The BC Arts Council released its 2009-2013 Strategic Plan in December 2009, three months after the provincial government announced that ninety-two percent of arts and culture funding will be cut by 2011. The plan includes four over-arching goals designed for the Council’s mission to, ” … engage British Columbians in a healthy arts community that is recognized for excellence …” said Council Chair Jane Danzo, in a press release. The goals include:
- fostering artistic excellence
- strengthening community engagement
- supporting the unique role of Aboriginal artists and communities
- enhancing financial and other services
Kevin Krueger, BC’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, commented in a press release that, “The province is committed to the long-term health of BC’s arts sector and recognizes the key social and economic roles that heritage, arts and culture play in our society … ” The Council is currently developing the plan’s implementation schedule.