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

Vancouver International Jazz Festival Co-Founder Ken Pickering Dies at 66

The BC Alliance offers its sincere condolences on the passing of Ken Pickering, the co-founder and artistic director emeritus of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, who died of throat cancer on August 10.

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CHRC to Issue Updated Cultural Labour Force Statistics

CHRC to Issue Updated Cultural Labour Force Statistics

The Cultural Human Resources Council has announced that it will receive financial support from Employment and Skills Development Canada to undertake a second Labour Market Information Study of the Cultural Labour Force, updating the one it spearheaded in 2010.

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CHRC Offers Update On Respectful Workplaces in the Arts

CHRC Offers Update On Respectful Workplaces in the Arts

The Cultural Human Resources Council recently offered an update on its Respectful Workplaces in the Arts initiative, which seeks to address and prevent harassment in the performing, visual and literary arts.

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Vancouver to Build First Centre for Music

The City of Vancouver has approved the redevelopment plans for the Plaza of Nations, which includes a large music presentation centre in a high-visibility area of the development.

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Pablo Rodriguez Appointed New Minister of Canadian Heritage in Trudeau Cabinet Shuffle

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, who served in the role from 2015-2018, has been newly appointed as Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie.

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Granville Island Arts Orgs Announce New Theatre District

The Granville Island Theatre District, helmed by Boca del Lupo and Carousel Theatre for Young People alongside CMHC-Granville Island, will steward performing arts programming at Performance Works, Festival House and the Waterfront Theatre.

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Scotland Plans to Make Culture Central to Policy-Making

Scotland has introduced a new cultural strategy that holds culture as essential to Scotland's social and economic prosperity, and emphasizes the creative potential of every individual.

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Children's Titles Acquired in Aftermath of Sono Nis Fire

Unpublished children’s books left in limbo by the 2016 fire at Sono Nis Press, one of Canada’s oldest small publishing companies, have been acquired by Crwth Press.

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City of Vancouver Secures $400K in Funding for Music Industry

City of Vancouver Secures $400K in Funding for Music Industry

The City has also approved four recommendations to support a wide variety of small to large-scale outdoor events.

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BC Arts Council Launches New Strategic Plan Focused on Equity, Diversity and Access

BC Arts Council Launches New Strategic Plan Focused on Equity, Diversity and Access

On July 4, the BC Arts Council launched “New Foundations: Strategic Plan for the British Columbia Arts Council 2018-2022,” which includes objectives around increasing and expanding investment in regional and Indigenous arts.

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Remembering Perry the Poster Man

The BC Alliance takes a moment to recognize the life and work of Perry Giguere (1950-2018), better known as Perry the Poster Man, an invaluable community member and a dear friend.

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Emily Carr University Announces New President

Emily Carr University Announces New President

The board of governors of Emily Carr University of Art + Design has named Dr. Gillian Siddall as the University’s next president and vice-chancellor. 

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City of Vancouver Approves Over $1.6 Million in Cultural Grant Allocations

City of Vancouver Approves Over $1.6 Million in Cultural Grant Allocations

On June 5, Vancouver City Council approved four major cultural grant programs that support creative communities, awarding $1.6 million in funding to 134 recipients.

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Prince George Artists Announce Formation of New Indigenous Arts Organization

Prince George Artists Announce Formation of New Indigenous Arts Organization

The Northern Indigenous Artists’ Collective aims to become first non-governmental Indigenous arts council in British Columbia.

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CHRC Funded to Build "Respectful Workplaces in the Arts"

CHRC Funded to Build "Respectful Workplaces in the Arts"

The Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts have pledged over half a million dollars to the Cultural Human Resources Council to build better workplaces in the arts sector.

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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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National Compensation Study Shows Decrease in Arts Sector Wages Since 2008

National Compensation Study Shows Decrease in Arts Sector Wages Since 2008

Findings show there have been only minimal compensation improvements, particularly for the small and mid-sized organizations which make up the majority of the arts organizations in the sector, while since 2008, real wages actually decreased.

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An Exciting Digital Announcement from the BC Alliance

We're thrilled to announce that we've received a $235,000 grant from the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Fund, for our project, "DIGITAL LADDERS: Nurturing Digital Literacy & Expression in BC's Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector." 

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Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Lisa Beare Recovering from Heart Surgery

The BC Alliance wishes Minister Beare all the best for a speedy and full recovery.

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Western Canada Theatre Appoints Evan Klassen as Managing Director

Winnipeg transplant Klassen starts in his new role with the Kamloops theatre company on May 2.

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