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

Actsafe Safety Association Appointments New Executive Director

Actsafe Safety Association Appointments New Executive Director

Manu (Manobhiram) Nellutla will be the new executive director of Actsafe. He starts March 11.

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CAPACOA Launches New Digital Literacy Initiative for Performing Arts Sector

The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture will be a regional partner for the Linked Digital Future Initiative, which includes coaching programs and digital literacy solutions, and will explore new ways to digitize the performing arts.

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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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Julie Mamias Steps In as New Works Executive Director

Julie Mamias Steps In as New Works Executive Director

17-year arts sector veteran Julie Mamias, who most recently worked with Made in BC-Dance on Tour, assumed the role of New Works executive director on February 1.

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Vancouver Art Gallery Announces $40 Million Gift, Unveils Design for New Building

The unprecedented gift from the Chan Family will be put toward the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new building, which will be called Chan Centre for the Visual Arts.

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Kamloops Philanthropist Makes Bid to Resurrect Proposed Performing Arts Centre

On January 8, during a meeting of Kamloops City Council, philanthropist Ron Fawcett offered millions of dollars in land and design plans to resurrect a proposal for a performing arts centre in the city.

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Voting Period for Electoral Reform Referendum Extended to December 7

Voting Period for Electoral Reform Referendum Extended to December 7

The voting period for the 2018 Referendum on Electoral Reform has been extended by a week. Mail your vote in, and make your voice heard!

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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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Vancouver City Council Approves 2018 Cultural Grants

Vancouver City Council Approves 2018 Cultural Grants

On November 13, Vancouver City Council approved over $700,000 to boost cultural organizations across Vancouver.

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A Message from Gillian Wood

The former BC Arts Council executive director plans “to discover new ways to give back to our artists and practitioners, especially after the years of inspiration and passion you have given to me.”

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BC Arts Council Announces Organizational Changes

BC Arts Council Announces Organizational Changes

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has announced that Kim Reid will step in as interim executive director of the BC Arts Council, replacing Gillian Wood, who has served as executive director of the BCAC since 2009.

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Voters Approve Vernon Cultural Centre Funding in Referendum

While candidates across the province were elected to office on October 20, Vernon saw another development: the passing of a referendum to borrow $25 million for a new cultural facility in downtown Vernon.

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Vancouver's Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art Appoints New Director and CEO

Allison Andrachuk, recently of Tides Canada and the Contemporary Art Gallery, steps up to fill the positions.

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Trudeau: No NAFTA Without Cultural Exemption

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will not sign a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement that doesn't protect Canada's cultural sectors.

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Vancouver International Jazz Festival Co-Founder Ken Pickering Dies at 66

The BC Alliance offers its sincere condolences on the passing of Ken Pickering, the co-founder and artistic director emeritus of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, who died of throat cancer on August 10.

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CHRC to Issue Updated Cultural Labour Force Statistics

CHRC to Issue Updated Cultural Labour Force Statistics

The Cultural Human Resources Council has announced that it will receive financial support from Employment and Skills Development Canada to undertake a second Labour Market Information Study of the Cultural Labour Force, updating the one it spearheaded in 2010.

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CHRC Offers Update On Respectful Workplaces in the Arts

CHRC Offers Update On Respectful Workplaces in the Arts

The Cultural Human Resources Council recently offered an update on its Respectful Workplaces in the Arts initiative, which seeks to address and prevent harassment in the performing, visual and literary arts.

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Vancouver to Build First Centre for Music

The City of Vancouver has approved the redevelopment plans for the Plaza of Nations, which includes a large music presentation centre in a high-visibility area of the development.

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Pablo Rodriguez Appointed New Minister of Canadian Heritage in Trudeau Cabinet Shuffle

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, who served in the role from 2015-2018, has been newly appointed as Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie.

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Granville Island Arts Orgs Announce New Theatre District

The Granville Island Theatre District, helmed by Boca del Lupo and Carousel Theatre for Young People alongside CMHC-Granville Island, will steward performing arts programming at Performance Works, Festival House and the Waterfront Theatre.

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