Expectations and Benefits

General Content

Board directors serve as the public trustees of a provincial advocacy, service and education organization with a mandate  to advance community arts and cultural development through supporting the activities of community and regional arts councils and other community based organizations.

Our objectives are:

  • to provide leadership, information, training and resources
  • to encourage and advance the development of arts and cultural activities delivered by local and regional arts councils as an integral part of healthy communities
  • to contribute to policy development at the local, regional and provincial levels of government that acknowledges and supports the contribution of arts and culture
  • to work in partnership with our arts council members in advocating for community arts and culture and in engaging proactively in arts and culture development in their own communities and regions.

Directors are expected to wholeheartedly support the ArtBC’s mandate and objectives and to contribute to their fulfillment to the best of their ability.

The board is made up of:

  • ten regional directors representing the following regions of British Columbia: Capital Region/South Vancouver Island, Pacific Region/North Island, Greater Vancouver, Southwest, Thompson Okanagan, Central Interior, West Kootenay, East Kootenay, Peace Liard, Northwest
  • two at large positions
  • two positions appointed at the discretion of the Board of Directors
  • the immediate past president

Directors sit for a two-year term, and may serve for a maximum of three terms, or six years.

Time Commitment

At present the board meets in person once a year in Vancouver in addition to the annual general meeting. At the call of the president, the board also meets by teleconference 6-8 times a year.

Opportunities For Involvement

ArtBC’s strategic planning is ongoing. The current focus is on the following:

  • Advocacy: promoting awareness of community arts and cultural development at the local, regional and provincial level and advocating on behalf of our membership and those working to further the principles and practices of community arts and cultural development
  • Communication: developing networks, information exchanges and other communication resources between artists, arts administrators, volunteers and the public to foster awareness, skills and understanding of community arts and their contribution at all levels to community development
  • Education and training: assisting those working in community arts and cultural development to increase their own skills and capacities and to develop the resources and capacities of the larger community through sharing experiences, knowledge, information and expertise
  • Programs and services: supporting planning, programs and initiatives that build capacity and develop resources for community arts and cultural development in British Columbia

Directors are invited to participate in any one or more of the above focus areas. Work in any of these areas is conducted on an ongoing basis with programs developed to support specific initiatives.

Serving on the board provides opportunities for building partnerships at the community level which often extend beyond traditional networks.