Arts & Culture Initiatives

The Government of British Columbia works to increase access and participation in arts and culture activities through policy and program development and funding support.

Here are some of the programs and projects currently being supported:


After School Sports and Arts Initiative

Supports after school sport, physical activity and arts programming for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students in selected school districts around British Columbia. Programming is designed to develop skills in students that contribute to a healthy life through creative thinking and physical activity.


The artsVest program helps build healthy, prosperous and creative communities across Canada by training small and mid-sized arts and heritage organizations on how to forge successful, long-term partnerships with the private sector.

Through a jury selection process, arts and culture organizations are selected to participate in the artsVest program. These successful arts and culture organizations will gain access to educational materials, mentorship and workshops as well as matching grants. The matching incentive grants for new sponsorships raised by participating organizations spark business support of arts and heritage. The program enables arts and culture organizations to approach the business sector with an offer to double their investment dollars or match the value of their in-kind donations.

In March 2017, the artsVest program launched five new regions: northwest B.C., Sunshine Coast, south-central Okanagan, Columbia-Shuswap and Alberni-Clayoquot.

To see the 2016 participants from B.C., click here.(pdf)

For more information on the selection process and the program visit the artsVest website.

BC Art Collection

The BC Art Collection was established by the Government of British Columbia in 1974 to encourage the province’s artists and to increase public awareness and appreciation of art. Since that time, about 1,100 works by more than 400 artists have been acquired.