• Building a brighter future for the arts.

     

    Many voices speaking with a shared message.

  • British Columbia's arts, culture, and heritage sector needs help.

    Across all Canadian provinces, the arts, culture, and heritage sector in British Columbia is the only region that has shown positive GDP growth since 2019 (Hill Strategies, 2023). Despite this success, BC’s arts, culture, and heritage sector continues to strain under the weight of foundational challenges decades in the making, brought to the surface by the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and general economic instability. The sector is confronted with an urgent need for a new vision for arts, culture, and heritage in the province that builds an action plan to respond to regional, national, and global challenges.

     

    We are the BC Coalition of Arts, Culture, and Heritage. Collectively our 30+ organizations represent thousands of arts, culture, and heritage organizations in every region and more than 188 communities in BC. This includes hundreds of cultural businesses, venues, festivals, consultants, and independent practitioners, as well as tens of thousands of professional artists, cultural practitioners, and volunteers throughout BC.

  • Shared Goals

    The BC Coalition of Arts, Culture, and Heritage is working together to advocate for the following goals:
    Photo: Decent Work in BC's Museums, Heritage Sites, and Culture Centres session at the 2022 BC Museums Association Conference

    Transformational Change for BC's Arts, Culture, and Heritage Sector.

    This is a moment of change that includes a vision for inclusive and clean growth, sustainable foundations, and actions to address the health and climate emergencies that impact the heart and soul of the economic stability of our province.

    Photo: Decent Work in BC's Museums, Heritage Sites, and Culture Centres session at the 2022 BC Museums Association Conference

    Photo:  Graphic Recording from the BCMA 2023 Gathering in Haida Gwaii, by Kara Sievewright. Session: Discussion in circle: T’alang ‘waadluxan – You’re Messing With Our Lives

    A Sustainable, Inclusive, and Vibrant Future.

    In the immediate term, our sector needs sustainable funding, but it also needs a new, visionary community-driven action plan to ensure that the future of the arts, culture, and heritage sector is built on the foundational principles of inclusive, green, and equitable growth.

    Photo: Graphic Recording from the BCMA 2023 Gathering in Haida Gwaii, by Kara Sievewright. Session: Discussion in circle: T’alang ‘waadluxan – You’re Messing With Our Lives

    Photo:  Julia Chirka, Artist at her studio in 221A’s 1654 Franklin Street Studios. Photo by Sungpil Yoon. Courtesy of 221A.

    Many Voices, Speaking With a Shared Message

    British Columbia's arts, culture, and heritage sector is a massive employer, economic driver, and trust source for community education but rarely receives the attention of the government. The BC Coalition of Arts, Culture, and Heritage hopes to change this and advocate for a more sustainable future for our sector.

    Photo: Julia Chirka, Artist at her studio in 221A’s 1654 Franklin Street Studios. Photo by Sungpil Yoon. Courtesy of 221A.

  • Current Requests for Provincial Support

    In November and December 2023, the BC Coalition of Arts, Culture, and Heritage sent the following letter to the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport, the Premier, and several other key officials in the Government of BC. Below are the Coalition's three strategic requests - the full letter can be downloaded here.
    Photo: Decolonized money exhibit from the Bill Reid Gallery

    Increase annual BC Arts Council budget to $55 million.

    For a nearly 20-year period between the early 2000s and the late 2010s, BC’s provincial government invested less in culture than any other province in the country. Actions have been taken by the province in recent years and through the pandemic to remedy this chronic underinvestment, however, the compounding impact of COVID-19, high inflation, and a general affordability crisis threaten to erase any gains we’ve made in the past five years. We call upon the Government of BC to fulfill its 2017 election promise to double the BC Arts Council's budget and raise this amount to $55 million to account for inflation. Increasing the annual BC Arts Council budget to $55 million will provide a valuable long-term investment in BC's arts, culture, and heritage community.

    Photo: Decolonized money exhibit from the Bill Reid Gallery

    Photo: Person wearing a mask looking into a display case at Two Rivers Gallery

    Maintain COVID-era investments in arts, culture, and heritage.

    On the ground in communities, the sector continues to rely on pandemic-focused support to sustain its existence – special one-time BC Arts Council funding delivered in 2023 prevented catastrophic closures in our sector. We understand that pandemic-level investments are not intended as a sustainable, long-term plan, but these funds have been a lifeline for a sector that has been in crisis long before the pandemic. We call upon the Government of BC to maintain the current financial, pandemic-recovery funding ($34.5 million annually) to be distributed by the BC Arts Council and its partner agencies, in the 2024/25 and 2025/26 fiscal years. In the immediate term, maintaining COVID-era investments helps to stabilize the sector and ensure the survival of our cultural organizations and events until longer-term plans can be put in place.

     

    Photo: Two Rivers Gallery

    Photo: White sheet of paper asking the question "What action will you take?"

