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

First Peoples' Cultural Council Indigenous Arts Program Accepting Applications

First Peoples' Cultural Council Indigenous Arts Program Accepting Applications

The Indigenous Arts Program provides funding in six different categories for Indigenous artists. The application deadline is September 15, 2019.

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Upcoming LFNP Workshops on Civil Resolution Tribunal in Kelowna and Vancouver

Upcoming LFNP Workshops on Civil Resolution Tribunal in Kelowna and Vancouver

Under the New Societies Act, disputes will be resolved by the Civil Resolution Tribunal. To help with this change, Law for Non Profits will be presenting workshops on how to be prepared. Workshops take place in Kelowna and Vancouver on September 9 and 18, respectively.

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CARFAC to Host National Gathering in Vancouver

CARFAC to Host National Gathering in Vancouver

CARFAC will host its annual National Gathering in Vancouver on September 27 and 28. It will also give the Tony Urquhart Advocacy Award to a BC professional visual artist who is an outstanding arts advocate; you can nominate until August 16.

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Standing Committee on Finance Releases Report on Budget 2020 Consultation

Standing Committee on Finance Releases Report on Budget 2020 Consultation

Recommendations around arts and culture include increased funding through the BC Arts Council and a review of the purpose and methodology of the Gaming Grants program.

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CHRC Requests Proposals to Develop Harassment Reporting Mechanism

CHRC Requests Proposals to Develop Harassment Reporting Mechanism

The Cultural Human Resources Council is soliciting expressions of interest from qualified consultants in developing a reporting mechanism for harassment in arts workplaces in Canada. Submit your proposal by August 21.

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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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New Arts Research Monitor Gauges Situation of Artists

The latest Hill Strategies communication focuses on the situation of artists in Canada and abroad, including statistical profiles of artists in Canada and the United States, an international literature review on research methods used to study artists’ careers, and an English survey of visual artists.

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Kelowna Creative Sector Study Highlights Significant Growth

A new assessment of Kelowna’s creative sector demonstrates major growth since it was last studied in 2010 and an economic impact of approximately $339 million dollars annually.

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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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City of Kelowna Draft Cultural Plan Update Ready for Community Feedback

The community is invited to weigh in on the first draft of Kelowna’s Cultural Plan update, either online or one of a series of in-person consultations.

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BC Government Seeks Input on Societies Act

BC Government Seeks Input on Societies Act

The BC government is conducting a consultation on proposed amendments to the Societies Act. Submit your feedback by August 23.

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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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Jessie Awards Name 2019 Winners

The 37th annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards were held on Monday, July 15, to celebrate excellence in professional theatre in Vancouver.

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Open House for Potential Cultural Space in Vancouver

The City of Vancouver has received a development application for 1616 West 7th Avenue. Cultural Services anticipates securing approximately 6,000 square feet of cultural space to be owned by the City of Vancouver as part of this development. An open house will be held July 25.

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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 Arts Council Seeks Equity Consultant

BC Arts Council Seeks Equity Consultant

The BC Arts Council has posted a Request for Proposals for contracting with an Equity Consultant to support the implementation of New Foundations: Strategic Plan for the British Columbia Arts Council, specifically focused on the strategic direction of Equity, Diversity, and Access. The deadline for responses is July 22.

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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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First Nations Education Foundation Seeks Sponsors for Language Revitalization Pole

First Nations Education Foundation Seeks Sponsors for Language Revitalization Pole

The First Nations Education Foundation is calling for donors and sponsors for the Language Revitalization Pole, which is being carved in Port Alberni to amplify the need to save Indigenous languages before all the remaining fluent Elders pass on.

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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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