On behalf of the Alliance for Arts and Culture, I would like to extend congratulations to Premier Christy Clark and the BC Liberal Party on their election victory.
We look forward to further developing our continued positive working relationship with the Liberal government.
The Alliance has worked closely with Arts Coalition BC and its member arts service organizations in the development of our Election Tool Kit as well as our ArtsVoteBC social media campaign, with a goal of raising awareness of the arts in our province and keeping it on the election agenda. We are pleased that all major parties acknowledged arts and culture in their election platforms. These references are outlined on the Arts Coalition BC website along with links to platform documents.
We anticipate building stronger connections between the arts and culture sector and all of the province's MLAs by working together to launch British Columbia's first Arts Day at the Legislature.
The Liberal government's recent increases in support for the BC Arts Council and the formation of the Creative BC agency through the BC Creative Futures strategy are both encouraging and appreciated. Arts and culture offer vast potential for job creation and the development of socially cohesive, diverse, healthy and creative communities. We urge the provincial government to continue increasing its commitment to invest in the sector.
We look forward to engaging the government in meaningful dialogue regarding the development of a comprehensive cultural policy for our province. On June 21 and 22 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre the Alliance will be hosting Arts Summit 2013 in partnership with the Society to Bridge Arts & Community to discuss this important issue. Our partners in government and members of the arts and cultural community across British Columbia are invited to join the conversation.
Alliance for Arts and Culture