Through a series of Arts Summits beginning in 2009 the Alliance for Arts and Culture identified a desire, across cultural disciplines and sectors, for a conversation, followed by action, about a comprehensive cultural policy for our province. At Arts Summit 2013 we began that conversation. Since then committee and roundtable discussions have continued and we plan to return to Arts Summit 2014 with a preliminary draft Policy Framework that will form the basis for further discussion and community engagement.
Friday, June 20, 2014
At the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
A cultural policy supports excellence and world-class creativity and strengthens the role that the arts play in telling British Columbian stories both at home and overseas. A framework for such a policy could incorporate a number of goals, including:
- Strengthening the links between a creative culture and economic productivity, innovation and community cohesion;
- Enabling more people to access and participate in arts and culture by ensuring that government protects and supports First Nations cultures, supporting the diversity of a 21st century British Columbia, and including new Canadians in the cultural life of BC society;
- Encouraging the use of emerging technologies and new ideas that support the development of the creative industries;
- Promoting connections between arts educators and the cultural community, and supporting arts programming in schools and communities;
- And ensuring consistency and transparency in arts funding from all provincial ministries and agencies.
A cultural policy is a major opportunity to refocus and renew British Columbia’s commitment to the arts and creative industries, and to bring together everyone for whom culture in our lives is important and would recognize and build on the successes of the past to ensure that British Columbia supports its creative skills and talent at the heart of our cultural life, our innovation and technological development, and our economic growth.
A cultural policy will also reflect the diverse ways in which British Columbians take part in arts and creative activity, because cultural policy is not just about supporting the arts, it is about supporting, enabling, and strengthening communities.
On Friday, June 20, 2014 we will reconvene at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Vancouver to review a first-draft Policy Framework and begin plans for further province-wide engagement in creating a final framework document.
Watch this site for more details on programming in the weeks to come.