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Featured In This Issue

  • June is #IndigenousHistoryMonth
  • Watch the Free Arts and Well-Being Webinar, "Get Creative, Get Well"
  • Tonight in Vancouver, Women Deliver Culture
  • New Faces at the BC Alliance: Introducing Sierra Lewis
  • Hot Off the Blog: BC Arts Council Opens Applications for 2019/20 Strategic Opportunities Program
  • What's On: June 5-11
June is #IndigenousHistoryMonth

Ancestral Women Taking Back Their Dresses. Sherry Farrell Racette, 1990.

June marks #IndigenousHistoryMonth – a time to celebrate and reflect on the long histories of the Indigenous peoples in what many now call Canada. If you're looking for information about prominent events and figures in Indigenous history, you can check out the official webpage here. Historica Canada has also highlighted some resources of interest here.

As we reflect on our history, however, it is important also to recognize injustices which are still ongoing. Earlier this week, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its Final Report, which sheds light on the persistent and deliberate human rights violations that are at the centre of Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people. We encourage all of our members, readers and friends to familiarize themselves with this report, and its 231 Calls for Justice. You can find it here.

Watch the Free Arts and Well-Being Webinar, "Get Creative, Get Well"
Get Creative, Get Well

Recently, Culture Days hosted a free webinar entitled Get Creative, Get Well – New Research on Personal Well-being & Arts Participation, illuminating the latest in arts and wellness research out of the United Kingdom. If you weren't able to participate live, you can catch up by clicking on the link above.

Tonight in Vancouver, Women Deliver Culture
For the past several days, Vancouver has played host to Women Deliver 2019, the world's largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women.

In support of the conference, on June 5, Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada is hosting Women Deliver Culture Night, a free evening featuring live music and performance including headliner Chantal Kreviazuk, a marketplace featuring women entrepreneurs and organizations, interactive installations, food trucks, and more. You can find out more info here.

If you're interested in keeping up with the conference, you can stream select programming live or access the archives here.
New Faces at the BC Alliance: Introducing Sierra Lewis
We're excited to introduce Sierra Lewis, our new Indigenous Outreach Coordinator. Sierra will be with us through the summer as we rev up for our annual conference (details forthcoming very shortly!).

Sierra recently completed her diploma in Child and Youth Counselling, and is looking forward to using culture and art as healing. She will be returning to school in September. During her free time, she enjoys practicing Traditional Coast Salish Dancing and spending time in the outdoors. Sierra looks forward to spending her summer with BC Alliance for Arts + Culture!

If you want to get in touch with Sierra, you can phone her at 604 681 3535 (ext. 215) or drop her an email at

Hot Off the Blog: Arts + Culture News

Kelly Tweeddale to Depart as VSO President 

Tweeddale, who also serves as President of the VSO School of Music, will take on a new role with the San Francisco Ballet, effective September 3.

FAME Seeks Festivals and Events for Economic Impact Study 

Festivals and Major Events Canada is conducting a new economic impact study, and is seeking festivals and events in British Columbia to participate.

BC Arts Council Opens Applications for 2019/20 Strategic Opportunities Program 

The Strategic Opportunities Program assists BC arts and cultural organizations, including museums, to undertake significant strategic projects to address organizational opportunities and challenges. The deadline for applications is July 2.

Read more blog items on our website.

What's On: June 5-11
This week, from BC Alliance members: a blowout celebration for a museum’s diamond anniversary; an opportunity to set sail on a melodic ocean of love; a glimpse of up-and-comers from one of Vancouver’s most creatively fertile areas; the latest edition of a serialized stage staple; and an all-out musical melee.
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:

Social Planner
Organization: City of Vancouver
Region: Metro Vancouver
Deadline: Jun. 7, 2019

Piano Instructor And Violin Instructor
Organization: Squamish Academy of Music
Region: Sea to Sky
Deadline: Jun. 11, 2019

Programming Assistant
Organization: Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth
Region: Metro Vancouver
Deadline: Jun. 12, 2019

Executive Director
Organization: Okanagan Symphony Orchestra
Region: Thompson Okanagan
Deadline: Jun. 21, 2019

Arts Programmer
Organization: City of Richmond
Region: Metro Vancouver
Deadline: Jun. 21, 2019

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!
Advertise On the BC Alliance Jobs Board
The BC Alliance Job Board receives over 9 million page views a year, making it the perfect place to reach arts and culture devotees with news about your service, product, or upcoming event. BC Alliance members can advertise at discounted rates. Click our rate card above or click here to see how your organization can get the most out of advertising on our Job Board! For inquiries, contact Taylor Basso at or 604-681-3535 ext. 212.
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. 

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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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