Creating a future for the arts
On April 11, 2006, I attended an Arts and Culture Summit held at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver. Arts and Culture: Building B.C.’s Creative Agenda, was hosted by Olga Ilich, the Minister of Tourism, Sport and the Arts and moderated by Max Wyman.
On April 12, 2006, I purchased the domain www.artsbc.com to give everyone in the arts community access to the observations and ideas contributed by the participants in the summit and give community leaders and contributors everywhere the opportunity and ability to connect with one another and contribute to the conversation about creating a future for the arts in British Columbia.
In September 2007, I edited and presented the recommendations from ArtsFutureBC to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services for the Province of British Columbia, and in September 2008 I prepared and presented recommendations to the Standing Committee on behalf of ArtsFutureBC.
On March 17, 2011, the Assembly of BC Arts Councils changed their name to ArtsBC.
My Contribution to the Conversation
My name is Roger Chilton and I come from the world of communications, and like David Baxter and Andrew I have trouble with the word values because it is a question of whose values, so I rather like the idea of replacing that word with ideas, which come from our cultural diversity.
But the thing that I feel that leads all of these strategic ideas and the creative challenge that we have is to create and better serve the audience for ideas, the arts, and our cultural product.
And that is an audience that has an appreciation and an understanding of the value and contribution of the arts, not intellectually but viscerally.
And the way we do this is through communications and in particular media. And in today’s world, media is content and connections, and it is using content to create connections with the interests of our audience, and using content to create interests in our audience.
Somebody mentioned a little earlier that now we can send an idea around the world in a few seconds. It is interesting to think about the artist and the artist who is recognized most is the artist that can send an idea to audiences very well so that it connects with the audience and they get it
We have the content that can create connections. Our artists and our arts community has that content. And I think we can use that content to create the media, and then use the media to create the audiences
And I think that is how we create a rich arts community and the kind of creative life that I think we can all enjoy.
What we could do
Connecting the Arts Community in British Columbia
Arts BC is a communication centre that gives arts community leaders the ability to create connections, conversation, and cooperative enterprise around ideas and initiatives that contribute to the cultural development of our communities and our province. It is a place to contribute information, ideas, and opportunities, and a place to explore and contribute stories that increase our appreciation for the value of our arts, our cultural diversity, and our creative resources.
ArtsBC gives people a way to engage in a conversation about our arts and culture and the opportunity to contribute our voice. Conversation around ideas and initiatives is how we create cooperative enterprise. Cooperative enterprise is how we leverage our resources and our creative ideas on in pursuit our common interests.