2021 Ambassador Jeni Chen showcasing the volunteer t-shirts she created for Culture Days celebrations in Richmond
Pictured from left to right are artists Lindsey Tyne Johnson, Kenthen Thomas, Cameron Gelderman, and a representative from Kelowna & District S.H.A.R.E Society.
Each year, the BC Culture Days Ambassador Program offers the opportunity for a range of emerging artists in B.C. to expand their practice and develop creative, community-immersed programming for Culture Days. The emerging artists act as spokespeople for Culture Days and also participate in one-on-one mentorships with established artists over a period of 3-6 months.
Through this program, we aim to break down systemic barriers by creating professional development opportunities for artists in underserved communities, as well as reach diverse audiences through culturally accessible and inclusive programming.
Visit here for information about all of our past ambassadors.
Deadline to apply: March 4, 2024 at 11:59PM PST
Photo Courtesy of 2023 Ambassador Summer Tyance
The 2024 BC Culture Days Ambassador Program invites emerging artists of all disciplines (from visual and media artists to dancers, musicians, poets, writers, actors, and more) located in B.C., to develop, coordinate, and present a free community-based event in their local area for Culture Days 2024 (September 20 - October 13, 2024). This year’s ambassador event series will explore the theme of intercultural celebration, offering creative activities that honour and amplify cultural understanding, cultural collaboration, cultural connections, and/or cross cultural exchange.
Five emerging artists from across the province will receive artist fees and a production budget totalling $2,000 to present their community-engaged event during Culture Days (between September 20 - October 13, 2024). The activity should encourage public participation and must be free for the public to attend. Successful applicants will also participate in a paid 3-month mentorship ($1,000 total for approx. 8 hrs/month) with an established artist starting in May, and act as a Culture Days media spokesperson for their community from August-October.
Given the importance of regional representation for this program, priority will be given to applicants from outside Metro Vancouver and/or from rural or remote communities. Artists who self-identify as Indigenous, Black, a Person of Colour, disabled, Deaf, hard of hearing, crip, chronically ill, mad, trauma-impacted, neurodivergent, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ are encouraged to apply. *Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of disability and related identities.
Applicants are asked to include an event proposal in their application that answers the following:
Describe your event idea—what can attendees/the public expect to do at your event?
What is your proposed location or venue?
How long will the event be? (e.g. one hour, half a day, etc.)
Explain how your activity/event will be interactive? Describe how the activity will employ art and creativity to engage the public.
With which community organization would you like to collaborate? (e.g. a local arts and cultural organization)?
How does this event address and embody the series theme of intercultural celebration? How does it promote cultural understanding, cultural collaboration, cultural connections, and/or cross cultural exchange?
What steps will you take to make this event inclusive to all cultures and abilities?
*We strongly encourage applicants to review previous ambassadors events to explore the range of programming that has been offered in the past. Visit the bottom of this page for more examples of past events and to read about our past ambassadors. You can read testimonials from our ambassador alum here.
BC Culture Days acknowledges that it carries out its work on the land of Indigenous nations throughout British Columbia. We are grateful for the continuing relationships with Indigenous people in B.C. that develop through our work together. We acknowledge and raise our hands to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, on whose unceded and ancestral lands we operate our main offices.