BC Artscape Launches 2016 Cultural Space Mentorship & Coaching Program

Does your organization have a cultural space development project that would benefit from mentorship and coaching support? The BC Artscape Cultural Space Development Mentorship and Coaching Program is launching for the second year to support non-profit arts and cultural organizations in the Metro Vancouver area to advance their cultural space development projects.

The Mentorship and Coaching Program delivers strategic, financial, real estate, community engagement and partnership-building skills to participants, as well as project-specific support in key areas based on Artscape’s nearly 30-year history in developing unique arts and cultural facilities.

The program, tailored to advance your specific project and organizational needs, is offered at no cost to selected organizations thanks to funding from the City of Vancouver and the Vancity Community Foundation. A diverse range of organizations will be supported, from emerging to established, small to large, and across a variety of disciplines. 

Participants will work closely with BC Artscape and Artscape’s senior specialist staff members in a program that develops participants’ capacity and project preparedness across a range of areas, including:

  • Project vision development 
  • Community and stakeholder engagement and project governance 
  • Cross-sector partnership activation, collaboration and management 
  • Business planning, market testing and feasibility analysis 
  • Funding, finance, planning and fiscal tools 
  • Capital project management 
  • Organizational development and strategic planning 
  • Operational development and management 
  • Property management and leasing 
  • Tenant engagement and programming 

As the particular needs of each organization and project are unique, there is no “typical” program of activities. Ranging from short-term interventions to long-term projects, Artscape works with each participant organization to build a custom program to suit their particular needs and priorities.


The application deadline is Friday, February 19, 2016 at 5 p.m., PST.

Learn More

Click here to read the complete 2016 Program Guide for details about deliverables, eligibility and selection criteria. 

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