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

Western Canada Theatre Spaces Awarded Infrastructure Grant

On May 15, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport announced $188,000 in funding for important infrastructure upgrades to Sagebrush Theatre and the Pavilion Theatre, both spaces operated by Western Canada Theatre.

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City of Vancouver Staff Provides Updates on Creative City Strategy

City of Vancouver Staff Provides Updates on Creative City Strategy

On May 15, City staff presented to Vancouver City Council on the early findings of the Creative City Strategy. The presentation was an update on what the City has heard so far from the community during the preliminary engagement phase.

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Apply for the Canadian Heritage Legacy Fund

Apply for the Canadian Heritage Legacy Fund

The fund provides funding for community-initiated capital projects that engage citizens and raise awareness of local arts and heritage. Recipients may receive up to 50% of eligible expenses, to a maximum of $500,000.

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Nominations Open for Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming

Nominations Open for Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming

Nominations are open until July 15 for the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming, which recognizes projects or initiatives that encourage a greater public interest in the past.

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2018 BC Culture Days Ambassadors Announced

2018 BC Culture Days Ambassadors Announced

BC Culture Days has announced the winners of its 2018 Ambassador and Awards program. Each ambassador will be awarded $1,000 to present a Culture Days activity and act as a spokesperson for BC Culture Days leading up to the Culture Days weekend, September 28, 29, and 30.

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Canadian Heritage Releases 2017 Report on Heritage Institutions

The Department of Canadian Heritage has announced the release of the 2017 report on the Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions (GCSHI). Click through for highlighted data on the Canadian heritage sector.

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Check Out the Schedule-at-a-Glance for Unrestricted

Check Out the Schedule-at-a-Glance for Unrestricted

Check out the schedule for Unrestricted for a glimpse at programming delivered by more than 40 arts and culture luminaries including Margo Kane, Marcus Youssef, Monica Gattinger, Jeanne LeSage and Prem Gill.

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Vancouver Art Gallery Presents Audain Prize and VIVA Awards

Among the four recipients, Susan Point has been awarded the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts, while Hannah Jickling, Helen Reed and Charlene Vickers receive VIVA Awards.

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BC Community Infrastructure Projects Supported as Part of Canada 150

BC Community Infrastructure Projects Supported as Part of Canada 150

The beneficiaries of a $300 million federal fund set up to celebrate Canada 150 include several arts, culture and heritage groups from British Columbia, as well as groups upgrading important cultural monuments and facilities.

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BC Culture Days Registration is Now Open

BC Culture Days Registration is Now Open

Artists, arts organizations, cultural and heritage organizations, businesses, and municipalities are all invited to open their doors to the public for a hands-on or behind-the-scenes experience, showcasing BC's vibrant arts and cultural community.

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Community Gaming Grants Programs Offers Capital Projects Sector Webinar

Community Gaming Grants Programs Offers Capital Projects Sector Webinar

Interested in applying for a Capital Projects Sector Grant in 2018? Attend this free webinar on May 23.

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Mercer Issues Revision On Arts Compensation Study

Mercer Issues Revision On Arts Compensation Study

The revision recalculates the average yearly wage increase from minus .1% to 6.7% — a noticeable increase, but still below the all industry average real wage growth of approximately 10%.

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BC Motion Picture Industry Launches Mental Health Initiative

BC Motion Picture Industry Launches Mental Health Initiative

The Calltime Mental Health campaign has been developed to support BC motion picture workers and their families and reduce the stigma related to mental health and substance use concerns.

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Professor Monica Gattinger Presents a Discussion on the Future of Arts Funding at Unrestricted

Professor Monica Gattinger Presents a Discussion on the Future of Arts Funding at Unrestricted

We're excited to announce that Monica Gattinger (Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa) will host a panel discussion on “The Past, Present and Future of Arts Funding in Canada” at Unrestricted, our joint conference with the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance.

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Prince George Artists Announce Formation of New Indigenous Arts Organization

Prince George Artists Announce Formation of New Indigenous Arts Organization

The Northern Indigenous Artists’ Collective aims to become first non-governmental Indigenous arts council in British Columbia.

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City of Richmond Seeks Input on Arts Strategy

City of Richmond Seeks Input on Arts Strategy

The City of Richmond is seeking public input for an updated Richmond Arts Strategy and Cultural Facilities Needs Assessment.

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Community Nominations Open for Two Jessie Awards

Community Nominations Open for Two Jessie Awards

Nominations are being accepted for two annual awards for Vancouver-based individuals/organizations that have made considerable contributions to the local theatre industry: the Patron of the Arts Award and the GVPTA Career Achievement Award. Nominations are due May 15.

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A Sneak Peek at the Line-Up for Our Upcoming Conference, Unrestricted

A Sneak Peek at the Line-Up for Our Upcoming Conference, Unrestricted

As we look forward to Unrestricted, our joint conference with the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, we're excited to share with you some of the great minds in arts, culture, heritage and beyond who will be contributing to our discussions June 13-14 in Vancouver.

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CHRC Funded to Build "Respectful Workplaces in the Arts"

CHRC Funded to Build "Respectful Workplaces in the Arts"

The Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts have pledged over half a million dollars to the Cultural Human Resources Council to build better workplaces in the arts sector.

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Upcoming Workshop: "No More Starving Artists"

Upcoming Workshop: "No More Starving Artists"

Join Auspicious Arts Incubator founder John Paul Fischbach on Saturday, May 5 for a two-hour workshop on practical steps to boost your arts business.

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