BVCAC Art Beat | March 2021

Member Profile: Pam Haasen

I’m New Here is a podcast project that studies the beauty and oddities in our small mountain town. Think “People of New York” as a podcast about Smithers. Each episode focuses on people with odd jobs, artists, and those who have chosen to live life off the beaten path. It’s a woven narrative of the people who make the Bulkley Valley unique. Featured locals include Karen Diemert, Craig Stewart, Ivy Watson, Angelica Langden, River Wilde, and Wayne Peterson. Listen to (or read) their exciting portrayals of valley life here:

This 3-part series is hosted and produced by Pam Haasen and funded by the BV Community Arts Council. Visit Pam's website to find out more about the services she offers and listen to her podcasts.

In the News: Alex Cuba

In February 2021, Alex Cuba's new single was featured in a Latin newspaper and reviewed by Billboard Latin. "Mundo Nuevo" is the first single from his forthcoming album, Mendó.

Billboard Latin describes Cuba's single featuring Lila Downs as "a profound and spiritual Son Jarocho-infused track that finds Cuba and Downs reflecting on the simple things in life." The song is now available on all digital platforms and you can watch the lyric video here: Mundo Nuevo - Alex Cuba & Lila Downs.

Reminder: BVCAC grant funding

The Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council (BVCAC) has received a significant amount of additional funding this year to help our organization and community cope with and adapt to the COVID-19 crisis. We enthusiastically encourage our members to apply for grant funding. As a member, you know that a large portion of our funding is funneled directly back into the community we serve to support local arts projects and professional development.

While our grants are usually modest ($500-$1,500) in relation to other funding organizations, we are open to granting slightly larger amounts at this time in order to support the arts in our community through these uncertain times. For more information about our grant funding streams and how to apply, visit the links below (or click the button for some general information):

BVCAC Grant Information & FAQ
Discoverability for Creative Content

Artists and art organizations need to connect with audiences. Today, the easiest methods are creating digital content, or sharing content on social media. This past November, the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture hosted a workshop on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for artists and arts organizations, with a focus on reaching artists and audiences with disabilities. Presenter Barb Taylor shared an in-depth guide on SEO, accessibility best practices, and other rapidly growing technologies like artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT). With this resource, you’ll learn how to use Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and other best practices to ensure your digital content reaches as many people as possible.

Visit this webpage for more information about SEO and discoverability. A recording of Taylor's workshop is also available on the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture YouTube channel—click here to watch!

Grant Writing Workshops

The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture offers at least one grant-writing workshop every year. The material covered in these sessions can help you achieve more success in obtaining the funds you need to realize your arts-based project ideas and initiatives. Visit their Grants and Funding page for grant-writing tips, resources, and a fun video on how grants serve you/your organization.

Additional funding for the arts

Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is investing one-time additional funding in its Explore and Create program and the Digital Now initiative (details below). Their aim is to stimulate job creation, research, creativity, and innovation to serve as a springboard for sector recovery and strengthen the digital scene that’s taking shape right now.

The Research and Creation and Concept to Realization components of the Explore and Create program provide increased support for a wide range of research, creation, conception, and production activities. The investment will benefit artists, arts groups, and arts organizations. The guidelines and eligibility remain unchanged. Deadlines: April 8th | October 6th

Digital Now provides groups, collectives, and arts organizations with grants to develop, create, adapt, produce, promote, disseminate, and optimize their digital artistic content or hybrid activities that combine digital and in-person dissemination. Deadlines: March 31st | April 28th

B.C. Arts Council Project Assistance Grant *due March 5th*

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on artists and communities. While necessary public health orders in response to the pandemic have limited our ability to gather and travel, festival organizers across B.C. have found creative ways to adapt—often embracing the use of new technology and alternate presentation formats—in order to bring artists and communities together.

Community Arts Festivals supports the production of a local community arts festival by community-based arts and cultural organizations, or by First Nations Band Councils, Indigenous community organizations, Friendship Centres and Métis Chartered Communities that offer arts programming. Awards are intended to subsidize the fees paid to B.C. or Canadian professional artists, technicians, Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers engaged for the proposed festival. Festivals must be more than one day in duration and may feature a combination of local and touring artists. Awards will provide up to a maximum of $5,000.

Visit the program page for more information. Please note, the deadline for applications is March 5, 2021 (in two days).
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