Each year, BC Culture Days sends a delegate to the annual National Congress on Culture to represent artists and cultural workers from across BC. The delegate or “Culture Days Ambassador” acts as a spokesperson for Culture Days and community mobilizer throughout the year, leading up to the Culture Days weekend at the end of September.
The Culture Days weekend, taking place this year Sept. 25 to 27, is a national celebration of arts, culture, and heritage inviting the public “behind-the scenes” to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work. The “hands-on” nature of these free activities is meant to inspire and engage the public in their local arts and cultural communities. Last year, 556 free activities were registered across BC including: artist studio and museum tours, dance and music workshops, open theatre rehearsals, collaborative art projects, and much more. “Culture Days is a golden opportunity to showcase our cultural community with a clear message, strong identity and national momentum,” says Liesl Jauk, Manager of Cultural Development and Culture Days coordinator for the City of Richmond.
This year BC Culture Days, along with the Ministry of Community Sport and Cultural Development, invites artists and cultural workers once again to apply for the role of BC Ambassador and will be expanding the program by offering a $2,500 award towards the production of their planned Culture Days event, in addition to the trip to the National Congress in Edmonton. Furthermore, to increase regional representation, up to ten top finalists will be selected as local ambassadors and awarded $1,000 towards the production of Culture Days events in their community.
“Arts and culture bring people together to celebrate life, creativity and community,” said Coralee Oakes, B.C.’s Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “Every year, BC Culture Days creates opportunities for British Columbians of all ages to experience and enjoy the exciting, inspirational work of artists and arts organizations in communities throughout the province.
“The Government of British Columbia is helping to ensure that the event will be a great success again this year by providing funding to support BC Culture Days activities and the BC Culture Days Ambassadors program. I encourage B.C. communities to register their BC Culture Days plans on line at culturedays.ca.”
For eligibility and submission guidelines, interested applicants should visit bc.culturedays.ca. Deadline: April 13, 2015.
Registration for participants interested in hosting Culture Days activities is set to open March 16, 2015 at www.culturedays.ca.
Culture Days informational sessions are currently scheduled in Victoria (April 8), Summerland (April 15), West Kelowna (April 16), White Rock (April 22), and Chiliwack (April 29). For more information or to schedule a session in your community, please visit bc.culturedays.ca or contact Nazanin Shoja, BC Culture Days Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
British Columbia’s Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development is providing almost $90,000 this year for BC Culture Days, including $60,000 for 2015 BC Culture Days events in September and $29,000 for the BC Culture Days Ambassadors program this spring.
Again this year, the Government of British Columbia will provide over $60 million to help B.C.’s artists, arts and cultural organizations continue to flourish. This funding includes an historic high level of funding of $24 million for the BC Arts Council, as well as approximately $17.5 million in community gaming grants for the arts.