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

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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City of Richmond Seeks Writer-in-Residence

City of Richmond Seeks Writer-in-Residence

The City of Richmond is inviting professional and community-engaged writers to submit their Expression of Interest for a part-time residency, located in the heart of Richmond’s downtown core. Applications will be accepted until July 12.

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BC Alliance Asks Standing Committee on Finance for Gaming Grant Clarity

In a presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance on June 14, BC Alliance executive director Brenda Leadlay asked for clearer, more purposeful adjudication of Community Gaming Grant funding.

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Statistics Canada Releases Updated Data from Trade of Culture and Sport Products

National culture exports have increased by 39.7% over seven years, with film and video named as British Columbia’s most economically valuable export.

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Free Upcoming Workshop: Sighted Guide Training

VocalEye is offering a free public workshop in sighted guide techniques for anyone who would like to learn how to assist someone who is blind or partially sighted. The workshop takes place in Vancouver on Saturday, June 29.

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Respectful Workplaces in the Arts Seeks Signatories for Performing Arts Code of Conduct

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts Seeks Signatories for Performing Arts Code of Conduct

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts has issued a Canadian Code of Conduct for the Performing Arts, a series of guidelines to create “safer, more inclusive, respectful workplaces where artists can thrive, free from all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence.”

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Canadian Arts Coalition Releases 2019 Federal Election Platform

Canadian Arts Coalition Releases 2019 Federal Election Platform

Among other positions, the platform advocates for bolstering equitable arts funding, supports the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s copyright recommendations for literary and visual artists, and stresses the need for artistic and workplace training.

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artsvest B.C. Announces Dates for Info Sessions

artsvest B.C. Announces Dates for Info Sessions

Business / Arts has announce the remaining dates for the 2019 launch of artsvest B.C., including info sessions in Victoria, Masset, Cranbrook, Fort St. John and Whistler.

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$300,000 Vancouver Music Fund to Elevate Indigenous and Underrepresented Voices

$300,000 Vancouver Music Fund to Elevate Indigenous and Underrepresented Voices

The City of Vancouver and Creative BC have partnered on three new music grant programs to support Indigenous and underrepresented artists, which will be funded by the City’s $300,000 Vancouver Music Fund.

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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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Event Registration is Open for BC Culture Days

Artists, organizations, businesses and municipalities are invited to submit their events before September 16, or register by July 31 to be included in the provincial marketing campaign.

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Pacific Contact 2020 Opens Showcase Applications

Performing artists are encouraged to apply for the showcase, which takes place April 4-5, 2020 in Burnaby.

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Share Your Thoughts on the City of Vancouver's Draft Creative City Strategy with This Online Survey

The City of Vancouver has developed the draft version of its Creative City Strategy, and is looking for your feedback. The deadline is June 24.

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Consultant Sought for Social Purpose Real Estate Study

Consultant Sought for Social Purpose Real Estate Study

The Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative and the Real Estate Institute of BC are seeking a consultant help better understand the real estate challenges faced by the non-profit, social enterprise and cultural sectors. The deadline to apply is June 27.

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New Report Sheds Light on Canadian Orchestras' Relationships with Indigenous People and PoC

New Report Sheds Light on Canadian Orchestras' Relationships with Indigenous People and PoC

Orchestras Canada’s new report, Re-sounding the Orchestra, presents an analysis of systemic inequality and coloniality in the orchestra, and offers recommendations to help advance diversity and equity.

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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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FAME Seeks Festivals and Events for Economic Impact Study

Festivals and Major Events Canada is conducting a new economic impact study, and is seeking festivals and events in British Columbia to participate.

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BC Arts Council Opens Applications for 2019/20 Strategic Opportunities Program

BC Arts Council Opens Applications for 2019/20 Strategic Opportunities Program

The Strategic Opportunities Program assists BC arts and cultural organizations, including museums, to undertake significant strategic projects to address organizational opportunities and challenges. The deadline for applications is July 2.

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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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Mission to Host 2019 BC Culture Days Launch Event

The BC Culture Days launch, taking place September 22, will showcase a broad range of cultural activities by notable and emerging members of Mission's arts and culture community.

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