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

Let's Make Some Noise: Join the Alliance to Create Arts Day at The Legislature, Says BC Museums Association

A special advocacy issue of BC Museums Association's quarterly magazine, Roundup, includes a piece by Jill Baird, which encourages the museum community to rally behind key initiatives of the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture.

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B.C. Cultural Associations Form GLAM Partnership: Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums

B.C. Cultural Associations Form GLAM Partnership: Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Three B.C. cultural associations have announced the formation of a formal partnership uniting the province’s GLAM sector (galleries, libraries, archives and museums). The three groups have signed a memorandum of understanding outlining the organizations’ commitment to share expertise, embark on collaborative research projects, explore public outreach opportunities and identify joint funding ventures to strengthen the sector. 

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Government of Canada Invests $2.75 Million in Art Reprographic Technology

The money will fund the Arius3D platform, which uses a laser scanner and robotics system to simultaneously reproduce both the colour and the relief of paintings. This will allow museums, art historians, and artists to more accurately reproduce and create paintings.

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Surrey Cultural Buildings Benefit from Infrastructure Funding

The federal government has earmarked $627,269 in infrastructure funding for Surrey's cultural buildings, courtesy of the Department of Canadian Heritage, as well as $195,000 in celebration of Canada 150.

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Daina Augaitis to Step Down As Vancouver Art Gallery's Chief Curator and Associate Director

Daina Augaitis, the chief curator and associate director of the Vancouver Art Gallery since 1996, has announced that she plans to leave the gallery at the end of the year.

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Philanthropist Yoshiko Karasawa Donates $1 Million to Burnaby's Nikkei Place

The donation supports the redevelopment of the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, which opened in Burnaby in 2002. The expanded museum will reopen in 2018 to coincide with the 140th anniversary of Japanese presence in Canada.

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Province Invests $8M in Museums and Heritage Sites to Mark Canada 150

Museums, archives, and heritage organizations may be eligible for up to $100,000 in project grants as part of a new program celebrating BC communities and their contribution to Canada. Application deadline: February 10.

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New North Vancouver Museum Approved by City Council

The City of North Vancouver Council has voted to approve a 16,000 square foot space to house the North Vancouver Museum and Archives across from the Quay in Lower Lonsdale.

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Former Museum of London Director Appointed CEO of Museum of Vancouver

Mark Richards brings to his new role over 20 years of experience working in national museums in the UK. 

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Michael Audain Pledges $2 Million Donation to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

The gift is contingent upon AGGV's new Next Gallery receiving the necessary funding from the Province of British Columbia during the 2017 calendar year.

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Gulf of Georgia Cannery Receives $4 Million In Federal Funding

The money, granted by Parks Canada, will fund building repairs, artifact restoration and updates to safety systems.

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PARC Retirement Living Announces $250,000 Donation to Presentation House Gallery

The gift will go toward the construction of Presentation House’s new Polygon Gallery, currently being built on the North Vancouver waterfront.

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Kamloops Art Gallery Appoints New Executive Director

After serving as the organization's interim leader for the past year, Margaret Chrumka has officially been appointed as executive director of the Kamloops Art Gallery.

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Museum of Anthropology at UBC Receives $10.5 Million in Indigenous Art and Infrastructure Funding

The donation includes more than 200 pieces of Indigenous art, as well as a $3 million donation to fund a new Gallery of Northwest Coast Masterworks.

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BC Museums Association Welcomes New Executive Director & Presents Outstanding Achievements Awards

At its annual conference this October, the BCMA introduced Erica Mattson as its new executive director and presented awards recognizing two cultural significant projects, an Abbotsford museum, and the curator of a Prince George art gallery.

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Shaun Dacey Appointed Director of Richmond Art Gallery

The curator of Vancouver's Contemporary Art Gallery makes the move to the Richmond Art Gallery effective October 24.

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Hill Strategies Research on Museums and Heritage Organizations

The latest issue of Hill Strategies' Arts Research Monitor focuses on museums and heritage organizations, including national and provincial data on the situation of Canadian museums and other heritage organizations as well as an American report on the educational role of museums.

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Royal BC Museum to Establish Department for Repatriation of First Nation Cultural Heritage

The Province of British Columbia has committed $2 million to establish a First Nations department and repatriation program at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria.

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City of Vancouver Approves Recommendations for Art Gallery Plaza Redesign

The Vancouver city council voted unanimously on June 29, 2016 to approve a redesign of the Vancouver Art Gallery's north plaza.

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Audain Art Museum Receives $2 Million Donation

The Jarislowsky Foundation has donated a $2 million gift to the Audain Arts Museum in Whistler, to be dedicated to the chief curator's salary.

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