Sector Recovery and BC Arts Council Funding Top Advocacy Priorities
The BC Alliance, in collaboration with other arts service organizations in BC, recently had the opportunity to speak with Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare in order to communicate the needs of the arts and culture sector as we begin to build BC’s recovery. Each organization had the chance to briefly advocate for our community.
We came prepared with two main asks. The first was $25 million in recovery funding for the sector. This money would be used, in part, to support racialized and marginalized artists and organizations, expedite recovery for venues, and to strategize for economic and tourism recovery.
Our second request was for the government to maintain its commitment to double the budget of the BC Arts Council, in order to strengthen the sustainability of the sector, to broaden the Council’s support for racialized and marginalized arts organizations, community engaged practitioners and others currently ineligible for funding, and to sustain specific disciplines (through supports like the Amplify BC Music Fund and the BC Book Publishing Credit) and expand on new services (such as digital strategies and affordable and accessible legal services for the arts sector).
As always, we’ll let you know as updates emerge. We want to express our gratitude to Minister Beare for taking the time to listen to the needs of the sector.
We’ve Consolidated What’s On
We’ve folded our weekly What’s On column into our Member Events coverage. The new section is called What’s On, to carry on the spirit of the old series. BC Alliance members are invited to submit their events to this section.
Best of the Blog
Find out what the creative community is talking about at the BC Alliance Blog. Here’s the latest:
To ensure people can learn more about Chinese Canadians’ contributions to British Columbia, the BC government has invested $10 million to establish the Chinese Canadian Museum – the first in Canada.
Emphasizing the precarious state of artists and arts organizations in Canada, 85% of those recently survey by the Canadian Arts Coalition believe they will be unable to recover from the effects of the pandemic for another 18-24 months.
The Canada Council for the Arts is inviting members of the community to help shape the Council’s next five-year strategic plan. You can respond via online survey until August 21.
The new “B.C. Patron Insights” service will create free individualized patron surveys for arts and culture organizations, and use responses as part of a collaborative data strategy.