British Columbia

Introducing the Northern Indigenous Artists’ Collective

Introducing the Northern Indigenous Artists’ Collective

by BC Culture Days

Words by Lynette La Fontaine, BC Culture Days Ambassador (Prince George) I would like to start off by introducing myself in my cultural, traditional Cree/Métis way. Muskwamostos kesigok iskew nisagason ekwa Lynette La Fontaine. My spirit name roughly translates as bear buffalo heaven woman and I was given the French name of Lynette La Fontaine…

An Artist’s Survival Guide

An Artist’s Survival Guide

by BC Culture Days

Words by Mandy Rushton, BC Culture Days Ambassador (Vancouver, BC) “Create the highest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.”- Oprah You must invest in your art, your child within, for what moves you ultimately moves others. This life is a “choose your own adventure,”so if you are not invested in your own journey,…

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Showing Up

Showing Up

by BC Culture Days

Words by: Elana Bizovie, BC Culture Days Ambassador (Kelowna) Bums in seats. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard this phrase. In theatre, this refers to the number of people in the audience of a performance. We strive for it, worry about it, obsess over it. We want to sell tickets! We want people…

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5 Spice Beef Stew Means I Love You

5 Spice Beef Stew Means I Love You

by BC Culture Days

Words by Johnny Trinh, BC Culture Days Ambassador (Vancouver). The only apologies ever uttered in our household came from the lips of the children. My sister and I, frequently failing to meet expectations, often beseeched forgiveness from a stereotypical tiger mom. My mother is fearsome. My mother has stared Death in the face, swam to…

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Collaboration in Indie Film

Collaboration in Indie Film

by BC Culture Days

Words by Ashley Good, BC Culture Days Ambassador, Victoria BC. Independent filmmaking is a community driven art form. While many of us involved in indie film refer to ourselves as “filmmakers” when asked what we do, we rely on our teams of friends/other filmmakers to help us to create our art. You might be wondering,…

Moving Ports and Making Waves in a Rural Coastal Community

Moving Ports and Making Waves in a Rural Coastal Community

by BC Culture Days

Words by Diane Moran, BC Culture Days Ambassador, Port Renfrew, BC. Life changing choices offer an interesting journey. As an artist and community connector, I am finding my footing while I walk this new path. Life has a way of unfolding when you choose to listen to your calling. This past year has been very…

Meet the 2018 BC Culture Days Ambassadors

Meet the 2018 BC Culture Days Ambassadors

by BC Culture Days

Vancouver / May 15, 2018: BC Culture Days has announced the winners of the 2018 Ambassador and Awards program. Each ambassador will be awarded $1,000 ($500 production budget + $500 Artist Honorarium) to present a Culture Days activity and act as a spokesperson for BC Culture Days leading up to the Culture Days weekend, September 28, 29,…

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The Positive Impact of Youth-Focused Arts Activities

The Positive Impact of Youth-Focused Arts Activities

by Erin MacKinnon

The correlation between the arts and development in youth is undeniable and with the introduction of a new curriculum in 2015, there has been an increased focus on individualized, inquiry-based learning. More and more, educators are utilizing art to reach students with different learning strengths and to create a dialogue amongst students. “The redesigned curricula are…

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Mission Accomplished: A Culture Days Success Story from Mission B.C.

Mission Accomplished: A Culture Days Success Story from Mission B.C.

by Erin MacKinnon

To say Culture Days in Mission B.C. was a success would be an understatement. With the town hosting 44 registered Culture Days activities and a population of 38,833, Mission is ranked nationally as having the 5th most activities by population according to a National Culture Days Top Ten report. Here’s how they did it… How did the…

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