Virtual Residency Program
Why We Designed This Program
Since 1979, Arts BC has been carrying out Knowledge-Sharing services and programs in various ways with the aim of equipping arts and culture workers and volunteers with the tools and resources they need to advance community cultural development all around the province.
Many of these programs and services such as the Annual Conference or Community Cultural Forums offer opportunities for professional development and continue to be a cornerstone of Arts BC offerings. That said, we see a need for deeper learning and professional training in the absence of accessible post-secondary arts management programs in BC that are not sector-specific such as music and GLAM-related programs.
We hear this need echoed by our program participants who want to advance their learning and excel in their practice beyond a single or two to three day professional development experience.
Further to this and through our Arts 911 Hotline, we see learning gaps in organizations, such as financial management and planning, as well as authentically working in decolonization—gaps which have also been flagged by the BC Arts Council as needing attention with many community arts organizations having recently been placed on concerned status.
Arts BC is acutely aware that there are barriers to access surrounding professional development and learning especially for emerging arts workers. We remain steadfast towards our cultural equity commitments which are integrated throughout this program.
Now more than ever, core skills and new ways of working will both be essential in the pandemic recovery of our sector.