Arts and Culture Week

From a global awareness art project in Bamfield to a ?trash? art challenge in Winlaw, citizens and students across BC are getting involved in art activities this Arts and Culture Week that increase their community connections, deepen learning and beautify their surroundings. Over 200 schools and arts councils are hosting arts activities, gallery walks and exhibitions, watching live performances and honouring the artists in their midst.

Now entering its 8th year, Arts and Culture Week turns the spotlight on the vital contribution that arts and culture make in learning and in life. Music, films, media arts, dance, books, theatre and visual art are a part of daily life, and have a lasting impact. They inspire us, challenge us and broaden our horizons.

BC Art Quotes

?Different cultural groups, expressing their aspirations in different art forms, add to the richness of our society. It helps to build cross cultural understanding and harmony.?

– Tung Chan, CEO, SUCCESS.

?? This annual gathering demonstrates how much British Columbia?s artists, creators, and cultural producers contribute to building vibrant communities where creativity and innovation thrive.?

– Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women

?? I encourage every community to participate as we celebrate creativity and highlight the importance of arts and culture in learning and in life, during Arts and Culture Week in British Columbia.?

– Honourable Stan Hagen, Minister of Tourism, Sport and the Arts

BC Art Facts

Annual net economic impact generated by the arts and heritage community in Nelson (population 10,000): $75 million

Percentage of its annual budget of $1.2 million that Western Canadian Theatre of Kamloops spends within Kamloops, as a way of giving back to the community: 85%

Total amount of prizes given to young dancers in the BC Annual Dance Competition, held in Prince Rupert: $50,000

Find events in your community at www.bcartsweek..ca

BC Arts and Culture Week is coordinated by the Assembly of BC Arts Councils and ArtStarts in Schools, and is sponsored by the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council, and by the British Columbia and Yukon Community Newspapers Association.

For information, contact:

Gina Sufrin, Assembly of BC Arts Councils

(250) 754-3388

Harriet Fancott, ArtStarts in Schools

(604) 878-7144