Arts and Culture
The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted the arts sector in unbelievable ways. City staff are here to help where we can and connect you to the resources and information you need as we navigate this unprecedented time.
City staff are participating in COVID-19 emergency response conversations among artists, funders, arts leaders and public officials to help us determine how best we can be helpful in immediate, recovery, and long-term efforts. We have gathered resources to help connect local artists and organizations with the support they need. The City will continue to update this page and provide resources to help the arts community during the pandemic.
COVID-19 Special Event Permits
The Arts, Culture and Events office is accepting applications for Block Parties. Applicants are required to poll residents and develop a safety plan that limits the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Details on the new block party application process are available here.
Arts, Culture and Events Staff Directory
Phone calls to the office will not be answered but we will be checking messages. Please include your name, phone number and email address so that we can respond accordingly.
General inquiries: email@example.com phone: 250.361.0246
- Permit Clerk
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 250.361.0524
- Permit Clerk
Email: email@example.com Phone: 250.361.0246
- Arts and Events Technical Coordinators (Seasonal Animation, Equipment Rental, Banners)
- Cultural Programmer (Literary Arts, Centennial Square, Cameron Bandshell)
- Arts, Culture and Events Liaisons
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Cultural Spaces)
Email: email@example.com (Music and Creative Industries)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Public Art)
- Senior Cultural Planners
Email: email@example.com (Events & Festivals)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Arts & Culture)
Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations:
- Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council have updates for funding programs and emergency relief funding for artists and arts organizations, and the culture and heritage communities.
- Alliance for Arts and Culture provides a comprehensive list of over 100 resources for BC-based artists and arts organizations including digital tools to support the arts sector.
- The City's Business COVID-19 page has additional small business and non-profit funding supports and programs.
- BC Museums Association for museum and cultural organizations.
- First Peoples’ Cultural Council for Indigenous artists and arts organizations.
- Music Managers Forum Canada (MMF Canada) has provided a comprehensive list of resources for the music sector.
- Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) has provided a list of resources for the Canadian music sector.
- Banff Centre for the Arts has a general list of resources for the Canadian arts sector.
- CBC has a regularly updated list of resources for Canadian artists as well as Art Uncontained: original programming and a new artist fund in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts.
- The Pacific Legal Education and Outreach (PLEO) Society has information on legal aid for low-income artists and arts organizations. PLEO seeks to ensure that the non-profit sector and low-income artists and arts organizations are informed about and empowered to exercise their legal rights and responsibilities under the laws which govern their activities.
- The Government of Canada has announced funding of $500 million to establish a new COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations. Phase 1 of this fund is an additional temporary measure created to provide financial support to organizations in these sectors, which complements the Government’s existing COVID-19 support measures for wages and fixed costs.
- The Government of Canada has now announced Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sports Organizations.
- Actsafe Safety Association has a list of occupational health and safety resources specific to the arts and entertainment industry.
- The Event Safety Alliance has created a reopening guide for events. Check it out to get ideas about safe event practices during COVID.