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

Upcoming Event: "Truth and Reconciliation Through the Arts"

The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning and the VSO School of Music have partnered for a free event called “Truth and Reconciliation Through the Arts” on November 22 in Vancouver. Click through to see what to expect, and how you can participate!

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ArtStarts Extends Deadline for Creative Spark Grants

Emerging artists across all disciplines living in the City of Vancouver who have an interest in building their careers and working with young people in an arts-based capacity are invited to apply for Creative Spark Vancouver.

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Call For Cultural Leaders from Indigenous, Racialized or Minority Language Communities

The Cultural Human Resource Council is calling for 20 participants for its Talent to Lead program, which prepares Canadian cultural managers for positions of greater responsibility and leadership.

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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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Arts Umbrella Receives $7 Million in Funding from Canadian Heritage

"All children, regardless of age or circumstance, deserve access to artistic and cultural learning activities in their community,” says the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

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How To Say Thank You In Sign Language

Last month, the BC Alliance was fortunate to have a student intern work with us. Min Yuan is a graphic designer who attends Vancouver Community College.

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ArtStarts in Schools Invites Indigenous Artists to Special Arts Integration Learning Lab

ArtStarts in Schools has invited Indigenous artists working in BC in all disciplines to take part in the Arts Integration Learning Lab: Indigenous Artists Edition, a learning series designed to identify the complex relationship between education and decolonization through the perspectives of Indigenous artists.

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What's New for Arts Education in BC's New Curriculum

A summary of the changes being made to K-12 arts education as part of the Ministry of Education's new curriculum, which is halfway into its three-year rollout.

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Application Deadline Approaching for Digital LEAP Playwrighting Program

Students living in remote communities in BC who are interested in developing their playwriting skills can apply to be part of a free program offered through Arts Club Theatre Company. 

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UBC Presents Free Online Course on Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

Learn about engaging with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work. 

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Early Bird Registration Open For Actsafe Event Safety Conference

Actsafe invites those who provide support to the event industry to register to attend its inaugural Event Safety Conference in February.

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Artists in the Classroom Grants Deadline

Artists in the Classroom (AIC) grants of up to $3,500 for small to medium scale projects and grants of up to $10,000 for large scale projects are available through ArtStarts in Schools. Apply by October 17. 

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Applications Close Soon for Emily Carr Alumni Association Award

Are you thinking about returning to Emily Carr to further your studies and practice? Alumni who graduated from ECU or VSA with a degree or diploma in a credit program in 2013 or earlier, and children of alumni are invited to apply for the award valued at $500. Deadline is August 1. 

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Attend an Artists in the Classroom Mentorship Salon

As part of the development of ArtStarts in Schools' new project to support artists in the classroom, five salons will take place across the province in the coming weeks. 

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VSB Proposed Budget Cuts Would Eliminate Elementary Band & Strings Program and Arts Coordinator Position

The Vancouver School Board is proposing 2016/17 budget cuts which would include the elimination of the elementary band and strings program and the district’s Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator position. The Coalition for Music Education in BC has written an open letter on the matter to the VSB chair.

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Paul Larocque Rejoins Arts Umbrella as President & CEO

Arts Umbrella welcomes back Paul Larocque as its president and CEO. 

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Registration Open for ArtStarts Showcase & Conference 2016

Teachers, school or district administrators and community presenters are invited to attend the annual ArtStarts Showcase and Conference, taking place February 29 and March 1, 2016 in Vancouver. 

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Online Info Session for UBC Master of Museum Education Program

UBC's Faculty of Education will host an online information session on Thursday, December 10 for the Master of Museum Education program, ­a part-time, 2.5 year graduate degree program open to participants across Canada. The program is delivered 90% online.

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