Arts and Culture
Lively arts and culture add soul and spirit to communities large and small, urban and rural, throughout British Columbia. The province’s creative sectors are thriving, largely due to the important contributions made by the arts and culture community. The arts educate, inspire and create a quality of life that attracts new residents and investment, creating jobs and supporting the economy.
The Government of British Columbia invests more than $60 million on artists and arts and culture organizations each year through a variety of grant programs and initiatives.
The Government of British Columbia works to increase access and participation in arts, culture and civic engagement activities through policy and program development and funding support.
Arts and culture are key economic drivers that contribute to local economies, build strong and healthy communities and create civic engagement and provincial pride.
Communities throughout the province offer a wide variety of museums, art galleries and attractions.
Reading a good book, doing homework, researching a paper or surfing the web are all good reasons to visit the library.
Creativity is involved in how people shape their lifestyles, form their identities and express their sense of self and community. Artists and arts and culture organizations make their communities more desirable places to live and work.
British Columbia’s diverse economy is thriving and is recognized globally as a creative hub of innovation, productivity and entrepreneurialism.
BC Arts Council is the Government of British Columbia’s lead agency for arts funding and development in the province. BC Arts Council grant recipients represent a diversity of artists, First Nations, fine art scholarship students and cultural organizations from every region of the province.