The Story So Far
On April 11, 2006, an Arts and Culture Summit was held at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver. Arts and Culture: Building B.C.’s Creative Agenda, was hosted by Olga Ilich, the Minister of Tourism, Sport and the Arts and moderated by Max Wyman. The participants representing a diversity of interests talked about creativity, infrastructure, sustainability, community, public and political engagement, and the value of arts and culture. The results of that conversation were reported by Max Wyman in Building From Strength.
Arts Future BC presented a Report on the Future of the Arts in British Columbia to the British Columbia Government for the 2008 Provincial Budget. The report was prepared by the Assembly of BC Arts Councils, the BC Museums Association, the BC Touring Council, Canadian Artists Representation of British Columbia, Citizens for the Arts, the Greater Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture, the ProArt Alliance of Greater Victoria, and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, – people who represent the Arts Future for British Columbia. The report created another opportunity for community leaders to engage in conversation about the arts in British Columbia.
In the fall of 2008, Arts Future BC made another presentation to the British Columbia Government for the 2009 Provincial Budget on behalf of the interests of all British Columbians on the importance of our creative resources and our creative economy to the future of our province, and on the possibility for British Columbia to become known as Creative British Columbia.
The ArtsBC Communication Centre was created to give community leaders who participated in the Arts and Culture Summit, the arts organizations representing Arts Future BC, and arts community leaders and contributors everywhere the ability to contribute and continue the conversation.