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

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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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 Senate: "Canada Must Develop A Comprehensive Strategy to Strengthen Cultural Diplomacy"

Canadian Senate: "Canada Must Develop A Comprehensive Strategy to Strengthen Cultural Diplomacy"

The Canadian Senate has issued a new report entitled Cultural Diplomacy at the Front Stage of Canada's Foreign Policy, featuring eight recommendations on how the country must improve its incorporation of arts and culture into its foreign relations.

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Apply for the City of Vancouver's Arts and Culture Advisory Committee

Apply for the City of Vancouver's Arts and Culture Advisory Committee

The City of Vancouver is seeking volunteers from the general public for positions on the City's Council advisory bodies, including the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. Apply by April 12.

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Federal Government Releases 2019 Budget

The Canadian Arts Coalition has issued its statement on the 2019 Budget, which includes funding boosts for the Canadian Arts Presentation Fund, the Canada Music Fund and more.

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BC Arts Council Seeks New Director

BC Arts Council Seeks New Director

The Province of British Columbia is requesting applications for the position of director of the BC Arts Council. Applications are due by March 21, 2019.

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City of Vancouver Creative City Strategy Symposium Taking Place March 4

City of Vancouver Creative City Strategy Symposium Taking Place March 4

The symposium will be a significant component in the development of the Creative City Strategy, a culture plan to guide the City of Vancouver’s efforts to support art, culture and creative work and life.

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BC Alliance ED Issues Statement on BC Budget 2019

BC Alliance ED Issues Statement on BC Budget 2019

The new BC budget, unveiled February 19, allots an additional $15 million to the BC Arts Council over the next two years. “Please take a moment to thank your MLA for their support,” says BC Alliance executive director Brenda Leadlay.

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BC Arts Council Seeks Equity Consultant

BC Arts Council Seeks Equity Consultant

The BC Arts Council has posted an RFI as the first step in contracting an Equity Consultant to support the implementation of New Foundations: Strategic Plan for the British Columbia Arts Council, specifically focused on Equity, Diversity, and Access. The deadline for responses has been extended to March 11.

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House of Commons Releases Report On Gender Parity in Arts Organizations

A new report from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage sheds light on issues around gender parity in arts and culture organizations.

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Let Us Know Your Thoughts on Cannabis Sponsorship of Arts and Culture

Let Us Know Your Thoughts on Cannabis Sponsorship of Arts and Culture

The government is currently consulting on the regulatory framework for cannabis and has asked for “additional comments to share regarding the legalization and strict regulation of cannabis in Canada.” The BC Alliance is interested in the arts, culture and heritage sector’s thoughts on the current restrictions around cannabis sponsorship. Send us your feedback by February 20.

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Save the Date: City of Vancouver's Creative City Strategy Symposium to Take Place March 4

Save the Date: City of Vancouver's Creative City Strategy Symposium to Take Place March 4

The City of Vancouver invites all members of the public to the Creative City Strategy Symposium on March 4, a full day of interactive sessions that will shape the Creative City Strategy recommendations.

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Mass Culture Hosts Free Digital Gathering February 1

Mass Culture Hosts Free Digital Gathering February 1

As part of the free online conversation, Patrick Tobin, Sanjay Shahani, Branislav Henselmann and facilitator Bridget MacIntosh will lead a conversation exploring the integration of arts and culture into municipal development and resiliency building initiatives.

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City of Surrey May Dissolve Cultural Development, Public Art Advisory Committees

On December 3, Surrey City Council voted to review a proposal to dissolve five committees, including the Cultural Development and Public Art Advisory Committees. Under the proposal, they will be consolidated into a single committee: the Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee.

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City of Kelowna Seeks Youth and Young Professionals for Arts, Culture and Heritage Forums

As part of the engagement process for its upcoming Cultural Plan, the City of Kelowna is seeking youth (grade 11 and 12) and young professionals (post-secondary student) for two forums on arts, culture and heritage.

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Government of Canada Launches #YourBudget Consultation Survey

Government of Canada Launches #YourBudget Consultation Survey

The #YourBudget Pre-Budget Consultations 2019 survey is your chance to help shape how the federal government allocates its funds in 2019.

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Federal Government Announces New Social Finance Fund in Fiscal Update

In the Government of Canada’s Fall Economic Statement 2018, it announced that it would create “a Social Finance Fund that gives charitable, non-profit and social purpose organizations access to new financing, and connects them with non-government investors.”

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Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services Releases Report on Budget 2019 Consultation

Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services Releases Report on Budget 2019 Consultation

The report presents a comprehensive and detailed summary of ideas shared by British Columbians for the next provincial budget, and recommends funding increases to the BC Arts Council and Creative BC.

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24 Events Funded Through Tourism Events Program

People in communities around the province are looking forward to welcoming even more visitors to their local events and festivals in the year ahead, with marketing support from the Province of BC.

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