BC Government’s Service Plan for culture 2014-2017

Excerpt from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development’s  2014/15 – 2016/17 SERVICE PLAN, released in February 2014 “Objective 3.3:British Columbia’s arts and culture sector is vibrant, resilient and recognized for artistic excellence. Strategies • Foster artistic excellence through investments in individual artists and grants to cultural organizations. • Strengthen engagement in the arts by helping to […]

Canada Council hosts National Arts Service organisations

On Oct 20 and 21, the Canada Council for the Arts hosted National Arts Service Organisations from across the country at a meeting in Ottawa. Canada Council Director, Robert Sirman spoke about their ongoing review of programs and funding issues. He recommended reading the Backgrounder document on the Council website: http://canadacouncil.ca/~/media/files/council%20-%20en/english_review_ogp_final.pdf?mw=1382 which provides a good […]

National Residency Award Open Call

NATIONAL RESIDENCY AWARD So many artists are trying to fit their practice into the hours outside of their day job. Many are setting up “studios” on their living room floors or dining room tables. At Spark Box we offer artists time and space to focus on their work in an encouraging and supportive environment. Imagine […]

Economic impact of arts and culture on the rise

(Pictured) September 30th, ProArt President, Ivan Habel, Victoria Foundation CEO Sandara Richardson, and CRD Arts Committee Chair, David Screech present the 2012 Greater Victoria Arts and Culture Sector Economic Activity Study, by Dr. Brock Smith, from the University of Victoria. The Study finds that the overall economic impact of the arts and culture in Greater […]


Victoria – On Monday, July 15th, new BC Minister for Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Coralee Oakes, attended a reception hosted by ProArt for about 80 people, representatives of 30 Victoria area arts organisations. Minister Oakes gave a short speech, and offered the crowd an anecdote about how her new position combined her educational background […]

ProArt Newsletter June 26

ARTS SUMMIT WORKS TOWARDS CULTURAL POLICY FRAMEWORK The Arts Summit 2013 was held June 21 and 22 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in Vancouver.  Peter Sandmark, Ivan Habel and Jason Dubois, from ProArt, attended. The two day conference worked towards a cultural policy framework for BC, anticipating a year-long process that will reconvene in […]