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.

Thank you for attending our Fall Workshop Series! Stay tuned for more information about our Winter 2019 Workshops, coming in the new year.


Navigating Gaming: How to Win a Community Gaming Grant

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When: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, 100-938 Howe St., Vancouver
Cost: $45 BC Alliance members | $85 non-members | $30 livestream

The Gaming application can often be difficult to understand and navigate – both for long-time applicants, as well as newcomers to the process. Gaming’s guidelines and priorities are unlike other funders, and can often be challenging to decipher (especially as they apply to arts organizations!). 

For all those who need the “101” on successfully applying for a BC Gaming Community Grant, this is the workshop for you –Mary Ann will translate what Gaming 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 Gaming 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.

About the Facilitator

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 (2005), which provides consulting services for over 150 clients in the areas of arts management, organizational planning, capacity building and public fundraising. Mary Ann has completed over 150+ Gaming applications over the past 13 years… and still counting…

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

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PRODUCED BY VANCOUVER MOVING THEATRE IN COLLABORATION WITH PARTNERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

When: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, 100-938 Howe St., Vancouver
Cost: $45 BC Alliance members | $85 non-members | $30 livestream

Renae Morriseau (Saulteaux/Cree) will look at three artistic disciplines to answer the following questions: How do Indigenous artists re-assert their decolonial context in the art they create? How does Indigenous art reflect Indigenous experiences in decolonizing the Euro/Canadian aesthetic? How do Indigenous artists deconstruct the prevailing understanding of audience and spectators to understand the Coast Salish (and other First Nations on Turtle Island) protocols of the ‘Witness’? 

This informal session will encourage questions about how art is a form of ‘reconciliation,’ reflecting on Renae’s own theatre work, the work of visual artist Ken Monkman, and the music of Indigenous women’s traditional singing groups Ulali and M’Girl.

About the Facilitator

Renae Morriseau has worked since the early ‘80s in the arts (music, theatre, film and television) in Canada and most recently internationally with her singing group, M’Girl. She has received cultural teachings through social and ceremonial songs and stories with the Coast Salish, Secwepemc, Okanagan (Syilix), Nlaka’pamux, Cree, Saulteaux and Anishnaabe peoples. Today, between professional and community engaged artistic creations, Renae works to cultivate social justice, inclusiveness and community building through the power of theatre, film, voice and song.  

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Tax Relief: Making Tax Preparation Painless

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When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, 100-938 Howe St., Vancouver
Cost: $45 BC Alliance members | $85 non-members | $30 livestream

The workshop will cover the fundamentals of taxation for self-employed individuals, with an emphasis on artists and craftspeople. It will cover which expenses are deductible, what kind of record keeping is required, and how to get and stay organized. After completing this workshop the participant will be armed with the tools to be organized, track revenues and expenses, and make tax preparation as painless as possible. This session is ideal for self-employed artists and craftspeople who have little or no experience preparing taxes. If you dread tax season, and put off thinking about your taxes until the last minute, then this workshop is for you.

About the Facilitator

Marianna Scott has been in accounting since 1987.  She has been preparing personal taxes for the self-employed since 1996.  In 2003 Marianna joined Quantum Accounting Services Inc., a Vancouver based accounting and bookkeeping firm that focuses on arts organizations and artists.  She has been presenting workshops for self-employed artists and craftspeople for the past ten years.

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Succession Planning with Realize Strategies

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Where: BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, 100-938 Howe St., Vancouver
Cost: $45 BC Alliance members | $85 non-members | $30 livestream

In May, Realize Strategies offers a pair of workshops on succession planning for arts, culture and heritage organizations. You do not need to attend one session to attend the other, so register according to your needs.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & BOARD SUCCESSION PLANNING

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

A strong organization is built on the foundation of a strong board. This workshop is designed for board members and will cover both executive director (ED) and board succession planning.

The first part of the workshop will guide participants through the thinking and process of ED succession planning. How should your board think about succession planning for the ED? How does your board prepare for ED succession planning? Who needs to be involved in ED succession planning? How does your board align documents, such as job descriptions, with the future needs of the organization? What barriers or challenges exist in securing a future ED through succession planning? How can you best plan for it? What compensation considerations are related to budgeting and succession planning? What worries do you have about succession planning within your organization?

A strong board also has a plan and a vision for recruiting and retaining future board members. The second part of the workshop will offer guidance and present the best practices for the planning of board succession. How do you present your board to potential board candidates? Are you a grassroots board? A policy board? How do you succinctly describe your organization and your board culture? What competencies are required on your board? How do you evaluate the competencies needed on the board? How do you use board role descriptions and individual development plans to help with succession planning?

You do not need to attend the May 22 workshop, “Staff Retention and Succession Planning,” to attend this workshop, so register according to your needs.

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Staff Retention and Succession Planning

When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Staff succession planning in non-profit organizations is essential due to non-profits competing with other (potentially higher paying) employers in the market for the same employees. This workshop will guide thinking and planning for staff retention and succession planning. How can articulating organizational values help succession planning? How can artistic values/culture and mission critical work differentiate your ability to gain frontline staff? How do you use cost effective in-house mentoring and other training/development approaches to help with staff retention and succession planning? How do you encourage staff to stay, grow, and move up within your organization?

You do not need to attend the May 21 workshop, “Executive Director & Board Succession Planning,” to attend this workshop, so register according to your needs.

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About the Facilitators

Realize Strategies is a cooperatively owned consulting and management services firm based in downtown Vancouver. For nearly 20 years, we have provided consulting and management services to non-profit, co-operative, and social-impact organizations. Our singular focus is on helping non-profits, co-ops, and social-impact businesses thrive and grow.

Alison Marshall, MBA, brings more than twenty years of experience working in the non-profit sector to her work for Realize, where she has been a Principal Consultant since 2006. Her past work experience combined with her BA in Psychology and MBA have equipped her with a nuanced understanding of how to navigate challenges and access resources for non-profits. Alison’s intelligence coupled with an empathic approach lend themselves to her talent for sourcing the right leadership, assessing organizational processes, and creating stability in all the organizations and businesses she works with. In addition to her work for Realize, Alison has been volunteering her support at the Palliative Care Program at Lions Gate Hospital for the past seven years.

Gillian Harper, MA, has worked in Human Resources in both for-profit and non-profit organizations and holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Psychology with a specialization in the relationship between organizational culture and employee engagement. She is passionate about enhancing employee experience, helping organizations understand their core values, and creating a more strategic HR functionality. She has volunteered with the Dugout Drop-in Centre in the Downtown Eastside since moving to Vancouver in 2013 and has been a board member with them for the past several years focusing on recruitment and policy development. She has also volunteered as a facilitator for other non-profits to help with team-building and organizational development.


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 from the registration form. 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.


Workshop Proposals

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