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

Get Out the Vote for Arts and Culture with ArtsVote BC

Get Out the Vote for Arts and Culture with ArtsVote BC

Want to know how you can get out the vote for arts, culture and heritage for the 2019 federal election? Check out ArtsVote BC, our newly relaunched arts and culture advocacy initiative.

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Arts Orgs and BIAs to Premier Horgan: Help Us Survive Tax Increases

A coalition of business associations and arts organizations, including the BC Alliance, have sent Premier John Horgan and the Government of BC a letter in support of the motion to create a commercial property ‘subclass’ for municipalities.

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Kelowna’s 2020-2025 Cultural Plan Endorsed by Council

Kelowna’s 2020-2025 Cultural Plan Endorsed by Council

Kelowna City Council has approved a new strategic direction for the development of cultural services in Kelowna, in the form of a new 2020-2025 Cultural Plan.

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Vancouver City Council Passes Culture|Shift Cultural Plan

Vancouver City Council has approved Culture|Shift, the new 10-year cultural plan prioritizes affordable and accessible spaces, cultural equity, accessibility, reconciliation and decolonization.

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Standing Committee on Finance Releases Report on Budget 2020 Consultation

Standing Committee on Finance Releases Report on Budget 2020 Consultation

Recommendations around arts and culture include increased funding through the BC Arts Council and a review of the purpose and methodology of the Gaming Grants program.

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New Arts Research Monitor Gauges Situation of Artists

The latest Hill Strategies communication focuses on the situation of artists in Canada and abroad, including statistical profiles of artists in Canada and the United States, an international literature review on research methods used to study artists’ careers, and an English survey of visual artists.

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Kelowna Creative Sector Study Highlights Significant Growth

A new assessment of Kelowna’s creative sector demonstrates major growth since it was last studied in 2010 and an economic impact of approximately $339 million dollars annually.

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City of Kelowna Draft Cultural Plan Update Ready for Community Feedback

The community is invited to weigh in on the first draft of Kelowna’s Cultural Plan update, either online or one of a series of in-person consultations.

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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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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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Share Your Thoughts on the City of Vancouver's Draft Creative City Strategy with This Online Survey

The City of Vancouver has developed the draft version of its Creative City Strategy, and is looking for your feedback. The deadline is June 24.

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FAME Seeks Festivals and Events for Economic Impact Study

Festivals and Major Events Canada is conducting a new economic impact study, and is seeking festivals and events in British Columbia to participate.

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Take Part in the Vancouver Music Strategy Conversation Series

Take Part in the Vancouver Music Strategy Conversation Series

Share your opinion to help shape the future of music in Vancouver at community feedback sessions on May 29 and June 26.

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Join the Canada Council for a Town Hall Meeting in Vancouver

At 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 3, the Canada Council for the Arts is hosting a town hall meeting at the York Theatre in Vancouver. RSVP before May 28 to make your voice heard.

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Arts Council of Surrey to Host Roundtable Meeting for Local Arts Organizations

Arts Council of Surrey to Host Roundtable Meeting for Local Arts Organizations

On June 1, members of Surrey arts organizations are invited to attend an event hosted by the Arts Council of Surrey designed as “a unique opportunity to meet and converse with the City of Surrey’s arts and cultural leaders.”

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Make Your Voice Heard on the City of Vancouver Creative City Strategy

Make Your Voice Heard on the City of Vancouver Creative City Strategy

On May 16, attend one of three scheduled 30 minute presentations on the Creative City Strategy’s Action Plan, or drop in to give your feedback one-on-one to a member of the Cultural Services staff.

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Sign This Petition to Support the Indigenous Theatre Program at the National Arts Centre

As the NAC indigenous Theatre announces its inaugural season, take the time to sign a petition circulated by the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance emphasizing the importance of Indigenous voices and stories.

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Advocacy Update from Nelson: Civic Theatre ED Stresses the Need for Equitable Communities

Eleanor Stacey of The Civic Theatre recently penned a letter to the BC Arts Council expressing support for a robust approach to equity, diversity and inclusion. Click through to see what our colleagues around the province are doing to advocate for equity in the arts.

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Arts Abroad: A Round-Up of Recent International Arts News

Arts Abroad: A Round-Up of Recent International Arts News

A global conference looks toward questions of inclusivity, a New Zealand initiative examines the connection between creativity and well-being, and Ireland’s Arts Council debuts a new equality, human rights and diversity plan.

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Statistics Canada Releases New Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators (2010-2017)

Statistics Canada has released an updated edition of the Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, which provide timely economic estimates of culture and sport in Canada. Among the highlights: in BC, the culture GDP constituted roughly $7.1 billion, or 2.7 percent, of the total economy, including 98,050 jobs.

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