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A group of individuals seated at a table working on cedar woven hearts. An Indigenous woman facilitator leads the group as they create their artworks.
"Weaving Our Story Towards Reconciliation." A community event from 2022 in Port Coquitlam, facilitated by Tsartlip artist Priscilla Omulo.

Your monthly contributions or one-time gifts greatly support the development of our equity-focused programming by providing artists in our Culture Days network with funding as they plan and provide FREE, engaging, and accessible arts and culture activities to community members in urban, suburban, and rural areas across B.C.

About the Bridge Society

The Greater Vancouver Society to Bridge Arts and Community (Bridge Society) is a registered charitable organization that has a mandate to promote awareness of arts and culture by establishing bridges between the general public, the private sector, arts organizations, and individual artists. Bridge Society staff work together with a volunteer provincial task force and steering committee, municipalities, and numerous community arts and cultural organizations to coordinate plans for the annual Culture Days celebrations in British Columbia.

Where Your Donations Will Go

Your gifts will directly support BC Culture Days programs by helping to fund:

  • Artist fees and production fees associated with BC Culture Days events.

  • Mentorship fees for emerging and established artists participating in the BC Culture Days Mentorship Program.

  • Accessibility expenses for BC Culture Days events, public info sessions, and workshops (including but not limited to fees for American Sign Language interpreters, ASL translation, closed-captioning, and wheelchair ramp rental).

Your contribution ensures that we can offer low-barrier, free-to-attend, and accessible activities for all audiences to participate in and enjoy.

Donate now through CanadaHelps!

A workshop facilitator standing and talking at the front of a classroom next to a whiteboard that says "Character Creation."
"Character Creation for Fictional Worlds." A workshop at the Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival in 2023, facilitated by artist Bethany Pardoe. Photo by Jamie Poh.

Our Efforts

Through the administration and production of BC Culture Days, the Bridge Society is building a unique provincial network of arts and culture workers devoted to fostering creative and cultural growth, prosperity, and livelihood among all artists, creators, organizers, and citizens in B.C. Through the administration of our programs, we strive to create positive change in our communities, whether it be to incite curiosity and appreciation for arts, culture, and heritage in the everyday lives of citizens or by providing emerging artists with the experience and mentorship needed to grow their careers and strengthen their connection with audiences and industry peers.

The annual BC Culture Days Ambassador Program aims to dismantle systemic barriers by creating professional development opportunities for diverse artists, many of whom identify as living within underserved geographical and/or as part of minority communities. With a sum cohort of over 70 artists who have participated, the Ambassador Program bolsters accessible and informative programming across the province that is created by emerging Indigenous, Black, racialized, disabled, neurodiverse, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ artists. Artists in the program are also supported through one-on-one mentorships and spokesperson opportunities.