On October 20, BC residents will once again take to the polls to decide on our municipal government and our province’s future. While voters will have their own priorities and candidates in mind, we encourage our members to be aware of the arts-related issues important to them. Supporting the arts and museum sector may not seem like a hot topic of debate; however, the culture sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in BC, providing 88,000 jobs.

Interested in helping to support culture and heritage in your community? Be sure to read the latest issue of Roundup and check out our municipal election primer. The BC Museums Association also encourages our members to check out the resources available through ArtsVote and to take an active role in your community’s municipal election. Municipalities provide essential funding for BC’s museums, along with many other services and supports, and are key partners in the success of our sector! Two needs are consistently identified as critical to the success of the arts, culture and heritage sector; the need for an increased investment in municipal cultural grant programs, and the need for an increase to municipal capital spending on cultural infrastructure.

It’s easy to contact your municipal politician and invite them to your events, but you can also attend an all-candidates meeting, or volunteer for your candidate of choice.  Advocating for increased annual funding and grant support for culture and heritage may be easier than you think. Showing your support by voting for candidates with arts priorities in mind is one of the best ways to support your community and the arts sector you love.