PAARC presented a brief to the Brief to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services as part of the province-wide 2017 pre-budget consultations.
We presented the following recommendations to the Committee aligned with those of the Professional Arts Alliance of the Greater Victoria and the Alliance for Arts and Culture.
Double the investment in the BC Arts Council so that: a) BC artists have the same opportunities as artists in other provinces; b) BC arts organizations can provide access to underserved communities; c) the Council can provide stable, multi-year funding to arts, culture and heritage organizations;
Restore gaming grant levels to 2008 levels and provide incremental increases as gaming revenues increase;
Invest in a cultural facilities infrastructure program to enable BC organizations to leverage federal funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage;
Increase funding for arts education to enable access for youth;
Increase investment in the cultural sector so that everyone in BC can have meaningful engagement with culture, including access to thought-provoking visual and media arts, and that artists, cultural workers, and organizations can continue to foster the development of a dynamic, diverse, and rich cultural offer.