BC Arts Council Announces Community Consultations & Program Review

In 2014/15 the BC Arts Council is conducting a review of its Operating Assistance and Special Projects programs (Innovations and Capacity and Sustainability) through research and consultation with the arts and culture community and other stakeholders, and you're invited to participate in the review process.

The BC Arts Council is undertaking the review in order to evaluate and improve grant programs and processes, improve the predictability of planning and budgetary cycles, and ensure that funding streams and programs will be appropriate to the needs of the community in the future.

Council wants to understand what community members and stakeholders believe are the developing directions that the arts and culture sector is heading, and how Council can best assist artists, their organizations and communities to get there. Their meeting goals are to develop a deeper understanding of the arts community’s evolving needs and to identify areas for improvement and development. 

During the consultation phase, community meetings will take place in several B.C. communities to gather input in relation to the three programs under review. Whether you have had direct involvement with any of these programs or not, they welcome your thoughts, as the review process may also have implications for other program areas.

In addition, Council will provide an online feedback form as of September 30 to receive your input. Details and a link will be issued shortly. 

Community Consultations Schedule (Itinerary updated Oct. 21)

Community consultation meetings are scheduled throughout October, with the following preliminary locations and dates scheduled:

Prince Rupert
October 6, 1-3 p.m. (Ceremonial Room, Museum of BC)


October 8, 9-10:30 a.m. (Old Church)

Prince George
October 9, 9-11 a.m. (Two Rivers Gallery)

TBC (Sid Williams Theatre)
October 15 (Courtenay and District Museum)

October 20, 3-5 p.m. (Kelowna Art Gallery)

October 21, 4-6 p.m. (Kamloops Art Gallery)

October 23, 1-3 p.m. (Key City Theatre)

October 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (Touchstones Nelson)

October 27, 2:30-4:30 p.m. (Belfry Theatre)

October 28 (Native Education Centre)
October 30 (O'Brian Centre for Vancouver Opera) 

October 29, 10 a.m.-noon (Surrey Arts Centre)

October 29, 2-4 p.m. (Chilliwack Performing Arts Centre Chilliwack Cultural Centre)

Please note that all details are subject to change. As plans solidify, updates to the itinerary will be made and posted at: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/program_review_itinerary.html 

Further information relevant to the consultatioin phase is now available online at bcartscouncil.ca/program_review.



For the purposes of ensuring adequate seating and refreshments, your RSVP is appreciated. To confirm your attendance, email Lori.Dunn@gov.bc.ca. If you find at the last minute that you can attend, please do so whether or not you are able to RSVP in advance.

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