This week, arts and culture in B.C. will be high on our social agenda. It’s the 14th annual B.C. Arts and Culture Week and it’s all about celebrating the social, economic and cultural importance of the arts. 

B.C. Arts and Culture Week

Many of you will agree that arts and culture in B.C. has a lot to celebrate.  The B.C. Arts Council initiated B.C. Arts and Culture Week in 1999 to showcase and celebrate the arts in British Columbia. The B.C. Arts Council supports arts and cultural organizations, as well as individual artists in every region of the province.

BC Arts and Culture Week provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the vital contribution that arts and culture make to life in communities across British Columbia. Hundreds of arts organizations, communities and schools will celebrate BC Arts and Culture Week by presenting a dazzling range of events and activities from pop-up dance performances to banner projects, exhibitions, poetry readings and much more.”                  –Sheryl McGraw, Executive Director, ArtsBC

In celebration of arts and culture in B.C. this week, we’ve highlighted a few organizations that use the arts to empower individuals and communities. The following British Columbian non-profit organizations focus on arts and culture:

Arts Umbrella | Vancouver

Arts Umbrella believes that art is for everyone. As a not-for-profit arts education centre, they think access to the highest quality arts education is a basic human right, regardless of your experience, education, socio-economic background or ballet slipper size. They are just for those ages 2 to 19 though, because, well, they love the way kids and youth love the arts.

artsREACH | Victoria

artsREACH ensures that children, who are least likely to have access to arts education outside of school, are able to participate in arts experiences that help them to develop critical life skills.

Music On Main | Vancouver

Music on Main has developed a growing local, national, and international reputation as storytellers for a post-classical age.

Dance Victoria | Victoria

Dance Victoria brings the world’s best dance to the Royal Theatre and supports the development of new dance from its beautiful studios in Victoria’s Quadra Village.

Vancouver Art Gallery | Vancouver

Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of North America’s most respected and innovative visual arts institutions. Their innovative exhibitions, public programs and emphasis on advancing scholarship focus on the historical and contemporary art of British Columbia and international centres, with special attention to First Nations artists and the art of the Asia Pacific region.

Belfry Theatre | Victoria

The Belfry Theatre is a professional adult theatre company dedicated to producing contemporary plays, with an emphasis on Canadian work, and to promoting artistic, cultural, and educational events in the Greater Victoria Region.

BC Alliance for Arts + Culture | Vancouver

The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture is a nonprofit provincial organization that works to advocate, inform, connect and serve BC’s Creative Community.

Intrepid Theatre | Victoria

Intrepid Theatre seeks to enhance awareness and appreciation of contemporary theatre, by encouraging, developing, and producing new and or experimental work for public performance, and the promotion of new artists and their work through theatre festival production.

ARTery Arts and Health Society | Vancouver

ARTery Arts and Health Society supports the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of people of all abilities, residents of long-term care, hospitals, and populations affected by gender-based violence by engaging individuals, patients, families and staff in creative arts programs that promote well-being.

Carousel Theatre for Young People | Vancouver

Carousel Theatre for Young People provides playful, exceptional and accessible theatrical experiences that inspire, involve and educate.


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Sources: Province of British Columbia – Government of BC