New, more accessible supports coming to BC’s arts, culture sector — BC Alliance for Arts + Culture

The following is excerpted from BC Government News.

New arts funding will increase access and remove barriers to equity-deserving funding arts and culture organizations to benefit more people in BC’s arts sector.

On September 21, 2022, it will be launched by the BC Arts Council (BCAC). Accelerate Program, a two-year pilot initiative that offers multi-year, flexible funding of up to $30,000 over two years to equity-deserving arts and culture organizations and collectives. It will cover costs associated with artistic growth, development, production or exhibition, and organizational capacity building, expansion and operations.

“The Accelerate Program responds to a call to action to set a new direction that will open doors for artists and cultural organizations from all walks of life and all parts of our province,” said Melanie Mark, Hli Haykwhl Ẃii Xsgaak, Minister of Tourism , Arts, Culture and Sports. “It is a provincial priority to expand funding opportunities for organizations and collectives that face systemic barriers to access BC Arts Council funds in the past. This is part of the important work we are doing to strengthen our commitment to reconciliation and equity for public art funding in British Columbia.

As part of BCAC’s work to develop a more diverse and equitable funding structure to support the arts community, priority is given to artists and organizations from Indigenous communities, people of color, deaf and arts groups with disability, and communities outside the capital region and Greater Vancouver.

“The introduction of the Accelerate Program is in direct response to feedback from the sector that highlighted more needs to be done to support Calls to Action for Reconciliation and to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion within BC’s art community,” said by Bob D’Eith, Parliamentary Secretary for Arts and Film. “This program is one of many actions the BC Arts Council will take in partnership with our government to ensure BC’s arts and culture sectors have the funding they need to thrive and grow.”

In summer 2021, D’Eith held 22 meetings with representatives from over 200 organizations. This informed the development of BCAC’s Extending Foundations: Action Plan 2022-2024, which expands its current strategic plan and also establishes the Accelerate Program.

“The new Accelerate Program is an important step in the council’s strategic vision and its efforts to create a more equitable and socially just role for public art funding in the province,” said Sae-Hoon Stan Chung, chairperson, BCAC . “I am proud of this achievement that fulfills the commitment in our action plan to create a multi-year capacity-building program for underserved and justice-deserving organizations.”

Application intake opens for the first year of the Accelerate Program September 21, 2022with submissions no later than November 15, 2022.

Learn more:

BC Arts Council: https://www.bcartcouncil.ca/

BC Arts Council’s Extending Foundations: Action Plan 2022-2024: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/priorities/