The latest news on BC's arts, culture and heritage sector.

Yo-Yo Ma on The Place of Culture in a Fractured World

Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma has penned an editorial for the World Economic Forum laying out the importance of arts and culture in a world where strong survival mechanisms have become increasingly necessary.

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Massey Theatre to Host "Artlatch" Event

Massey Theatre to Host "Artlatch" Event

Artlatch, taking place January 18, marks the official launch of the Skookum Indigenous Arts Series, a new artistic partnership between Savage Society and Massey Theatre Society.

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Introducing Our Winter 2018 Workshop Series

Introducing Our Winter 2018 Workshop Series

Check out our Winter 2018 Workshops and Info Sessions, which include programming on digital marketing, digital records management, diversity, equity and inclusion, and a free information session on grant writing.

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"Art Is Our Weapon": The Canadian Arts Community Reacts to Sexual Harassment and Misconduct

Recent instances of sexual harassment in the arts and culture community have seen a swift and powerful response from across Canada.

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How To Say Thank You In Sign Language

Last month, the BC Alliance was fortunate to have a student intern work with us. Min Yuan is a graphic designer who attends Vancouver Community College.

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Made in BC Announces Jane D. Gabriels as New Executive Director

Gabriels, who takes the reins of the provincial dance non-profit, has served non-profit arts organizations for nearly 20 years.

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Canada Council for the Arts Issues Statement on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

Canada Council for the Arts Issues Statement on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

"We're currently reviewing our granting policies to [..] fairly and more effectively address situations which involve artists or organizations receiving Canada Council funding," the statement reads, in part.

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Penticton City Council Restores Standing Heritage and Museum Committee

Penticton City Council Restores Standing Heritage and Museum Committee

The committee had been reduced to ad hoc status in May, and was only convened for special tasks.

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Applications Open for 2018 City of Vancouver Cultural Infrastructure Grants

Applications Open for 2018 City of Vancouver Cultural Infrastructure Grants

Vancouver-based arts and culture organizations can apply to receive funding support of up to $250,000 for costs related to planning, renovations, upgrades, expansion or purchase of cultural space.

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New Union of BC Performers Contract Addresses Sexual Harassment

Members of the Union of BC Performers voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new contract which includes measures against sexual harassment, among other revisions.

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Curtis Pendleton Named ACT Arts Centre Executive Director

Curtis Pendleton will take on the role of executive director for The ACT Arts Centre starting in February

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Fay Nass Steps In as New Artistic Director of the frank theatre company

Nass, a director, devisor, producer and theatre maker, assumes the role of artistic director for the Vancouver-based theatre company.

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Sandra Singh Named Vancouver's New GM of Arts, Culture and Community Services

Sandra Singh Named Vancouver's New GM of Arts, Culture and Community Services

Singh, currently chief librarian of the Vancouver Public Library, will take over the role from Kathleen Llewelyn-Thomas in April.

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WolfBrown Releases Performing Arts Ticket Buyer Media Usage Study

WolfBrown Releases Performing Arts Ticket Buyer Media Usage Study

The study, available for free download, provides a current snapshot of the digital and print media consumption patterns of performing arts patrons, showing a massive trend toward digital consumption.

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Lori Marchand Appointed as Managing Director of NAC's Indigenous Theatre

Marchand leaves her position as executive director of Western Canada Theatre, which she's held for 18 years.

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City of Vancouver Approves 2018 Budget

City of Vancouver Approves 2018 Budget

On December 13, the City of Vancouver approved its 2018 budget, including an increase of $580,000 to arts and culture funding. The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, in partnership with Arts and Culture Policy Council, previously sent a letter in support of the increased investment, signed by nearly 200 members of Vancouver's arts and culture community.

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Victoria Foundation Awards $2.3 Million in Funding to Vancouver Island Non-Profits

Victoria Foundation Awards $2.3 Million in Funding to Vancouver Island Non-Profits

The Victoria Foundation has approved $2,294,724.40 in annual Community Grants to 104 non-profit organizations on Vancouver Island, including over 25 arts and culture-related initiatives.

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Upcoming Course: "Theatre ASL"

Upcoming Course: "Theatre ASL"

Theatre Interpreting, a group of Deaf Vancouver-based performing artists and interpreters, will be offering a 10-week ASL course to provide basic communication techniques. Register by February.

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Columbia Basin Trust Increases Arts, Culture and Heritage Funding

Columbia Basin Trust is expanding its support for arts, culture and heritage with $11.6 million over three years, through arts and culture venue grants and a number of heritage initiatives.

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Minister Joly Presents Three Main Pillars of Creative Canada

Minister Joly Presents Three Main Pillars of Creative Canada

The priorities include increased funding to the Canada Media Fund, review of the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act, and a five-year, $125 million investment in creative industries.

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