BVCAC Art Beat | December 2021

Explore our new website!

We've been quietly building a new BVCAC website to create a more user friendly experience for our members and visitors... and it's finally live! One of the most significant changes is that we are now accepting grant applications and membership renewals online (no more PDF downloads!) and have set up multiple payment options for membership and insurance renewals. We are also building a section to profile recent projects and events we have funded and more will be added over time.

Membership renewals are currently underway and you are invited to renew online. We are pleased to offer an easier and more efficient way to become a BVCAC member or renew your existing membership. Simply fill complete our online form and pay via credit card, eTransfer, or cheque (the form is still downloadable if you prefer this method). For more details, visit our membership page.

Thank you to Phil Brienesse at Coffee Web Development for his fantastic web design skills and patience!
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BVCAC Annual General Meeting: Debrief

We held our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, October 27th. President Sharon MacGregor provided a report that reflected back on the many projects and activities we supported throughout the last fiscal year. A few BVCAC members were also in attendance, outlining the exciting projects they’ve worked on this year with assistance from the Council.

In 2020-21, we supported our members with funding that enabled the creation of beautiful murals, thought-provoking podcasts, COVID-friendly outdoor concerts, safe rehearsal spaces, new music and music videos, and virtual multicultural celebrations. We look forward to continuing to support the creative ideas and ever-evolving needs of the local arts community in the year ahead. Grant applications are open until May 31, 2022!

The new BVCAC Board of Directors includes Sharon MacGregor (President), Nikki Skuce (Vice-President), Susanne Watson (Treasurer), Jenna Dunsby (Secretary), Melissa Sawatsky (Public Relations), and Heather Gallagher (Director). We celebrate the tremendous contributions of outgoing board member, Miriam Colvin, who has dedicated so much time, energy and passion to the BVCAC over the years. Thank you, Miriam!

Project Profile: Conversations in Art with Moe Kafer

Conversations in Art is a podcast project that features conversations with artists from the Bulkley Valley. Join podcaster Moe Kafer as she discusses process and inspiration with some the Valley's most talented artists. Featured artists include Mark Tworow, Mark Thibeault, Leah Pipe, Michelle Gazely, Facundo Gastiazoro and Caitlin Ambery.

Listen to these conversations here:

>> Conversations in Art

This podcast series is hosted and produced by Moe Kafer and funded by the BV Community Arts Council.

At the Smithers Art Gallery

One of a Kind Christmas Market

November 24 - December 24, 2021

One of a Kind is an annual Christmas Market of unique, handcrafted arts and crafts. The purpose of One of a Kind is to raise funds for the continued operation of the Smithers Art Gallery and to offer the public an opportunity to purchase the work of local and regional artisans. For more information and hours of operation, visit the Gallery website.

At the Bulkley Valley Museum
The Bulkley Valley Museum is thrilled to welcome the traveling exhibition
Our Living Languages to Smithers from November 25, 2021 to May 27, 2022. Developed by the Royal BC Museum in partnership with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, this interactive exhibit invites Canadians to learn about the diversity and resiliency of Indigenous languages in British Columbia, as well as the challenges faced by communities as they work to revitalize their languages. All 34 Indigenous languages spoken in British Columbia are represented in this exhibit.

Current hours for the museum are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm.

External Arts & Culture Funding Opportunities

We have highlighted some notable funding opportunities that may apply to you or your organization.

Canada Council for the Arts

  • Digital Generator: Digital Generator is a short-term initiative to support Canadian arts groups, collectives, and organizations to build their digital capacity and transform their business model and operations. Stream 1 supports hiring external consultants or experts, and Stream 2 supports implementing recommendations from external consultants or experts. The application deadline is any time before the start date of your project.
  • Digital Greenhouse: The Digital Greenhouse is a digital innovation initiative for Canadian individuals, groups and organizations. It supports short-term projects that leverage digital technology to address sectoral and digital challenges. The application deadline is any time before the start date of your project.

Chorus America

  • Music Education Partnership Grants: Chorus America invites nonprofit organizations and schools to apply to this program which will support collaborations between community organizations and elementary, middle, or junior high schools during the 2022-23 school year. Application deadline: January 28, 2022.

First Peoples' Cultural Council

  • Arts Vitality Micro-Grant: The Arts Vitality Micro-Grant allows artists, collectives and organizations to respond to new approaches, reduce barriers to opportunities and advance professional development and knowledge. This funding is for Indigenous artists, collectives, non-profit Indigenous organizations and societies located in BC that work across all art forms, including visual, performance and story. Application deadline: January 15, 2022.
  • Language Technology Program: This program provides up to $180,000 in funding plus equipment and training to support language revitalization using technology. This program is for First Nations communities, governments, bands and tribal councils and Indigenous organizations located in BC. Application deadline: January 17, 2022.

Music BC

  • Let's Hear It! Live: Music BC is accepting applications for their regional concert series and emerging artist showcase. The series will provide performance opportunities to unsigned, unmanaged or independent artists while showcasing these performances to a selection of Music Industry representatives. Applications are being accepted on a rolling deadline.
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