GREATER VICTORIA ARTS & CULTURE ECONOMIC SURVEY – FEB 22 DEADLINE
The 2012 Greater Victoria Arts and Culture Sector Economic Activity Research Project. First conducted in 2010, the study aims for higher participation in 2013 to better capture the economic importance of the arts & culture sector, which will aid advocacy efforts to increase provincial arts funding. The survey seeks input from artists, and arts organizations. The study will preserve data confidentiality. With your revenues and expenditures at hand, the survey should take about 30 minutes to complete. Participation is very important to the success of the study. Please forward the link to others who might be interested. To participate, please double click on the link below. Organized by the Victoria Foundation, the CRD Arts Development Service, the ProArt Alliance of Greater Victoria, Tourism Victoria and the Greater Victoria Development Agency. Apologies for any cross posting. Deadline is February 22nd, 2013.
ARTS COALITION OF BC MEETING FEB 18
The Arts Coalition of BC will meet on Feb 18 in Vancouver, to discuss planning for an Arts Summit, June 21, 22 in Vancouver, aiming towards a cultural policy that could be proposed to the next provincial government. ProArt ED, Peter Sandmark will attend.
The Provincial government will present the 2013-2014 budget on Tuesday February 19th. ProArt President, Ivan Habel, and Peter Sandmark, Executive Director, will be in attendance and will be able to report on it afterwards.
On Jan 31, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Bill Bennett announced “BC Creative Futures”, a three-part strategy for the province’s creative sector, increasing funding for the BC Arts Council from $16.8 million to $24 million for 2013-2014. In the next fiscal year, the BC Arts Council and the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (MCSCD) will deliver $6.25-million of new and expanded existing programs to support the strategy, notably several youth oriented programs such as: Creative Youth Initiatives – $2 million, After School Sport and Arts Initiative – $1 million, Artists in Education Program – $1 million, Co-op Placement Program – $1 million, Scholarship Program – $750,000, and Artists in the Classroom Program – $500,000. There will also be $2 million for the BC Arts Council’s general budget. Full info can be found on the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development website: