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

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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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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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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New Report: Virtually All Canadians Participate in Culture

A new Hill Strategies report finds that in 2016, virtually all Canadians 15 or older participated in some type of arts, culture, or heritage activity, and nearly nine in ten Canadians attended an art gallery, an arts performance, an artistic or cultural event or festival, or a movie theatre.

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