Introducing Arts Summit 2013
Towards A BC Cultural Policy Framework
Over the years there have been many conversations about the need for a holistic approach to cultural policy and practice in BC. At Arts Summit 2013 we plan to take the next steps towards a comprehensive and sustainable cultural policy framework for our province and begin a year-long process that will see us return to the table in 2014 with a document for discussion and adoption.
Arts Summit 2013, June 21 and 22 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, will include voices from all arts, cultural, and heritage sectors, the creative industries, the tourism and hospitality industries, all levels of government (elected and administrative), and other stakeholders.
An important element will be representation from across the province, with collaboration with regional cultural community leaders. Part of this year-long process will include taking the discussions on the road, across British Columbia, in the months leading up to Arts Summit 2014.
We will approach Arts Summit 2013 with three goals in mind:
Educating Ourselves: We need to learn what cultural policy can look like, what forms it takes in other jurisdictions, and what it can (and cannot) be expected to do.
Visioning BC Cultural Policy: We will share our individual visions for an inclusive cultural policy for British Columbia and begin to discuss the possibilities.
Developing A Strategy: Coming out of the Summit we will have a twelve-month strategy that will result in our returning to the Roundhouse in 2014 with a working document for review. In late July, 2013, we will reconvene those interested in forming a twelve-month Task Force to begin the next steps towards that goal.
Beyond Arts Summit 2013
We are visioning Arts Summit 2013 as the beginning of a year-long initiative towards developing a Cultural Policy Framework for our province. We will leave the Summit with a Task Force equipped with an action plan that will culminate in our return to Arts Summit 2014 to discuss and reach consensus on a document that truly reflects the cultural needs and aspirations of all British Columbians.
The Alliance for Arts and Culture has been a unified voice and advocate for the arts since 1986, providing professional development, support, and other services to the artistic, cultural and heritage communities. The Alliance’s membership of more than 300 includes organizations, social profit groups, professional associations, and individual artists reflecting the diversity of creative interests in British Columbia.
The Society to Bridge Arts & Community (Bridge Society) is a charitable society that has a mandate “to promote awareness of, and education about arts and culture in Metro Vancouver by establishing bridges between the general public, the private sector and arts organizations and individual artists. Initiatives such as Culture Days, the selection of Arts Board Member of the Year for the Mayor's Arts Awards, and the Arts Summit fall within the mandate of this Society’s work.
Honorary Chair: Nini Baird C.M.
Nini was a driving force in the seminal Arts Access conference in 1973 and her report “Access to the Arts” in 1974 resulted in the creation of the BC Arts Board and the establishment of a cultural bureaucracy.
She is well known to many British Columbians for her years of advocacy for and involvement in the arts, including as Chair of the BC Arts Council, the arm’s length successor to the BC Arts Board. She is currently Chair of the Knowledge Network Corporation Board, Chair of the TELUS Vancouver Community Board, and a board member of British Columbia Film.