Let us know how we can help! [email protected]


Topic & Registration LinkPresenterDateTime
PACT Town HallsProfessional Association of Canadian TheatreOngoing10am-11am


BCAC Action plan 

BCAC Access Support and Application Assistance programs 


BAC – Project Assistance and Professional Development – October 17 


BCAC Accelerate Program – Nov 15

Creative BC – Amplify BC


Performing Arts Reactivation Funds

Canada Arts Presentation Fund


Canada Arts and Culture Recovery Program for Professional Arts Presentation Organizations – October 12


Canada Council – Innovation Streams


Canada Council – Digital Greenhouse


Canada Council – Digital Generator


Canadian Heritage – Cultural Spaces Fund


Canadian Heritage – Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racist Initiatives Program


WorkBC – Job Creation Partnerships


Financial Resources

  1. Canada’s COVID Economic Response Plan: support to Canadians, businesses and organizations facing hardship as a result of COVID-19
  2. Canada Music Fund: supporting individual and collective initiatives.
  3. Stronger BC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan: $14million in new resilience funding from the provincial government
  4. FACTOR’s Emergency Support Fund for Canada’s Live Music Sector: The purpose of this program is to help Canadian live music companies and organizations operating in Canada who are facing financial pressures due to public health directives in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. Recovery and Resiliency Fund: A new $34-million fund for non-profit groups in British Columbia will provide much-needed support for organizations that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to struggle during recovery.

Non-financial Resources

  1. Vantage Point COVID19 Response Program: short-term initiative to match you with an expert volunteer in four knowledge areas; information navigators, governance advisors, fundraising advisors and financial management advisors
  2. [email protected]: free crisis management support to arts organizations on topics such as finance, human resources, fundraising, governance, communications etc.
  3. LegalHelpBC.ca provides British Columbians with a starting point to get answers to their COVID-19 legal questions. 
  4. [email protected]: free legal information is available upon request to this email address
  5. Kelowna’s Canadian Mental Health Association: online programs and services to support mental health
  6. I Lost my Gig Canada: a space for creative industries and other vulnerable freelance and gig economy workers to connect and share stories in response to growing income precarity in Canada
  7. Act Safe – Safety Association: safety resources for arts and entertainment industries
  8. Business and the Arts Video Resources: a new series, How are you adapting? Where they interview arts leaders from across Canada to learn about how they are changing their programming and business models in light of COVID-19.
  9. ActSafe’s COVID-19 Resource Page
  10. ArtsClub COVID-19 Safety Measures: safety measures outlining the audience and artist experience
  11. Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society Resources For You: helping non-profits and artists understand the law
  12. Recording of Townhall with the Honourable Steven Guilbeault: Sept 1
  13. Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO): BC-based society that creates legal tools and resources for artists and non-profits to prevent legal issues before they happen
  14. Directors Liability Frequently Asked Questions: information on the duties of directors, what they may be liable for and how to protect themselves
  15. Employee Rights and Employer Obligations in COVID-19
  16. Canadian Charities Connect: join other Canadian Charity Professionals to discuss tips, lessons learned and strategies for taking advantage of opportunities enabled by this transformation.
  17. ArtsBC Executive Directors’ Mastermind Group: a place where arts administrators can come together, troubleshoot, share and support one another. Key themes include governance, knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Reopening Resources

  1. BC Restart Plan: a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.
  2. What will it take for Canadian’s to return to the arts? Full report from Business/Arts
  3. Return to Work Letter Template

Offering Support

  1. Art Helps Auxiliary Directory: add your skills and capacity to the initiatives below to help reduce the impact of COVID-19
  2. [email protected]: experts and professionals can offer their free crisis management support to arts organizations on topics such as finance, human resources, fundraising, governance etc.

Digital and Working from Home Tools

  1. 8 Tips for Non-profit Leaders to Support Virtual Teams
  2. New Video Interviewing Services: Charity Village is offering new video interviewing services that will help you take your hiring, volunteer recruitment, or job search entirely virtual.
  3. 8 Tips to Running your first online AGM from CAGP
  4. Virtual AGM Facilitation Guide
  5. Template: Virtual AGM Script
  6. Template: Virtual AGM critical path
  7. Nine free remote team-building ideas to keep co-workers connected – combat loneliness and isolation, and build trust among team members
  8. Human Resources Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Charities and Nonprofits

Continue Indulging in the Arts

  1. Share and enjoy local art through ArtStream Okanagan’s Facebook page
  2. Learn more about the City’s Public Art collection by taking the Public Art Virtual Tour
  3. Attend the Social Distancing FestivalZuppa Theatre’s Vista: 30-minute, interactive storytelling map about working in public health
  4. Cultural District Self-Guided Walking Tour: take a tour of Kelowna’s Cultural District’s past and present on your mobile device
  5. Check out the third year of Uptown Rutland Business Association’s Mural Fest
  6. Visit the facilities in the Cultural District that have reopened with your safety in mind: Kelowna Art Gallery, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna Museums and the Okanagan Regional Library – Downtown Branch
  7. Check out the new [email protected] Exhibition Space

Available Impact Data

  1. What will it take for Canadians to return to the arts? Full report from Business/Arts
  2. Global Pulse, COVID-19 Results, Canada
  3. Professional Association of Canadian Theatres COVID-19 Survey Results
  4. The State of the Arts: Impacts of 2020: Culture Days and CBC Toronto hosted a discussion examining how the Canadian arts sector has been upended by COVID-19
  5. PACT COVID-19 Audience Impact Monitor
  6. GVPTAs Fall 2021 COVID-19 Impact Report

CARFAC  – carfac.ca

Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) is incorporated federally as a non-profit corporation that is the national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists. As a non-profit association and a National Art Service Organization, our mandate is to promote the visual arts in Canada, to promote a socio-economic climate that is conducive to the production of visual arts in Canada, and to conduct research and engage in public education for these purposes.


Thompson Okanagan Network of Arts Councils (TONAC)

TONAC was born out of the dissolution of the Okanagan Mainline Regional Arts Council (OMRAC). The board of OMRAC dissolved in order to get rid of the structure and regulations that boards are required to maintain, and instead have an informal group that meets less regularly but continues to support each other.

Funds left over from OMRAC are held with the Shuswap Community Foundation and are earmarked to fund an annual meeting of arts councils in which arts councils share resources, stories and strengthen ties and network between arts councils in our region. 

Other Support for Artists:

Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists/West Chapter (CADA/BC) cadabc.org for
performers, choreographers, teachers, artistic directors & more

Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (Equity) caea.com for performers (actors,
singers, dancers), directors, choreographers, fight directors and stage managers,
engaged in theatre, opera and dance in English Canada

Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) imaa.ca for independent media artists
and cultural workers

BC Alliance for Arts + Cultureallianceforarts.com represents members from across the artistic disciplines. It includes organizations, professional associations, not-for-profit groups, artists and cultural workers throughout British Columbia. They also have a great job board.

City of Kelowna Cultural Plan 

The Creative Sector in Kelowna, BC: An Economic Impact Assessment

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