arts. Throughout her professional career she has had the honour of developing and leading initiatives with nonprofit organizations such as The National Music Centre, UNITY Charity, Selkirk College and BC Touring Council.  She currently spends her time between Vancouver and Nelson.

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Principles of Digital Marketing for Arts

WHEN: Wednesday, March 14, 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: artistic_bros_ & artscloud VIA instagram.

Image: artistic_bros_ & artscloud VIA instagram.

In this introductory workshop, digital arts marketer Brian Paterson demystifies the diverse world of online marketing. Taking a highly practical approach, he will outline the tools that offer arts and culture organizations the highest returns; explore case studies that highlight best practices and sound strategies; and equip participants with working knowledge to start planning their own campaigns. Platforms covered will include Search Advertising via Google Grants, Google Display Network, and Facebook Advertising.

 

About the facilitator

Brian Paterson is a partner at Murray Paterson Marketing Group (MPMG), an award-winning marketing agency dedicated exclusively to servicing the arts and creative industries. A classically trained actor, Brian discovered a broader stage for his talents by marrying his intimate knowledge of the arts with his skill and passion for marketing. With MPMG, he provides digital marketing expertise to organizations including Bard on the Beach, PuSh International Festival for the Performing Arts, Eastside Culture Crawl, and Vancouver Folk Music Festival, among others.

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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

THE SCIENCE AND ART OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS. | IMAGE: digicult.

THE SCIENCE AND ART OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS. | IMAGE: digicult.

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.

 

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR

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.

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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
 

Workshop Proposals

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