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

Royal BC Museum Seeks Input for Modernization

British Columbians are invited to share their ideas for a modernized Royal BC Museum online, in person, or at upcoming meetings across the province.

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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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Province of BC & BC Museums Association Offering Grants for Free Family Day Programming

Province of BC & BC Museums Association Offering Grants for Free Family Day Programming

The Province, in partnership with the BCMA, is providing one-time grants to support local museums, art galleries, historic places, cultural heritage institutions and First Nations communities in coordinating family-based, admission-free, Family Day events. The deadline is February 11, or as funds remain available.

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Share Your Ideas on the Design and Creation of BC’s First Chinese Canadian Museum

Share Your Ideas on the Design and Creation of BC’s First Chinese Canadian Museum

Community meetings will take place in Kamloops (January 19), Nanaimo (January 25) and Victoria (January 26) to help in the design, creation and content of a provincial Chinese Canadian museum. Feedback is also being accepted online until February 8.

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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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BC Museums Association Announces Winners of 2018 Outstanding Achievement Awards

BC Museums Association Announces Winners of 2018 Outstanding Achievement Awards

The BCMA handed out its Awards for Outstanding Achievement October 24 in Kelowna. The awards recognize institutions and individuals who exemplify excellence in the province’s museums, galleries and history community.

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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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Royal BC Museum Awards Grants to 21 Indigenous Communities for Repatriation Projects

The successful applicants will use the grants to support a host of repatriation activities, ranging from establishing planning committees to facilitating the return of ancestral remains to home communities.

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To Charge or Not to Charge? That is the Question 

A recent discussion on the BC Museums Association listserv broached the question of best pricing strategies for museums and galleries to engage new audiences.

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Key Leaders Leave Two Metro Vancouver Arts Orgs

As Richmond’s Gateway Theatre announces the departure of artistic director Jovanni Sy in February of next year, Alexandra Montgomery steps down in June as director and CEO of the Vancouver-based Bill Reid Gallery.

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Applications Open for Royal BC Museum Repatriation Grants

Repatriation Grants assist BC First Nations in consultation, documentation and repatriation of First Nations cultural items, ancestral remains and burial items as well as intangible cultural heritage from global museums. The deadline to apply is May 31.

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Columbia Basin Trust Funds 12 Arts and Culture Venues

The funds, which will help renovate, relocate or upgrade a dozen cultural facilities in the Columbia Basin, total nearly $830,000.

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Curator Glenn Alteen and Photographer Sandra Semchuk Win GG Awards for Visual and Media Arts

Vancouver curator Glenn Alteen and photographer Sandra Semchuk are among this year’s winners of the $25,000 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

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Penticton City Council Restores Standing Heritage and Museum Committee

Penticton City Council Restores Standing Heritage and Museum Committee

The committee had been reduced to ad hoc status in May, and was only convened for special tasks.

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BC Museums Association Launches Mentorship Program

The BCMA Mentorship Program pairs emerging museum professionals in the first ten years of their career with experienced museum professionals in mid- or senior-career positions for an eight-month mentorship.

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Upcoming Event: Idea Potluck for Museum Educators in BC's Interior

If you're a museum educator, programmer or presenter working or living in the Interior of BC, you're invited to the first Idea Potluck on September 11 in Vernon.

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BC Artists and Cultural Advocates Among Recipients of Order of Canada

Those appointed on June 30 include Indigenous cultural advocate Gloria Cranmer Webster, theatre practitioner Margo Kane and musicologist Sylvia L'Ecuyer.

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Prince George Museum Preserves History of Lheidli T'enneh First Nation

The Lheidli T'enneh First Nation has signed a memorandum of understanding with The Exploration Place, the oldest museum in Prince George, that designates The Exploration Place as the official repository of Lheidli history.

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Canadian Heritage Approves $3.3 Million in Job and Internship Funding to Museums

The new federal financial contribution enables the Canadian Museums Association to deliver 354 additional Young Canada Works summer jobs and internships in 2017–2018.

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City of Vancouver Releases Liquor Policy Review

The review includes new recommendations for arts and culture spaces as well as live music events.

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