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

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 Arts Coalition Releases 2019 Federal Election Platform

Canadian Arts Coalition Releases 2019 Federal Election Platform

Among other positions, the platform advocates for bolstering equitable arts funding, supports the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s copyright recommendations for literary and visual artists, and stresses the need for artistic and workplace training.

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Share Your Thoughts on the City of Vancouver's Draft Creative City Strategy with This Online Survey

The City of Vancouver has developed the draft version of its Creative City Strategy, and is looking for your feedback. The deadline is June 24.

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FAME Seeks Festivals and Events for Economic Impact Study

Festivals and Major Events Canada is conducting a new economic impact study, and is seeking festivals and events in British Columbia to participate.

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Take Part in the Vancouver Music Strategy Conversation Series

Take Part in the Vancouver Music Strategy Conversation Series

Share your opinion to help shape the future of music in Vancouver at community feedback sessions on May 29 and June 26.

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Join the Canada Council for a Town Hall Meeting in Vancouver

At 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 3, the Canada Council for the Arts is hosting a town hall meeting at the York Theatre in Vancouver. RSVP before May 28 to make your voice heard.

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Arts Council of Surrey to Host Roundtable Meeting for Local Arts Organizations

Arts Council of Surrey to Host Roundtable Meeting for Local Arts Organizations

On June 1, members of Surrey arts organizations are invited to attend an event hosted by the Arts Council of Surrey designed as “a unique opportunity to meet and converse with the City of Surrey’s arts and cultural leaders.”

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Make Your Voice Heard on the City of Vancouver Creative City Strategy

Make Your Voice Heard on the City of Vancouver Creative City Strategy

On May 16, attend one of three scheduled 30 minute presentations on the Creative City Strategy’s Action Plan, or drop in to give your feedback one-on-one to a member of the Cultural Services staff.

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Sign This Petition to Support the Indigenous Theatre Program at the National Arts Centre

As the NAC indigenous Theatre announces its inaugural season, take the time to sign a petition circulated by the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance emphasizing the importance of Indigenous voices and stories.

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Advocacy Update from Nelson: Civic Theatre ED Stresses the Need for Equitable Communities

Eleanor Stacey of The Civic Theatre recently penned a letter to the BC Arts Council expressing support for a robust approach to equity, diversity and inclusion. Click through to see what our colleagues around the province are doing to advocate for equity in the arts.

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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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Statistics Canada Releases New Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators (2010-2017)

Statistics Canada has released an updated edition of the Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, which provide timely economic estimates of culture and sport in Canada. Among the highlights: in BC, the culture GDP constituted roughly $7.1 billion, or 2.7 percent, of the total economy, including 98,050 jobs.

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Canada Council Issues Response to TAPA Letter

Canada Council Issues Response to TAPA Letter

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts recently issued an open letter to the Canada Council for the Arts, with recommendations for greater equity of access and funding outcomes. On April 3, the Canada Council issued a response.

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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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So What Exactly is Cultural Democracy?

So What Exactly is Cultural Democracy?

BC Alliance executive director Brenda Leadlay recently guest-authored a blog post for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres on how emphasizing inclusivity and accessibility can lead to a more democratic, culturally enriched society.

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City of Vancouver to Host Broadway Plan Open Houses

City of Vancouver to Host Broadway Plan Open Houses

The City of Vancouver is hosting a series of open houses for you to make your thoughts known on arts and culture in the area around the new Broadway Subway. Sessions take place from March 7-14.

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City of Kelowna Seeks Input On Cultural Plan

The City of Kelowna continues to seek input on its Cultural Plan via discussions and an online survey, which closes at the end of March.

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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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