    Work with the sector to develop a provincial arts, culture, and heritage action plan.

    No matter how hard individual artists or cultural organizations work, the system in BC that has been built over decades does not work - it inevitably leads to burnout and the slow impoverishment of our province’s cultural legacy. We call upon the Government of BC to work with our sector to initiate an inclusive and resourced action plan development process that will create a new vision for the sector, along with sustained funding models supported by economic and infrastructure development planning. An action plan for our sector will leverage the impact, creativity, and innovation of BC's arts, culture, and heritage sector to build a sustainable, healthy, and resilient future to support all British Columbians.

     

    Photo: 2023 BC Museums Association Gathering in Haida Gwaii

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  • Andrea Rideout

    Upintheair Theatre

    Michelle Herrewynen

    UBC - Art

    Shannon Maung Green

    Green Thumb Theatre

    Katheryn Petersen

    Foolish Operations Society

    Katie

    Theatre Replacement

    Catherine Ballachey

    The Vancouver Improv Centre Society

    Joelle Hodgins

    Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre

    Leah Murray

    Leah Murray Digital Arts & Services

    Effie Pow

    Community Producer

    Maggie Shirley

    West Kootenay Regional Arts Council

    Lisa

    The Cultch

    Candace Goldade

    South Peace Historical Society

    Jennifer Neal Dunkerson

    Nelson Museum, Archives and Gallery

    Kate Cox

    Barkerville Heritage Trust

    Kaile Shilling

    Vancouver Writers Fest

    Zool Suleman

    Rungh Cultural Society

    Kendra Place

    VIVO Media Arts Centre

    Margaret Chrumka

    Kamloops Art Gallery

    Don Gorman

    Rocky Mountain Books

    Kallee Lins

    West Kootenay Regional Arts Council

    Keltie Forsyth

    PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

    Panthea Vatandoost

    Medusa Theatre Society

    Scott Marsden

    Scott Marsden Participatory Arts and Engagement Specialists Research Group & Consulting Service

    Ron Ulrich

    Ulrich Consulting

    Nicole

    The Cultch

    Patrick LeBlanc

    Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

    Stephan Leafriver Richard

    the 21st Productions

    Anna Bigland-Pritchard

    Gay4Nature

    Peter Tam

    Peter Tam Music

    Julie Lebel

    Foolish Operations

    Ashley Daniel Foot

    Vancouver Opera

    Bil Hammoud

    Mihrab Art & Culture Foundation

    Jason Pollard

    Hat and Skull Art

    Desirée Leal

    Akhil Jobanputra

    Indian Classical Music Society of Vancouver

    Shannon Maung

    Green Thumb Theatre

    Julie Fowler

    Ignite the Arts Festival

    Nina Buddhdev

    The Bandish Network

    Lesley Telford

    Inverso Productions

    Yael Wand

    Salt Spring Arts

    Peg Christopherson-Keenleyside

    Delta Stageworks

    Peg Christopherson-Keenleyside

    Delta Stageworks

    Allison Yin Ting Chow

    HelloChowder

    Megan Lau

    K.A. Wiggins

    Children's Writers & Illustrators of British Columbia

    Jacqueline Massey

    Federation of BC Writers

    Jacqueline Massey

    Federation of BC Writers

    Shelby Richardson

    Method Dance Society

    Heidi Nagtegaal

    Hammock Residency

  • Downloable Resources

    Downloadable resources to help you advocate for the impact of the arts, culture, and heritage sector in British Columbia.

    June 2024 Communications Package

    Now is the time to make some noise! In the months leading up to the 2024 BC Provincial Election, the BC Coalition of Arts, Culture, and Heritage is sharing social media images and communications materials with our sector to help ensure that every party, candidate, and incumbent better understands that BC’s arts, culture, and heritage sector needs help.

     

     

    Download social media graphics and communications materials to help advocate for a brighter future for the arts, culture, and heritage sector.

    Social and Economic Impact Stats

    Canadians Love Arts, Culture, and Heritage: Did you know that 96% of Canadians view arts, culture, and heritage organizations as essential spaces for community education?

     

    The BC Coalition of Arts, Culture, and Heritage is curating stats and impact stories that help to demonstrate the impact of our sector in the lives of British Columbians

     

    Download social media graphics that help to tell the story of the social and economic impacts of BC's arts, culture, and heritage sector.

    Annual Advocacy

    Calendar

     

    Many Voices, Speaking With a Shared Message. This downloadable annual advocacy calendar outlines key advocacy opportunities throughout the year.

     

    If you are passionate about BC's arts, culture, and heritage, using this calendar will help to magnify the Coalition's government relations messages.

     

     

    Click the link below to learn more and to download an annual advocacy calendar template.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Learn more about the history, work, and goals of the BC Coalition for Arts, Culture, and Heritage
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