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

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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Kelly Tweeddale to Depart as VSO President

Kelly Tweeddale to Depart as VSO President

Tweeddale, who also serves as President of the VSO School of Music, will take on a new role with the San Francisco Ballet, effective September 3.

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Kathleen Bartels to Step Down As Vancouver Art Gallery Director

After 18 years, Kathleen Bartels is stepping down as the director of the Vancouver Art Gallery “to pursue other professional and personal interests."

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Canada Council and CBC Launch Digital Content Incubator

Canada Council and CBC Launch Digital Content Incubator

The Canada Council for the Arts and CBC/Radio-Canada have announced plans to launch a new $1 million catalyst tool to amplify digital creation in Canada. Full guidelines and details will be revealed in late June.

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Community Arts Council of Prince George Announces Creative Hub Facility Feasibility Study

Community Arts Council of Prince George Announces Creative Hub Facility Feasibility Study

The Community Arts Council of Prince George & District has announced plans to build a new creative hub as a home for the organization and its members.

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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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Music BC Announces New Executive Director

After announcing the departure of Alex Grigg as executive director last week, Music BC has shared that Lindsay MacPherson has been hired as his successor.

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Vancouver City Council Approves Nearly $6 Million in Cultural Grants

Vancouver City Council Approves Nearly $6 Million in Cultural Grants

BC Alliance members are among the 195 organizations receiving $5.85 million in cultural grants.

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New Emily Carr University Program Trains Immigrant and Refugee Women in Tech

New Emily Carr University Program Trains Immigrant and Refugee Women in Tech

TechWomen, spearheaded by Emily Carr University and the Immigrant Services Society of BC, provides free educational opportunities and career coaching to immigrant women seeking employment in the technology sector.

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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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Committee Develops Strategic Plan to Support Proposed Chemainus Arts Centre

Committee Develops Strategic Plan to Support Proposed Chemainus Arts Centre

A committee has drafted a strategic plan in support of a proposed “world-class, regional arts centre in Chemainus.”

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In Memory of Michael Noon

In Memory of Michael Noon

A celebration of life for the “tireless champion and supporter of the arts” will be held on May 31 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver.

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Franco Boni Appointed Artistic and Executive Director of PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Franco Boni Appointed Artistic and Executive Director of PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Franco Boni will assume the role of artistic and executive director of Vancouver’s PuSh Festival on June 1, 2019.

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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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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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