Alliance News / A Call to Action: Developing a Visionary Advocacy Strategy

Featured In This Issue

  • A Call to Action: Developing a Visionary Advocacy Strategy
  • Upcoming Workshops and Information Sessions: Community Gaming Grants and Preventing Bullying and Harassment
  • Our “Meaningfully Engaging Young People in the Arts” Panel and Networking Event Is Near Capacity — Register Now!
  • Hot Off the Blog: Federal Government Releases 2018 Budget
  • What’s On: February 28 – March 6


A Call to Action: Developing a Visionary Advocacy Strategy

Last week we were celebrating a $5 million increase to the budget of the BC Arts Council in the new government’s 2018 budget. This week, we are putting out a call to invite you to become part of the “Committee to Develop a Visionary Advocacy Strategy” for the BC Creative Sector.

One of our goals is to convince the BC government to keep its promise and double the budget of the BC Arts Council from $24 million to $48 million in the next three years. We have a strong case to make with the release, this week, of the new Provincial and Territorial Cultural Indicators report (PCTI) by Statistics Canada, which measures the economic contribution of culture across Canada.

In 2016, the cultural GDP in BC totaled $7.2 billion, a 3.9% gain from the previous year thanks to the domains of audio-visual and interactive media (+5.6%) and the visual and applied arts (+6.3%). There were 98,244 culture jobs in BC in 2016, a 7.1% increase over the number of culture jobs in 2015, compared to only a 4% province increase in economy-wide jobs.

With the rise of culture and the acknowledgment of its contribution to healthy, sustainable communities, why is our sector still struggling to convince government, and the public it serves, that the creative sector is a great investment in the future?

The BC Alliance is leading the way on advocacy in the province and in municipalities across the province. We need your voice. Be part of the team that develops a visionary advocacy strategy for the creative sector to ensure that everyone understands the true value of arts, culture, heritage and creativity in all our lives.

To join the “Committee to Develop a Visionary Advocacy Strategy”, please email Brenda Leadlay ( and be part of the solution.


Upcoming Workshops and Information Sessions: Preventing Bullying and Harassment
…on April 11, we’ll be hosting a workshop called Preventing Bullying and Harassment. This session is designed to help directors, managers and human resource supervisors to understand their roles and responsibilities around harassment and bullying; to clarify their organization’s HR accountabilities and legal obligations; and to gain a level of comfort and confidence that will allow them to effectively manage these issues. This workshop is facilitated by Greg Miller (Crowflight Consulting) and Steve Beatty (Front Row Insurance). BC Alliance members attend at a discounted rate.

All sessions can be attended remotely via lifestream, and ASL interpretation is offered upon request. For more information and to register today, click here.

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