Arts BC’s 2018 Conference: Engagement in a #NewArtsEra” 

What does engagement look like in a new arts era? In an effort to attract and retain audiences and maintain relevancy to their communities, organizations and artists are experimenting with a wide range of innovative engagement programs and activities and doing so at a strategic level.

Join us at the beautiful Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre where you’ll experience three days packed with learning and networking opportunities with arts and culture leaders from all over BC!

What to expect in 2018?

  • Hear from New Experts and presenters;
  • Attend a Master Class for advanced administrators;
  • Learn (or refresh) your Board basics and financial fundamentals;
  • Enjoy specialized programming for creative entrepreneurs, artists and makers;
  • Panel discussions on creative hubs and cultural spaces by the Department of Canadian Heritage;
  • Digital strategies and funding;
  • The Doctor is IN: Troubleshoot in the Insight Team Cafe—advisors on-hand to help you, and much more.


Welcome Remarks by Simon Brault, O.C., O.Q., Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts/Conseil des Arts Due Canada 

On behalf of the Canada Council for the Arts, I would like to welcome you to Arts BC’s 2018 Conference: Engagement in a New Arts Era.

The arts make a fundamental contribution to our society. They support the empowerment and emancipation of marginalized groups and individuals. They also encourage dialogue and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. And they foster social cohesion, diversity, and public diplomacy.

Before the arts can support any of these things, however, they need to reach the public—taking into account new and emerging realities. That’s why the Canada Council for the Arts has committed to encouraging ever more diverse audiences to engage with the arts and to expanding the reach of Canadian art locally, nationally and internationally. This past year the Council also launched its Digital Strategy Fund, which is designed to support the exploration, development, implementation or optimization of digital initiatives that will radically improve citizen access to, experience of and engagement with the arts and artists.

I’m happy to see the conversations you’ll be having around engagement at the conference are similar to the ones we’ve been having at the Council. I encourage you to celebrate your accomplishments, discuss your shared challenges, and explore the strategies that have worked—and not—in your respective communities. Through these conversations, the arts sector can strengthen its collective capacity to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities presented to us by our rapidly changing world.

The Canada Council for the Arts extends its warmest wishes to all Conference participants for a fruitful and inspired discussion, and it applauds Arts BC’s commitment to hosting this very important forum.

Simon Brault, O.C., O.Q.
Director and CEO

Fench / En Francais


Arts BC Annual Update & Conference Program Schedule At A Glance

2017 has been an exciting year for Arts BC! We are pleased to provide members with our 2017 Annual Update + Program Schedule At A Glance.


Thank you to our 2018 Conference Committee!

Kathy Ramsey, Arts BC and Teena Martin, Burnaby Arts Council

Patricia Huntsman for Arts BC 

Stephen O’Shea
– Arts Council of New Westminster; Carol Palladino – Arts BC; Maria Anna Parolin and Natara Wong – Burnaby Arts Council; Seth Li – Tourism Burnaby; Karah Goshinmon – Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre; Karen Duffield – Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, and Tanya Rankin – City of Burnaby


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