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STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE

As contemporary arts institutions, we must recognize our capacity to provide visibility for narratives that have been erased and overturned.  In light of the recent escalation in violence against the Palestinian people, and the exposed…

As contemporary arts institutions, we must recognize our capacity to provide visibility for narratives that have been erased and overturned. 

In light of the recent escalation in violence against the Palestinian people, and the exposed ongoing oppression, displacement and apartheid of the Palestinian people, we’d like to express solidarity and support for the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom, justice and representation. We condemn the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories, and the ongoing violence which continues to dispossess individuals of their agency and human rights, including access to their rightful homes, medical and cultural infrastructure, and the most basic necessities for living. The recent escalation of events has exposed the deeply rooted settler colonial violence of the occupying state which centres a zionist narrative that has, unfortunately, convinced many of its right to be supported on religious principal, yet sits in stark contrast to the moral teachings of any democracy or religion. 

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Open Letter to Premier Horgan

Over 50 employers have signed an open letter to Premier Horgan, asking the BC government to take immediate action to ensure every worker in British Columbia has access to paid sick leave — during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Dear Premier Horgan, 

We represent a diverse range of employers: large and small, for-profit and non-profit, across many sectors – from architecture firms to yoga studios. Together, we have over 4,500 employees.

We support your recent announcement to look at introducing paid sick leave, and we encourage you to take urgent, immediate action to ensure every worker in British Columbia has access to paid sick leave — during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

53% of BC workers do not get any paid sick leave at their jobs. For workers earning less than $30,000 (who are disproportionately women and people of colour) that figure rises to 89%.

We’re encouraged that the BC government agrees that nobody should have to choose between staying home when they’re sick and putting food on the table. We’re all safer from infectious disease — COVID, influenza and many others — when sick workers can stay home and help keep their coworkers and the public safe. Read More

Reframing the Arts – A Letter to Minister Guilbeault

A letter to Minister Guilbeault put together by the ASO roundtable led by Alliance for the Arts signed by 54 representatives from arts, culture and heritage organizations in BC and across Canada requesting that professional community-engaged arts be given the necessary support it deserves to play an important role in the well-being of Canadian society.

Reframing the Arts
May 7, 2021

Dear Minister Guilbeault,

We are writing today to thank you and the Government for the significant investments made in Budget 2021 for arts and culture. These investments will have a rippling effect on the sector’s recovery and provide a much-needed boost to the funding programs at Canadian Heritage.

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SEARA FUND INITIATIVE UPDATE 

An update on the SEARA Initiative Fund, an initiative started by the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres which looks to galvanize sectoral efforts and deliver financial support to BC-based BIPOC Artists currently facing financial hardship.

The Sector Equity for Anti-Racism in the Arts (SEARA) is an initiative started by the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres which looks to galvanize sectoral efforts and deliver financial support to BC-based BIPOC Artists currently facing financial hardship.

Summer 2020 in the wake of COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement, ongoing fight to uphold Indigenous rights and land recognition, prompted arts organizations across North America to publicly address systemic racism. The Sector Equity for Anti-Racism in the Arts (SEARA) is an initiative started by the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres in response to the current precarity of financial need. PAARC, BC Arts Service Organizations, and other sector leaders called for mutual aid and accountability in the arts. To simultaneously provide COVID-19 support and point to the inadequacies of current arts-funding models, SEARA looks to galvanize sectoral efforts and deliver financial support to BC-based BIPOC Artists currently facing financial hardship. SEARA is led by a BIPOC majority steering committee in the creation and development of the fund.

To date, SEARA raised over $300K across 104 organizations, the general public, and government entities. PAARC continues to support SEARA as their financial lead in handling the outgoing transactions for the initiative while Vancity Foundation and the BC Arts Council seek to support donations and granting cheques.

SEARA FUND INITIATIVE UPDATE 

April 24th, 2021 SEARA mailed out 150 cheques for Round 1 of successful applicants. SEARA has committed to prioritizing funding for those who demonstrated the most significant health and financial challenges. Round 1 applicants reflected this criteria. They are wrapping up Round 2 and all applicants will have heard from SEARA by the end of May. 

 

Media Contact
Zandi Dandizette, President, PAARC, 778-835-9819 or info@paarc.ca

grunt gallery & Kay Slater Present New Series of Workshops on Non-Auditory Accessibility

PAARC is pleased to be a community partner in a new series of community workshops on captioning, transcription and non-auditory access.

grunt gallery and Kay Slater are presenting a series of FREE, online workshops designed to help arts organizations, artists and community creators take a tangible first step towards building accessibility into their practices. The last year of working and gathering primarily online has brought into wider view an understanding that many in the disability arts community have always understood and advocated for: we need more skilled people creating video and digital content that is accessible to non-auditory audiences.

By outlining best practices (and identifying the pros and cons of available auto-generated captioning services), and inviting participants to learn the basics of captioning and transcription for live and pre-recorded material, we invest in a baseline standard for access as well as a shared and shareable knowledge base.

You can learn more about this workshop series and the full spring schedule on the grunt gallery website.

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