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

BC Government Seeks Input on Societies Act

BC Government Seeks Input on Societies Act

The BC government is conducting a consultation on proposed amendments to the Societies Act. Submit your feedback by August 23.

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Joyce Rosario Named Associate Artistic Director of PuSh Festival

Joyce Rosario Named Associate Artistic Director of PuSh Festival

Rosario assumes her new role having recently guided the organization through a period of transition as Interim Artistic Director, from May 2018 through June 2019.

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Jessie Awards Name 2019 Winners

The 37th annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards were held on Monday, July 15, to celebrate excellence in professional theatre in Vancouver.

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Open House for Potential Cultural Space in Vancouver

The City of Vancouver has received a development application for 1616 West 7th Avenue. Cultural Services anticipates securing approximately 6,000 square feet of cultural space to be owned by the City of Vancouver as part of this development. An open house will be held July 25.

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2019 BC Culture Days Ambassadors Announced

2019 BC Culture Days Ambassadors Announced

Ten artists have been selected to represent BC Culture Days in 2019. Each ambassador will be awarded $1,000, work with professional mentors, present a free Culture Days activity, and act as a spokesperson for BC Culture Days–which takes place on September 27, 28, and 29.

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Ballet BC Artistic Director Accepts New Role

Ballet BC Artistic Director Accepts New Role

Ballet BC announced yesterday that Artistic Director Emily Molnar has accepted the role of Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). Emily will remain with Ballet BC until June 2020 and will be a part of the search committee for the new Artistic Director, which is to begin as soon as possible.

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BC Arts Council Seeks Equity Consultant

BC Arts Council Seeks Equity Consultant

The BC Arts Council has posted a Request for Proposals for contracting with an Equity Consultant to support the implementation of New Foundations: Strategic Plan for the British Columbia Arts Council, specifically focused on the strategic direction of Equity, Diversity, and Access. The deadline for responses is July 22.

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BC Museums Association Bids Farewell to Executive Director

Erica Mattson, who has served as BCMA’s Executive Director since September 2016, will be departing the role in early July. Theresa Mackay, who was Erica’s predecessor in the role, will be joining the organization as interim Executive Director.

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First Nations Education Foundation Seeks Sponsors for Language Revitalization Pole

First Nations Education Foundation Seeks Sponsors for Language Revitalization Pole

The First Nations Education Foundation is calling for donors and sponsors for the Language Revitalization Pole, which is being carved in Port Alberni to amplify the need to save Indigenous languages before all the remaining fluent Elders pass on.

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Canada to Host Joint Nordic Cultural Initiative in 2021

The Nordic Council of Ministers for Culture has announced the initiative will be held in Canada in 2021, and will focus on on artistic innovation, inclusion, sustainability and boosting relationships with the Nordic Region in multiple Canadian cities.

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City of Richmond Seeks Writer-in-Residence

City of Richmond Seeks Writer-in-Residence

The City of Richmond is inviting professional and community-engaged writers to submit their Expression of Interest for a part-time residency, located in the heart of Richmond’s downtown core. Applications will be accepted until July 12.

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BC Alliance Asks Standing Committee on Finance for Gaming Grant Clarity

In a presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance on June 14, BC Alliance executive director Brenda Leadlay asked for clearer, more purposeful adjudication of Community Gaming Grant funding.

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Statistics Canada Releases Updated Data from Trade of Culture and Sport Products

National culture exports have increased by 39.7% over seven years, with film and video named as British Columbia’s most economically valuable export.

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Free Upcoming Workshop: Sighted Guide Training

VocalEye is offering a free public workshop in sighted guide techniques for anyone who would like to learn how to assist someone who is blind or partially sighted. The workshop takes place in Vancouver on Saturday, June 29.

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Respectful Workplaces in the Arts Seeks Signatories for Performing Arts Code of Conduct

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts Seeks Signatories for Performing Arts Code of Conduct

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts has issued a Canadian Code of Conduct for the Performing Arts, a series of guidelines to create “safer, more inclusive, respectful workplaces where artists can thrive, free from all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence.”

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Canadian Arts Coalition Releases 2019 Federal Election Platform

Canadian Arts Coalition Releases 2019 Federal Election Platform

Among other positions, the platform advocates for bolstering equitable arts funding, supports the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s copyright recommendations for literary and visual artists, and stresses the need for artistic and workplace training.

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artsvest B.C. Announces Dates for Info Sessions

artsvest B.C. Announces Dates for Info Sessions

Business / Arts has announce the remaining dates for the 2019 launch of artsvest B.C., including info sessions in Victoria, Masset, Cranbrook, Fort St. John and Whistler.

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$300,000 Vancouver Music Fund to Elevate Indigenous and Underrepresented Voices

$300,000 Vancouver Music Fund to Elevate Indigenous and Underrepresented Voices

The City of Vancouver and Creative BC have partnered on three new music grant programs to support Indigenous and underrepresented artists, which will be funded by the City’s $300,000 Vancouver Music Fund.

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Canadian Senate: "Canada Must Develop A Comprehensive Strategy to Strengthen Cultural Diplomacy"

Canadian Senate: "Canada Must Develop A Comprehensive Strategy to Strengthen Cultural Diplomacy"

The Canadian Senate has issued a new report entitled Cultural Diplomacy at the Front Stage of Canada's Foreign Policy, featuring eight recommendations on how the country must improve its incorporation of arts and culture into its foreign relations.

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Event Registration is Open for BC Culture Days

Artists, organizations, businesses and municipalities are invited to submit their events before September 16, or register by July 31 to be included in the provincial marketing campaign.

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