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

Vancouver City Council Passes Culture|Shift Cultural Plan

Vancouver City Council has approved Culture|Shift, the new 10-year cultural plan prioritizes affordable and accessible spaces, cultural equity, accessibility, reconciliation and decolonization.

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Jacqueline Massey to Step Down as Bowen Island Arts Council ED

After more than a decade as the executive director of the Bowen Island Arts Council, Jacqueline Massey will step down on December 31.

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Register Now for Weaving Wellness, the BC Alliance's Annual Conference!

Register Now for Weaving Wellness, the BC Alliance's Annual Conference!

Weaving Wellness, the BC Alliance’s annual conference, focuses this year on the connections between art, creativity, health and well-being. Join us September 30-October 1 at the Roundhouse in Vancouver.

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Canadian Arts Orgs Make Salary Disclosure Mandatory in Job Listings

Canadian Arts Orgs Make Salary Disclosure Mandatory in Job Listings

The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts have both made salary disclosures mandatory on their job listings, echoing a measure put in place by the BC Alliance in 2017.

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Joyce Rosario Named Associate Artistic Director of PuSh Festival

Joyce Rosario Named Associate Artistic Director of PuSh Festival

Rosario assumes her new role having recently guided the organization through a period of transition as Interim Artistic Director, from May 2018 through June 2019.

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2019 BC Culture Days Ambassadors Announced

2019 BC Culture Days Ambassadors Announced

Ten artists have been selected to represent BC Culture Days in 2019. Each ambassador will be awarded $1,000, work with professional mentors, present a free Culture Days activity, and act as a spokesperson for BC Culture Days–which takes place on September 27, 28, and 29.

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Ballet BC Artistic Director Accepts New Role

Ballet BC Artistic Director Accepts New Role

Ballet BC announced yesterday that Artistic Director Emily Molnar has accepted the role of Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). Emily will remain with Ballet BC until June 2020 and will be a part of the search committee for the new Artistic Director, which is to begin as soon as possible.

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BC Museums Association Bids Farewell to Executive Director

Erica Mattson, who has served as BCMA’s Executive Director since September 2016, will be departing the role in early July. Theresa Mackay, who was Erica’s predecessor in the role, will be joining the organization as interim Executive Director.

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Canada to Host Joint Nordic Cultural Initiative in 2021

The Nordic Council of Ministers for Culture has announced the initiative will be held in Canada in 2021, and will focus on on artistic innovation, inclusion, sustainability and boosting relationships with the Nordic Region in multiple Canadian cities.

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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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