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  • Setting Priorities: Here's How Our Members Responded to Our Recent Advocacy Survey
  • Hot Off the Blog: New Petition Urges Federal Government to Fund Historic Places in 2019 Budget
  • What's On: July 25-August 7
Setting Priorities: Here's How Our Members Responded to Our Recent Advocacy Survey

We recently circulated a survey to our membership, asking about important issues as we gear up our advocacy efforts for the October 20 municipal elections. Here are a few of the highlights we pulled from the feedback:

Unsurprisingly, members identified funding as a major issue of importance, with approximately half of all respondents so far responding that "funding for cultural infrastructure" and "funding for grant programs for individual artists and arts organizations" are of "high importance" to their municipality. Many members also highlighted the importance of increased access to affordable housing, work spaces, and venues, as well as the maintenance of existing facilities. 

As part of the survey, we asked for stories about how arts and culture have revitalized member communities. We received an outpouring of inspiring responses. Here are a couple of our favourites:

"Nelson is fortunate to have Selkirk College School of the Arts, which offers a unique group of programs encompassing fine craft, contemporary music and digital arts and new media. These programs have a had large cultural impact on Nelson by attracting and retaining instructors and students, many of which stay to become an integral part of the community."

"The Steamboat Mountain Music Festival has become Edgewater's signature event over the past seven years. Sometimes it helps people to connect across the divide of factions that have plagued the community. My favourite story this year occurred when one of our perennial volunteers, who happens to play the drums, received a text to let her know there was a drum kit at the Friday evening porch party jam; she was so excited she went running out to the party and forgot her teeth!"

Thanks to everyone who responded to this survey with their voices, views and expertise. Stay tuned for more information on our ArtsVote BC website as we get ready for the elections and, please, hang onto your teeth.

Hot Off the Blog: Arts + Culture News

New Petition Urges Federal Government to Fund Historic Places in 2019 Budget 

Heritage advocates, make your voices heard! Sign this petition calling on the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to ensure substantial funding for historic places in Federal Budget 2019.

City of Vancouver Seeks Nonprofit Operator for Newly Acquired Property 

The City of Vancouver has received a property at 2850 W. 3rd Ave. from the estate of Eric Manfort Pierce, and is looking for responses from mission-based, nonprofit organizations to operate the house for the purpose of community benefit.

Read more blog items on our website.

What's On: July 25-August 7
Click here to check out notable events during the next two weeks, including the Harmony Arts Festival, Vancouver Bach Festival, Powell Street Festival, two fireworks parties, a teen production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, an art opening in Fort Langley and more—all by BC Alliance members.
Job Postings to Watch
The BC Alliance's Job Postings board is the largest arts, culture and heritage jobs board in British Columbia. Here are five recent opportunities to keep an eye on:

Managing Director
Organization: Port Moody Arts Centre
Region: Metro Vancouver
Deadline: Jul. 29, 2018

Stage Manager
Organization: Sunset Theatre Society
Region: Cariboo Chilcotin
Deadline: Jul. 30, 2018

Administrative Support Team Member
Organization: BASA – The Bolton Academy of Spoken Arts
Region: Metro Vancouver
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2018

Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
Organization: Caravan World Rhythms
Region: Metro Vancouver
Deadline: Aug. 3, 2018

Development Manager
Organization: Okanagan Symphony Society
Region: Thompson Okanagan
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2018

For more of the latest job opportunities in BC's arts, culture and heritage sectors, or to submit your own listing, check out the Job Postings section of our website!
Get the Word Out with BC ArtsPost

Need to get the word out about your upcoming event? Want to celebrate some recent good news, like a grant or an award? The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture is here to help! 

BC ArtsPost is the BC Alliance's paid publicity service. We build and circulate your press release to provincial media contacts, as well as print and digital media outlets in your region of British Columbia. We'll also advertise your event via our social media channels, including Twitter (11,000 followers) and Facebook (5,760 followers). To see a sample of a BC ArtsPost press release as it appears in the inboxes of our media contacts, click here.

Click here to see how BC ArtsPost can help you.

Artists, Arts Organizations and Venues: Find or List a Creative Space Rental with SpaceFinder BC

SpaceFinder BC is a free matchmaking tool for renters looking for creative space, and for people who have spaces looking to promote their rentals.

Venue reps can market unbooked rental space by creating a listing, while creatives can discover space based on location, price, amenities, up-to-date availability and more. 

Find a space. List a space. For free. 
Calling all BC artists! British Columbian adults who are artists in any discipline are invited to join the BC Artist Registry
Read the latest dance, music, theatre, visual arts, literary, and general events and announcements from BC Alliance members in our Member News, updated weekly. 
Read this week's arts and culture news headlines from top media sources.

Know of a story we should link to? Let us know!
Our Classifieds boards are updated daily with:

Job Postings
Volunteer Postings
Artist Calls
General Classifieds
Coordinating an event and want to avoid scheduling conflicts? Our Key Events Calendar for Event Planners is a helpful resource for those across the province.
Become a member of the BC Alliance and join a diverse community that connects across disciplines to build a stronger cultural sector in British Columbia. 

Learn more about joining us.

Office Hours

BC Alliance office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Reach us at 604 681 3535 during office hours.

Our Funders

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the BC Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, and Metro Vancouver. 

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Newsletter Editor: Taylor Basso

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