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 is a strong advocate of the arts. Each year, we invest $60M in arts funding to individual artists as well as arts and cultural organizations throughout the province to enhance opportunities for British Columbians to participate and achieve success in the creative economy.
The arts and culture sector is a key economic driver that contributes to local economies; builds strong, vibrant communities; and creates civic engagement and provincial pride.
Communities throughout the province offer a wide variety of museums, art galleries and attractions.
The creative sector is an important part of British Columbia’s economy. The B.C. government and its independent creative agencies continue to invest in B.C.’s creative economy by supporting arts and culture, film, television, music, publishing, and the interactive and digital media industries.
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.